Fizah (she/her) has extensive experience in facilitating, designing, and holding spaces for groups to translate abstract concepts, values, principles and strategies into action. In both her paid work and community organizing, she has led co-design processes involving multiple stakeholders, centering those who are most impacted. Her most recent co-design process was the building of Living Cities’ current signature portfolio – the Closing the Gaps Network, a network for people in local government to push for an anti-racist vision and action in local governments and beyond. In all the work that she does, she sees herself first and foremost as an anti-racist organizer which means that she works towards organizing other gatekeepers to build a network of support that can ongoing interrogate and push institutions to shift. Trained in both qualitative and quantitative research, she has also been part of shaping and operationalizing anti-racist results-based accountability (RBA) framework and racial equity measurement framework for different initiatives.
Fizah has deep experience in operationalizing racial equity in institutions and has over 10 years of experience in building and supporting internal racial equity teams across different sectors. Her approach is grounded in intersectionality, healing justice, disability justice, trans liberation and radical reimagination. She calls Centro Corona her political home and space of transformation, and also organizes with Survived & Punished NY to free criminalized survivors from NY prisons. She also has deep gratitude to People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond for the work they have sowed in her anti-racist organizing praxis.
Fizah graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Comparative Literature (French and English) and holds a MSc Degree in Urban Policy and Leadership from Hunter College Urban Planning and Policy school.