ananda mirilli is a native from Brazil and has a long history of working with communities in the U.S. and abroad. At age 14 she engaged in social justice movement advocating for children with multiple abilities, seniors experiencing poverty, and youth experiencing homelessness. After moving to the U.S. ananda became an educator and found her passion facilitating learning spaces for individuals, groups and organizations engaging in transformative work. ananda’s commitment to racial and gender justice led her to develop new frames for youth and women’s leadership. As a skilled facilitator, ananda has engaged with thousands of youth, women and diverse professionals, building coalition and solidarity. ananda, is the Grant Director to Address Racial Disproportionality in Special Education for the WI Department of Public Instruction, she holds a master’s degree in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Psychology.