As the Capacity Building Advisor at MVP, Jaz’s (they/she) work is focused on providing real time support to MVP’s local grassroots partners to sustainably reach their goals. Jaz has been on the other end of campaign work, in every position from volunteer to field director, and understands the urgency of movement work as well the need for capacity support groups face.
Jaz has been involved in campaign and culture change work in Texas for the past decade, and expanded their work across the South and Midwest throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Jaz’s movement work has been heavily informed by their rural border life experiences, years of grassroots organizing, and the time they spent working toward Reproductive Justice with young queer people in red states across the South and Midwest at URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity. Jaz is a rural queer Tejanx cultural organizer and abortion storyteller hailing from the Rio Grande Valley, now living in Central Texas. Jaz has two amazing animal companions- a mohawked senior chihuahua mix named James and a goofy cat named Camarón.