Kandace Vallejo

Kandace Vallejo
Location: Austin, Texas Cohort Start Year: 2018 Project Topics: Community/Civic Engagement, Environmental Justice, Philanthropic practice, movement building, healing justice, Racial Justice, Social Sector/Non-Profit Population Served: Adults (21-64 years)
Remedios Consulting

Kandace is the founder and principal of Remedios Consulting, a firm focused on assisting nonprofit leaders in applying healing justice frameworks and practices that can amplify their mission and build internal cultures of care. Leaders across the social sector are concerned with well-being, reducing organizational tensions, and increasing longevity in the work. Through work with Remedios, Kandace is helping movement leaders build organizational systems that help people relate to each other better while aiding teams in perform more effectively while centering accountability, care, and compassion.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVE: Expand Youth Rise Texas to Cultivate Youth Leadership and Disrupt the Generational Cycles of Harm Caused by Parental Removal (Austin, Texas)
The loss of a parent to incarceration and/or deportation (parental removal) is associated with intense mental and emotional health challenges and with lowered educational attainment and decreased civic engagement. Youth Rise Texas is an Austin, Texas-based organization working to cultivate the power of youth harmed by the criminalization or deportation of a parent so that they may heal, lead, and take action. Our goal is to intervene by building a movement for decriminalization and restoration through the network effect produced by youth leaders whose voices activate and guide the participation of their peers. Throughout the 2020/2021 school year, Youth Rise Texas will: release a report and youth-driven public policy platform; establish five high school chapters in Austin, where youth will train each other as civic leaders and activists; and begin organizing in partnership with youth to disrupt the generational cycles of harm caused by parental removal.

Kandace Eloisa Vallejo is the founder and principal at Remedios Consulting. A serial founder and intersectional organizer who has worked in both movements and philanthropy, Kandace has built, led, and scaled multiple efforts and grant making initiatives for racial and economic justice. Kandace pairs her two decades of social impact experience with extensive training in the healing arts. Her sharp political analysis and strategic mind combine with her keen business sense and highly relational sensibilities to position her as a unique partner to nonprofit and philanthropic entities working to align with and strengthen social movements.