Beatriz Beckford

Program Officer (She/Her/Ella)

Beatriz is an artist, organizer, and strategist with almost two decades of experience working with community members to build strong coalitions, develop grassroots leadership, and facilitate creative and accessible campaigns and organizing strategies.  

She holds a MA in Women and Gender Studies from Loyola University and was a CoreAlign Speaking Race to Power Fellow. Beatriz serves on the board of Rooted In Community a national network of over 100 youth justice organizations, is on the board of impact justice where she supports efforts to address the harms experienced by incarcerated community members and was a co-founder of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance.  Beatriz served as the Director of the Grassroots Action Network building grassroots capacity for organizing across the country, and cofounded and served as the inaugural Director of Organizing and Policy Initiatives at the Brooklyn Food Coalition where she served as the chief architect of the coalition's organizing and policy strategies. Beatriz has trained and collaborated with a broad cross-section of entities including LittleSis, the Management Center, Feminist Organizing School, the Center for Third World Organizing, Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity BOLD, Ruckus Society, Social Justice Leadership Institute, and the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. Her commitment to amplifying the wisdom of the grassroots, and organizing with black and brown communities whose wisdom is essential for creating change, has been marked by her strong leadership and consistent work ethic.

Using transformative justice, the arts, and leveraging community wisdom and leadership are core principles that Beatriz believes bring people together to build beloved societies that can thrive across the spectrum of difference. These values are at the core of what fuels her passion for organizing, art and design, philanthropic strategies that center frontline experiences, and her love of community.

Beatriz spends her personal time working as a multidisciplinary artist merging mediums like photography, performance, fiber, and ceramics while engaging the archives. She also continues to support and collaborate with grassroots groups across the country on group process and infrastructure design that moves beyond traditional nonprofits structures and decision-making into what she believes builds an adjacent possible. Her proudest role is as Momma to a beautifully brilliant teenager and a sweet and sassy toddler who both remind her that if we want change we must change and that the revolution starts within our hearts, and our political homes.