ABOUT CEO + FOUNDER MARTHA CECILIA OVADIA
Martha Cecilia Ovadia (she/her/ella) has worked for more than 15 years in service of the work of justice + liberation for all across multiple sectors, including: local government, economic development, academia, publishing + the philanthropic sector.
She has significant experience in racial equity (DEIJL) education, diversity, equity and inclusion + anti-racist facilitation + learning, organizational decolonization + healing, as well as an extensive portfolio of work in philanthropic equity-focused strategic communications + engagement. She is also a prolific multi-medium storyteller, collaborative writer + a sought after academic and public speaker on intersectional anti-racist justice + liberation, women's rights, + a liberation theologian by trade.
In 2020 Martha Cecilia joined Equitable Evaluation Initiative as their Director of Strategic Communications and Media Relations. Prior to working with EEI, Marci worked with The Funders Network as an integral part of their equity team, focusing on their racial equity PLACES fellowship + as a liaison to the PLACES alumni network of sector-wide leaders. She was also part of their communications team, dedicated to their equitable communications strategy + storytelling. She previously worked for SAGE Publications with their social science journals + for the City of West Hollywood’s Economic Development team, working on city-wide arts + culture initiatives, focusing primarily on the LGBTQA+ annual set of events + learning opportunities.
Marci is a Ph.D(c) ABD/ MA graduate of Claremont Graduate University, having worked on an interdisciplinary dual Doctorate in Religion, Ethics + Culture (focusing on gender, race + intersectional liberation theology) + English Literature (looking at intersectional activism in woman’s dystopian literature). She has a MA in Religion, Ethics + Culture (focusing on BIPOC feminist + queer theology) from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Religious Studies + Art History from Florida State University. She is a 2020 Frank Karel Scholar, an honorary alumni of The Funders Network PLACES fellowship (2016) + a Miami Pinnacle Award Winner.
A Colombian-American Californian, Martha Cecilia spends her free time working with local rescue animals, advocating for immigrant rights, the rights of the incarcerated in her community + she is an outspoken activist across multiple platforms for women’s rights and the destigmatization of mental health issues. You can follow her on Twitter @MagdalenaOnFire + @LaLibertadCon.
Jolene Elsa Targaryen has worked as La Libertad Consulting's CEO + Founder Martha Cecilia Ovadia's service dog since February 2020.
She has extensive experience in snuggles, paw shakes, snores + general fluffy goofiness. When working in the field, she provides critical trauma comfort and anxiety/panic attack/PTSD assistance + de-escalation to anyone who is in need. She is a certified PTSD/Trauma Service Golden Retriever + is a well known very good girl who may steal your lunch.
When not working, Jolene spends most of her time advocating for those with disabilities, specifically for the millions in our country struggling with their mental health and invisible disabilities and PTSD. You can follow Jolene + her sibling minions on Instagram @JoleneTheWorkingGirl.