Carli Romero is a native New Mexican, who is in love with the state’s blue desert mountains and won’t give up red or green chili for the world. She is invested in cultivating feminine leadership, and transforming education in her state to support WHOLE learners and teachers. She is currently studying for her master’s in Educational Leadership at the University of New Mexico. She founded and directed a branch of Shakti Rising in Las Cruces, NM from 2013-2016 after organizing with Comunidades en Accion y de Fe. She has published individual articles with Rebelle Society, Cushy, and Journey of the Heart. Carli is a Youth Empowerment Specialist at New Day Safe Home and recently published Sistar, I See You – her first book of poetry.