Maryse* Mitchell-Brody is a facilitator and social worker striving for healing justice and community wellness. They have been active in social justice work in their hometown of New York City for over twenty years. They hold a Masters degree in Social Work from the Hunter College School of Social Work. Maryse has used a harm reduction and anti-oppression lens to ground their work with LGBTQI+ people, people of color, sex workers, trauma survivors, drug users, people with depression and anxiety, activists, immigrants, and many other communities. Maryse is a founder of the Sex Workers Outreach Project – NYC and was a long-term member of the community health exchange, the Rock Dove Collective. In recent years, their healing justice work has expanded to include co-coordinating the Healing Justice Practice Space and the Facilitation for Liberation Network Gathering at the Allied Media Conference and co-coordinating a series of emotional safety planning strategies for femmes called Femminars at The Icarus Project, where they were also the Development and Partnerships Director from 2015-2017. Maryse has a fundraising, program, and organizational development consulting practice. As a part of that practice, they helped start the Sex Worker Giving Circle at Third Wave Fund, and became a Funding Officer in support of that program in 2018. Maryse spends time in Montreal with their partner Jon, and lives in Brooklyn, where they keep company with their beloved community, their dog Smoky, and too many houseplants.
*Their first name is pronounced as if you were talking about many people named Marie – “Maries.” Still not sure? Check out this odd-but-accurate instructional video.