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Quixada Moore-Vissing

Project Manager, Criminal Justice Initiatives

 

QuixadaWhy I work at Everyday Democracy:

As current national divides grow, it feels as though misunderstanding, conflict, and discrimination are becoming normalized. At Everyday Democracy, I have the opportunity to work with an incredible team of racial equity and community engagement specialists to swim against contemporary currents to demonstrate to people across the nation that there is an alternative to the status quo and that it is possible to make decisions that are peaceful, equitable, participatory, and democratic. Here I find hope that together we can work for a better tomorrow, where all people are truly honored as equals.

 

What I love about what I do:

At Everyday Democracy, I have the exciting opportunity to grow our collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge as well as our Initiative on Policing, Race, and Safety. As Project Manager, I get to engage in thought leadership with our team, including the development of a vision for our safety and justice work as well as actionable steps to reach our goal. I relish the balance my job allows of engaging with community members and organizations, collaborating with funders, and partnering with my colleagues to design deep, meaningful engagement in the safety and justice field.

 

How I got here:

My name, Quixada, is after Don Quixote, with the aim of dreaming the impossible dream and fighting the impossible fight. As such, I have always gravitated toward positions that focus on the great responsibility we have to give back to our communities and world. I have worn hats as a high school teacher, and worked in the college access field for both the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation and the Lumina Foundation. As I was earning my Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire, I worked with a deliberative civic engagement program called New Hampshire Listens. New Hampshire Listens is an Everyday Democracy anchor partner, and there I learned the beautiful power of deliberative methods as a means to fair, equitable, participatory engagement. So I caught the democracy bug, and my relationship with Everyday Democracy evolved from there!

 

What I do when I’m not helping communities create change:

When I’m not helping communities, I enjoy travel (most recently to Cuba and India), writing, swimming, and time with my family. I am attempting to master the art of meditation (it’s hard!), and when I’m not sitting quietly find peace in walking my dog in the small fishing community where I live in Midcoast Maine.

 

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and we believe that our tools, advice, and resources will help foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.