Marinieves Alba is a cultural worker, educator, writer, and activist born and raised in New York City. She has worked in the international NGO and non-profit sector for over two decades, specializing in issues related to racial and cultural equity in the arts, education, and social justice. An organizational development and program strategist, trainer, facilitator, and coach, Marinieves is an advocate for holistic and culturally responsive approaches to capacity building and leadership development. Marinieves centers the importance of individual and institutional resilience and sustainability in all aspects of mission-driven work. Serving clients motivated by a commitment to service, transformation, and liberation, Marinieves uses an interdisciplinary approach to tackling the challenges of creating a more just, equitable, and joyous world.
Marinieves holds degrees from Wesleyan University and New York University-Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and graduate certificates from Fordham University and the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP). She is also an alumna of the Third World Newsreel, WBAI/Pacifica, The Interaction Institute for Social Change, and the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Marinieves is a lifelong learner and educator who is certified or trained in topics related to leadership, restorative justice, facilitation, healing justice, healing centered and trauma informed engagement, media production, reiki, somatics, and mindfulness/MBSR.
Marinieves co-edited and contributed to groundbreaking social justice anthology Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora (Arte Publico Press/University of Texas, 2012), and co-authored a chapter on Children’s Aid Society Community Schools Results in the global anthology, Developing Community Schools, Community Learning Centers, Extended-service Schools and Multi-service Schools: International Exemplars for Practice, Policy and Research (Springer International Publishing. Switzerland, 2016). Her poem “Every Breath Counts” is featured in We Got Issues: A Young Woman’s Guide to a Bold, Courageous, and Empowered Life. (Makawao: Inner Ocean Publishing, 2006).