Our STORY

We believe your voice matters.

MindRight was founded in June 2016 by two women of color, Ashley Edwards and Alina Liao, who met at Stanford’s joint MBA/MA in Education program. Inspired by personal and familial histories with trauma, Edwards and Liao have been working to reduce the stigma around mental health in communities of color and ensure every child has access to mental health support.  

Our team has a combined 30 years of experience working with youth of color. Issues such as Black Feminist Thought, dismantling white supremacy, radical self-love, and bringing people from historically marginalized communities to the decision-making table define how we operate. By leveraging technology, we are creating opportunities for systemic healing for youth of color.

Our work is guided by our 5 Core Values:

  1. Unconditional Positive Regard: We demonstrate unconditional respect for youth and recognize their right to self-determination for their lives.
  2. Intersectionality: We recognize the interconnected and overlapping nature of social identities, including race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and immigration status. We protect the complexities of what it means to be human.
  3. Unapologetic: We are unapologetic in advocating to dismantle systems of oppression impacting youth of color.
  4. Transparency: We say what we’re going to do. We say what we mean. We keep our kids and stakeholders in the loop on what we’re doing, how, and why.
  5. Radical Self-care: We recognize self-care is an obligation to others as well as ourselves.
Our team in Newark, NJ with youth empowerment organization, SHE Wins! Inc.

Our team in Newark, NJ with youth empowerment organization, SHE Wins! Inc.

OUR TEAM

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Ashley Edwards

Co-founder & CEO

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Antonio Nwozo

 

Community Advisor - DC

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Troy Williams

Youth Advisor - DC

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Alina Liao

Co-founder & COO

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Roy Haynes

 

Community Advisor - Newark

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Seyi Adekola

Lead developer

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Georggetta Howie, MSW

Coach Supervisor

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Dr. Jaime Mendoza-Williams, EdD, MSW

Director of Student Support

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Dr. Vonetta Kalieta, PhD

Coach Supervisor

Clinical Advisors

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Dr. Ryan Matlow

Stanford Psychology

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Dr. Marlene Wong

USC School of Social Work

 

Technical advisors

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Lionel Jingles

CTO, Venture Scanner

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Laura Swartz

UX Designer

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Melvin Tercan

VP of Engineering, Wag

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Dr. Karim Filali

Machine Learning Scientist, Microsoft

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H. Jess Seok

Analytics Consultant, University of Pennsylvania - Wharton

Strategic advisor

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Sean Glass

Chairman & CEO, Advantia Health

special Advisor

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Bill Meehan

Stanford Graduate School of Business