Mwende is leading the Law Center’s effort to refine and envision the story of the Law Center. She coordinates the Law Centers social media channels, newsletter, and blog and co-manages the Law Center's online educational materials. Since her position is new to the organization, her role is actively growing and changing every day!
Mwende grew up in Porterville, CA –– a town nestled in California’s San Joaquin Valley, heavily impacted by industrial agriculture and the prison industry. She studied International Relations at The Jackson School of International Relations at the University of Washington. While there, she conducted research on responsible apparel purchasing in Guatemala and on the lives of domestic service workers in Chile.
Prior to her work at the Law Center, Mwende was the production manager for Reveal, a radio show and podcast from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Prior to joining Reveal, she was the training strategist and innovation manager for the Bay Area Video Coalition, a nonprofit media arts center in San Francisco. At BAVC, she provided resources and support to students training in video, motion graphics, web and graphic design and managed a community for creative freelancers called Gig Union. She has produced segments for public radio stations KUSP, KQED, KALW and KUOW; videos and short documentaries for nonprofits; interactive panel discussions for museums and nonprofits; and immersive storytelling experiences for tech companies.
Mwende loves reading speculative fiction, learning how to cook new things, journaling, going for walks with her family, and learning the latest African dances trending on social media.