Hermelinda Cortés (she/they)

Uses organizing, narrative and strategic communications to build power, fortify lasting connections between communities, dismantle systems of domination, and build the liberated world we and future generations deserve. The child of Mexicans and West Virginians, country folks, farmers, factory workers, and trailer parks, she has dedicated her life to the journey of liberation and to the work of social movements for the last 15 years. Hermelinda is a writer, curandera in training, organizer, communicator, and strategist. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where she writes, cooks and grows flowers, runs and rides bikes, and raises her kid in the company of dogs and chickens. She believes in the magic, alchemy, and revolutionary possibilities of small towns and rural people. She has the great fortune of serving the visions of ReFrame, the Radical Communicators Network and Country Queers.
Hermelinda hopes to join the SVBC board to support the vision of building strong, healthy, welcoming and joyful communities in the Shenandoah Valley. She believes bicycles are one of the many vehicles we can use to accomplish freedom, joy, and liberation for all of us.