VONA Staff

Interim Executive Director, Nivéa Castro

Smiling Hispanic woman standing in front on banner

Nivéa Castro created and directed a successful social justice law practice for many years. A nitty-gritty multi-tasked with a keen ability for big-picture strategy and vision, she works best in challenging environments. Nivéa is a VONA alum and a staunch supporter of VONA’s mission.

IED Administrative Assistant, Roy Juárez

Rogelio Juárez is a Phoenix-based writer and parent, an alum of the 2016 VONA/Voices of Our Nation and Tin House workshops, a grandson of Braceros and son of an immigrant. His writing can be found in J Journal: New Writing on Justice, The James Franco Review, and Zócalo Public Square.

“In this current time especially it’s more important than ever to protect and create art that doesn’t appease, that may be scary to write. VONA is a vital space in literature, one where I found community, support, and generosity that I haven’t experienced anywhere else. “

Administrative Assistant, Vida James

Vida James is a Nuyorican social worker from Brooklyn, NY, where she supported immigrant and homeless youth. She is a Delaney Fellow at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst MFA for Poets & Writers. She has work appearing or forthcoming in New England Review, Epiphany and PANK. She is a 2018 VONA/Voices alumna.