Ngakay currently serves as a FoodCorps AmeriCorps service member at the Sokolowski and Hooks elementary schools in Chelsea, doing hands-on activities about gardening, making food, and building community with 2nd graders. They come to this work because they deeply believe in the transformative power of youth getting their hands in the dirt.
They’ve moved between nonprofit and political work, working in direct services with youth organizations and Boston-area legal services, then organizing with Massachusetts’ 2018 trans rights ballot campaign and organizing AAPI communities for reproductive justice.
Before that, Ngakay worked on mental health support structures at and earned bachelor’s degrees in Women’s & Gender Studies and Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT, plus a concentration in Spanish.
Outside of work, you can find Ngakay creating things with their hands, organizing for justice with beloved community, and throwing treats to their dog Lance.