hermelinda cortés (she/they) is the executive director of ReFrame. Hermelinda 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, Country Queers, and the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition.