Who We Are


Our Mission

Our mission is to create a transformational space for all women of color (WoC) to see their true self and value, to work as a collective for the common good, and to develop supportive, professional, and lasting relationships.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where women of color can thrive, not just survive. We accomplish this by providing educational resources and workshops on issues including self-development, financial management, overcoming workplace stresses, sexual and reproductive health, relationships and dating, and more that are uniquely tailored to the experiences of women of color. 

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.
— Audre Lorde

Our Team


Doris and Kaitlyn 04.jpg

Doris Quintanilla, Executive Director

Doris is on a mission to educate, empower, mentor, and effect change in the lives of women of color. Throughout her career, Doris has focused on expanding access to healthcare and higher education and on championing social justice and sexual and reproductive health for all. Her journey started in 2009 in Oakland, California, where she spearheaded community health education and youth leadership development with La Clínica de la Raza. In 2014, she moved to the Dominican Republic to work in youth education and leadership and returned to the United States to continue this work, focusing on building partnerships and recruiting student leaders. In 2016, she joined the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) as a program manager and managed a portfolio of continuing education programs focusing on the intersection of sexual and reproductive health and chronic conditions.

After nine years of working in non-profit spaces, Doris decided to venture off on a new path: creating The Melanin Collective: Women of Color, Standing Together, a space for women of color to see their true self and value, to work as a collective for the common good, and to develop supportive, professional, and lasting relationships. This newest chapter in her life is focused on empowering and supporting women of color so they can thrive freely and live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Doris grew up in Santa Ana, California, and went on to receive a bachelor’s in International Development with a focus on Latin America and the Middle East from UCLA in 2008.

Doris and Kaitlyn 02.jpg

Kaitlyn Borysiewicz, Communications Director

As communications director, Kaitlyn oversees the creation and management of The Melanin Collective's online community-building platforms. From the website to social media to your inbox, Kaitlyn creates and disseminates The Melanin Collective's messages to audiences all across the United States. She believes that technology and communication play a huge role in advocacy, and is thrilled to be part of The Melanin Collective to further its mission of creating a supportive space for women of color. She currently works as Communications Specialist at Georgetown's Center for Children and Families, where she helps to craft and spread information on the latest policy updates for Medicaid and health care for children and families. Kaitlyn was raised in Fairfax County, Virginia and graduated from Christopher Newport University with honors. 

For press inquiries or to arrange an interview with Doris Quintanilla, please contact me via email.

 

Celebrating Our Supporters


At The Melanin Collective, one of our core values is to celebrate amazing women and their accomplishments. In that spirit, we wanted to celebrate a few women who have helped us along our journey, from a seed of an idea to a full-fledged business.

  Kristina Lakeway , photographer and branding consultant.

Kristina Lakeway, photographer and branding consultant.

 As a Career Strategist,  Jennifer McClanahan-Flint  works primarily with ambitions women of color to help them navigate bias, compensation, and their career progression so they continue to rise. Through her work at Leverage to Lead she has built a process to help clients get clear about what they want out of their careers and build a plan to get it. She work with clients to help them stop trying to fit in and start identifying how their difference is the key to their continued success.   Her work is designed to help people face their careers with audacity rather than apprehension. When we build audacity, we combine the power of personal leadership; the consciousness of the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion on our careers; and the ability to make choices and take action. One of the best ways to get to know more about her and her work is to receive her newsletter. You can sign up for it here (  http://www.leverage2lead.com/subscribe ).

As a Career Strategist, Jennifer McClanahan-Flint works primarily with ambitions women of color to help them navigate bias, compensation, and their career progression so they continue to rise. Through her work at Leverage to Lead she has built a process to help clients get clear about what they want out of their careers and build a plan to get it. She work with clients to help them stop trying to fit in and start identifying how their difference is the key to their continued success.

Her work is designed to help people face their careers with audacity rather than apprehension. When we build audacity, we combine the power of personal leadership; the consciousness of the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion on our careers; and the ability to make choices and take action. One of the best ways to get to know more about her and her work is to receive her newsletter. You can sign up for it here ( http://www.leverage2lead.com/subscribe).