Tanagra Melgarejo has over 20 years of experience in the fields of organizational and program development, evaluation, technical assistance, community organizing, and direct service with underserved/vulnerable communities, particularly communities of color. She also has knowledge and experience in training curricula development and capacity building. Her commitment and passion for harm reduction started out in Holyoke, Massachusetts in the 1990s while she worked as Popular Education Coordinator for a local HIV prevention program. Before moving to Oakland, she was working in Puerto Rico with women who are survivors of gender based violence, focusing her work and activism around economic, human rights and protection of the rights of LGBTQ people. Tanagra holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Puerto Rico and was a lecturer for social work students at the UPR and University of Turabo.