Mischa is a young professional with a passion for making sustainable impact for individuals while affecting larger systems of inequality. Originally from the East Coast, she moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to attend Occidental College where she received a BA in Critical Theory and Social Justice. She believes that ignorance is at the root of violence against marginalized groups and see education, advocacy and direct service as fundamental vehicles to social justice.
She joined SPY’s team in 2015 where she has enjoyed applying her theoretical knowledge on the ground. She has worked multiple positions at SPY, including Administrative Associate, Operations & Volunteer Manager and now Drop-in Manager. Over that time, she has had the opportunity to watch and support SPY grow from a 10 person organization to one with over 50 employees.
In her current position, she is responsible for the flow of member services at SPY’s Drop-in Center, ensuring that all are connected to needed services promptly. She does so by working closely with other SPY programs and co-located partners as well as supervising a team of Case Managers and Peer Navigators. She has gained crucial insight from her diverse experience within the organization on non-profit management, innovative collaboration, trauma-informed care and direct service with at-risk youth.