Serita Fontanesi, MSW is the Operations Director at Disruptor Collaborative, an Austin-based radical consulting group changing the political industry. She is also a content creator and training facilitator with a decade of experience in diverse progressive sectors. Through communication, collaboration, and conflict resolution, she advocates for Black liberation by building political movements that center the experiences of Black women and femmes. Serita is passionate about breaking up old ways of thinking and creating space for innovation.
With a background in issue advocacy and electoral politics, Serita has a deep understanding of how organizations and systems impact the day-to-day lives of both their constituents and staff. Serita’s ability to think big picture while also being detail-oriented provides her with the unique perspective necessary to support mission-driven campaigns, organizations, and companies in aligning their external values with their internal work culture. Together, Serita works with groups to identify systemic pain points in order to transform strife into success.
Working with Serita means digging deep to explore the shadow or the parts that have been routinely ignored. It won’t always feel comfortable, but it will always be respectful and compassionate. Serita strives to see each individual fully, honor their unique experiences, and serve as a guide to truth and understanding.
In addition to her work, Serita serves as a Commissioner on the City of Austin’s African American Resources and Advisory Commission and the Co-President of the Black Austin Democrats. She resides in Austin, TX with her husband and their two dogs.
Serita received her Master’s in Social Work in 2019 from the University of Southern California. Her studies emphasized social change and innovation. In 2012, she graduated from Occidental College with a Bachelor’s in Costume Design. She has also learned from top-tier facilitators and training programs such as Brit + Co’s Selfmade, LBJ Women’s Campaign School, and Arena Academy just to name a few.