Child of the Dominican Republic by way of the South Bronx, Kava is a writer, skateboarder, and community activist who seeks to expand the landscape of possibility for marginalized people at both local and global scales.

In 2017, Kava graduated cum laude from Macalester College with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies, minors in Philosophy and Portuguese* (Phi Lambda Beta), and a concentration in Critical Theory. She spent the first 15 months of her post-graduate life travelling the world to research and promote women’s skateboarding movements as a Davis Peace Prize grant-winner and Thomas J Watson fellow. A native Spanish speaker, Kava is also fluent in Portuguese and speaks conversational French.

Kava is currently based in New York City, where she works as a multilingual technical support specialist at a global tech company. An aspiring software engineer, Kava recently enrolled into Flatiron School’s software engineering program, which she will begin in September 2020. In her free time, Kava enjoys writing poetry, learning about herbal medicine, biking long distances, volunteering at community gardens, reading science fiction, and skating with her friends.