We believe your voice matters.

MindRight was co-founded in June 2016 by two women of color, Ashley Edwards and Alina Liao, who met at Stanford’s joint MBA/MA in Education program. Inspired by personal and familial histories with trauma, Edwards and Liao worked to reduce the stigma around mental health in communities of color and ensure every child has access to mental health support.  

Our team has a combined 30 years of experience working with youth of color. Issues such as Black Feminist Thought, dismantling white supremacy, radical self-love, and bringing people from historically marginalized communities to the decision-making table define how we operate. By leveraging technology, we are creating opportunities for systemic healing for youth of color.

Our work is guided by our 5 Core Values:

  1. Unconditional Positive Regard: We demonstrate unconditional respect for youth and recognize their right to self-determination for their lives.

  2. Intersectionality: We recognize the interconnected and overlapping nature of social identities, including race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and immigration status. We protect the complexities of what it means to be human.

  3. Unapologetic: We are unapologetic in advocating to dismantle systems of oppression impacting youth of color.

  4. Transparency: We say what we’re going to do. We say what we mean. We keep our kids and stakeholders in the loop on what we’re doing, how, and why.

  5. Radical Self-care: We recognize self-care is an obligation to others as well as ourselves.

Pictured: MindRight team members celebrating achieving milestones in serving youth.

Pictured: MindRight team members celebrating achieving milestones in serving youth.


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Ashley Edwards

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

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Dr. Vonetta Kalieta, PhD

Coach Supervisor


Anaija Hilliard

Youth Intern - Newark


Dr. Jaime Mendoza-Williams, EdD

Head of Student Wellness


Nancy Zuniga, LMFT

Coach Supervisor


Antonio Nwozo

Community Advisor - DC


Sirrele Steinfeld

Head of Engineering


Roy Haynes

Community Advisor - Newark

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Emmanuel Farrugia

Data Scientist


Georggetta Howie, MSW

Coach Supervisor


Brianna Amos

Community Advisor- Newark


Clinical Advisors


Dr. Ryan Matlow

Stanford Psychology


Technical advisors


Lionel Jingles

CTO, Venture Scanner


Melvin Tercan

VP of Engineering, Wag


Dr. Karim Filali

Machine Learning Scientist, Microsoft


Strategic advisors


Sean Glass

Chairman & CEO, Advantia Health

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Jason Mayden

Co-founder and CEO, SuperHeroic


special Advisor


Bill Meehan

Stanford Graduate School of Business