Welcome. I'm Esther Y. kanga strategist, a researcher, and an educator based in Brooklyn, NY

I combine methods rooted in restorative justice, community-centered design, and sociology to confront and address complex issues. In other words, I partner with teams across sectors to make sure the people most affected by whatever is being designed—service, program, policy—have a respectable place at the table. 

Current collaborators What Works Cities' Results for AmericaHester Street Collaborative, and 3x3
Teaching positions Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute

Have an idea? Want to work together? Need a sounding board for a project?
Send me a note. Would love to connect.


Recent projects include:
+ Creating an equity-centered framework for the state of New York
+ Coaching city staffers of mid-sized U.S. cities in integrating resident-centered qualitative data practices to their city budgeting and policy-making processes