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

I work at the intersection of social justice, public policy, and innovation. I advocate for people who are marginalized and underrepresented, and I strive to have their stories be a part of the DNA of systems to, ultimately, no longer negatively impact communities. 

I combine methods rooted in transformative justice and equity-centered design to confront and address complex issues. 

Current collaborators What Works Cities' Results for America and Hester Street Collaborative
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:
+ Serving as the inaugural human-centered design expert for a White House Initiative under the Obama Administration
+ Creating an equity-centered framework for the state of New York through the Attorney General’s office
+ Coaching mid-sized U.S. municipalities in resident-centered qualitative data practices to inform their city budgeting and policy-making processes