Cate Graziani, Co-Executive Director
Cate is thrilled to be working with an all-star team at THRA to prevent overdoses, decriminalize public health issues, and fight to end the racist War on Drugs. Before joining THRA, Cate was a member of the criminal justice team at Grassroots Leadership for four years, where she led work to fight private prison companies' foray into mental health hospitals, instead calling for divestments from the criminal legal system and reinvestments in community health. Her advocacy lies at the intersections of prison abolition, the "behavioral health" system, and racial justice, fighting for non-punitive & non-coercive public health strategies for drug use.
Originally from CA by way of NC, Cate moved to Austin in 2011. After earning her MPAff/MSSW from the University of Texas, Cate worked for Mental Health America of Texas during the 2015 legislative session. That year, she helped pass SB 1462, the bill that expanded access to naloxone across Texas. She was awarded a Fulbright research award to study Portugal’s world-renowned drug decriminalization policy in 2016. Over nine months, she interviewed policymakers, academics, outreach workers, and people who inject drugs, learning from their public health approach to drug use so she could become a stronger advocate at home. Since then, Cate has been building a Harm Reduction movement in Austin and across Texas.
Shanice Brim, Communications Manager
Shanice Brim is a native of New York City. She has been involved in social justice work since her days at University of the Pacific where she began raising money for and volunteered at women’s shelters.
In 2015, she began organizing in the Movement For Black Lives as an NYC Chapter member of abolitionist group BYP100. She went on to work for BYP100 as an Internal Communications Specialist, at Flatbush Tenant Coalition as a housing organizer, and at Austin Women Health Center as an abortion care provider.
Shanice is a Black feminist and police and prison abolitionist who believes that we can take care of our communities through education equity, universal healthcare, investing in people over profits, and effective community problem solving/conflict resolution!
Eli Cortez, Organizer and Training Coordinator
Eli grew up in Austin, Texas before attending the University of Texas where he received his BSW. Eli has been engaged primarily in campus advocacy with other queer students of color to create supportive spaces on campus for otherwise marginalized populations. He hopes to refine his advocacy skills to challenge the carceral state that criminalizes poverty and substance use by targeting PWUD.
Eli is excited to partner with a harm reduction organization that centralizes community outreach and support to reduce overdoses in Texas. He hopes to one day implement alternatives to incarceration, contribute to the abolition of prisons, and fight to end the war on drugs that has disproportionately harmed BIPOC communities.
Ana Rosa Granados, Director of Services
Is a Salvadoran with a history of advocacy and human rights work. Ana grew up in Queens, NY and El Salvador. Ana believes harm reduction is practiced in our everyday lives and is dedicated to expanding the harm reduction movement in Texas.Throughout her life, she has worked in almost every field of advocacy: fair-housing, prison reform policy, economic justice, immigration, and homelessness.
In 2020 She volunteered to do work with migrants in detention centers to help them understand their rights and fight for their human given rights to asylum. She believes in the system of self empowerment and emergent strategies to help organize communities together to further practice harm reduction. She has a degree in Philosophy and Political Science and she enjoys relationship building, painting, writing and cooking in her downtime!
Gaby Libretti, Drop-In Center Lead
Gaby is a New Jersey native who has planted her roots in Austin, Texas. She attended The University of Texas and graduated with a Bachelor's in Radio-Television-Film. After a powerful personal experience with recovery, Gaby turned her passion towards working with others on their own journey. She worked at Integral Care as a peer specialist and qualified mental health professional, focused on serving the unhoused community in Austin. While working in mental health, she became involved in community harm reduction efforts as a part of Austin Harm Reduction Coalition. She is a certified Mental Health Peer Specialist and continuing education towards becoming a licensed chemical dependency counselor.
Gaby believes in radically changing mental healthcare and substance use systems to better address issues of trauma and inequity. She believes in the importance of community healing and is excited to be a part of the THRA team.
Steve Smith, Mobile Clinic Coordinator
Steven Smith comes to us after 6 years at Integral Care and 5 years at the legendary Austin Harm Reduction Coalition as a van coordinator.
He is very passionate about outreach work because he gets to help/inform/connect people to services and hope.
Matt Alves, Outreach Worker
Matt is a person with lived experience with opioid use who, after having a powerful experience with his own recovery, decided to devote himself to helping and advocating for people who use drugs. After working in an abstinence based treatment center, he became disillusioned with the current models for treating addiction in this country and began searching for new, radically compassionate ways for engaging with people who use drugs.
Matt is passionate about fighting the harsh, outdated drug laws in this country and de-stigmatizing drug use. He is dedicated to advocating for oppressed, marginalized people and has organized with various grassroots groups in Austin. Before working at THRA, Matt worked as a Mental Health Peer Support Specialist at Integral Care. He is currently pursuing a degree in social work at UT and is particularly focused on developing techniques for trauma informed care. Matt believes in developing healing communities based on the principles of mutual aid and is thrilled to be a part of the team at THRA.
Nova Skye, Outreach Lead
Nova (they / she, elle / ella) joins us after volunteering at Austin Harm Reduction Coalition and Portland People’s Outreach Project. They are passionate about outreach and mutual aid efforts, fighting for drug user liberation and prison and State abolition.They care about building community and uplifting the voices of people targeted and affected by the War on Drugs (PWUD, BIPOC communities, sex workers).
Veronica R. Horn, Outreach Worker
Since 2001, Veronica R. Horn has worked with various communities and political action groups across Texas to effect positive change by organizing protests, working drives and outreach, as well as campaigning. She is currently excited to also be working as a Recovery Support Peer Specialist and to share the knowledge she's acquired through lived experiences of homelessness, substance use disorder, and mental health disorders with her peers seeking and in various stages of recovery.
Marisol Gomez, Operations and Finance Manager
Although it might look like her dog Duke and anything, everything, Gilmore Girls encompasses every ounce of her attention... that's only the surface.
Marisol's true passions lay in her work. After completing her degree in fashion design, life took her another direction. All the way from California to Texas to land right into the world of Non Profit Organizations. The last seven years in this community have awakened a fire in her to pursue it even further.
The next chapter at Texas Harm Reduction Alliance will do just that. Armed with her second to none, boarding obsessive, organizational skills and her bright smile THRA has everything they need to better serve the community.
Paulette Soltani, Director of Organizing
Paulette joins us after organizing in New York for the last decade. Most recently, she was the Political Director at VOCAL-NY, a statewide grassroots membership organization that builds power among low-income people impacted by HIV/AIDS, the drug war, mass incarceration, and homelessness. During her six years at VOCAL-NY, she organized hundreds of low-income New Yorkers, led campaigns to win housing for people experiencing homelessness across the state, and oversaw political strategy for the organization as a whole. She also served as an officer on the NYC Working Families Party Regional Advisory Council.
Before moving to VOCAL-NY, Paulette worked at MFY Legal Services where she organized tenants precariously housed in “three-quarter houses.” She also worked as a union organizer, organizing graduate employees at the United Auto Workers-Region 9A and car wash workers at Make the Road New York. Paulette holds an M.A. from the CUNY Graduate Center and B.A. from Gonzaga University.
Paulette is incredibly excited that her journey led her to Austin to build with her colleagues at the THRA. She is thrilled to live near her parents, loves exploring her Mexican and Iranian roots, and is a very proud tía to her two nephews in Oregon.
Francesca Rae, Outreach Worker
Frankie has experience on both sides of the fence—as someone who has personally experienced long-term, life-altering opioid use disorder, and also had professional experience offering support, education, and hope for recovery to others.
Frankie is also a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant with experience focused in HIV/AIDS and sexual & reproductive health at places such as Planned Parenthood and Kind Clinic. Previously, she also worked at LifeWorks emergency youth shelter providing direct services to homeless and CPS youth. She believes strongly in harm reduction as a human rights principle, and that every person regardless of background, current substance use status, or criminal history deserves the opportunity to accomplish their goals and stay safe while doing so.
Ashia Climovech, Drop-In Support Specialist
Ashia comes to THRA with a background in prison abolition work, mutual aid and supportive housing. She has worked alongside incarcerated youth in rural Washington and unhoused communities in Los Angeles and Austin. Having grown up unhoused and housing unstable and having witnessed the impact of punitive drug laws has fueled her passion for this work. She is excited to be back in Austin and to be part of a knowledgeable team that is working hard to challenge the criminalization of people who use drugs.