Reyma McCoy Hyten, the first Black woman to ever serve as the US Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner for the Administration on Disabilities, is now devoting her full time and attention to supporting the creation of just and verdant communities for all in the US- and beyond. She was an Antibigotry Convening Fellow with the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University and is a past recipient of a 2019 AT&T Humanity of Connection award. Additionally, her 2018 run for office was endorsed by the Working Families Party. Her work has been featured in Vice, TIME , The Guardian, and USA Today. After a twenty year career as a helping professional, her vocation has shifted from serving marginalized people to addressing, through her signature approach to identifying and confronting the root causes of oppression, how systems create marginalization in the first place.
Reyma lives at MisFit Farm, a ten-acre sanctuary for unwanted creatures in rural Kansas, with her wife, Ami, their daughter, seven cats, and a deafblind albino Great Dane named Rufus.
I Focus On:
facilitating conversations that center the most marginalized amongst us in the interest of driving unprecedented