Adriana Darris (they/she) is an organizer committed to building and deepening relationships to create networks of radical care and support. They create spaces that focus on the needs of children, community members, and partner organizations collaborating for community health and systems change.
Adriana supports the Director and Building Coordinator for The Deaconess Center for Child Well-being in facilitating a welcoming and orderly environment for all.
Previously, they advocated for community members in South St. Louis as a Spanish Medical Interpreter and supported elementary and middle school children as a Social and Emotional mentor. Her values have led her to working as an EMT in St. Louis, math instructor in East St. Louis, and a mutual aid pod leader in Dutchtown. Adriana’s creative mind and love for working with children have brought them to Deaconess Foundation’s office. She is excited to be one of the first people you will meet in the space.
They are passionate about survivor-led efforts to end interpersonal and state violence. With tools rooted in the principles of transformative justice, such as deep listening and radical trust, she is adept at navigating conflict.
She is working on healing through grief, transforming trauma in her own body, and fighting for Black trans liberation. You can find Adriana in a garden, listening to alternative R&B, or dreaming up new possibilities. They live in Dutchtown, St. Louis.