Chief Operations Officer

Aja has been working for nearly 20 years in the areas of residential program management and operations, crisis intervention, child welfare, domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, prisoners’ rights, and alternative court systems. Beginning her time with SAFE as a Youth Care Worker in the Teen Parent & Early Childhood Program, she has since served as the Senior Director of Residential Services, the Senior Director of Community Advocacy, and the Vice President of Residential & Community Care.

Prior to her time with SAFE, Aja worked at agencies such as The Southern Center for Human Rights, the Innocence Project, and Justice NOW, advocating for prisoners experiencing abuse, neglect and sexual assault, and with exonerees transitioning to the free world after their wrongful convictions were overturned. Aja also worked with survivors of domestic violence as a Hotline Advocate at Safe Horizon in NYC, and she is an experienced research assistant.

Locally, Aja has served on numerous community groups and task forces, including several years as co-leader of the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Work Group, through the Central Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Drawing on her many years as a competitive athlete and captain, Aja is highly regarded for her supervisory skills, systems implementation, and team-building. She enjoys helping managers and direct service teams improve their services to survivors, support one another, and care for themselves.

Aja is a certified Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner and Dare to Lead™ Facilitator through the Brené Brown Education and Research Group.

Aja Recommends Reading: Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, and The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates.