Elizabeth MacMahon-Herrera, LISW, a founding member of Our Bodies Ourselves, is a social worker whose work has involved family and child therapy and developing innovative educational and mental health programs for multi-ethnic communities.
Elizabeth has taught, trained and consulted with teachers, paraprofessionals and mental health providers in diverse settings in Boston, New York City and New Mexico, where she currently resides. She has worked at the Judge Baker Children’s Center, the Guidance Center (Cambridge, Mass.), Simmons School of Social Work, the Child Center Of New York, University of New Mexico, Santa Fe Community College and Rio Rancho public schools.
She is a cofounder of Amigas Latinas en Accion pro-Salud (ALAS) and producer of the first Spanish language video on AIDS in the U.S.
Her movement around the country and between the United States and Colombia, where she was born, has enriched her personal life, enabling her to showcase aspects of Latino culture through articles, videos, radio shows, and as an OBOS co-founder.
Elizabeth’s work is informed by principles of Paulo Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” and Michael White’s narrative therapy teachings, as well as by activists of color and, most directly, by many incredible women.