Tracy Serdjenian, Communications Director

At Rise, Tracy co-facilitates our writing and reporting groups. Through storytelling and interview processes grounded in community and relationship building and parents’ experiences, we connect with ourselves and each other and advocate for change. Tracy envisions Rise publications and media platforms as tools to learn, support parents, share information as a community and connect parents’ individual and collective experiences with the child welfare system to intersectional racial justice movements that engage restorative/transformative justice practices and community-based solutions. 

Tracy previously worked at national organizations on child welfare systems improvement for over 10 years and has also supported youth-led community organizing and political advocacy efforts to change the foster system in New York City. Her background includes community organizing, digital storytelling and oral history projects and research and policy, including participatory action research. Tracy is a graduate of Vassar College where she studied sociology and the Hunter College School of Social Work where she focused on community organizing and group work.

After working with child welfare systems for over a decade, Tracy is deeply committed to an approach that is led by impacted parents and focuses on community-led solutions, instead of family policing and family separation. She is passionate about the ways that various forms of creative expression, including storytelling, connect with and contribute to healing movements to fight injustice and organize for societal change. Being from a family and culture impacted by a denied genocide, she believes in the power and importance of storytelling as truth telling and a way of connecting with ourselves and each other, and works in solidarity with parents to counter the false and harmful dominant narrative of the family policing system.

Tracy joined Rise as Editorial Director in 2019 and took on the role of Communications Director in 2021.