Sequoia Ayala

Director of Operations, Move to End Violence


Sequoia Ayala is the director of operations for Move to End Violence, a 10-year, $80 million capacity-building initiative of the NoVo Foundation. A mover and a shaker, Sequoia brings more than eight years of diverse experiences in organizational management, movement lawyering, and facilitating change for and with women and communities of color. Her commitment to gender and racial justice is rooted in her deep respect and appreciation for all people.

Prior to joining the MEV team, Sequoia was the director of policy and advocacy at SisterLove in Atlanta, Ga., where she worked collaboratively with community members, elected officials, researchers, and policymakers in the advancement of the health, well-being, and human rights of Black women and women of color. While at SisterLove, Sequoia worked to strengthen the organization’s internal and external systems to improve program service delivery and effectiveness.

Sequoia is the vice chair of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta/ Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative. She is also a newly elected member of the National Women’s Health Network’s Board of Directors. Sequoia has a juris doctorate from the American University Washington College of Law and a master’s degree in International Development from the AU School of International Service. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese, she is licensed to practice law in Georgia. In her free time, she enjoys singing and dancing són and admiring her plant babies in her home garden. She lives in Georgia with her husband, three children, and two dogs.