Francine Ortega, LCSW, (Dialogue Team, pronouns she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker with a passion for social justice. She is a bilingual Latina raised in Southern California who is committed to serving the Latinx community. For the past twenty years, Francine has worked in a variety of mental health settings with children, youth and families, including therapeutic nursery school, school-based counseling, outpatient community mental health, and early childhood mental health consultation. She sees her mental health work with clients and communities as avenues for both healing and empowerment. For Francine, facilitating intergroup dialogue is an exciting extension of her clinical work, as it seeks to promote individual and system growth and change using the powerful tools of communication and reflection.