Victoria Costa is an energetic and multi-faceted creative with a background in project management, content strategy and frontend development. She has added her management perspective, curriculum experience, coding skills, design aesthetic, and sense of humor to a wide range of interactive learning experiences around the world, including university courses, multimedia installations, curriculum guides and educational programs for young and adult learners. She has a collaborative work ethic, which envisions a cooperative future, and has over ten years of experience working with solopreneurs, small organizations, nonprofits, universities, international NGOs and corporations customizing products and implementing great lessons about cultural diversity, social justice, environmental ethics, food heritage and technology.
Victoria lives in NYC with her wife, an assistant professor of Anthropology at CUNY. Together, they co-founded Cool Anthropology, a grant-funded international collective that translates rigorous academic research for popular consumption, breaking down the closed circuits of the academy with interactive media, digital outreach, and a whole lot of hustle. Projects include Shifting Stereotypes, The Road of Development, Embodying Ecological Heritage, Maya Deer Dance, and Producing Cool Anthropology, an edited volume (forthcoming). They have 1 son, a budding composer pursuing a dual degree in studio composition and media studies at SUNY Purchase.
She believes we need to use our hands in initiatives within our own communities, and encourages her friends and neighbors to volunteer on projects they find vital to meet the needs of those most vulnerable amongst us. She serves on the board of her CSA, where she helps cut the millionaires out of the food chain, and volunteers with seniors at her local community center. She also lends her hands and resources to indigenous communities in South Dakota, Belize, Guatemala and Peru.
As a daughter of a Cuban immigrant and a queer woman with no degrees or certifications, Victoria’s self-lead learning and professional trajectory has embodied the #YesWeCode spirit, and she is proud to serve its mission to reward grit, ambition and talent with pathways to success and self-determination.