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Across the country, the Center’s staff reflects our belief that great leadership potential exists in the communities we seek to serve.

We are from red states and blue; we are both youthful and seasoned; and we represent the rich diversity of America’s immigrants, recent and from decades past, as well as its native population. Together, we work with vigor and vision to end poverty and exclusion in America.

Organizing Team Electoral Team Executive Office Public Policy Team Communications Team Institutional Advancement Team Operations Team

Organizing Team

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  • Michael Anderson

    Michael Anderson | Director, Housing Trust Fund Project

    Quote

    “Concentrate not on the eradication of evil, but the cultivation of good.  Evil is not driven out, but crowded out” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Sulma Arias

    Sulma Arias | Immigration Field Director

    Quote

    “I realized that they could take everything from me except my mind and my heart.  Those things I still had control over, and I decided not to give them away!” – Nelson Mandela

  • Drew Astolfi

    Drew Astolfi | Senior Organizer

    Quote

    “Every human being is a raindrop and when enough of the raindrops become clear and coherent they become the power of the storm.” – John Trudell

  • Salvador Cervantes

    Salvador Cervantes | FIRM Regional Organizer

    Quote

    “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker

  • Mary Dailey

    Mary Dailey | Taconic Fellow

    Quote

    “I had to turn my anger into a slow burning fire, instead of a consuming fire. You don’t want the fire to go out — you never let it go out — and if it ever gets weak, you stoke it, but you don’t want it to burn you up. It keeps you going, but you subdue it, because you don’t want to be destroyed by it.

    When I talk about a slow burning fire, I mean a fire that is banked for the moment. All the fire it ever had is still there. I can uncover a little bit at a time, and if it flames up too high, I can throw more ashes on it so it won’t come up and burn me, and everybody around me. But I don’t want to put it out, I want it to stay there. It’s there, it could flare up, and there may be times when it should flare up. What you need is a good backlog going all the time.” – Myles Horton – from The Long Haul

  • Ronnie Galvin

    Ronnie Galvin | Senior Advisor

    Quote

    “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in rage almost all of the time.” – James Baldwin

  • Katy Heins

    Katy Heins | Senior Field Organizer

    Quote

    “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage.  Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” –St. Augustine

  • Cesar Hernandez

    Cesar Hernandez | Senior Organizer

    Quote

    “The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity.” ― Marcus Garvey

  • David Kimball

    David Kimball | National Field Director

    Quote

    “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am ‘I’? If not now, then when?” – Rabbi Hillel

  • Wendoly Marte

    Wendoly Marte | Field Organizer

    Quote

    “If we have learned anything in life is that the primary factor in everything is the human being, as well as his or her quality and spirit. Those who have faith and hope in the possibilities of humankind are those who will push it forward” – José María Arizmendiarrieta

  • Kica Matos

    Kica Matos | Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice

  • Aimee Nichols

    Aimee Nichols | Senior Project Manager

    Quote

    “Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.” – Cesar Chavez

  • Mayron Payes

    Mayron Payes | Senior Organizer

    Quote

    “The rose blinds the sharpshooting champions.” – Roque Dalton

  • Deirdra Reed

    Deirdra Reed | Senior Organizer

    Quote

    “My philosophy is such that I am not going to vote against the oppressed. I have been oppressed, and so I am always going to have a vote for the oppressed, regardless of whether that oppressed is black or white or yellow or the people of the Middle East, or what. I have that feeling.” – Septima Clark

  • Gary Sandusky

    Gary Sandusky | Senior Field Organizer

    Quote

    “If one man has a dollar he didn’t work for, some other man worked for a dollar he didn’t get.” – Big Bill Haywood

  • Evonne Tisdale

    Evonne Tisdale | Senior Field Organizer

    Quote

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us most.” – Marianne Williamson

  • Peter Woiwode

    Peter Woiwode | Regional Field Organizer

    Quote

    “The best country in the world, they say. May be, I haven’t really lived anywhere else. But it’s not good enough as far as I am concerned.” – Ella Baker

  • Aida Cuadradro

    Aida Cuadradro | Field Organizer

    Quote

    “Woe to those who make unjust laws,
    to those who issue oppressive decrees,
    to deprive the poor of their rights
    and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,
    making widows their prey
    and robbing the fatherless.” Isaiah 10

  • Byron Hobbs

    Byron Hobbs | Field Organizer

    Quote

    “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today” – Malcolm X

  • Isaias Guerrero

    Isaias Guerrero | Immigration Regional Organizer

    Quote

    “Never forget that love is what justice looks like in public” by Dr. Cornel West

  • Chris Torres

    Chris Torres | National Political Director

  • Michelle Kingue

    Michelle Kingue | Administrative Support Specialist

    Quote

    “We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls “enemy,” for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.”
    Dr Martin Luther King, “A Time to Break Silence” (April 4, 1967)

  • Elsa Barboza

    Elsa Barboza | Senior Field Organizer

Electoral Team

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  • Ben Hanna

    Ben Hanna | National Political Field Director

    Quote

    “When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.” -Nelson Mandela

  • Grecia Lima

    Grecia Lima | Deputy National Field Director

    Quote

    “Baila, baila Zarite por que esclavo es libre…mientras baila. Yo eh bailado siempre.” – La Isla Bajo el Mar, Isabel Allende

    Translation: “Dance, dance Zarite because slave that dances is free…while dancing.. I have always danced.” – The Island under the Sea, Isabel Allende

  • Erick Pleitez

    Erick Pleitez | Electoral Data Manager

Executive Office

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  • Deepak Bhargava

    Deepak Bhargava | President

    Quote

    “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.” – Frederick Douglass

  • Dorian Warren

    Dorian Warren | Vice President

  • Emily Andrews

    Emily Andrews | Director of Project Management

    Quote

    “Freedom is never given; it is won.” – A. Philip Randolph

  • Seth Borgos

    Seth Borgos | Director of Research and Program Development

    Quote

    “Without contraries there is no progress.” – William Blake

  • Emily Fischer

    Emily Fischer | Senior Project Manager

    Quote

    “The cords of bigotry and prejudice here can be cut with the same blade. We have to keep that blade sharp and share it with one another.” –Malcolm X

  • Kyle Grassi

    Kyle Grassi | Project Manager

    Quote

    “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” – Nelson Mandela

  • Terican Gross

    Terican Gross | Executive Coordinator

    Quote

    “Read my letter to the old folks, and give my love to them, and tell my brothers to be always watching unto prayer, and when the good old ship of Zion comes along, to be ready to step aboard.” – Harriet Tubman

  • Mary Lassen

    Mary Lassen | Managing Director

    Quote

    “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein

  • Julia Foster

    Julia Foster | Senior Manager, Office of the President

    Quote

    “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,/Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

  • Deepak Pateriya

    Deepak Pateriya | Chief of Staff

    Quote

    “Only people with hope will struggle. If people are in trouble, if people are suffering and exploited and want to get out from under the heel of oppression, if they have hope that it can be done, if they can see a path that leads to a solution, a path that makes sense to them and is consistent with their beliefs and their experience, then they’ll move. But it must be a path that they’ve started clearing. They’ve got to know the direction in which they are going and have a general idea of the kind of society they’d like to have.” – Myles Horton (from The Long Haul)

Public Policy Team

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  • Allegra Baider

    Allegra Baider | Deputy Director of Public Policy

    Quote

    “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” – Jane Addams

  • Kate Kahan

    Kate Kahan | Legislative Director

    Quote

    “If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice, have recognition for difference without attaching difference to privilege.” – Bell Hooks

  • Chirag Mehta

    Chirag Mehta | Senior Policy Advisor

    Quote

    “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

  • Jaimie Worker

    Jaimie Worker | Policy Analyst

    Quote

    “Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking.” – Wangari Maathai

  • Steve Savner

    Steve Savner | Director of Public Policy

Communications Team

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  • Marisol Bello

    Marisol Bello | Director of Content Strategy and Development

    Quote

    “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

  • Donna De la Cruz

    Donna De la Cruz | Deputy Director of Communications

    Quote

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

  • Jeff Parcher

    Jeff Parcher | Director of Communications

    Quote

    “It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.” – Robert Kennedy

  • Joseph Pate

    Joseph Pate | Digital Community Manager

    Quote

    “In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” – Marianne Williamson

  • Tarah Walsh

    Tarah Walsh | Campaign Project Manager

    Quote

    “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” — Emily Dickinson

  • Anh K. Hoang

    Anh K. Hoang | Web Developer

    Quote

    “We think we’ve come so far. Torture of heretics, burning of witches, is all ancient history. Then, before you can blink an eye, suddenly, it threatens to start all over again.”

    — Captain Jean-Luc Picard

  • Juanita Monsalve

    Juanita Monsalve | Digital Director, RI4A

  • Michael Saldarriaga

    Michael Saldarriaga | Interim Director of Digital Strategy

  • Elice Rojas-Cruz

    Elice Rojas-Cruz | Digital Campaign Manager, RI4A

    Quote

    “This is the joyous destiny of our people—to bury the arc of the moral universe so deep in justice that it will never be undone.” –Junot Díaz

  • Jasmine Nazarett

    Jasmine Nazarett | Senior Media Specialist

    Quote

    “We must use our lives to make the world a better place to live, not just to acquire things. That is what we are put on the earth for.” -Dolores Huerta

Institutional Advancement Team

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  • Janlori Goldman

    Janlori Goldman | Director of Institutional Advancement & Strategic Senior Advisor

    Quote

    “We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.”

    -Gwendolyn Brooks

  • Beth Rayfield

    Beth Rayfield | Director of Development

    Quote

    We must change the world, we must change ourselves, and we must change ourselves in order to change the world.

    –Kenneth Kraft, The Wheel of Engaged Buddhism

  • Katherine Ollenburger

    Katherine Ollenburger | Writing Director

    Quote

    “You can’t write poems about trees when the woods are full of policemen.” – Bertolt Brecht

  • Sandy Elkhoury

    Sandy Elkhoury | Development Strategist

    Quote

    “Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.”

    14th Dalai Lama

  • Tiffany FitzGerald

    Tiffany FitzGerald | Senior Development Strategist

    Quote

    “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” ~ Angela Davis

  • Janice Wielinski

    Janice Wielinski | Donor Database Manager

    Quote

    “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile” – Albert Einstein

  • Tracy Wright

    Tracy Wright | Institutional Advancement Coordinator

    Quote

    “Poverty is the worst form of violence.”  ~ Mahatma Ghandi

Operations Team

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  • Trevor Bass

    Trevor Bass | Finance Manager

    Quote

    “If there is no struggle there is no progress” – Frederick Douglass

  • Tamika Dillard

    Tamika Dillard | Human Resources Generalist

    Quote

    “Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.” -Maya Angelou

  • Marcia Glasgow

    Marcia Glasgow | Facilities & Administrative Services Manager

    Quote

    “I’m grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love – for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.” ― Maya Angelou

  • Amber Hobbs

    Amber Hobbs | Technology Support Manager

    Quote

    “You are the somewhere you are trying to get to.” – Mooji

  • Darnetta Hollis

    Darnetta Hollis | Operations Coordinator

    Quote

    “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” ― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

  • Kathy Mor

    Kathy Mor | Operations Manager -- Convenings & Travel

    Quote

    The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” – Jane Addams

  • Tony Nam

    Tony Nam | Project Finance Manager

    Quote

    “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening/that is translated through you into action,/ and because there is only one of you in all time,/this expression is unique./If you block it,/it will never exist through any other medium/and be lost./The world will not have it./It is not your business to determine how good it is;/nor how valuable it is;/nor how it compares with other expressions./It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly,/to keep the channel open.” – Martha Graham in a letter to Agnes DeMille

  • Linda Nguyen

    Linda Nguyen | Director of Talent Acquisition & Development

    Quote

    “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action,
    And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. 
    If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.
    The world will not have it.
    It is not your business to determine how good it is,
    Nor how it compares to other expressions.
    It is simply your business to keep the channel open.”  – Martha Graham

  • Irma Rivera

    Irma Rivera | Director of Administration

  • Miriam Savad

    Miriam Savad | Director of Data & Technology

    Quote

    “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” -Audre Lorde

  • Petra Smith

    Petra Smith | Director of Human Resources

  • Ryan Young

    Ryan Young | Director of Operations

  • Daniel Yu

    Daniel Yu | Director of Finance

    Quote

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Lao Tzu