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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  • Sulma Arias

    Sulma Arias

    Director of Immigrant Rights


    “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

  • Seft Hunter

    Seft Hunter

    Director Black Led Organizing & Power Building


    “Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.”

    Coretta Scott King

  • Wendoly Marte

    Wendoly Marte

    Senior Field Campaign Manager


    “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

  • Michael Anderson

    Michael Anderson

    Director, Housing Trust Fund Project


    “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.

  • Katy Heins

    Katy Heins

    Senior Field Organizer


    “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

  • Aida Cuadrado

    Aida Cuadrado

    Field Organizer


    “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

  • Evonne Tisdale

    Evonne Tisdale

    Senior Field Organizer

  • Byron Hobbs

    Byron Hobbs

    Senior Organizer


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

  • David Kimball

    David Kimball

    Senior Field Advisor

  • Cesar Hernandez

    Cesar Hernandez

    Senior Organizer


    “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

  • Salvador Cervantes

    Salvador Cervantes

    Midwest Regional Organizer


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

  • Drew Astolfi

    Drew Astolfi

    Senior Organizer

  • Elsa Barboza

    Elsa Barboza

    Senior Organizer

  • Isaias Guerrero

    Isaias Guerrero

    Southern Region Organizer


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

  • Mayron Payes

    Mayron Payes

    Senior Organizer


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

  • Ben Hanna

    Ben Hanna

    National Political Field Director


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

  • Alma Couverthie

    Alma Couverthie

    Deputy Field Director


    “Seamos realistas y hagamos lo imposible” -Ernesto Ché Guevara

  • Rommel Sandino

    Rommel Sandino

    Northeast Regional Organizer


    “Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate 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.” – Cesar Chavez

  • Chris Genese

    Chris Genese

    Senior Organizer


    “Life is beautiful. Life is a struggle. Life is a beautiful struggle.

  • Tammy Thomas Miles

    Tammy Thomas Miles

    Senior Organizer

  • Rabayah Akhter

    Rabayah Akhter

    Project Manager, Immigration

  • Bethel Tsegaye

    Bethel Tsegaye

    Senior Project Manager, Immigrant Rights & Racial & Gender Justice


    “Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you really want them to understand.”
    ― Frantz Fanon

  • Alix McAtee

    Alix McAtee

    Program Associate, Immigration

  • Ross Fitzgerald

    Ross Fitzgerald

    Field Organizer

Electoral Team

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  • Grecia Lima

    Grecia Lima

    Political Director


    “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

  • Erika Grohoski Peralta

    Erika Grohoski Peralta

    Electoral Organizer

  • Mike Griffin

    Mike Griffin

    Electoral Organizer


    “We declare our right on this Earth to be a man, to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this Earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.” – Malcolm X, 1965

  • Gilbert Nuñez

    Gilbert Nuñez

    Electoral Data Manager


    “The great social justice changes in our country have happened when people came together, organized, and took direct action. It is this right that sustains and nurtures our democracy today. The civil rights movement, the labor movement, the women’s movement, and the equality movement for our LGBT brothers and sisters are all manifestations of these rights.” –Dolores Huerta

  • Kristee Paschall

    Kristee Paschall

    Director of Strategic Initiatives

  • Imaa Nicco-Annan

    Imaa Nicco-Annan

    Project Coordinator, Electoral & Compliance

  • Franco Caliz-Aguilar

    Franco Caliz-Aguilar

    Senior Political Advisor

Executive Office

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  • Dorian Warren

    Dorian Warren



    “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” – James Baldwin Read Dorian full biography here.

  • Seth Borgos

    Seth Borgos

    Director of Research and Program Development


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

  • Susan Wefald

    Susan Wefald

    Economic Justice Program Director


    we have chosen each other
    and the edge of each other’s battles
    the war is the same
    if we lose
    someday women’s blood will congeal
    upon a dead planet
    if we win
    there is no telling.
    Audre Lorde
  • Lilia Cherchari

    Lilia Cherchari

    Executive Coordinator


    “A government or a party gets the people it deserves, and sooner or later a people gets the government it deserves.” – Frantz Fanon

  • Emily Fischer

    Emily Fischer

    Senior Project Manager


    “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

    Senior Project Manager


    “Ignorance allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” – James Baldwin

  • Mary Lassen

    Mary Lassen

    Managing Director


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

  • Deepak Pateriya

    Deepak Pateriya

    Chief of Staff


    “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)

  • Lorella Praeli

    Lorella Praeli

    Vice President

    Lorella Praeli is a freedom fighter, movement builder, and adaptive athlete.

    She is the President of Community Change Action and Vice President of Community Change. Lorella is passionate about building collective power to win transformative policy change at all levels of government, so that people can thrive. Most recently, she was the ACLU’s Deputy National Political Director, where she fought to defend and expand the rights of immigrants and refugees. Prior to joining the ACLU, Lorella mobilized the Latinx vote as Hillary Clinton’s National Latino Vote Director.

    Lorella moved from Peru to Connecticut with her family at the age of ten. Her life was transformed after coming out as “undocumented and unafraid” and organizing undocumented students to step into their power in Connecticut. She then served as United We Dream’s Director of Advocacy and Policy, where she led the campaign to implement DACA and was part of the team that persuaded the Obama administration to protect four million undocumented Americans through DAPA.

    Lorella is a proud Latina who believes that we will win.


    “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” – Angela Davis

  • Trish Tchume

    Trish Tchume

    Director of Leadership Development


    “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” – Angela Davis

  • Chirag Mehta

    Chirag Mehta

    Director of Governing Agenda and Ideas Generation


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

  • Derek Johnson

    Derek Johnson

    Executive Coordinator


    “Black people were not allowed in the park, and so it filled our dreams.”

    -Toni Morrison

  • Carmen Orozco-Acosta

    Carmen Orozco-Acosta

    Senior Advisor to the President


    “Whenever you start – give it your best.  The opportunities are there to be anything you want to be.  But wanting to be someone isn’t enough; dreaming about it isn’t enough; thinking about it isn’t enough.  You’ve got to study for it, work for it, fight for it, with all your heart and soul, because nobody is going to hand it to you.” – Colin Powell

  • Tottionna Matthews

    Tottionna Matthews

    Executive Coordinator

Public Policy Team

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  • Kate Kahan

    Kate Kahan

    Legislative Director


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

  • Allegra Baider

    Allegra Baider

    Deputy Director of Public Policy


    “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

  • Rita Medina

    Rita Medina

    Senior Legislative Associate


    “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Jennifer Cossyleon

    Jennifer Cossyleon

    Policy Advisor / Mellon ACLS Public Fellow

  • AnneRose Menachery

    AnneRose Menachery

    Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor

Communications Team

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  • Marisol Bello

    Marisol Bello

    Director of Communications


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

  • Jasmine Nazarett

    Jasmine Nazarett

    Senior Communications Manager


    “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

  • Jeff Parcher

    Jeff Parcher

    Director of Public Affairs


    “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

  • Cristina Rayas

    Cristina Rayas

    Content Creator


    “It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.
    The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” – Wendell Berry
  • Dallas Diaz

    Dallas Diaz

    Senior Digital Organizing Manager


    “All that you touch
    You Change.

    All that you Change
    Changes you.

    The only lasting truth
    is Change.

    is Change.”
    ― Octavia E. Butler

  • Tarah Walsh

    Tarah Walsh

    Director of Digital Strategy


    “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

Institutional Advancement Team

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  • Beth Rayfield

    Beth Rayfield

    Director of Institutional Advancement


    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

    Director of Brand Strategy and Chief Writer


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

  • Susan Rightsell

    Susan Rightsell

    Deputy Director of Institutional Advancement


    “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”― Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Sandy Elkhoury

    Sandy Elkhoury

    Major Gifts Manager


    “Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.” 14th Dalai Lama

  • Judy Woods

    Judy Woods

    Institutional Advancement Coordinator


    “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe

  • Kristin Witting

    Kristin Witting

    Deputy Director of Development Strategy and Senior Writer


    “When you fight, you sometimes win; when you don’t, you always lose.” Rebecca Solnit

  • Karla McLean

    Karla McLean

    Donor Communications and Marketing Manager


    “I come as one but stand as ten thousand.”– Maya Angelou, To Our Grandmothers

  • Darylle Sheehan

    Darylle Sheehan

    Donor Database Manager


    “I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” ― Jana Stanfield

  • Maya Simpkins

    Maya Simpkins

    Senior Development Strategist

  • Tara Culp-Ressler

    Tara Culp-Ressler

    Senior Development Strategist


    “A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood

Operations Team

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  • Ryan Young

    Ryan Young

    Chief of Operations and Organizational Sustainability

  • Julia Foster

    Julia Foster

    Director of People and Planning


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

  • Stefan Perazich

    Stefan Perazich

    Project Manager: Contracts & Compliance

  • Trevor Bass

    Trevor Bass

    Senior Accounting Manager


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

  • Marcia Glasgow

    Marcia Glasgow

    Facilities & Administrative Services Manager


    “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

    Senior Technology Support Manager


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

  • Darnetta Hollis

    Darnetta Hollis

    Operations Coordinator


    “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

    Senior Events Manager


    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

  • Linda Nguyen

    Linda Nguyen

    Director of Talent Acquisition & Development


    “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 Campaign Compliance & Risk Management

  • Clement Sinclair

    Clement Sinclair

    Administrative & Technology Support Specialist


    “Without commitment you will never start and without consistency you will never finish.” – Denzel Washington

  • Nader Ghorban Zadeh

    Nader Ghorban Zadeh

    Talent Coordinator

  • Victoria Ward

    Victoria Ward

    Director of Operations & Finance


    “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

  • Carlos Vahos

    Carlos Vahos

    Budget Manager

  • KJ Johnson

    KJ Johnson

    Director of Campaign Advancement and Organizational Sustainability


    Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ― Robert F. Kennedy

  • Kim Huckabone

    Kim Huckabone

    Director of Human Resources

  • Margaret Ringler

    Margaret Ringler

    Campaign Advancement Coordinator


    “The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.” – John Schaar