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


    “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


    “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

  • Salvador Cervantes

    Salvador Cervantes | FIRM Regional Organizer


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

  • Alma Couverthie

    Alma Couverthie | Deputy Field Director of Immigration


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

  • Ronnie Galvin

    Ronnie Galvin | Senior Advisor


    “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


    “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


    “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

  • Wendoly Marte

    Wendoly Marte | Field Organizer


    “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

  • Mayron Payes

    Mayron Payes | Senior Organizer


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

  • Deirdra Reed

    Deirdra Reed | Senior Organizer


    “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

  • Caitlin Spinelli-Moore

    Caitlin Spinelli-Moore | Project Manager - Immigration


    “The future will belong to those who have passion and are willing to work hard to make our country better.” – Paul Wellstone

  • Peter Woiwode

    Peter Woiwode | Regional Field Organizer


    “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


    “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


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

  • Isaias Guerrero

    Isaias Guerrero | Immigration Regional Organizer


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

  • Chris Torres

    Chris Torres | National Political Director

  • Elsa Barboza

    Elsa Barboza | Senior Field Organizer

  • Franco Caliz-Aguilar

    Franco Caliz-Aguilar | Electoral Organizer


    “Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.” – Robert Kennedy

Electoral Team

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  • Ben Hanna

    Ben Hanna | National Political Field Director


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

  • Grecia Lima

    Grecia Lima | Deputy National 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

  • Erick Pleitez

    Erick Pleitez | Electoral Data Manager

Executive Office

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  • Deepak Bhargava

    Deepak Bhargava | President


    “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


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

  • Seth Borgos

    Seth Borgos | Director of Research and Program Development


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

  • 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 | Project Manager


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

  • Terican Gross

    Terican Gross | Executive Coordinator


    “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


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

  • Julia Foster

    Julia Foster | Senior Manager, Office of the President


    “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


    “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)

  • Trish Tchume

    Trish Tchume | Leadership Program Director


    “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

Public Policy Team

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Chirag Mehta

    Chirag Mehta | Senior Policy Advisor


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

  • Jaimie Worker

    Jaimie Worker | Policy Analyst


    “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


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

  • Donna De la Cruz

    Donna De la Cruz | Deputy Director of Communications


    “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


    “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 Campaigns Manager


    “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


    “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 | Senior Software Developer


    “Understanding is the essence of love. If you cannot understand, you cannot love.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Jasmine Nazarett

    Jasmine Nazarett | Senior Media Specialist


    “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

  • 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
  • Marcella Vitulli

    Marcella Vitulli | Director of Digital Strategy


    “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

  • Sebastian Medina-Tayac

    Sebastian Medina-Tayac | Digital Organizing Manager - Immigration


    Revolution is based on land. Land is the basis of all independence. Land is the basis of freedom, justice, and equality.

    Malcolm X


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 | Development Strategist


    “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


    “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


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

  • Tracy Wright

    Tracy Wright | Institutional Advancement Coordinator


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

  • Ghazala Salam

    Ghazala Salam | Major Gifts Manager


    “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” Frederick Douglass

Operations Team

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  • Ryan Young

    Ryan Young | Director of Operations

  • Trevor Bass

    Trevor Bass | Finance Manager


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

  • Tamika Dillard

    Tamika Dillard | Human Resources Generalist


    “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


    “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


    “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

  • Tony Nam

    Tony Nam | Project Finance Manager


    “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


    “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 Advancement

  • Petra Smith

    Petra Smith | Director of Human Resources

  • 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 and Organizational Sustainability Coordinator