Lead Ravens & Youth Organizers
Our young organizers are the guiding light of our movement. Lead Ravens organize and mobilize other young activists within their communities, bringing game-changing, on-the-ground Operations to life. QuaranTEEN organizers are the virtual powerhouses behind our growing online community, where young activists congregate, connect, and collaborate.
Marlie Adams (she/her)
Lead Raven, Boca Raton Corps
Favorite Food: Chipotle burrito bowls
Favorite Quote: "Do unto others as you would like others to do unto you"
Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Film and photography. Many people will not believe what you say unless you provide visual evidence.
Julianna Barrenos (she/her)
Co-Lead Raven, Los Angeles Corps
Favorite Food: Tikka Masala with white rice
Favorite Quote: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King Jr
Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Outreach!
Justine Colby (she/they)
Lead Raven, Salem Corps
Favorite Food: My favorite food has always been mac and cheese, and that hasn't changed at all since going vegan.
Favorite Quote: “Freedom, by definition, is people realizing that they are their own leaders.” - Diane Nash
Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Definitely art, community building/strengthening, and mutual-aid
Nadia Gogulia (she/her)
Co-Lead & QuaranTEEN Organizer - Zoomers to Boomers , Los Angeles Corps
Favorite Food: Baked potatoes
Favorite Quote: “The future depends on what you do today.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Educational outreach
Kimi Herrera (she/her)
Lead Raven, San Diego Corps
Favorite Food: Fruit, potatoes of any kind, and kombucha
Favorite Quote: “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Protesting, photography, and teaching
Serena Holland (she/her)
QuaranTEEN organizer - #ItsLit, Caw, Caw Bitches Coordinator
Favorite Food: Potato salad
Favorite Quote: “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
Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Signing petitions and self-education
Emily Horyn (she/her)
Lead Raven, Banff Corps
Favorite Food: Changes with the season! Cold watermelon in the summer, some kind of roasted squash the rest of the year. Also you can’t go wrong with some vegan chocolate.
Favorite Quote: “The land knows you, even when you are lost.” - Robin Wall Kimmerer
Preferred Forms of Advocacy: I always keep coming back to work on myself by asking myself questions like How can I create less waste?, In what ways do I neglect my relationship to the earth?, or In what ways do I contribute to a racist society? Once I’ve answered these questions, I can start to ask the same questions but with In what ways does my community...?
Omar Mahamoud (he/him)
Lead Raven, QuaranTEEN Organizer, Zoomers to Boomers, Vancouver Corps
Favorite Food: Malawax (Somali crepes)
Favorite Quote: “They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds." - Dinos Christianopoulos
Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Education/raising awareness
Mia Vierck (she/her)
Lead Raven & QuaranTEEN Organizer #BodyLove, La Quinta Corps
Favorite Food: Mac n’ cheese
Favorite Quote: “Be a lover. Give love. Choose love.” - Harry Styles
Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Any form of positive activism, whether that be hosting a vegan potluck or participating in a peaceful protest!
HQ is a collaboration of youth leadership and older allies who determine programming and keep things running administratively, always guided by the Ravens.
Cami Hoffman (she/her, they/them)
Youth Director & QuaranTEEN Organizer - Self-Aid Sunday
Favorite Food: Sweet potatoes
Favorite Quote: "To love a place is not enough. We must find ways to heal it.” - Robin Wall Kimmerer
Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Conversations, artivism, grassroots political organizing/action
M. Claire Howe, Esq. (she/her)
Executive Director + Co-founder
Favorite Food: Tofu RULES.
Favorite Quote: “When you grow up, your heart dies.” - Gunship
Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Supporting young activists, anything that involves creativity, and connecting with people on a basic, human level to figure out how we can harmoniously make the most of our time on this beautiful planet.
Chris Parrucci, Esq. (he/him)
Chief Operations Officer
Favorite Food: Chips and Guacamole
Favorite Quote: “The whole damn system is wrong.” - Lisa Simpson
Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Preparing delicious, affordable, accessible vegan food; Education; story-telling
Jesse Zamora (he/him)
Program Manager, Growing Beyond the Recipe
Favorite Food: Pho
Favorite Quote: "...the people who give you their food give you their heart." - Cesar Chavez
Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Revolves around community building. Having events like cooking meetups while engaging in real conversation with people.
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