Meet Our People

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

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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