Meet Our People

Lead Ravens

Our young organizers are the guiding light of our movement. Lead Ravens organize and mobilize other young activists, bringing game-changing advocacy Operations to life. Lead Ravens are also the virtual powerhouses behind our online community, where young activists congregate, connect, and collaborate.

Abi Jeanseau (she/they)

Corps: Growing Beyond the Recipe

Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese all the way

Favorite Quote: "When the last tree has fallen, and the rivers are poisoned, you cannot eat money" - AURORA/ Native American proverb

Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Educational outreach is wonderful because showing people how to think critically about their actions and the world around them is the first step towards creating a healthier Earth and community!

Anata Tran (she/they)

Corps: Growing Beyond the Recipe

Favorite Food: Tofu Pad Thai

Favorite Quote: "Stupid is as stupid does” - Forrest Gump

Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Literary activism and marches

Ash Ginsberg (he/they)

Corps: What we Wished we Learned in Health

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Quote: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Protest marches

Deicide Gismano (They/Them )

Corps: Animal Protection Corner

Favorite Food: Sagu and açaí!

Favorite Quote: "Struggle so that all may live this rich, overflowing life. And be sure that in this struggle you will find a joy greater than anything else can give." - Peter Kropotkin

Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Direct action, grassroots organizing, mutual aid, (self)education, demonstrations, and workshops!

Julianna Barrenos (she/her)

Corps: Los Angeles

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!

Lucas Gannon (He/Him )

Corps: PDX-Men!

Favorite Food: My Grandma's Tzimmes (Ashkenazi Jewish stew)

Favorite Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" - Wayne Gretzky

Preferred Forms of Advocacy: On-the-ground work, helping people in need, whether that be protesting, feeding the homeless, or volunteering

Marlie Adams (she/her)

Corps: The Animal Protection Corner

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.

Mia Vierck (she/her)

Corps: Self Love

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!

Nadia Gogulia (she/her)

Corps: Los Angeles, Zoomers to Boomers, Animal Protection Corner

Favorite Food: Baked potatoes

Favorite Quote: “The future depends on what you do today.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Educational outreach

Omar Mahamoud (he/him)

Corps: Zoomers to Boomers

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

Rey Watson (They/Them )

Corps: Growing Beyond the Recipe

Favorite Food: Chocolate ice cream

Favorite Quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Direct action/engagement with the public through methods such as public demonstrations, educational events, and (my favorite) free vegan food samples!

Rowan Spillman (he/him)

Corps: Growing Beyond the Recipe & Tea Time

Favorite Food: Yellow curry

Favorite Quote: "You're not going crazy. You're going sane in a crazy world!"- The Tick 1994 animated series

Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Education and Outreach

Serena Holland (she/her)

Corps: Its Lit; "Caw, Caw 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

Shubhangi Bose (she/her)

Corps: Growing Beyond the Recipe

Favorite Food: Any type of sushi

Favorite Quote: "I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation.” - Malcolm X

Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Systems advocacy (advocacy targeted towards a certain system that holds power)

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

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.

Katryna Ohryn (she/they)

Youth Program Manager: Growing Beyond the Recipe

Favorite Food: Tteok kkochi

Favorite Quote: "PARTY TIP: Don't be mean today." - Andrew W.K.

Preferred Forms of Advocacy: Artivism, mutual aid and community-building

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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