JaNaé Bates is the new Communications Director of ISAIAH, a faith-based organization dedicated to economic and racial justice for the world in general and for the state of Minnesota especially by being a vehicle for congregations, clergy, and people of faith to act collectively and powerfully toward that end. JaNaé is a proud Sum Cum Laude alumna of Wilberforce University, graduating first in her class while receiving her BA in Mass Media Communications. She was later awarded the Fulbright International Post Graduate Scholarship for the 2013-14 school year. As a Fulbright Scholar JaNaé received her Master of Theology in Ministry and Mission at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, United Kingdom with First Honours, the highest distinction. Her focus is on theologies concerning marginalized and oppressed people – primarily Liberation Theology, Disability Theology, Black Liberation Theology and Womanist Theology. Professionally, she was a staff writer with the Call and Post Newspapers in Cleveland, Ohio, dedicated to writing stories concerning the local community and exposing issues that directly affect Cleveland’s minority populations. More recently she was with PR Newswire’s Cleveland branch and had been for seven years where she functioned as a senior editor for the global newswire service. JaNaé also worked with the Cleveland bureau for the Anti-Defamation League, an organization dedicated to anti-bias and anti-prejudice support for schools and community institutions. There she served as a facilitator and worked primarily in schools to lead in conversations and exercises with students and teachers about bullying and anti-bias. JaNaé has been an active member of Imani Church United Church of Christ in Euclid, Ohio for almost 25 years. There she received the call to teach the Gospel through the Imani Bible Institute and is a licensed minister with specialization in the area of Social Justice. As a Clevelander, she spent her free time with friends and family as well as writing, reading, and being a local activist with several organizations against racial, economic and gender injustice in the community. New to Minnesota, she was recently announced as a fellow of the Dr. Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy with the African American Leadership Forum in the Twin Cities. She looks forward to engaging in relationships with local faith communities and the larger surrounding areas.



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Tim Buckingham

I currently live in Lexington Kentucky with my partner, Amy, our daughter Joleigh, our son Hagan, and our dog Ellie. I joined KFTC staff as a Communication Associate in 2007. I am primarily involved in materials and message production with a leg immersed in grassroots fundraising. I have MA in Critical Media Studies from the University of Kentucky. I’m active in local community organizing around equal access to transportation. I’m a founding member of the amazing Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop (thebrokespoke.org).

Tori Cress

Tori Cress is an Anishinaabe mother of two, from Beausoleil First Nation on Christian Island, Ontario, Canada. Tori has been organizing Idle No More events around Ontario since the rise of the Idle No More movement in November 2012. Tori works part-time for Idle No More in an administrative role and spends much of the rest of her time volunteering for Idle No More and Defenders of the Land. She works with others on the Idle No More communications team and the development committee. Tori also drives a taxi cab in small town Midland to help fund grassroots work locally.

Sidney Fang

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Sydney is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and refugees. She is the Communications Associate at Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). Prior to APEN, she served as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the United Way of King County in Seattle and at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement in Washington, D.C.. Sydney’s communications expertise comes from her time as a Communications Intern with Grassroots Change and her experience as a spokesperson on issues of campus diversity. Sydney graduated in 2012 from the UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Public Health and a Public Policy minor. She began her activist career as a student leader in multicultural campus coalitions, where she focused on recruitment and retention efforts for underrepresented Asian Pacific Islanders and served as a student senator. Sydney has also organized Chinese home care workers and served as a City of Berkeley Community Health Commissioner. She was a Public Policy International Affairs Fellow and a Bridges to Health Academy Associate at the Greenlining Institute. In her spare time, Sydney runs Lake Merritt, cooks Chinese food, and does neighborhood organizing against displacement.

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