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Nathan Ryan

Nathan first started organizing after volunteering doing humanitarian work on the US-Mexico border. He brings a passionate belief in the power of storytelling to create change. He had conducted workshops and trainings on offline and online storytelling across the country including Netroots Nation and Labor Notes. Nathan Ryan joined the staff of Grassroots Collaborative in the fall of 2013. As Communications Director, Nathan has grown Grassroots Collaborative social media impact exponentially on Twitter and Facebook. Additionally, during his time at Grassroots Collaborative Nathan has helped to develop grassroots spokespeople on the community impact of Wall Street financial deals as well as municipal and state budgeting. Prior to joining Grassroots Collaborative Nathan served as Online Advocacy Manager of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. In 2010 Nathan received the Silver Trumpet award from the Publicity Club of Chicago for his work on the campaign to halt the deportation of Rigo Padilla.

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Miguel Andrade

Miguel Andrade was born in 1991 in Colombia and immigrated with his family to the U.S when he was 5 years old. He has been active in Philadelphia’s Latino Immigrant community since late 2008. He started getting involved in community activism at the age of 17 and since then has become one of Philadelphia’s leading young voices for immigrant rights, education equity and human rights. He volunteered with the Media Mobilizing Project where he honed his skills in community journalism & TV hosting before going into the immigrant rights field. In 2010 he co-founded, produced, and hosted “MMPTV” a TV news & analysis program that aired online as well as Public Access Cable. After joining the team of the immigrant rights nonprofit Juntos in 2011 he co-founded one of Philadelphia’s only latino-immigrant youth leadership programs and helped to highlight the experiences of latino immigrant youth in the city of Philadelphia. This lead to partnerships with the Mayor’s Office of Education in creating a comprehensive guide on college access of undocumented youth as well as collaborating with the School District of Philadelphia in training staff on how to work with and support undocumented students. All of this while working with young people to helps promote youth empowerment in the community. He has also collaborated with State Elected Officials in helping draft laws that will be beneficial for the immigrant community in the state of PA. He was honored by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014 with the “Hero Among Us” award for his work in the community. His passion for immigrant rights has led him to work at the national level with other immigrant rights groups across the country and is an active participant with Mijente and Not1More. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the US Human Rights Network in 2014 and currently is the youngest member. He serves on the board with other human rights activists and leaders from across the country.

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Reyna (Rey) Wences

Reyna (Rey) Wences is one of the co-founders of the Immigrant Youth Justice League and Organized Communities Against Deportations. Reyna began organizing in 2009, at the age of 18, and was part of the first campaign to “Come Out of the Shadows” in 2010. Today, Reyna is a nationally known organizer for their work in undocumented rights. Reyna has experience working on deportation defense in Chicago and in New Orleans, both with immigrant youth and day laborers. Since 2011, Reyna has led trainings on deportation defense, leadership development, Know Your Rights, and Direct Action, and has traveled to California, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Arizona to share organizing tools and strategies. Reyna is the recipient of national awards recognizing their national and local contributions to the fight for immigrant rights, including: the Mario Savio Young Activist Award (2010), Fear From Freedom Award (2011) and the Davis Putter Scholarship (2013-2014).

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Monica Black

Monica Black
Communications Coordinator
Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice

Monica Black started her career in Mexico where she earned a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Nuevo Leon. In Monterrey, Mexico she worked as a marketing manager for a large company for almost 10 years. Before moving to America, she traveled to Canada to improve and practice the English language. In 2009, she moved to North Carolina where she worked as a Spanish teacher. Ms. Black moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 2014 and worked as the Hispanic outreach and project coordinator for Miles College. She worked for the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, ¡HICA! as the Communications Coordinator and Business Development Specialist. These experiences lead her to become the Communication Coordinator for the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, ACIJ the major progressive organizing force in Alabama.

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Natalia Berthet Garcia

Natalia Berthet Garcia is a Uruguayan immigrant who has spent most of her life in North Central Massachusetts. She started organizing shortly after she was granted DACA, called to action by the policy’s exclusion of immigrant workers, families, and other undocumented people. From 2013 to 2018, Natalia organized at Massachusetts Jobs with Justice around immigrant rights and workers’ rights. She was a regional organizer for several statewide campaigns, including one that won earned sick time and raised the minimum wage for Massachusetts workers and a ballot question which stopped the expansion of charter schools in the state. During her time at JwJ, Natalia was also the Communications Coordinator and worked with the staff to develop and implement strategies for the organization’s immigrant rights and workers’ rights campaigns.
Natalia is also a reproductive justice advocate and an interpreter. She loves to work collectively and is invested in making Communications more accessible and transparent.

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Shanta Farrington

Shanta Farrington is a Digital Strategist and Organizer with United for a New Economy. She’s passionate about her role with media, communications and digital strategy for the movement. Her background and career has been dedicated to working on an array of issues, including, but not limited to: international relations, voting rights, environmental issues, economic and racial justice and immigration. Growing up in the South and seeing firsthand injustices of brown and black communities, is what keeps Shanta motivated and invested in building power to win. She has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with immigrants and refugees in rural Colorado. Shanta is a member of the Truman National Security Project, NAACP CO-MT-WY State Conference, Steering Committee for CO Jobs with Justice, Emerge Alum and serves as Vice President of her union.

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Micky Jordan

Micky Jordan is a Black queer and genderqueer activist born in Florida, but has called Richmond, Va., home for over

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Martin Pineda

Martin Pineda, 28-year-old, 1st generation Honduran and digital organizer for the Central American Resource Center of Los Angeles and the National TPS Alliance.

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