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Keith Brooks

Keith Brooks is the Communications Organizer, where he implements and develops online organizing efforts and communication strategies, manages the website and operates ALIGN’s social media presence. Keith previously served as a Communication Specialist with the Louisville Downtown Partnership, promoting the economic activities and developmental projects within the city’s central business district. While also in this role, he served as a voluntary Co-Coordinator and board member for the Fairness Campaign, a 24-year-old grassroots civil rights organization that focuses dually on legislative equality for LGBTQ citizens in Kentucky and dismantling racism in local communities, along with other intersectional issues. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Keith received a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in art from the University of Kentucky in 2007.

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JaNae’ Bates

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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Joanna Arellano

Joanna Arellano is the Communications & Development Director for Raise the Floor Alliance, where she helps create a collaborative communications strategy for workers’ rights and worker centers in Chicago. Additionally, she manages the RTF grant portfolio, engaging donors and interested stakeholders into the work of RTF. Joanna formerly managed a grant portfolio that funds community organizing and economic development work. She’s a co-founder of the Coalition for Spiritual & Public Leadership, a direct-action organizing organization grounded in the Catholic theological + spiritual traditions, where she is also Chair of the Training Committee. She is a Board Member of the Coop-Ed Center, a first-of-its-kind worker cooperative incubator in Chicago. She formerly sat on the Board of Directors for Chicago Fair Trade and currently fundraises for Fondos Semillas, the only grant-funding organization for women in Mexico, which also funds cooperatives throughout Mexico. In her spare time, Joanna paints and embroiders while listening to the latest on Radio Ambulante.

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James Williams

James Williams is a proud father, Youth Advocate, and Organizing Director for Got Green. James was born in Jackson, MS and also lived in Kansas City, Missouri and Idlewild, Michigan while growing up. James studied English and Literature at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. After school, he worked as a labor organizer helping Public Sector workers in Southern States form unions to improve conditions in the workplace. A year after Hurricane Katrina, James moved back to New Orleans where he volunteered with organizations such as Common Ground Collective and Peoples Hurricane Relief Fund on issues such as housing, police accountability, and right to return. In 2011, James moved across the country to accept Senior Organizer position with SEIU 775. Since then James has worked with W. Haywood Burns Institute around transforming juvenile justice systems (reducing disparities and increasing use of community-led alternatives), co-chaired EPIC (Ending Prison Industrial Complex) and helped lead the No New Youth Jail Movement (2013-2016), and chaired Seattle’s Annual MLK March & Rally (2015). In his free time, James enjoys time with family, live music, building community, reading and writing.

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Hodan Hassan

Hodan Hassan is the Climate Justice Organizer for Got Green where she develops community leadership, represents Got Green in local alliances, and is working on creating a campaign narrative on climate, displacement and gentrification. Hodan began her journey as a Washington Bus Fellow where she learned all the skills of a political organizer. She then moved on to work as a Campus Organizer with the Bus where she worked with students from six universities on campus civic engagement. Even though Hodan has been organizing professionally for about 5 years, she first became a racial justice activist during her first college class. In her lifetime she wants to have a real impact on the world and advance the fight toward collective liberation, and Black liberation in particular. Outside of Got Green, she organizes with a Black-led organizing group called the Seattle Black Book Club. Hodan graduated from the University of Washington in 2014 with a BA in Political Science. When is she not working at Got Green, she’s working on her life goal of working as actor.

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