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).

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.

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.

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.

Brandon King

Brandon is a founder and organizing coordinator of Cooperation Jackson, which is an emerging network of worker cooperative and supporting institutions. Cooperation Jackson is working to create economic democracy by creating a vibrant solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, that will help transform Mississippi and the South. brandon also serves as the anchor for Freedom Farms Cooperative, a farming cooperative striving for food sovereignty, aimed at providing healthy, naturally grown produce within a community that traditionally doesn’t have access. He also currently serves asa representative to the National Black Food Justice Alliance, the Our Power Campaign’s Climate Justice Alliance, and sits on the board of the Southern Reparation Loan Fund SLRF. He was born in Portsmouth VA, has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology with an international emphasis from Hampton University, and currently lives in Jackson, Mississippi. As a DJ and visual artist, Brandon also sees the arts and culture as key components necessary to energize and activate people to be engaged in the process of actualizing human rights, moving themselves and their community towards social and cultural transformation.

Sidney Fang

Sydney 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.