Cindy Wiesner, National Coordinator/Executive Director
Cindy Wiesner, National Coordinator of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) and Co-Chair of the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) and the Our Power Campaign, has been active in the grassroots social justice movement for over 20 years. She started organizing with HERE Local 2850. Cindy then served as Director of Organizing for People Organizing to Win Employment Rights (POWER) in San Francisco, and as an Organizer and Board member for generationFIVE. Cindy has also been a consultant for Men Overcoming Violence Everywhere and Mujeres Unidas y Activas. Before joining GGJ staff she was the Leadership Development Director of the Miami Workers Center (MWC) and represented the MWC as a member of the US Social Forum (USSF) National Planning Committee. In both USSF's, Cindy was the co-chair of the national outreach working group and served on the leadership and coordination bodies of those efforts. She currently represents GGJ on the International Council of the World Social Forum, and is an advisor for the new Liberation Fund launched by Groundswell Fund. After 5 years as GGJ Political Coordinator, Cindy stepped into the role of National Coordinator in September, 2012. Cindy is originally from Los Angeles and is of Salvadoran, Colombian and German descent and is Queer. She is based in Miami, FL.
Shaun (Sha) Grogan-Brown, Development Coordinator
Shaun (Sha) Grogan-Brown, Development Coordinator, has worked to strengthen movements for social justice as an organizer, fundraiser, artist, trainer and consultant since the late 90s. He worked with Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) from 2001-2008 as a Fundraiser, Program Organizer, and Development Director. Sha served as the Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator for the US Social Forum 2010, and soon after joined Grassroots Global Justice Alliance as Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator in 2010. Sha has worked with many grassroots organizations as a consultant dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and self-sustaining capacity of organizations, and in addition to popular education style trainings on grassroots fundraising, he has a virtual toolbox of skills that he likes to put to use in all of his work, including graphic design, Spanish-English translation and interpretation, and technology support. Sha previously served on the board of Resource Generation and GIFT (Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training), and currently serves on the boards of Grassroots International and CISPES. Sha is an anti-racist white queer transman & dad of a toddler from the Washington, DC area and currently based in Philadelphia, PA.
Jaron Browne, National Organizer for Global Well Being programs
Jaron Browne is the National Organizer for Global Well Being programs, building out GGJ’s Just Transition, climate justice and anti-militarism campaigns, including support for CJA’s Our Power Campaign, and other national and international climate justice and new economy campaigns. Jaron coordinated the It Takes Roots delegation to the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris and COP22 in Marrakesh and was a co-author of the report We Are Mother Earth’s Red Line, analyzing the impact of Paris Climate Agreement. In 2016, Jaron worked with GGJ member organizations to coordinate a series of Just Transition Assemblies in Detroit, Vermont, Seattle and Rhode Island. Before joining GGJ, Jaron was an organizer with POWER and Causa Justa::Just Cause for nearly 13 years, building the power of working class Black and Latino families in the Bay Area. Jaron was trained as an organizer with the Bus Riders Union in Los Angeles at the Labor/Community Strategy Center in 2001. Jaron has also been active in the movement to end mass incarceration, as well as LGBT social movements in the US. Jaron is located in Oakland, CA.
Ana Orozco, National Organizer for Feminisms and Gender Justice programs
Ana Orozco joined the GGJ team in June 2017 as the National Organizer for Feminisms and Gender Justice programs. Prior to joining the GGJ team, Ana worked in the field of environmental and climate justice both in California and New York City. Ana organized with Communities for a Better Environment against the Chevron expansion project in Richmond, CA. Later, Ana returned to her home in New York City to continue organizing around environmental justice issues with UPROSE in Brooklyn. There Ana worked with community members on a Just Transitions campaign to protect the industrial waterfront of Sunset Park, so that it might serve as a space to produce the necessary infrastructure for New York City to transition to a regenerative energy economy. Ana has a strong commitment to social justice. She brings with her a deep understanding of the need for a Just Transition to challenge systems of oppression. Navigating her way through the world as a woman gives her the perspective necessary to prioritize gender justice in this movement towards a more just society.
Raquel Nuñez, Operations Coordinator & Executive Assistant
Raquel Nuñez joined the GGJ team in June 2017 as Operations Coordinator & Executive Assistant. Raquel’s understanding and commitment to movement building comes from spending 3 years at LVEJO, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization in Chicago, where she was trained in consensus based decision making and the need to create a sustainable sense of awareness within self, organizational volunteers and members. Through her training she was schooled in why it is important to focus on creating more parks and garden spaces in the community, and participated in the clean air campaign that is currently working on the site remediation of a retired coal-fired power plant. LVEJO partnered with the Chicago Clean Power coalition for the clean air campaign, which was the catalyst for closing the two coal-fired power plants in the Chicago area. Raquel also spent 4 years working at the MPN Research Foundation where she was the Director of Community Outreach. Raquel is visionary, painter & poet and plans to utilize all her skills to change build the peoples movement and change the system. raquel(at)ggjalliance(dot)org