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. 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 and Communications 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 continues to serve on the board of GIFT (Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training). Sha is a white queer transman originally from the Washington, DC area and currently based in Philadelphia, PA.
Helena Wong, National Organizer, is the former executive director of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, in New York City and has organized in low-income Asian immigrant and refugee communities for nearly twenty years around gentrification, community development and land use, and police violence. Helena has served on the national steering committee of the Right to the City alliance and prior to coming onto staff at GGJ was on the Board of Directors and the national coordinating committee. She has led delegations to China, meeting with organizers who do work around land rights, migrant workers, environmental protection, and queer visibility. Helena is a founding member of Grassroots APIs Rising and coordinator of the Seeding Change National Fellowship for Asian American Organizing. Helena is queer, Asian, and a proud lifelong New Yorker.
Jaron Browne is the Communications Organizer with Grassroots Global Justice. 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. As an organizer, Jaron helped to build POWER’s welfare worker organizing, Bayview Organizing Project, and the Black Priorities Project. Jaron co-authored POWER’s Towards Land, Work, and Power political economy primer for organizers, as well as coordinating a number of other publications and communications campaigns. 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.
Cynthia Oka, Administrative and Logistics Coordinator, cut her teeth as a grassroots organizer in the anti-colonial, migrant and gender justice movements in Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories. A former teen single mother, she has served as Administrative and Resource Coordinator at the Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group, Program Coordinator at Vancouver Status of Women, and in various capacities with groups and campaigns working towards the liberation of low income people, people of color, Indigenous peoples, and marginalized youth, including No One is Illegal, the Olympic Resistance Network, the Living Wage Campaign, Women Against Violence Against Women, and the Purple Thistle Center. Cynthia is also a poet, author of the poetry collection Nomad of Salt and Hard Water, and contributor to projects such as Dismantle: the VONA Anthology; Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook for Youth; and Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines. She co-founded Press Release, a Vancouver-based collective of poets and artists dedicated to the movement, and is a proud alum of the Voices of Our Nations (VONA) Workshop for Writers of Color. Originally from Bali, Indonesia, Cynthia is now based in south New Jersey/Philadelphia. cynthia(at)ggjalliance(dot)org