GGJ is committed to an organizational structure under the direction of a Coordinating Committee (CC) elected by the membership, a Board of Directors comprised of current and past member leaders, and a staff team to support implementation of the direction of our work decided on by the membership at Membership Assemblies.

GGJ is committed to an organizational structure led by the membership under the direction of an elected Coordinating Committee (CC), a Board of Directors, and the leadership of a small staff to help implement the work.

Member organizations play lead roles through our program committee structure to create work-plans, political and popular education materials, consult with members, broader forces and allies, and implement the work. GGJ membership votes to determine the strategic direction of the alliance and elects the leadership through the Coordinating Committee. This structure ensures that the direction of the alliance stays close to the realities of the membership base, engages higher participation from members, and creates an accountability system for the work.

Staff

Ana Orozco

National Organizer

ana@ggjalliance.org

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.

Anne White Hat

Development Coordinator

anne@ggjalliance.org

Anne White Hat is a member of the Sicangu band of the Lakota Nation. She is a direct descendant of Chief Hollow Horn Bear and the proud mother of three children, founding member of the Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council of the former L’eau Est La Vie – pipeline resistance camp, board member of the Native American Women’s Health Education and Resource Center, a new member of the Another Gulf is Possible collaborative and organizer of the newly founded Solidarity Medicine Making Collective in New Orleans.

White Hat Botanicals is her trade name featuring ‘community-determined’ botanicals and CBD remedies. Anne is a grant writer by trade, community organizer out of love for my people, jack of all trades by hustle and for over 20 years has been blessed to work with plants for you. 

Cindy Wiesner

Executive Director

cindy@ggjalliance.org

Cindy Wiesner is a 25-year veteran of the social justice movement in the U.S. and internationally who currently serves as the executive director of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance. She helped co-found the Climate Justice Alliance, and she has played a leadership role in the Peoples Climate Movement that organized the massive mobilizations in New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco in recent years, and is an advisor to Groundswell’s Liberation Fund.  Cindy started organizing with HERE Local 2850 in Oakland, CA, and went on to become the director of organizing for People Organizing to Win Employment Rights in San Francisco and an organizer and board member for generationFIVE. She has also been a consultant for Men Overcoming Violence Everywhere and Mujeres Unidas y Activas. 

Cindy previously worked as Leadership Development Director of the Miami Workers Center and represented the group as a member of the U.S. Social Forum National Planning Committee. She has been active in many movement building initiatives over the years, including World March of Women, Social Movement Assemblies, International Council of the World Social Forum, Fight Against the FTAA, UNITY, Building Equity and Alignment Initiative and, currently, It Takes Roots and the Rising Majority.  

Her main passions are training organizers in a transformative radical organizing model and building counter-hegemonic campaigns that not only fight what participants are against, but put into practice what they want to see manifested. She identifies as a lesbian and is of Salvadoran, Colombian and German descent. She is a grassroots feminist, internationalist, and movement strategist.

Cynthia Oka

National Organizer

cynthia@ggjalliance.org

Cynthia Oka rejoined the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance team in 2018 as Development Strategist, after formerly serving in the roles of Administrative and Logistics Coordinator and Executive Assistant to National Coordinator Cindy Wiesner. Originally from Bali, Indonesia, she has also lived in Vancouver, BC (Unceded Coast Salish Territories) and Philadelphia, bringing over 10 years of grassroots organizing and strategic experience across issues of migrant justice, intersectional feminism, revolutionary mothering, and multiracial solidarity. She has worked with organizations such as No One is Illegal, Vancouver Status of Women, Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group, and most recently the Sanctuary Advocate Coalition. Cynthia is also a poet, author, and proud (formerly teen single) mama to a young musician.

Jade Daniels

Communications Coordinator 

jade@ggjalliance.org

Jade Daniels joined the GGJ team October 2018 as Communications Coordinator after working with the GGJ and It Takes Roots team on Solidarity to Solutions week. They are a community member, journalist, an activist, an artist, a writer, and fervent lover of their people. They come from a racial justice/ worker organizing background.  

Jade’s motivating force in this work is to create and contribute to spaces and platforms which allow the people to be their own narrators and history keepers of their struggles, their victories, and their lives. They have previously served as both the Communications Organizer and Coalition Organizer at the South Central based Los Angeles Black Worker Center and as Lead of Black Lives Matter- Los Angeles Communications Committee. Jade also works to promote international solidarity and bridge-building- primarily with Afro- Brazilian organizations, movements, and struggles based in Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro areas and throughout the diaspora. They love dancing anywhere and everywhere, creating resilient radical art, loud full belly laughter, reading with her dog outside, and traveling this world.  

Jaron Browne

Organizing Director

jaron@ggjalliance.org

Jaron Browne is the Organizing Director, supporting the organizing team and leadership of GGJ members across our areas of work.  Since joining the GGJ team in 2015, Jaron has been 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 has organized several GGJ and ITR international delegations in coordination with many of our global movement allies, and was a co-author of the report We Are Mother Earth’s Red Line, analyzing the impact of Paris Climate Agreement.  Jaron has also worked with GGJ member organizations to coordinate a series of Just Transition Assemblies and Strategy Labs in Detroit, Mississippi. 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.  

Kelly Archbold

Assistant to Executive Director

kelly@ggjalliance.org

Kelly Archbold joined the GGJ team in January 2018 as the Executive Assistant to Cindy Wiesner but has loved and worked with GGJ for many years.  In 2015, she helped with logistics prep for the It Takes Roots delegation to the UNFCCC COP21. In 2010, while on staff at the Labor/Community Strategy Center, she participated as a GGJ member in the International Caravan for Life, Resistance, and Environmental Justice in Mexico that traveled to Cancun for COP16.  At LCSC, Kelly was the office manager, big events coordinator, and director’s assistant for 10 years. She has focused on infrastructure-building, administration, logistics, event coordination, data entry, and assistance support in grassroots movements for over 15 years. She also loves to dance, especially in community and with her child.  With family roots in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Illinois, Kelly grew up in the Los Angeles area.

Mai-Stella Khantouche

It Takes Roots Operations Coordinator

Mai-stella@ittakesroots.org

Mai-stella Khantouche joined as the It Takes Roots Operations Coordinator in January 2020. She comes out of one of the member organizations of both Grassroots Global Justice and Right To The City; Causa Justa::Just Cause, in the Oakland bay area. She has been doing operations/administrative work for the last two decades and believes that logistics/infrastructure work is political work and important to giving our communities the tools we need to run our own institutions (part of learning to self-govern).  Building those capacities in all of us also allows for the development of our political strategies accessible to all.

She is excited to continue to contribute and expand her skills and knowledge to the collective vision of building community-driven solutions and just transitions for environmental and economic sustainability and human development. She is a queer immigrant of vietnamese and tunisian descent.  

Ramon Mejía

Anti-Militarism National Organizer

Ramón Mejía is from Dallas, Texas. At the age of 18, to support his family, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and in 2003 participated in the initial invasion of Iraq. This experience led to self-reflection, converting to Islam, and becoming an outspoken advocate and organizer against U.S. wars and the growing militarization of our communities. Over the last 8 years, as a member of About Face: Veterans Against the War, Ramon’s had the opportunity to join international delegations: to build with, deepen his commitment, and learn alongside communities in Palestine, Philippines, Chile, and Cuba. In 2016, Ramon was recognized as part of the ‘MPower 100—Muslim Social Justice Leaders Building Power Across the United States.’ Ramon earned his Bachelor of Arts in History & Religious Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Ramon served on GGJ’s Coordinating Committee before coming on as National Organizer.

Randy Jackson

It Takes Roots Development Coordinator

 randy@ittakesroots.org 

Randy Jackson is a long-time strategist, organizational development facilitator, organizer, fundraiser and overall organization builder seeking solutions to the issues of racial, economic and climate justice. Prior to becoming the Development Coordinator for It Takes Roots, Randy worked as a consultant for transformational resource generation and organizational development working with national alliances, statewide base-building groups, and a national movement lawyering outfit. Previous to this, Randy worked in wide variety of settings including grassroots workers’ centers, statewide voter engagement organizations, and national networks wearing a number of hats in all of them.

Randy has experience in program development, strategic planning, financial operations, fundraising and development. He has participated in the development of various progressive movements over the years – from the growth of no- and low-wage workers’ centers, the emergence of the immigrant rights organizations, to the anti-war and peace and justice movement.

Samudra Kiné Weerasekera Randazzo

Logistics Associate

samudra@ggjalliance.org

Samudra Kiné Weerasekera Randazzo became GGJ’s radical intern in 2019 and has since joined the team, working out of the SF Bay Area. She grew up in a family engaged with radical activists and organizers, which helped shape her commitment to Grassroots Global Justice. She first volunteered with GGJ at the 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit at the age of 12, which was one of her first grounding experiences in collective movement-building. 


Samudra believes that the systemic alternatives needed to create a globally just world lie within the relationships and practices of frontline communities. During her recently completed Global Studies college experience she had the opportunity to work with and learn from local artisans in fair trade collectives in Nicaragua, Islamic feminist student activists in Morocco, migrant rights activists in Germany and Austria, Slow Food farmers in Italy, Aboriginal, Maori, and Native Fijian elders and families in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as Tibetan and ethnic minority communities in China. She interned for Africans Rising in Dakar while studying intergenerational dynamics of Senegalese feminist movements, and later with GGJ, assisted with a global gathering of systemic alternative leaders in Brazil. 
Samudra identifies as a constantly questioning young mixed woman of Sri Lankan, Sicilian, and Ukrainian heritage. She treasures the ocean, laughter, salsa dancing and empathy – and opportunities to foster creativity, love, and community in decolonizing and liberating ways.

Sha Grogan Brown

Deputy Director

 sha@ggjalliance.org

Shaun (Sha) Grogan-Brown, Deputy Director for Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ), considers himself a “plumber for the movement,” ensuring the collaborative fundraising models and logistical & administrative infrastructure necessary for grassroots organizing to happen. He has worked to strengthen movements for social justice since the late 90s, and is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and self-sustaining capacity of grassroots organizations. He worked with Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) from 2001-2008, was the Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator for the US Social Forum 2010, and then joined GGJ staff in 2010. 

In the past Sha has served on the boards of Resource Generation and Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT). He currently serves on the boards of Grassroots International and CISPES, and is the Art Editor for the upcoming second edition of Trans Bodies Trans Selves: A Resource Guide for the Transgender Community. Sha is an anti-racist white queer transman & dad of a toddler from the Washington DC area, where he is currently based.

Sunyoung Yang

Political Director

sunyoung@ggalliance.org

 Sunyoung Yang is the Special Projects Coordinator, a newly formed position to support GGJ’s overall membership and program development initiatives.  Prior to GGJ, Sunyoung worked close to a decade at the Labor/Community Strategy Center(LCSC) and Bus Riders Union (BRU)based in Los Angeles, as the lead organizer for their transit justice and climate justice campaigns.  She has represented BRU and GGJ in various international movement delegations. She took a 5 year sabbatical farming in Hawaii learning about food sovereignty as it relates to the struggle for Hawaiian sovereignty against US military occupation and Monsanto takeover/poisoning of land and water resources.  She participated in the UCSC Center for Agro-ecology and Sustainable Community Systems’s horticulture apprenticeship and worked as a food justice organizer in her home base of Trenton, NJ.

She currently lives with her intergenerational family in Trenton, NJ and is enjoying being a new mom to a rompousy bundle of joy.

Yahaira Carrillo Rosales

Administrative Coordinator and Assistant to Deputy Director

yahaira@ggjalliance.org

 Yahaira Carrillo Rosales joined the GGJ team in 2019 as Operations Coordinator. She identifies as a queer mexicana chingona and calls many places home. Organizing for social justice through community, policy & creative interventions since 2007, she believes that individuals affected by social (in)justice should share rich complex stories through organizing and art. Yahaira recently graduated from Mills College with an MFA in Literary Translation and currently lives in Kansas City; where she learns about herbalism, writes and translates, plays with Luna (her chihuahua), & tries to keep her plants alive.

GGJ Coordinating Committee and Staff, May 2019

Coordinating Committee

Ajamu Dillahunt

Ajamu Dillahunt, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, represents Black Workers For Justice on the Coordinating Committee.

Alma Santana

Alma Santana, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, represents Mujeres Unidas y Activas on the Coordinating Committee.

Board

Diana Seales

Diana Seales professional background is in climate and environmental justice advocacy, environmental project management, and community organizing. Diana earned her BS in Tribal Natural Resource Policy at The Evergreen State College, and her MS in Environmental Justice at the University of Michigan. In 2004 she was hired as the Executive Director of East Michigan Environmental Action Council were she has been active in forming coalitions between environmental organizations, community and environmental justice groups to win environmental justice and health victories. She currently serves on the board of Grassroots Global Justice as President and on the Women’s and Gender Studies and Women in Learning and Leadership Advisory Board at the University of Michigan Dearborn. She is currently adjunct faculty in Marygrove’s Social Justice Program in Environmental Justice and at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work and Semester in Detroit program.

Sara Mersha

Secretary, Boston, MA

Sara Mersha has been Director of Grantmaking and Advocacy at Grassroots International since 2010. She works to build and maintain long-term relationships with partner organizations and social movements led by peasants, Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendant communities, women, and youth in the Global South, and coordinates Grassroots’ work within US-based alliances. Prior to this, Sara was Executive Director of Direct Action for Rights and Equality, a grassroots organizing group in Providence, Rhode Island.

Tammy Bang Luu

Vice President, Los Angeles CA

Tammy Bang Luu is a social justice consultant focused on strategy, leadership and movement building. She’s worked with the Climate Justice Alliance, Building Equity and Alignment for Impact Initiative, CA Delivers’ Equity Caucus and the California Endowment. Prior to this, she was the Associate Director at the Labor/Community Strategy Center which housed the Bus Riders Union and Community Rights Campaign.

Simone Senogles

Treasurer, Bemidji, MN

Simone Senogles, Board Treasurer, is an anishinaabekwe from the Red Lake Nation of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota. She earned her bachelors degree in philosophy with a minor in Ojibwe language at Bemidji State University. She has worked at the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) for the past 18 years, serving in a variety of roles for the organization including grant writing, operations management, and community organizing, particularly focused on food sovereignty, sustainable communities, and on building the leadership of indigenous women. Simone is currently serving on the leadership team at IEN. She has one grown child and a cat named George.