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.

GGJ Team

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.

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.

Kitzia Esteva-Martinez

Grassroots Feminisms National Organizer

kitzia@ggjalliance.org

Kitzia (they/ theirs) is originally from Mexico. Their family migrated to the U.S. due to environmental racism in their home town that devastated their nephews’ health. They come from a movement family that has supported movement building both in Mexico and in the California Bay Area. They have been involved in the immigrant rights and anti-criminalization movements for the last decade. And have a trajectory of 17 years of involvement in social justice movements in the U.S. since their arrival from Mexico as a youth. They are the former Community Rights Director for Causa Justa:: Just Cause, a member organization of GGJ.

Margaret Kwateng

National Green New Deal Organizer

margaret@ggjalliance.org

Margaret Kwateng is the National Green New Deal Organizer at Grassroots Global Justice, where she is working with members to build toward a regenerative feminist economy. Prior to joining GGJ, Margaret worked for years as a community and labor organizer in working class communities of color and with rank and file nurses. In 2014, she co-founded Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a multi-issue community organization in upstate New York. As a former member of GGJ’s sister alliance, Right to the City, Margaret’s became plugged into GGJ activities such as the CJA conference in 2015, the ITR People’s Caravan in 2016, as well as local and broader actions throughout 2017. She currently lives in Brooklyn, where she was born and raised, though her time in the Hudson Valley led her to an unexpected appreciation of the outdoors and uncommon CSA vegetables.

Ramon Mejía

Anti-Militarism National Organizer

ramon@ggjalliance.org

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.

Samudra Kiné Weerasekera Randazzo

Logistics Associate

samudra@ggjalliance.org

Samudra became GGJ’s radical intern in 2019 and has since joined the team, working out of her hometown, the SF Bay Area. She grew up in a internationalist movement family engaged, 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. Her political orientation is grounded in her belief that the systemic alternatives needed to create a globally just world lie within the revolutionary practices of frontline communities. In May 2019, she graduated from a Global Studies college where she had the opportunity to work with and learn from local artisans, fair trade collectives, feminist organizers, migrant rights activists, regernative farms, and indigenous leaders around the world. She interned for Africans Rising in Dakar while studying intergenerational dynamics of Senegalese feminist movements before getting involved with GGJ. Samudra identifies as a constantly questioning young mixed woman of Sri Lankan, Sicilian, and Ukrainian heritage. She treasures the ocean, laughter, dancing with others and the virtue of empathy – as well as moments that help us 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.

Siwatu Salama- Ra

National Organizing Fellow (Anti-Militarism)

siwatu@ggjalliance.org

Siwatu is a mother and organizer who was born and raised in Detroit. She grew up in the environmental justice movement, and served as the co-director of East Michigan Environmental Action Council. In addition to her work locally and across the country, Siwatu represented Detroit and the United States at global social justice and climate justice events in France, Turkey, and Senegal. She also led youth organizing and media justice work including the Young Educators Alliance and Detroit Future Youth. 

In March of 2018 Siwatu was incarcerated for defending herself, her mother, and daughter. At the time she was in her third trimester of pregnancy and was forced to give birth to her beautiful son during her imprisonment. After nearly nine months at Michigan Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility, Siwatu was released in November 2018 on bond, in order to appeal her unjust conviction and was reunited with her family. In August 2019 she won her appeal and her conviction was reversed. In February 2020 she won her total freedom. She continues to advocate for the liberation and dignity of thousands of women and people inside Michigan’s Women’s prison, as well as organize for environmental justice, climate justice, and a world without prisons or militarism. FreeSiwatu.org

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

It Takes Roots Team

Aimee Inglis

ITR Communications Coordinator

aimee@ittakesroots.org

Aimee Inglis joined as the Communications Coordinator with It Takes Roots in April of 2020. Aimee previously worked for nearly a decade at Tenants Together, the California statewide renters’ rights organization and member organization of Right to the City. Her work ranged from developing their volunteer and tenant education programs to online organizing and communications to leading their local capacity-building and movement-building support team and organizing the first statewide renter assemblies in decades. She identifies as a queer, working-class woman of Scottish, German, and Osage ancestry, raised white but learning every day how to be a good citizen of the Osage Nation where she is an enrolled tribal member. 
Aimee’s organizing and political philosophy has been shaped by studies of Ella Baker and women-of-color-led organizing in the U.S., models of indigenous leadership, her mostly working-class family, and her time studying with LeftRoots. Her primary motivations are the development of self and others to find one’s place in the struggle for social justice, defending the sovereignty of every being on this planet, building on and learning from the past and our elders to co-create a visionary future, and centering the voices of those most affected by oppressive systems.

Mai-Stella Khantouche

ITR Program & Administrative 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.  

Nico Udu-gama

ITR Operations Associate

nico@ittakesroots.org

Nico Udu-gama comes to the It Takes Roots family as Operations Associate after years of providing language justice interpretation work to ITR and other movements. He draws his political education from his ancestors, his time in communities in Colombia, the Middle East, NYC and DC, and is always eager to kick it with friends and kick down a capitalist’s door. Growing up alongside a little person in this moment, gardening, capoeira, biking and having fun consume a large part of his life.

Randy Jackson

ITR Organizational 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.

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.

Trenise Bryant

Trenise Bryant, based in Miami, Florida, represents the Miami Workers Center 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.