Staff

Most of the superhero talent is out in the states, but some of us get to run the Alliance HQ.

Sarah Audelo

Sarah Audelo | Executive Director

She/Her/Hers

In the office:

  • Ensures there’s always money in the bank to get local organizers paid & keep the movement building and growing by fundraising Every. Single.Day.
  • Gives voice to a generation of amazing local organizers by hyping our network in the media
  • Keeps the entire Alliance team clear-eyed, full-hearted, and unable to lose

Out of the office:

  • On a salsa, bachata, or 90s r&b dance floor
  • Grilling delicious foods
  • Giddy trips to Costco

Rebecca Gorena | Senior Program Director

She/Her/Ella

In the office:

  • Leads and manages the amazingly competent lineup of the Alliance Program Team
  • Supports the scaling and building of electoral programs and issue advocacy campaigns within the Alliance’s network
  • Develops the Alliance’s programmatic goals, implementation, and “incubation” process to expand the network of state-based youth organizations

Out of the office:

  • Will talk to anyone (at all) about Texas in all of its magnificence
  • Some farmers market, somewhere, scouting her next fermentation or pickling project
  • Pestering the DJ to play reggaetón

Jacque Grimsley

Jacque Grimsley | Deputy Executive Director of Organizational Strategy

She/Her/Hers

In the office:

  • Drives annual and long term organizational planning, and the budgeting behind it to fuel the work 
  • Manages the Board of Directors and governance processes to keep the organization in line with our strategic vision 
  • Oversees the work of the operations team to keep the organization running smoothly behind the scenes 

Out of the office:

  • Lover of outdoor activities, primarily of the coastal variety
  • Re-watches 30 Rock (over and over) in search of previously missed jokes
  • Self declared sommelier of wine under $15

Gnora Gumanow | Director of Network Capacity

She/Her/Hers

In the office:

  • Supports Alliance Network in developing strong programs that engage young people in our democracy and create change for all people
  • Monitors, tracks, and offers strategic advice for electoral and issue campaigns within the Network
  • Ensure our Network Voter Guide program reaches young people where they are at, so that we can make informed decisions about our votes.

Out of the office:

  • Convinces everyone that Cats is the best musical of all time
  • Runs around chasing a plastic disc with the hope of scoring more points than the other team
  • Working on a Doctorate of Public Health… Please wash your hands!

Julian Iriarte | Finance Manager

They/Them/Theirs

In the office:

  • Oversees the Alliance’s daily financial operations and makes sure our accounts are healthy and hydrated
  • Builds financial reports and analysis to check if the Alliance is getting its bread
  • Keeps track of grant and contract agreements and secures the bag to ensure our network is funded

Out of the office:

  • Always seems to be listening to a podcast and stirring a roux
  • Proud houseplant parent
  • Probably watching a Netflix animated series about decolonization

Scarlett Jimenez

Scarlett Jimenez | Development Director

She/Her/Hers

In the office:

  • Leads our exciting and rapidly growing development portfolio
  • Amplifies how our crews are building power every damn day
  • Supports network organizations in building and implementing bold, people-powered development plans
  • Pens powerful proposals and materials to reflect the fun and sophisticated work of our network

Out of the office:

  • Always cookin’
  • Regularly stares at photos of her precious shih-tzu, Sage
  • Loves a good horror movie or suspenseful docuseries

Billy Koontz

Billy Koontz | Senior Finance Director

He/Him/His

In the office:

  • Monitors and maintains organization-wide financial management systems to ensure financial reporting, analysis, and planning are on lock
  • Develops internal financial systems, processes, and controls to keep the auditors happy
  • Manages and tracks documentation, grant and contract agreements, and all the fun stuff to ensure the organization is ready to rock at all times

Out of the office:

  • Sings for 90 minutes during Newcastle United matches
  • Always trying to find the best live music
  • Could eat BBQ for every meal

Amit Mistry | Senior National Data Director

He/Him/His

In the office:

  • Supports the Alliance network so less time is spent tracking to spend more time organizing.
  • Works with network orgs to get them the right tools and train staff on those tools.
  • Ensures that all spreadsheets are formatted correctly and all formulas are in working order.

Out of the office:

  • Figuring out how he can cheaply fly international business class anywhere
  • Watching all of the Fast and the Furious movies to get over how Game of Thrones ended (still)
  • Loudly proclaiming that Maryland is the greatest state

Daniela Mrabti

Daniela Mrabti | Digital Director

She/Her/Hers

In the office:

  • Manages all digital communications
  • Supports our network organizations effectively tell the story of their work
  • Supports the Alliance’s overall communications strategy in line with our mission, vision, values, and culture

Out of the office:

  • Peaked in college as part of the ukulele orchestra
  • Always starting tv shows, but never finishing them
  • Pets other people’s animals when they let her

Kenny Myers

Kenny Myers | Director of Network Capacity

He/Him/His

In the office:

  • Serves as a liaison between our network and the rest of the Alliance staff
  • Supports Alliance affiliates developing badass programs that deliver real wins and results for our generation
  • Facilitates collaboration among the network for sharing best practices and lessons learned

Out of the office:

  • Will derail his travel path to ensure he can say hello to random dogs
  • Obsesses over his National Parks passport stamps
  • Avid nerd and board gamer

Carmel pror

Carmel Pryor | Senior Director of Communications

She/Her/Hers

In the office:

  • Leads the Alliance’s comprehensive communications strategy
  • Lifts up the bold work of young people nationwide through storytelling
  • Works with the Alliance’s incredible network to build communications capacity and strategy

Out of the office:

  • Proud Cleveland, Ohio native who has the Cavs championship ring to prove it
  • Believes weekends aren’t complete without BRUNCH
  • Loves making collages and shoe shopping in her spare time

John Serpas

John Serpas | Senior Operations Director

He/Him/His

In the office:

  • Leads the Operations department to develop and maintain well functioning internal systems.
  • Leverages our Operations to elevate our mission, values, and create a work environment focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Works with network organizations to identify operational challenges and create lasting solutions.

Out of the office:

  • A gamer aficionado. Mario Kart, Rocket League, you name it, I’m there.
  • Overly critical of chefs on Food Network shows like Chopped, but get nervous when I have two stove tops going at the same time.
  • An NBA fanatic even though the Boston Celtics have continued to let me down since their 2008 championship.

Marisa Slifka

Marisa Slifka | Operations Manager

She/Her/Hers

In the office:

  • Manage seamless logistics to ensure everyone can get down to business at meetings
  • Keeps internal systems tidy for a smooth day to day work environment
  • Works to cultivate an inclusive and productive workspace for the whole team

Out of the office:

  • Emotionally invests in adult recreational soccer far too much
  • Identifies with Buddy the Elf’s relationship to coffee and then falls asleep. Literally everywhere
  • Peaked when compared to Park and Rec’s Jenn Barkley by a former student

Headshot of Sara Vernon

Sara Vernon | Data Manager

She/Her/Hers

In the office:

  • Full-time spreadsheet queen
  • Directly supports the Alliance in using voter data and voter contact tools
  • Trains Alliance network staff on data best practices through individual 1:1s and in groups

Out of the office:

  • Can’t hear what you’re saying to her because she’s listening to a political podcast
  • Slowly quantifying every facet of her life on a complicated network of Google Sheets
  • Attempts stand up comedy. Fails.

Mariella Villacorta

Mariella Villacorta | Development Associate

She/Her/Ella

In the office:

  • Crafts compelling proposals, powerful narratives, and timely updates for our donors
  • Make sure $$$ is on track to support our growing network and campaigns
  • Helps raise national resources to ensure young people’s work is uplifted and their voices are heard

Out of the office:

  • Taking her cat, Muffin, on walks
  • Spending too much time smelling candles at Marshalls
  • Buying new books but never finishing them

Board

The Alliance for Youth Action / Alliance for Youth Organizing have some awesomely brilliant and strategic advisors behind us. Our board[s] of directors are the kind of activists who’ve been getting it done for years — and they make sure the raucous and riotous Alliance stays on track and on mission. The arc toward justice is bent a lot farther because of their work.

The Board of Directors of the Alliance for Youth Action

Affiliates listed for identification purposes only.

Aaron Merkin
Sr. Confidential Specialist, National Education Association

Alexandra Acker-Lyons
President, AL Advising

Ben Wessel
Executive Director, NextGen America

Chris Sloan, Treasurer
Director of Government Affairs, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

Daniel Gonzales
Trainer and evidence-based practitioner

Jonathan Paik
Executive Director, Orange County Civic Engagement Table

Juan Escalante
Digital Campaigns Manager, FWD.us

Oscar Boleman
National Data Manager, America Votes

Paola Ramos
VICE Host/ Correspondent and NBC/ Telemundo Contributor

Resha Thomas
Statewide Political Director, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) of Texas

Tracey Corder
Campaign Coordinator, Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE)

Click here to see the Alliance for Youth Organizing board members

For inquiries, please reach out to info@allianceforyouthaction.org