Staff

Photo of Dakota Hall next to text that says "welcome our new executive director, dakota hall"

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

Sarah Audelo

Sarah Audelo

Outgoing 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
  • Whitney Celestin

    Development & Grants Manager

    She/Her/Hers

    ▼ In the Office

  • Prepare grant reports and proposals
  • Research and prospect new foundation funders based on Alliance network priorities
  • Support development staffers across Alliance network organizations
  • ▼ Out of the Office

  • Eating donuts
  • Covered in paint doing DIY projects
  • Trying to convince everyone Layla (my Shitzu) is my child and definitely not a dog
  • 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
  • Gnora Gumanow

    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!

    Dakota Hall

    Incoming Executive Director

    He/Him/His

    ▼ In the Office
    • Hypes our incredible network of local youth-led organizations to fight for change
    • Fights for the issues that young people care about the most
    • Builds youth power nationally at this pivotal time in our country’s history
    ▼ Out of the office
    • Hiking and visiting national parks
    • Long road trips with his lonely Cancer spirit
    • Engaging in the Marvel cinematic universe

    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
    Erika Jaimes

    Erika Jaimes

    Fiscal Sponsorship Associate

    She/Her/Hers

    ▼ In the Office
    • Contributes to the Alliance’s capacity building work through the Fiscal Sponsorship Program 
    • Has an eagle eye for details and uses it to review invoicing and expense reimbursement requests 
    • Manages internal tracking and systems to maintain up to date records and reporting for fiscally sponsored projects
    ▼ Out of the Office
    • Doting on her adorable niece
    • Learning French – it’s a lifelong journey
    • Expanding her culinary horizons
    Scarlett Jimenez

    Scarlett Jimenez

    Senior 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
    Maddie Love

    Maddie Love

    Senior Data Director

    She/Her/Hers

    ▼ In the Office
    • Leads the data department!
    • Supports our amazing network through the development of internal data management systems and practices
    • Ensure the work of the network is accurately reflected and understood through metrics tracking and analysis
    ▼ Out of the Office
    • Baking desserts and bringing them to all my friends
    • Refusing to get up after my pets fall asleep on my lap
    • Carefully curating my collection of fun earrings

    Amit Mistry

    Deputy Executive Director of Network Strategy

    He/Him/His

    ▼ In the Office
    • Manages the Program and Data department heads, leading the coordination and completion of projects across departments
    • Coordinates regular engagement and collaborative work between the network and the Alliance national team
    • Works with network orgs to get them the right tools and systems to do their work more efficiently
    ▼ 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
    • Catch her at the local farmers market on the weekends
    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
    Eliana Reed

    Eliana Reed

    Content Manager

    She/Her/Hers

    ▼ In the Office
    • Maintaining website content and integrity
    • Developing and managing Alliance email programs
    • Supporting our network comms cohort, and managing the Shared Resource Library
    ▼ Out of the Office
    • Taking her dog Shuri to the dog park.
    • Rewatching the Marvel Cinematic Universe in its entirety for the hundredth time. 
    • Making too many Spotify playlists to keep up with.
    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
    Sara Vernon

    Sara Vernon

    Data Manager

    She/Her/Hers

    ▼ In 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
    ▼ 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 and Individual Giving Manager

    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