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

She/Her/Hers

Executive Director

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

Poulami Benjeri

Poulami Banerji

She/Her/Hers

Operations Training Director

In the office:

  • Supports and trains the brilliant staff throughout the Alliance network on the mechanics of nonprofit operations
  • Works with network orgs to identify operational challenges and collaborates to create sustainable, creative, and exciting solutions
  • Maintains and updates a slew of operations resources and coordinates network peer to peer learning, information exchange, and collaboration

Out of the office:

  • Is deeply committed to the viewing and analysis of all bachelor franchise and related media — sometimes ironically, sometimes unironically
  • In a hammock or on a picnic blanket somewhere in Malcolm X park
  • Always hunting for the next best taco to consume

Dawn Boudwin

Dawn Boudwin

She/Her/Hers

Deputy Executive Director of Network Strategy

In the office:

  • Manages the Program, Data, and Communications departmental heads, leading the coordination and completion of projects across departments
  • Cultivates and maintains partnerships with national, state, and local organizations, companies, and brands to elevate network organizations’ and their electoral and issue campaign goals
  • Coordinates regular engagement and collaborative work between Alliance Affiliates and the Alliance national team

Out of the office:

  • Unofficial food critic and professional nap taker
  • Leads her nephew’s fan club
  • Admires North Carolina’s greatness. (It has beaches and mountains!); Go Heels!
  • Collects vinyl and makes more playlists than any one person needs

Rebecca Gorena

She/Her/Ella

Senior Program Director

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

She/Her/Hers

Deputy Executive Director of Organizational Strategy

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

She/Her/Hers

Electoral Project Manager

In the office:

  • Manages all things Voter Guide!
  • Develops digital organizing programs and strategies to ensure successful electoral programs
  • Provides general programmatic support to affiliates and program team staff

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!

Scarlett Jimenez

Scarlett Jimenez

She/Her/Hers

Development Director

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

He/Him/His

Finance Director

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

He/Him/His

Senior National Data Director

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

She/Her/Hers

Communications Manager

In the office:

  • Gets our marvelous message out through digital communications, op-eds, statements, and more
  • Support our network organizations effectively tell the story of their work
  • Support 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

He/Him/His

Director of Network Capacity

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

She/Her/Hers

Senior Director of Communications

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

Marisa Slifka

Marisa Slifka

She/Her/Hers

Operations Manager

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

Mariella Villacorta

Mariella Villacorta

She/Her/Ella

Development Associate

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