After more than seven years at Momentum Alliance (MA), I am writing to announce that I will be leaving this extraordinary organization to pursue new adventures. As one of MA’s founders, it has been honor to support MA as a participant, Coach, Youth Director and now Executive Director. Thank you to all the young people, staff, Board members and supporters who have given me opportunities to learn, grow, lead, and heal over the years.
It is my pleasure to announce that MA’s staff and Board of Directors has selected our very own Emily Lai as Momentum Alliance's Interim Executive Director, effective November 10, 2017! For those who don’t know Emily, she is a 27 year old Scorpio of Taiwanese descent. Emily first joined MA in 2015 as a program participant, and has served as MA’s Program & Advocacy Director this past year. Her favorite MA memories from 2017 include helping to pass HB 2845 Statewide K-12 Ethnic Studies, MA’s free Social Justice camp, and MA’s racial equity partnership with Metro. In Emily’s words: “I am deeply passionate about youth organizing, policy making, and social justice. I am excited to support MA’s staff, partners, program participants and board members!”
Emily’s transition offers exciting new opportunities to two staff members: Karla Castañeda (22) and Fatmah Worfeley (19). We are thrilled to announce that Karla and Fatmah will be MA’s new Program and Advocacy Directors. Karla has been with MA since she was 17 years old, and has 5 years of organizing experience. She helped launch our issue-based advocacy cohorts: Reproductive Justice Youth Advocates (RJYA) and Youth Education Advocates (YEA!). Karla has worked on campaigns including Tuition Equity, Measure 88, and Measure 97. Fatmah has been involved with MA since she was 18 years old, starting off as a participant in YEA! And then becoming our Youth Equity Collaborative Manager. Prior to working with MA, Fatmah was the Student Body President of PCC - Sylvania where she worked to decrease tuition, implement a Muslim prayer room, and create a student role on the Board of Directors.
Thank you again to everyone who had supported me and this organization, I’m excited to watch MA continue to grow and make change in our world.