Vanessa Dominguez 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Why is youth-led social justice important? 
We are constantly being disrespected and tokenized. People with decision making power should not be dictating what my life looks like so we are taking the reins.

What social justice issues are close to your heart? 
Immigration and health care for all

What do you love to do for self-care?
I love to watch Netflix while I run on the treadmill! 

What is your favorite MA core value?
Deep Relationships

What 3 artists would you have on your ultimate “Pump me up” playlist?
Nicky Jam, Omar Ruiz, Rhianna
If you could snuggle any kind of animal what would it be?
A husky.

vanessa@momentumalliance.org

Karla Castaneda

Program Manager

 

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Why is youth-led social justice important?
We, young people are not consider experts in various environments, which leaves us out of decision making tables. However, we are experts. Young people are not the future, young people are the now and young people have always led the movement. We take space because we know what we want, we take action because we know what's right, we give and receive love because the movement can't progress without it. Youth led social justice is important because our voices matter, our voices are strong and powerful. We are fighting and we will never stop until we get love and justice!

What social justice issues are close to your heart?
Immigration- undocumented youth movement, Education, Reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, Women's rights, Environmental justice.

What do you love to do for self-care?
A day of  running, swimming and watching Netflix with my puppies, Justice and Hashi.

What is your favorite MA core value?
Love

What 3 artists would you have on your ultimate “Pump me up” playlist?
Marc Anthony, Farruko, Pitbull

If you could snuggle any kind of animal what would it be?
Baby koala bear

karlac@momentumalliance.org

Emily Lai

Director of Programs

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Why is youth-led social justice important?
I believe in youth power. Youth are leaders in our movements and communities -they always have been. So many systems, especially systems designed to support youth -the education system and child welfare system, do not treat youth as knowledgeable, capable and powerful. But they are. We tend to equate experience/expertise with age. But just because you’re young doesn’t mean you’re inexperienced or incapable. 

What social justice issues are close to your heart?
People of color existence, resistance, & liberation is very close to my heart. Gender, sexuality, sexual health, immigration, and economic justice are also very close to my heart. I’m also becoming more passionate about environmental issues -humans collectively have not been good for nature and wildlife. Everything is connected: the earth, the oceans, the sky, humans, animals, plants, the past, the present, the future. Which means, I’m trying to treat every social justice issue as connected. Which means, I’m trying to hold every social justice issue close to my heart.

What do you love to do for self-care?
Hot yoga. Hot springs & hot baths. Beach trips. Coconuts -the juice & the meat. Climbing up high places to catch the sunset. Sushi. Studio Ghibli films, Totoro forever. Meals with friends. Dance. Poetry by Nayyirah Waheed, Yrsa Daley-Ward, & Rupi Kaur. Sex. Music in the dark, alone. Music. Music videos and dance videos. Did I already say music? MUSIC. Children’s books. Scrolling through cute animal photos & hilarious memes on Instagram. Uninstalling any work-related applications on my phone. I can do self-care all day, but I can't, cuz, as Diego, our former co-Executive Director once said: "I need to make more money and for like capitalism to end.

What is your favorite MA core value?
Love -because I’m still learning what “love” is. And “vulnerability as strength” cuz that’s not my strong suit either. Side note: I feel like the movie Moonlight says a lot about "love" and "vulnerability as strength". Go watch it!

What 3 artists would you have on your ultimate “Pump me up” playlist?
Missy Elliott’s Lose Control
Kendrick Lamar’s King Kunta
Princess Nokia’s Tomboy or Rihanna’s Sex With Me

If you could snuggle any kind of animal what would it be?
IT’S A REALLY TOUGH CHOICE BETWEEN PANDAS & SEA OTTERS.

emily@momentumalliance.org

Jaime Limon-Guzman

Program Manager

Pronouns: He/Him

Why is youth-led social justice important? 
Youth-led social justice is important to me because young people have being instrumental in making changes in our policies from city, state and even national. Young people have a lot of power and I big believer in young peoples’ power!  

What social justice issues are close to your heart? 
Immigration - From stopping deportations through organizing, working on policiesthat can impact our undocumented community and most importantly hosting spaces where our undocumented community can come together and share our stories to be able to do some healing. 

What do you love to do for self-care?
I do many activities for self-care however my favorite one is "dancing" - every time I hit the dance floor I feel joy and excitement. To be honest I have music always playing, which then makes me want to dance 24/7 doesn't matter if I'm in the kitchen, living room, at the gym or at work. 

What is your favorite MA core value?
Love! Love! Love! and more Love!

What 3 artists would you have on your ultimate “Pump me up” playlist?
First - Anthony Santos aka Romeo Santos
Second - Celia Cruz aka The Queen of Salsa
Third - Gente de Zona

If you could snuggle any kind of animal what would it be?
I would love to snuggle with a baby black panther.

jaime@momentumalliance.org

Jessie Cortijo

ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Why is youth-led social justice important?
I think it’s important that the people most affected by injustice have the greatest say in deciding how to respond to it, and so I think young people need to be leading struggles that affect them. Also, young people often have innovative and radical ideas that older folks often don’t think of, and so I appreciate the perspectives youth bring to the movement.

What social justice issues are close to your heart?
Honestly everything is close to my heart, though as a trans person, I have a strong personal connection to queer and trans struggles.

What do you love to do for self-care?
Listening to music and playing video games.

What is your favorite MA core value?
Shifting power, as I think making material changes in power structures is incredibly important.

What 3 artists would you have on your ultimate “Pump me up” playlist?
My list would lot, but at the moment, Acephalix, G.L.O.S.S., and Kylesa come to mind.

If you could snuggle any kind of animal what would it be?
A baby goat.

jessie@momentumalliance.org


Sarah Cooley Trinkle

Finance & Fundraising Director

Pronouns: She/hers

Why is youth-led social justice important?
Social justice demands that we challenge assumptions and break rules and norms. Young people have a unique capacity to do just that. Even more importantly, social justice issues impact young people, therefore young people MUST be at the decision-making table.

What social justice issues are close to your heart?
Reproductive justice and education justice have always been close to my heart.
I am grateful that the community at Momentum Alliance constantly challenges me to consider new ways of thinking about these and so many other issues.

What do you love to do for self-care?
Running. Reading in the bath. Listening to music. Watching detective shows. Drinking wine while cooking. Fresh air.

What is your favorite MA core value?
This is such a hard question! Probably vulnerability, because I think that is such an important quality for leaders and in life. Love is a close second, because DUH.

What 3 artists would you have on your ultimate “Pump me up” playlist?
Only three?? Beyonce. Macklemore. Bruce Springsteen.

If you could snuggle any kind of animal what would it be?
In reality, our little boxer-mix pup Bauer. In the ultimate unicorn fantasy dreamscape, a baby elephant.

sarah@momentumalliance.org

Dorian Campbell

OPERATIONS & communications coordinator

 

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Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Why is youth-led social justice important?
 Youth are often the most affected by the issues in their communities and have the least resources to do anything about it!

What social justice issues are close to your heart?
Black Lives Matter

What do you love to do for self-care?
I love to nap, dance, cook, swim, go to bodies of water, doodle, skin care, listen to music REALLY loud, laugh, dance by myself, stretch, watch videos of dogs doing cute things, cry, take selfies, laugh at my own jokes because I'm hilarious, making drinks, watch Criminal Minds, basketball and Sports Center, give compliments, drive around by myself, make smoothies and enjoy meals with friends.

What is your favorite MA core value?
Deep Relationships

What 3 artists would you have on your ultimate “Pump me up” playlist?
In no order: Beyonce, 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne

If you could snuggle any kind of animal what would it be?
It’s a tie between a dog and an otter.

                 dorian@momentumalliance.org


Fatmah Worfeley

Collaborative Coordinator

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Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Why is youth-led social justice important?
I believe youth led social justice is important because youth are the future and the ones driving the momentum to make the changes. Its always important to center their leadership, thoughts, ideas when working on social justice and issues that youth face, because that's what authenticity, and accountability to our communities looks like. 

What social justice issues are close to your heart?
Racial justice, immigrant/refugee rights, international solidarity, are just some - but the rest are just as important. I find these three in particularly close to my heart and rather a reason to why I do the work I do- because I'm inherently connected to them.

What do you love to do for self-care?
Sleep, eat, cook, hike, listen to music, Netflix, or stay busy.

What is your favorite MA core value?
Vulnerability as Strength

What 3 artists would you have on your ultimate “Pump me up” playlist?
Depends on what type of "pump me up mood" we are talking about. But let's say "pump me up" for some organizing and work, I'd say: Rihanna, Desiigner's: Tiimy Turner, and Lupe Fiasco.

If you could snuggle any kind of animal what would it be?
UNICORN - no question about it

               fatmah@momentumalliance.org


Llondyn Elliott

Program Coordinator

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Pronouns: He/They/She (in that order)

Why is youth-led social justice important?
I believe youth led social justice isn’t just important, but it is very necessary. When you look back to history, almost every movement had radical youth that felt as if they had way more to gain, than they had to lose.

What social justice issues are close to your heart?
Gentrification and subsequent displacement are two big issues that I have advocated for. From a young age I was forced to move around because of rising housing prices.

What do you love to do for self-care?
My favorite self-care is cleaning my house. I feel all out of sorts when my house is messy, so organizing and cleaning makes me feel as if I have an ounce of control in my life.

What is your favorite MA core value?
My favorite MA core value is Internationality. I know intersectionality is important, because of my own lived experiences. It was often hard for me as a young black poor queer trans person raised by a single mother in one of the whitest major cities in the country.

What 3 artists would you have on your ultimate “Pump me up” playlist?
Chance The Rapper, Kanye West, and Beyonce (The trifecta of amazing)

If you could snuggle any kind of animal what would it be?
If I could snuggle an animal it would either be a lion or an elephant. I don't think elephants are that cuddly, but they are definitely awesome.

             llondyn@momentumalliance.org