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Our Staff

Vic Barrett

Network Organizer

Vic (Pronouns: He/Him) was raised in the great state of New York as a first-generation Honduran-American! He is proud of his roots, with his family being part of the Garifuna community. He appreciates the uniqueness of his heritage of being Afro-Indigenous and Afro-Latino which inspires a lot of his connection to the natural world and the ways we can challenge ourselves to understand it better. Vic is deeply invested in finding the best ways to exchange stories and lived experiences as a tool for promoting better understanding amongst people. He is incredibly motivated in building bridges to help people understand that Black, brown, and Indigenous leaders hold a lot of the knowledge and values we need to not only beat this climate crisis but also beat the negative values that have perpetuated the climate crisis! Outside of organizing Vic enjoys playing his Playstation, chilling in his hammock, and cuddling with his cat.

Jasmine Butler

Metwork Organizer

Jasmine (Pronouns: They/She) was born and raised in Memphis by way of deep Mississippi roots. Their passion for environmental/climate justice for all, and particularly for Black and brown southerners, comes from witnessing Hurricane Katrina's devastation in 2005 and the less severe yet still impactful Mississippi floods of 2011. Jasmine is deeply invested in youth organizing, excited about popular and political education, and energized by all the intersections within the climate justice movement. Outside of movement work, she enjoys nature walks and hikes, cooking and baking, hosting friends whenever she can, and keeping her houseplants alive. 
 

Saren Glenn

Political Education & Trainings Coordinator

Saren Glenn (Pronouns: They/Them); An Autistic, biracial, leftist dedicated to radical change through collective action and mutual aid. Born and raised in Texas, Saren found themselves thrust into organizing while a student at the University of Texas at El Paso. Fighting side-by-side with community members, families, professors, and students, Saren found change and transformative hope in community-based organizing and action. Now they come to Power Shift Network to engage our member organizations in political education, network trainings, and our Power Shift convenings. When not working to disassemble capitalism through collective action and education, they can be found identifying mushrooms and fungi in rural New England or reading one of their favorite Octavia Butler novels beside their beloved cat.

Nathalie Peña

Digital Associate

Nathalie (Pronouns: She/Her) is Dominican-American and is from N.Y.C. Her first experience in the environmentalism space was as an intern in her alma mater’s sustainability office. That love of learning all there is to know about climate justice stayed with her while she worked in public relations, prompting her to leave the industry and explore her other passions. Since she’s new to the digital organizing space, she’s excited to learn from other staff members and the inspiring Network Member Organizers! In her free time, you’ll most likely find her working on a freelance writing project, getting lost in a sea of newsletters, watching Japanese reality T.V., or finally starting to rollerskate.

Akilah Sanders-Reed

Oil Free Organizer

Akilah (Pronouns: She/Her) grew up in New Mexico, where she stumbled into climate organizing as a high school student in 2009 and never looked back. Driven by a sense of solidarity with our generation as the global front line of the climate crisis, she organized with 350.org, 1 Sky, iMatter, and the Sierra Club before moving to the Twin Cities, MN, to attend Macalester College. During undergrad, she became a committed pipeline resistance fighter, working to bridge the gap between campus and community activism and expose Enbridge for the scoundrels they are. When she's not disassembling the oil empire, she can be found rowing crew on the Mississippi or coaxing her rusty bike to the far corners of the Twin Cities' trails.

Noel Schroeder

Administrative Coordinator

Noel Schroeder (Pronouns: They/Them) is an activist, educator, and organizer in Washington, D.C. with a decade of leadership experience in nonprofit management and international solidarity work. They are the Co-Executive Director of Girls Rock! DC, a Deep Time educator at the National Museum of Natural History, a core organizer with Cop Watch DC, and a strategic coaching consultant for social and gender justice organizations. They love creating fiber art, baked goods, jangly guitar noises, and alternative structures for community care.

Dany Sigwalt

Co-Executive Director

Dany Sigwalt (Pronouns: She/Her), a native of Washington, DC, has spent much of her career moving between movement building and youth leadership development, working to marry the two into one cohesive strategic reality. She cut her organizing teeth providing solidarity childcare for housing rights advocates in DC, fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and with the Occupy DC movement. She joined Power Shift Network in 2016 as Operations Director and has been supporting the organization in exploring better distribution of leadership energy for long term sustainability ever since. 

Kayla Soren

Network Organizer

Kayla (Pronouns: She/They), born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, started their organizing journey in high school working on just transition with the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition. In 2016, she became a co-founder of the International Student Environmental Coalition. They have organizing experience in workers’ rights, energy democracy, public transit equity, justice in Palestine, food sovereignty, and international solidarity building.

Audrey Suarez

Admin & Development Associate

Audrey Suarez (Pronouns: She/Her) grew up in Vermont, where environmentalism is fairly commonplace. Audrey is fairly new to organizing, coming to Power Shift Network from an international development background, where she worked on poverty alleviation for vulnerable populations outside the US while making sure to integrate social and environmental safeguards into all projects she touched. She is excited to be focusing more directly on both social and environmental justice at PSN. Apart from Power Shift, you'll find her gardening, baking with her kids, or working with authors of queer romance.
 

Eriqah Vincent

Network Engagement Director

A proud native of Newark, NJ, Eriqah R. K. Vincent (Pronouns: She/Her) is a 2010 departmental honors graduate of Spelman College with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Women’s Studies. Eriqah has a long history with the Power Shift Network. While at Spelman, she became a member of an environmental student organization chartered at Morehouse College and attended her first Power Shift convergence in 2009. This event sparked a major shift that would set a new course for her life. Now with an environmental nonprofit career that spans over a decade, she has worked for National Wildlife Federation with the NWF EcoLeaders Program coordinating the program’s recruitment efforts to the new online community and leadership development initiative for youth environmental leaders and the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) managing the organization’s “Just” Energy Portfolio, among others. The accomplishment she is most proud of is creating PSE's main umbrella youth engagement initiative, "Keep That Same Energy", which seeks to train and develop young leaders 25 and under into a youth army of community advocates committed to equity for all. Eriqah’s personal and professional passion is to provide resources, mentorship, and in-depth leadership development to communities of color including, but not limited to, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, like her beloved alma mater.