Advocacy Corps 2017-2018


The 2017-2018 class of Advocacy Corps Organizers work with Congress on meaningful, bipartisan climate action.

Abbie Patterson

  • Jacksonville, Alabama Advocacy Corps Organizer

Abbie Patterson is junior at Jacksonville State University double majoring in Political Science and Public Relations. She is president of the women's issues club on campus and is also active in College Democrats, JSU Students for Equality, and Phi Mu fraternity.

Angela Nalubega

  • Yellow Springs, Ohio Advocacy Corps Organizer

Angel Nalubega is a rising fourth year at Antioch College. She majors in history, with a focus on the intersections between labor and identity in the 20th century. Angel is passionate about social justice, people driven movements, and critical. She plans to pursue a career in law and social work. Angel became interested in community organizing after the unjust killings of Michael Brown and John Crawford III.

Benjamin Wertz

  • Indianapolis, Indiana Advocacy Corps Organizer

Benjamin Wertz is a graduate of Indiana University, with a degree in Comparative Literature and academic minors in Informatics and Psychology. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana where he works as a Client Care Specialist for a policy management technology company.

Chau Phan

  • Denver, Colorado Advocacy Corps Organizer

Chau Phan immigrated from Vietnam to the US at the age of one with her family. She is currently attending the University of Denver with a double major in Criminology and Computer Science and a minor in Chinese. At DU, Chau is President of the Asian Student Alliance and is interested in getting Asian Pacific Islander communities involved in climate change and environmental justice.

Corena Owens

  • Raleigh, North Carolina Advocacy Corps Organizer

Corena Owens is a junior International Studies major at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Corena has been attending West Grove Friends Meeting in Snow Camp, North Carolina since she was 5 years old.

Daniel Bellerose

  • Harrisonburg, Virginia Advocacy Corps Organizer

Daniel is a researcher, writer and organizer who has been catalyzing local communities on the issue of climate change for several years. While living in New York, Daniel was a member of Alfred Friends Meeting. He has worked in over ten research and organizing positions, with a variety of organizations, largely on climate change legislation and grassroots organizing.

Graham Bonnell

  • Lewiston, Maine Advocacy Corps Organizer

Graham Bonnell is a current sophomore at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where he is pursuing physics and political science. While serving as president of his high school’s student council, Graham developed an admiration for leadership, and supporting local communities.

Isabella Teti

  • State College, Pennsylvania Advocacy Corps Organizer

Isabella Teti is a senior at the Pennsylvania State University, studying Political Science and Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies. She has an extensive background in community service and social justice activism.After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in policy making.

Itzel Perez Hernandez

  • Red Banks, New Jersey Advocacy Corps Organizer

Itzel Perez Hernandez is a recent graduate of New Jersey City University with dual degrees in National Security Studies and Political Science. Born in Mexico, she immigrated to the U.S at the age of ten with her family. An enthusiastic community volunteer, she is passionate about social issues and political activism. Itzel hopes to collaborate with a variety of environmental groups as well as mobilize youth from around New Jersey on climate change.

Jasmine Sturr

  • Whittier, California Advocacy Corps Organizer

Jasmine Sturr is a 2016 chemistry grad from the University of Redlands, currently living in her hometown of Whittier, California, where she is an active member of Whittier Monthly Meeting, the Quaker Community she grew up with.

Jonathan Crisman

  • Los Angeles, California Advocacy Corps Organizer

Jonathan Crisman is a Los Angeles-based artist and urban scholar who works at the intersection of policy, participatory culture, and spatial justice. He holds degrees in architecture, urban planning, and geography from UCLA and MIT, and is currently working on his PhD in urban planning at USC.

Jordan Kreikemeier

  • Lincoln, Nebraska Advocacy Corps Organizer

Jordan Kreikemeier is a Social Work major at Nebraska Wesleyan University, with minors in Spanish and Communication. She developed an interest in advocacy and policy after interning at Bread for the World, where she also learned of the impact climate change can have on vulnerable populations.

Jordan Navarro

  • Rio Grande Valley, Texas Advocacy Corps Organizer

Jordan Fox Navarro is a senior at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley, majoring in Criminal Justice, with the goal of law school in mind. He was born in McAllen, Texas in 1996, and has lived in the Rio Grande Valley his entire life.

Kate Sundberg

  • Middletown, Connecticut Advocacy Corps Organizer

Kate Sundberg is a sophomore at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT studying chemistry and environmental studies. for the College of the Environment for the Class of 2020.

Morgan Mack

  • Richmond, Indiana Advocacy Corps Organizer

Morgan Mack is currently attending Earlham College. He has not decided a major, but Morgan is interested in Politics, African/African-American studies and Sociology. Morgan is an active member of the Young Friends in Richmond group. Morgan was born and raised in Richmond, IN. His parents, relatives and church community have inspired Morgan's passion for social justice. Morgan is most excited to learn how to network.

Nyla Williams-Edwards

  • Atlanta, Georgia Advocacy Corps Organizer

Nyla Williams is a rising Junior Political Science / Pre-Law major. She is originally from Southern California and attends Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Nyla is a part of Spelman’s social justice program and is passionate about criminal justice reform. Nyla is most excited about learning how to lobby, guide meetings and gaining a network.

Sarah Holtsclaw

  • Program Assistant, Quaker Outreach

Sarah Holtsclaw serves as Quaker Outreach Young Fellow, working alongside Quaker Field Secretary Christine Ashley, to build and deepen Quaker engagement and advocacy from a spirit-led perspective. She empowers constituents to share their stories and build relationships with their Members of Congress through faith-based lobbying.

Sarah Machiko Haber

  • New York City, New York Advocacy Corps Organizer

Sarah Machiko Haber is a theatre artist based in New York City. Raised in both Japan and the United States, she is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. She is a member of Newtown Monthly Meeting in Newtown, PA.

Stephanie Rodriguez

  • Phoenix, Arizona Advocacy Corps Organizer

Stephanie Rodriguez is a first generation college student attending Arizona State University. She is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, minoring in political science and working towards a certificate in cross-sector collaboration. She aspires to become journalist who informs her community of pressing issues and ways to improve their lifestyle by being closely involved in the community.

Thompson S. Dickerson-Cox

  • Norman, Oklahoma Advocacy Corps Organizer

Thompson S. Dickerson-Cox is a recent graduate from The University of Oklahoma where she obtained her BA in English Literature & Cultural Studies with an emphasis on American Indian literature. She is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation and plans to go to law school with a focus on Tribal Law. Her personal motto is "It Is a Movement, Not an Event".