Meet the 2019-2020 class of Advocacy Corps Organizers. These 20 young adults from around the U.S. will be organizing their communities to end gun violence.
Newark, New Jersey Advocacy Corps Organizer
Brenda Martell Garcia is a junior at New Jersey Institute of Technology majoring in Biomedical Engineering with aspirations of becoming a surgeon. A member of Girl Up, Society of Women Engineers and recruiting officer for Pre-Health Society in her campus, Brenda enjoys volunteering and empowering immigrant youth.
Gainesville, Florida Advocacy Corps Organizer
Chad Martin is from Gainesville, Florida and attends Santa Fe College for Environmental Studies. In high school he was a delegate with Witness for Peace studying the North American Free Trade Agreement and the oppression American held on Nicaragua. He is an active Quaker and advocates peace and positive development in the people.
Emory, Virginia Advocacy Corps Organizer
Clare Carter is a Sophomore at Emory and Henry College majoring in Theatre and Philosophy. Clare has been an actress for over 10 years and, more recently, as a director working with young people and helping them develop as performers on the stage. After running an environmental club throughout high school, she also became passionate about environmental issues and strives to engage young people on issues such as water scarcity, energy resources, and sustainable food systems.
Medford, Massachusetts Advocacy Corps Organizer
Fiona Davis-Walsh is currently a sophomore at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, where she volunteers as a tutor for incarcerated students and serves on the Medford Human Rights Commission. She plans to major in American Studies and Child Development.
Giselle Lopez Estrada
Dallas, Texas Advocacy Corps Organizer
Giselle Lopez Estrada is a Sophomore at Richland College. She plans on majoring in Public Health and minoring in Political Science. Giselle gained an interest in grassroots organizing during the 2018 midterm elections through the Get Out to Vote initiative. This newfound passion has lead her to become more involved in her community through: her internship to State Representative Victoria Neave, her position as Precinct Chair, her role as organizer for the Dallas Peace and Justice Center, and her membership in the Dallas County East Democrats.
Grace Anne Gasperson
Athens, Ohio Advocacy Corps Organizer
Grace Anne Gasperson, a sophomore at Ohio University majoring in Global Studies, has a deep appreciation for culture which fuels an even greater passion for learning languages, which helps her engage people across linguistic boundaries. At twelve Grace Anne lobbied for the first time when she wrote letters to all representatives in the South Carolina state house asking for increased funding for her public charter school, which at the time was the lowest funded school in the country. She has since lobbied twice at FCNL’s Spring Lobby Weekend and intends to continue using what she has learned throughout her life. Grace Anne is a member of Athens Friends Meeting.
Seattle, Washington Advocacy Corps Organizer
Grace Green has recently received a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Salisbury University located in the Eastern Shore of Maryland. In her undergraduate years she spent a semester in Ecuador learning Spanish.
Fayetteville, Arkansas Advocacy Corps Organizer
Hope Davenport is a junior at the University of Arkansas majoring in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Communication. Hope has served as an Associated Student Government senator and is currently serving as the Director of Municipal Relations.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Jameelah Lewis is an alum of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Afro-American Studies. During her undergraduate career, she worked within the university as a programming assistant for the Center for Social Justice, as Health Coordinator for UNLVolunteers, as a Student Organizer with Advocates for Youth, and as an organizer with #BlackLivesMatter UNLV and UNLV NAACP. Currently, Jameelah Lewis is a fellow with Young People For (YP4). YP4 fellows are committed to creating positive change in their communities by working on blueprints for social justice across the nation. Jameelah will focus her efforts on reducing recidivism rates among system-involved youth in Clark County, Nevada.
Birmingham, Alabama Advocacy Corps Organizer
Jones Willingham is a junior at Samford University majoring in Law, Politics, and Society with a minor in Spanish. Jones is a musician that has worked with organizations such as RAINN, Neverthirst, and Sidewalk Film Festival in the realms of event coordinating, media outreach, and event promotion. He is a University Fellow and a member of both the Samford Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team and Model United Nations.
Jordan A Rozier
Raleigh, North Carolina Organizer
As a passionate, determined and driven young lady, Jordan Rozier is a junior at Saint Augustine’s University, Raleigh, NC, majoring in Business Administration. She is originally from St. Paul’s, NC and is also the Vice President of NABA (National Association of Black Accountants).
Juan Daniel Avila
Albuquerque, NM Advocacy Corps Organizer
Juan Avila is a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico where he received his BA in Political Science. Juan is excited to begin a career within the local political sphere and looks forward to advocating for issues affecting his community. He has helped to advocate for local issues ranging from immigration to democracy reform. He believes that meaningful change begins at the grassroots level which is why he is excited to be a part of the Advocacy Corps where he will join a team of young adults to help make a meaningful change by helping and encouraging people to engage in their government.
Orem, Utah Advocacy Corps Organizer
Justin Marks is a recent graduate of Utah Valley University. He will be applying to multiple MSW programs in the upcoming years with the goal of becoming a social worker. He feels strongly about creating an environment where all people can succeed. Acting on this belief, Justin has helped to create programs for LGBTQ+ youth, been part of UVU's Multicultural Student Council, and volunteered for local LGBTQ+ non-profits. Justin is excited to be a part of FCNL's Advocacy Corps and hopes to be able to create positive change while learning more about the legislative processes.
Wilmington, Ohio Advocacy Corps Organizer
Karmiela White is a junior at Wilmington College majoring in Communication Arts and Political Science. During her sophomore year, Karmiela was elected president of Wilmington’s Service Leader Executive Board. Along with advocacy, Karmiela finds happiness in serving her community. She also enjoys working alongside other people who share the same passion for social justice. Upon her arrival to Wilmington College, she immediately became involved in groups such as Amnesty International and Black Student Initiative. Once she joined these groups, she knew that she wanted to spend her time giving a voice to the voiceless.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Advocacy Corps Organizer
Kessia Andersen is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, majoring in Global Studies with a minor in Film. She spent the first semester of her freshman year at St. Norbert College in a service learning social justice gap program which exposed her to the complexity of many social issues and the often underestimated accountability of the individual within a community.
Kynnedi P Taylor-Henry
Oxford, Mississippi Advocacy Corps Organizer
Kynnedi is a senior in the Trent Lott Leadership Institute of the University of Mississippi pursuing a degree in Public Policy Leadership. She transferred to the University of Mississippi from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to pursue her heart’s desire to serve others and help to continue to make her country a great place for all to live. This Mississippian author of children’s book, The Adventures of Jonathan and Mr. King, enjoys spending her time writing to inspire children. She eagerly anticipates partnering up with young adults in the Advocacy Corps to positively influence our communities.
Lauren Elaine Brown
Dallas, Texas Advocacy Corps Organizer
Lauren-Elaine Brown is a Minnesota native with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice with minors in Biology and Bible. She lives in Dallas, Texas and recently worked for the ACLU of Texas as their Local Engagement Specialist. She spends her time in DFW serving the community as a sociopolitical activist, and networks with stakeholders in various industries.
Jacksonville, Alabama Advocacy Corps Organizer
Natalie Walls is a sophomore at Jacksonville State University majoring in Political Science with the goal of attending law school. Adopted from Kazakhstan and now living in the United States, she holds a deep respect for the country she lives in and devotes her life to its betterment. She is a published op-ed writer, honors student, and has presented a research paper at a regional honors conference.
Middlebury, Vermont Advocacy Corps Organizer
Olivia is a rising senior at Middlebury College in Vermont studying Environmental Policy with a minor in Sustainable Design. She is a member of the Varsity Softball team and is always looking to build networks and relationships as the Co-President of the Student-Athletes of Color club on campus. Olivia is from the greater Washington D.C. area and has had the privilege of interning in the city the past few summers where her interest in advocacy first began. Olivia is a member of Alexandria Monthly Meeting.
Sarasota, Florida Advocacy Corps Organizer
Ormond Derrick is a senior Honors student at New College of Florida majoring in Political Science and Global Health with a minor in Spanish Language and Culture. Ormond is a public health advocate that has worked since middle school promoting public health and harm reduction strategies to help stop drug and alcohol addiction among teens and young adults.