Board of Directors

Alejandra Ceja

Alejandra, “Aly”, is a proud Indigenous Queer Chicana, daughter of two migrant parents who left Mexico to escape poverty, oppression, and government corruption. Aly grew up in a small Chicanx community in Inglewood, CA, where she experienced and witnessed the obstacles and consequences her community faced due to structural, institutional, and systemic racism. She is a first-generation college graduate who earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Aly provides bilingual psychological services to immigrants, refugees, and victims of crime. She is also an adjunct faculty at Fullerton College and is an active member in multiple social justice organizations. Her personal, familial, academic, and professional experiences drove her to partake in human rights activism in Strike For Our Rights. In her spare time, she loves learning from Indigenous teachers of ancient Mexico. She also enjoys spending time with nature, her family, and her pets.

Sarah Lynn Fox

Sarah is a dedicated advocate for workers’ rights and social justice, bringing a wealth of experience in strategic planning and community activism to the forefront of her work. As a seasoned strategic advisor, Sarah has collaborated with various non-profit organizations, governmental bodies, and grassroots movements to amplify the voices of workers and advocate for fair labor practices. Her expertise lies in developing comprehensive strategies that address systemic issues while fostering inclusive environments where all workers are valued and respected. 

With a strong belief in the power of collective action, Sarah is honored to serve on the board of Strike For Our Rights to support striking workers in their pursuit of fair wages, better working conditions, and dignity in the workplace.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking, hanging with her two dogs, and art.

Meredith Heller

Meredith is a Bay Area born and raised backend software engineer with a degree in Physics. She joined Strike For Our Rights to get involved in organizing for a better future through collective action. 

She enjoys reading, lifting heavy things and putting them back down, and hanging out with her cats.

Hilary Houlette

Hilary Houlette is a Higher Education PhD student and a First-Year Fellow at the University of Arizona. Incorporating education, law, and international relations, Hilary’s research explores how federal and institutional policies both promote and limit global engagement and international collaboration. Additionally, she is interested in assessing the broader impact that educational policies have on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia. Hilary believes education should be accessible and affordable for everyone and comes to Strike For Our Rights with a purpose of supporting a more equitable system for all U.S. residents. In her spare time, she volunteers with the Pima County English as a Second Language (ESL) adult learner program and enjoys swimming, baking bread, hiking, and playing the recorder.

Briana Mandel

Briana Mandel is a licensed clinical social worker who has the absolute pleasure of engaging with some of the most vulnerable and incredible humans on Earth. Working on Skid Row in Los Angeles, Briana brings a unique and creative perspective to her clinical work in mental health, substance use, and trauma with unhoused communities. She has seen first hand the effects of systemic racism, oppression, and poverty, which drew her to Strike For Our Rights. Briana brings passion, humor, and an intersectional perspective to every aspect of her work. Originally from a small farm in Connecticut, Briana followed in her dad’s footsteps and received her B.A. in theater from Fordham University and Masters in Social Work from California State University, Northridge, where she discovered that working in restaurants for 14 years somehow did prepare her for life as a social worker in Los Angeles.

Amma Marfo

Amma is a Canadian-born, US-raised writer and comedian living in Boston. This is why she knows things can be better. 

The child of African immigrants, Amma was galvanized to action in the aftermath of 2014’s Trayvon Martin murder and subsequent student uprising. As a higher education professional, she worked alongside college students to articulate and speak out about their demands. In the years since, she’s taken the advice she once gave to them, speaking up about much needed gun control, healthcare equity, the danger of white supremacy, and the value of union membership – all with her trademark sense of humor. You may know her as the voice behind the Strike For Our Rights newsletter!

When she’s not writing or joking around, you can find her reading, traveling, or learning to be a better plant mom!

Sarah Moe

Sarah is an employment and immigration lawyer and union organizer with a background in universal healthcare advocacy. Nearly a decade of travel and work abroad have stretched her assumptions of what is possible in the U.S. She realized universal healthcare, non-market housing, prison reform, living wages, et cetera were all (a) very, very possible and (b) available around the world, so why not here? 

Inspired by watching populations around the world strike and win against unjust government policies, she started doing more research and learning…and eventually Strike For Our Rights was formed. 

In her spare time, Sarah can be found cycling around her city in search of the best croissant.

J Randolph

J (yep, just the letter) Randolph (they/them) is a PhD candidate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University and is the executive director of a neighborhood organization in Minneapolis, MN. Their current research examines the emotional narratives of nonprofits and human/civil rights and their influences on social movements. 

Raised by a single mother in a rural, class-divided, midwestern town, J was exposed early to growing economic and environmental inequality exacerbated by racism, misogyny, and queerphobia. Coming from a union family, they joined the Rutgers chapter of AAUP-AFT as soon as they were eligible for membership. In 2022, the Rutgers AAUP-AFT went on a week-long strike during which J served as a remote picket captain and as one of the content creators for the Media & Narrative Committee. During the campaign, they worked and communicated with Strike for Our Rights and remained engaged following the strike’s end. 

In their free time, J enjoys playing the bass guitar, hanging out with their cat, Aster, and picking up new crafts they inevitably forget about.

James Spalding

James is a proud neurodivergent engineer with a Bachelor’s in Engineering Physics from Kettering University. Since his days in college he has worked in electorate activism working on several direct ballot initiatives as well as working for the Bernie Sanders campaign. While these experiences showed him the benefits of electorism as a tactic, they also made it clear that our issues are bigger than what elections alone can fix.

Since 2020 he has worked in helping organize protests, specializing in ensuring safety. He has volunteered as a de-escalator, safety teams, and as a medic. He has been on the front line of LGBTQ+ pride events, trans rights protests, BIPOC liberation, police abolition, environmentalism, Pro-Palestine actions, and several others. He has also organized eviction defense, unionizing efforts, and union strike support. Since 2021 he has worked towards the goal of a General Strike to make connections, instill solidarity into the labor movement, and find the organization that could aid him in consolidating the labor movement. 

James arrived at Strike For Our Rights with the belief that his search is over.

Caitlin Turner

Caitlin Turner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, currently working in health care. Through this lens, she has witnessed shortcomings and systematic biases in our socioeconomic systems, including women’s and mental health care, housing, gun control, and more. Caitlin believes our country is not addressing these issues in a way that enacts change or is just for everyone, and that a general strike is the best next step everyone can take together by joining Strike For Our Rights. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys spending time with family, playing soccer, and creating new recipes.

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