Staff & Board

Staff


Jessie SpectorJessie Spector
Executive Director

jessie@resourcegeneration.org | 413 250 6666

Jessie Spector has worked at Resource Generation since graduating from Wesleyan University in 2008. Over the past 5+ years, Jessie has played a variety of roles at RG including office manager, chapter organizing, developing the campaign for tax justice, and facilitating East and West coast leadership trainings in her role as Program Director. As an activist and donor, Jessie participates in several innovative cross-class models of wealth redistribution: the Criminal Justice Initiative, a circle of donors and activists who use consensus to fund the transformation of the criminal justice system in the US, and the Solidarity Family of POOR Magazine, a cohort of young people with wealth learning from and fundraising for POOR and the project of Homefulness, a permanent and sustainable pilot model of co-housing for homeless people. Jessie is constantly inspired by the power of organizing within her own community of young people with wealth and class privilege in partnership with people working for justice from all class backgrounds. She is in particular awe of the personal and familial deepening she has experienced and gets to witness within the RG community. When not at work you will find Jessie riding her bike, watching House of Cards, baking rosemary bread, or boogying on the dance floor.

 

Iimay Ho, Associate Director

iimay@resourcegeneration.org | 919 601 2040

Iimay Ho joined the Resource Generation staff as Associate Director in August 2014. She holds a vision for collective liberation in her heart and is passionate about creating and implementing strong organizational systems to turn her vision into reality. Prior to Resource Generation, she spent 3 years as the Director of Operations and Finance at The Management Center where she helped move the organization to the next level of performance. Born and raised in North Carolina, Iimay was politicized through interning with Southerners on New Ground (SONG), which builds, sustains, and connects a Southern regional base of LGBTQ people in order to transform the region. She moved to the Washington, DC area in 2008 to work for OCA (Organization of Chinese Americans) where she led programming for student leadership development. Iimay is an active member of the DC queer Asian American community, and helped organize the Rainbow Dragon Fund, the region’s first grassroots queer Asian American giving circle. She got involved with Resource Generation through the DC chapter by joining a praxis group in 2013 and then organized the first DC people of color praxis group in 2014. In her free time, Iimay enjoys attending silent meditation retreats, rock climbing, playing ukulele, and watching movies with her partner Megan.

 


IMG_3103Nitika Raj, Director of National Organizing & Racial Justice

nitika@resourcegeneration.org | 206 407 5591

Nitika Raj first became politicized as a survivor and anti-violence activist, working on sexual and domestic violence prevention through community organizing. She has worked at Chaya, a South Asian domestic violence advocacy organization, and at ChangeLab, a grassroots political lab working on racial justice. She is a former board member of Trikone Northwest, and current board member of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. She got involved with Resource Generation in Seattle through Social Justice Fund Northwest’s very first giving project in 2010: a next generation cohort of donor activists. She went on to join a Resource Generation praxis group, then the RG-Seattle chapter leadership team, finally coming onto staff in 2012 as a national organizer mobilizing young people of color with wealth. Nitika is passionate about working at the intersection of structural racism and economic injustice, with the goal of achieving equity and collective prosperity. Her redistribution of resources supports the transformation and self-determination of women and LGBTQ communities of color, arts, healing, anti-violence, and movement building in the U.S. and globally. Nitika does social justice work for the same reason she prays – to seek truth and build peace. Born in India and raised in Kuwait and the U.S., she has a transnational heart and family. Currently, you can find her in Brooklyn making chai, chatting with friends, or reading a great book.

Contact me about organizing people of color with wealth, starting an affinity based praxis group, In Our Image (an upcoming book for young people of color with wealth who believe in social change), or about potential partnerships for moving resources.

 

Sarah Abbott, Director of National Organizing 

sarah@resourcegeneration.org507 301 8688

Sarah Abbott is the Director of National Organizer for Resource Generation. Sarah has been involved with RG since 2009, when in her senior year at Wesleyan University she first attended the Making Money Make Change conference. She is a founding member of the Hummingbird Collective, a cross-class giving project that supports grassroots migrant justice organizing in Arizona. She has also been an RG chapter leader in Minneapolis. Sarah is passionate about developing the ability of young people with wealth to fully align their skills and resources with the social movements they believe in. As a donor, Sarah is committed to supporting grassroots organizing that builds power in communities most affected by injustice. She is a midwesterner at heart and by choice, raised in small-town Minnesota and currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. When she’s not organizing, you’ll find Sarah aerobicizing at her local YWCA or breaking it down on the dance floor.

Contact me If you want to get involved in Resource Generation and live in one of our chapter cities.

 

Zara Chaudary, Operations Manager

zara@resourcegeneration.org | 646 634 7727

Zara Chaudary joined RG in March of 2012, bringing with her boundless amounts of energy and idealism. Although she is pre-med, as an undergraduate at Columbia University she studied Anthropology and Women’s Studies with the hopes of better understanding the complicated cross-cultural definition of woman. After graduation, she spent 5 years in educationally-focused non-profit work before wanting to switch gears to be more involved in the larger social change movement happening today. As luck would have it, she came across RG and instantly fell in love. She is the epitome of a New Yorker, living every day to truly discover what the limits of multi-tasking can be. Zara’s zest for life comes in handy as she is a Zumba instructor and workout fiend who, when not numerically coordinating vast amounts of spreadsheets, can be found choreographing new dances on the subway on her way to the gym. She hopes to return to medical school in the future to continue her life mission of positively impacting lives of others.

Contact me if you would like further information about Resource Generation and how you can support us in the work we do.

34th bday w fam
Tiffany Ann Brown, Retreat Director

tiffany@resourcegeneration.org 831 334 1873

Tiffany Ann Brown joined the Resource Generation team in late 2012 as the new Making Money Make Change Retreat Director, after having an organizational crush on RG since 2003.  From 2002 – 2010 Tiffany coordinated dozens of events for young leaders (ages 18-35), nationally and internationally.   One key program actually began as a partnership with RG and worked with young people with exceptional wealth or fame to leverage their privilege for social change.  She spent years inspired by a community of activists, and decided to take a break from the “sector” to focus on urban homesteading and music.  During this time Tiffany made everything from sausage to lard soap, canned, preserved and crafted.  She also spent a year DJing at a San Francisco bar, hosting a weekly jazz night called No Room For Squares (all vinyl, all the time!).  In addition, she expanded her event-planning portfolio through organizing events on reproductive rights, a wedding and a string of urban homesteading events that merged music and local food called Down Homes Style.  Now Tiffany happily splits her time between RG and making yogurt, having learned that life is about striking a delicate and loving balance of being out in the world and cultivating rich systems that support a relationship to home.

Contact me about our national retreats!

 

Colette Henderson, Director of Development

colette@resourcegeneration.org | 502 767 5735

Originally from Washington State, Colette Henderson has spent the last ten years down South in lovely Louisville, KY. She  received her undergraduate degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and later a Masters in Social Work from University of Louisville. At the University of Louisville, she developed an interest in building grassroots power after her first year practicum in mental health. Observing that most clients were given less than adequate resources to succeed, she felt larger systemic change was needed to strengthen and improve our communities.  She worked five years as a grassroots organizer with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth where she developed a love for membership recruitment and grassroots fundraising. She shifted to Development in 2012 where she was one of two staff developing, supporting, and orchestrating a statewide fundraising and membership recruitment strategy. In her free time, Colette is seeking out the next bite, preparing creative cuisine with friends, traveling to strange new worlds, and indulging in playful mischief.

Contact me about joining RG or helping build a strong base of RG members!

 

Emil Paddison, National Organizer

emil@resourcegeneration.org  | 206 679 9274

Emil has been involved in Resource Generation since 2010. She has been in five Praxis groups and on the Seattle leadership team for over two years. A Pacific Northwest native, Emil has spent the last 10 years working for housing justice as community organizer, tenant counselor, deputy director, and grantwriter for the Tenants Union of Washington State. Emil is training in generative somatics to support personal and social transformation and healing through embodied leadership. Emil loves to sing, write, and play music and performs in the band The Nature, whose music is best described as queer musical melodrama. She is working from Seattle as RG’s new National Organizer, and thrilled to be supporting amazing chapter leaders across the country grow and deepen in their work with RG toward powerful leadership for collective action.

Contact me if you live in one of our chapter cities and want to get involved in Resource Generation!
11407227_10205820694730887_4681777956846167007_n Iris Brilliant, Family Philanthropy Organizer

iris@resourcegeneration.org | 415 254 5088

Iris Brilliant is the Family Philanthropy Organizer at Resource Generation. She grew up in the Marin County, CA and currently lives in a seven-person collective in Oakland, CA. Her first praxis group at RG was so transformative that it continues to meet, even after two years. She then joined the Bay Area Leadership Team, where she formed the first ever Jewish Praxis group, which explored the intersection of class privilege and Jewish identity and history. Iris has been engaged in institutional philanthropy and family giving for over a decade. After attending numerous philanthropy conferences as one of a few young adults, she realized the need for a stronger nextgen presence in philanthropy. She is passionate about supporting the leadership development of young adults in the philanthropic world and their implementation of social change values into philanthropy. Iris attributes her politicization to her work an editor at Make/shift Magazine, a feminist magazine based in Los Angeles,CA, and as an intern at the Catalyst Project, a white anti-racist organization in San Francisco, CA. Iris loves working with other wealthy young adults who take their lives and vision for social change seriously. In her spare time, she performs songs on the ukulele, studies somatic coaching, teaches Hatha yoga, reads magical realism and instigates conversations about money with strangers.

Contact me if you want to get involved in Resource Generation and your family has a foundation, or if you are involved in your family’s giving.

Kaitlin Gravitt, Campaign Director

kaitlin@resourcegeneration.org| 646 634 7727

Kaitlin Gravitt, is our Campaign Director based out of Philadelphia, PA. She is a lover of a daily outdoor life and originally from California. Kaitlin is excited to dig-in, contribute to the innovative work happening at RG, and to build RG power from the inside-out in the fight for racial and economic justice.

Growing up in the diversity of Los Angeles, CA during controversial education reform helped Kaitlin understand the depths of inequality early in her life and drove her to engage in campaigns and build leadership in community – work that she later understood as organizing.  After college she worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), organizing mostly Latina in-home child care providers, leading civic engagement and electoral campaigns, and organizing a worker strike at a well known hospital in CA.  She also worked with grassroots organizations all over the country as a regional organizer with the Center for Community Change (CCC).  At CCC, Kaitlin worked with leaders from diverse grassroots groups locally and nationally to win critically needed changes for immigrant rights, healthcare, and economic justice for low-income people and communities of color. Some of the things that help Kaitlin bring her full self to this work are a daily Ashtanga yoga practice, being in the sun as much as possible, and any excuse to try out a new recipe and share it with others.

Contact Me if you want to get involved in campaigns and tax organizing!

Yahya AlazrakYahya Alazrak, National Organizer and Coordinator of POC Programs

yahya@resourcegeneration.org| 646 634 7727

Yahya was brand new to Resource Generation before coming on as the National Organizer and Coordinator of POC Programs in June 2015. Before coming to RG, they worked with CoFED as a Regional Organizer and then as Field Staff, supporting and organizing student-run food co-ops on the East Coast. Yahya comes to Social Justice work out of a deep sense of love for their family and community and a need for our collective liberation to be possible. Studying Religious Studies and Community and Justice Studies at Guilford College was a part of their constant journey to understand love and make it visible. They spent their early years in Morocco, Florida, and Massachusetts. Most recently, they are coming from North Carolina where they fell in love with the south and realized they would be a southerner for life. They are now in Philadelphia, and learning to call that new place home. Outside of Resource Generation, they stay connected to communities that are important to them by spending time on the boards of the USA Cooperative Youth Council and Transfaith. When they close their computer, they can be found cooking for friends, dancing like that’s all that matters, or being overly-confident at board games.
Contact me if you live one of our chapter cities and want to get involved or if you are a young person of color with wealth looking to get involved.

 

Adam RobertsAdam Roberts, National Organizer

adam@resourcegeneration.org | 401 743 1602

Adam joined RG staff in June of 2015 as a National Organizer, where he supports RG’s Northeast and Midwest/Mountain West chapters. As a white cisguy inheritor who long struggled with how to show up as his full self in movements for social justice, Adam is forever grateful to the RG community for helping him move out of guilt and isolation and into collective liberation work. His early entry to anti-oppression frameworks came as part of an incredible multiracial team of educators and dorm staff for NMH Upward Bound’s summer program in Western Massachusetts. His twenties also involved stints in poetry school (an MFA), copywriting, and youth organizing. Adam is passionate about relational organizing and leadership development, and holds a special place in his heart for building intersectional feminist (radically embodied) men’s leadership within our movements. Born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island, he also loves swimming in the ocean, discussing elaborate personality schemas (INFJ Pisces w/ a Capricorn moon), and shooting free throws.

Contact me if you want to get involved in Resource Generation and live in the Northeast, Midwest, or Mountain West.

RG Board

July 2015 RG Board Meeting

National Board of Advisors