Yahya (they/them) comes to social justice work out of a deep sense of love for their family and community and a belief that our collective liberation is possible. They are mixed-race (white and North African) and have a mixed-class background – born in Morocco with an owning class family there, and they were mostly raised poor in the US with one parent. Yahya enters movements from many places: as the child of a trans and Muslim activist and leader; the experience of racialization and anti-war movement work post-9/11; the cooperative and solidarity economy work they first participated in at Guilford College; Occupy Wall Street and the 2014 uprisings for Black lives.
Yahya joined RG staff as a National Organizer and Coordinator of POC Programs in 2015, became Campaign Director in 2020, and was appointed Executive Director in the Fall of 2021.
They currently live in Ossining, NY (historical lands of the Wappinger people) with their partner, their partner’s sister, and two sibling cats, Lemon and Pepper. Outside of Resource Generation, they sit on the board of Philadelphia’s social justice foundation: Bread and Roses Community Fund. When they close their computer, they can be found being overly confident at games, celebrating their latest cooking experiment, or lost in thought in their car before getting out to their destination.