Yahya

Yahya

Executive Director

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, they 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 and became Campaign Director in 2020. They currently live in Brooklyn (unceded Canarsie territory) with their partner 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, discovering their latent inner-jock at the gym, or lost in thought in their car before getting out at their destination.

The next five years: A strategic planning update

The next five years: A strategic planning update

Time is weird, it can feel both fast and slow all at once. This has felt especially true over the last two years but has always felt true for me when it comes to Resource Generation. Being in the work, it can feel like it takes so long for an idea to become reality....
Today, I’m saying yes to the heartbreak.

Today, I’m saying yes to the heartbreak.

The plan for this blog post was to share some updates with the RG community about strategic planning, and I still plan on doing that. But not today. Today the people of Ukraine and Russia are living through a war. A war I am so far from geographically, that I don’t...
Longing and Looking Ahead

Longing and Looking Ahead

February 9, 2022 Longing and Looking Ahead I have to admit, figuring out what to write about for this month’s newsletter has been a struggle.  First of all, this is the first newsletter for us this year and y’all haven’t really gotten to know me yet.  But more...