Who We Are
Resource Generation envisions a world in which all communities are powerful, healthy, and living in alignment with the planet. A world that is racially and economically just in which wealth, land and power are shared.
Resource Generation organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power.
We believe that people ages 18-35 with wealth and class privilege are at a particularly key stage in life to effect social justice. We are living in the most extreme wealth inequality in modern history. As people rising into adulthood, young people with wealth and class privilege need to be organized around and empowered in taking control of the resources we have access to, in a commitment to building a more just world. We are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us, and we are working for a better world for those who will come after.
National Members Council
Dominique (she/her) lives in New York and commutes frequently to Los Angeles, where she works with her family leading their philanthropic and corporate social responsibility initiatives at their family business. Since getting involved with RG almost two years ago, she has co-led the Bay Area Chapter, two praxis groups, participated in national conferences in a leadership capacity, and is currently a member of the National Campaign Committee. Being part of Resource Generation has been transformative on an individual level by providing the foundation for her current professional work. Dominique is excited to join the National Membership Council, and is ready to continue the work in a collective way on the national level.
National Member Council
Elizabeth (she/her) lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is part of the Boston RG Chapter coordinating team. She focuses her time working on political campaigns for both local and national candidates. Another focal point of hers is collaborating with community-based organizations on anti-racism and anti-oppression work. She joined Resource Generation in 2015 as a constituent and participated in praxis. The following year she transitioned to the leadership team and co-led the first Boston people of color praxis group. She joined the National Membership Council because she believed her skills and experience in community organizing around anti-oppression efforts would be a valuable asset to RG’s base-building and recruitment goals.
Boston Chapter Memeber
Erica McDowell (she/her) lives among the beautiful people, mountains, and skies of New Mexico. She is an introvert who loves building community, a scientist deeply curious about religion and spirituality, a lover of both tradition and breaking the norm. She is grateful to have found the RG community in her first year at Stanford University, where she went on to become a Chapter Organizer for three years. Since that time she has also participated in a variety of RG convenings and retreats, as well as national working groups and projects. Erica joined the National Member Council because she longed to re-engage with the political home she found in RG and wants to learn more about fundraising in a way that is liberatory for all involved in the process.
National Member Council
Holly (she/her) lives in Brooklyn. She’s been a Chapter Leader of RG for the past five years – first at Stanford and now in New York. She stumbled across Resource Generation when she Googled “rich kid social justice” during a moment of existential crisis in the midst of the Occupy movement, and was relieved to find that there were other radical rich kids just like herself. She really loves RG because she believes in the power of young people with wealth leveraging the resources at their disposal to fund grassroots social movements, and she believes in their potential to shift the narrative around wealth and inequality in this country. She joined the National Member Council to help our community realize that vision. Also, her alter ego is DJ She Wolf and I really love pop culture.
National Member Council
Ike (they/them) is an organizer and software engineer on occupied Duwamish land (Seattle, Washington). They have been organizing with Resource Generation’s Seattle chapter since 2015, helping to develop the chapter’s practice of political action before shifting to focus on base-building and leadership development. Ike strives for their organizing practice to be one of collective imagination and transformation of our communities, our relationships, and ourselves. They joined the national member council to support RG’s continued transformation into a grassroots base-building organization.
National Member Council
Isaac Lev Szmonko
Isaac Lev Szmonko (he/his) grew up in Waltham, MA and lives in Oakland, CA. He was raised up and schooled as a part of movements seeking to abolish cops, courts, and cages while building self-determined and powerful communities. His current political home is with Catalyst Project: supporting white activists and majority-white organizations to take bold, strategic and accountable action as a part of multiracial movements to end racism, war, and empire. Isaac Lev was formerly the Campaign Organizer for Resource Generation. He joined the National Member Council to support RG’s crucial work of moving more and more resources into revolutionary grassroots movements led by working class people of color. He is a white, middle-to-managerial class, queer & trans, anti-Zionist Jew.
National Member Council
John (he/him/his) is a young person with wealth who has been a proud Resource Generation member for three years. He’s on the coordinating committee of the RG Boston Chapter and the National Member Council. He got involved in RG after dipping his toes into organizing wealthy and sometimes conservative family members and family connections in Dallas. He is a passionate donor organizer and believes strongly in wealth redistribution as core to social change. He became an organizer for Corporate Accountability in 2009 after witnessing gold mining corporations threaten indigenous communities’ water with impunity in Chile. Today, as Deputy Campaigns Director, John provides strategic guidance to Corporate Accountability’s campaigns stopping corporations from devastating democracy, trampling human rights, and destroying our planet. He also works with Corporate Accountability’s major donors to leverage their resources to advance the corporate accountability movement.
Julia (she/her) is a first generation Taiwanese American, born and raised in Lubbock, TX and now living and working in St. Louis, MO. She’s the founder of Solidarity Economy St. Louis, a network of groups and individuals striving to build an economy based on the values of justice, sustainability, self-determination, and cooperation. She’s still fairly new to RG, and am trying to find her role within the organization that will allow me to build relationships with other members and offer any type of knowledge or experience that they have to support. She hopes that being part of the NMC will be a bridge for that.
National Member Council
Lane (they/them) lives in central Vermont, the ancestral homeland of the Abenaki. As a collective member with Regenerative Finance and a loan officer with the Cooperative Fund of New England, Leah explores alternative and emerging finance strategies to hijack the engine of capitalism toward liberatory economies. They are pumped to join the National Membership Council’s Resource Mobilization Committee to think strategically about the relational roles of principled philanthropy and investment as tactics for change while continuing to co-parent the Vermont chapter of Resource Generation. In addition to dismantling capitalism, Leah spends a lot of time pretending they know how to garden, knitting until way past their bed time, and throwing Sacred Flames at hostile dungeon monsters.
Lucy Kahn (she/her) is a white Jewish queer cisgender woman currently living on occupied Pocumtuck land in a town called Greenfield. Lucy has been a Resource Generation member for three years and is part of the Western Massachusetts chapter leadership team. She joined the National Member Council because she sees beautiful potential in RG members taking accountable, power-shifting collective action. She is always up for nerding out about worker cooperatives, your favorite protest songs/chants, and whatever is blooming around you.
National Member Council
Mac Liman (she/her) was born and raised in Colorado. She is passionate about organizing people around privileged identities — especially young people who, like her, have class privilege — and she is honored to have been able to do this work with Resource Generation since 2005 as a chapter leader, trainer, conference attendee, facilitator, and National Campaign Team member. She has been organizing with the Chinook Fund since 2007. She is a bicycle mechanic and lives with seven of her favorite people in a shared community home. She is nearing her 35th birthday and is excited/terrified for the accompanying changes in her role at RG. She joins the NMC holding many years of organizational history and a zeal for moving young people with wealth towards collective action.
Maggie (she/her) is an organizer, artist, and naturalist living in Durham, NC – occupied Occaneechi Saponi land. Though she is originally from Chicago, she feels lucky to have found her way to the South, where she is a Leader in the Triangle, NC chapter of Resource Generation. Under her leadership and that of her brilliant co-leaders, the chapter has built close relationships with POC, queer, and working class-led organizations – including Southern Vision Alliance, Southerners on New Ground (SONG), Durham for All, and the Durham Community Land Trust. Maggie has also organized with SONG for their Black Mamas and Black August Bail Out Days and sits on Solidaire Network’s Movement R&D Grant Committee – a group of donors and movement leaders that make grant decisions collectively. She can often be found painting, teaching middle schoolers about geology and environmental justice, scheming about Southern movement fundraising, and tending to her native plant garden.
Taij K. Moteelall
Born in Guyana, Taij Moteelall (she/her) spent most of her life in the Bronx and now lives in Woodbury, NY. She believes that we can restore balance and foster peace, justice, and equity by connecting across difference to build thriving movements. Whether working with communities of color towards self-determination or people with wealth to align their values with their resources, Taij remains committed to inclusivity and transformation. She’s a former Executive Director of Resource Generation. Her leadership journey at RG sparked the vision for her current work with Standing in Our Power. Taij supports cis and transgender women of color and gender non-conforming people of color to center wellness, empowerment, and sustainability in their lives and leadership. She joined the National Membership Council to support RG members to work across lines of power and privilege to resource movements and build collective power.
National Member Council
Nadin (she/her) lives in San Francisco. She is a software engineer passionate about education and reimagining how technology can help improve education. She was a chapter leader for the Stanford chapter for three years in which she contributed to re-imagining RG’s programs for a college setting, such as praxis groups and campaign work. She joined the National Membership Council because they want to continue exploring how RG programming can empower folks to own their class identity and use their personal exploration to improve their work in social justice. She also joined the NMC to bring her experiences as a chapter leader in a college campus to the table.
National Member Councils
Olivia (she/her) lives in her hometown of New Orleans, LA with her partner and cat Vita. She’s been organizing since college when she was involved in organizing to open a Level I Trauma Center on the Southside of Chicago. Since getting involved with RG in 2014, she has focused primarily on bringing and moving all kinds of resources to the movement work that needs it most. She’s a chapter leader with the RG NOLA chapter, a board member of her family foundation, RosaMary, and a law student.
National Member Council
Tiffany Brown (she/her) worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade before transitioning into her work with Fresh Pond Capital (a subsidiary of Reynders McVeigh Capital Management). Her work has ranged from being Co-Director at YES!, Board member at Common Fire Foundation, founding advisor to Kindle Project Foundation, to directing national leadership retreats at Resource Generation. Most of her work has been focused on working with young people wealth. Her entry into social justice work was through learning about race and racism in the US and interning with the SE Regional NAACP in Atlanta, GA. Tiffany cultivated her zest for justice at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she graduated with a degree in Community Studies. Her passions include cooking, music, dancing and urban homesteading. She currently serves on the Finance Committee for Haymarket People’s Fund.
Adam (he/him) joined RG staff in June of 2015 as a National Organizer, where he supports RG’s Northeast and Midwest chapters. As a white cis-guy 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 or Midwest.
danielle marilyn west
danielle (she/her or any non-binary pronouns) is a cultural worker, educator and organizer with more than fifteen years of experience in multi-issue, community-led, feminist movements. A Midwestern, multigenerational Ohio settler, buffer-class queer white woman of trans experience, danni has lived in Oakland, CA since 2010. Passionate about people power, danielle grounds her work in development and resource redistribution as part of the legacy and tradition of struggle for abolition, reparations, and liberation. Her organizing work has focused on expanding marginalized communities’ capacity for survival and resistance while also recruiting and politicizing privileged communities to build solidarity. When not working, danni enjoys surfing, skateboarding, motorcycle rides, misusing hashtags, taking dance classes, receiving snail mail, and witnessing cultural interventions/productions. She dabbles with writing poetry, making visual art, publishing and serving as an editor.
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Ekundayo Igeleke (he/him/his) is our new Chapter Organizing Director. He is a Hip Hop educator and grassroots organizer. He is a lead organizer with the People’s Justice Project focusing on leadership development and the decriminalization of working class people of color. In 2011, Ekundayo was selected as an apprentice with Public Allies where he worked with The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati to facilitate the relationship between parent, school, and community. Additionally, he co-organized a community conversation campaign that addressed the lack of accessible resources for youth. Once the project was complete, he organized a Freedom School site to address the needs of an entire community by using education as a tool for liberation. In 2014, Ekundayo became a member of the National Juvenile Justice Network through the Youth Justice Leadership program where he co-launched a Freedom School program inside of three youth correctional facilities in Ohio from 2014-2016 to decrease the reentry rate and empower system involved youth. Ekundayo‘s work over the past 5 years has primarily focused on implementing prevention, intervention and restorative practices in schools, after-school programs, and in communities of color. He combines organizing, curriculum development, youth and young adult leadership development, and public policy as tools to liberate the African working class and other communities of color.
When Ekundayo is not in radical action, he watches anime, hits the gym, spends time with his fiancé, filling his life with the aesthetics of art (writing, poetry, visual art, dance, etc.) meditation, and trying new afro vegan recipes.
Chapter Organizing Director
Faisal (he/him) is a queer-identified Muslim activist, speaker and writer, of Pakistani descent. Faisal has worked for social justice since age 19 when he founded Al-Fatiha, an international organization dedicated to supporting and empowering LGBT Muslims. He led the organization as its volunteer director from 1997 – 2003. Faisal considers himself a global citizen, having grown up in Germany, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and a small town in Connecticut. He has lived and worked in Boston, Washington, DC, Atlanta (and now New York City), supporting organizations working on HIV/AIDS education & prevention, reproductive rights and reproductive justice, public health and international human rights. Faisal embodies the intersections of many identities (as an immigrant, a Muslim, a person of color and as a queer man) and he has shared his personal story of resilience and the stories of other LGBT Muslims at more than 150 colleges and universities. Faisal’s passion lies in bringing people together to share their stories and struggles, and to collectively work towards building a just and equal world. He enjoys traveling to see his chosen family around the world, dancing to top 40 music, watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster, and trying out new cuisines.
Finance & Operations Manager
Iimay (she/her, they/them) joined the Resource Generation staff as Associate Director in August 2014 and became the Executive Director in January of 2017. 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. Iimay is currently on the board of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. In her free time, Iimay enjoys attending silent meditation retreats, rock climbing, and watching movies with her partner Megan.
Jes (she/her) believes that change is inevitable and transformation is constant. Growing up poor in the Southeast, she also knows that sometimes change doesn’t come fast enough. For the last 5 plus years, Jes has gotten to work with an amazing collaborative of trainers who facilitate workshops on dismantling racism, dR works. Jes is excited to be joining RG’s team from a belief that radical wealth redistribution is a crucial part of creating systemic change. Jes is a birth worker, an auntie, a lover of bad puns and good herbal remedies. She works from her home in rural North Carolina amongst dogwoods and loblolly pines. Jes rarely leaves the house without her dog, a tender heart, and a novel in tow.
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Political Education and Retreats Manager
Kaitlin (she/her) is our Campaign Director based out Los Angeles, CA. Originally from California, she is a lover of a daily outdoor life. 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.
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Braeden Lentz (he/him) is committed to supporting young people with wealth in participating fully in social movements. He comes from a middle-class background and first found RG when he stumbled into a job in philanthropy at a young age at the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock — a congregation-based funder of community organizing nationally. Braeden now comes to the RG staff after eight years of working with social justice and philanthropic organizations — having played a role as a staff person and consultant with Solidaire Network, United We Dream, the New York Foundation, the Urban Justice Center, and the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock. Before joining RG’s staff, Braeden served on the RG board for six years and currently serves on the board of the Brooklyn Movement Center.
He has also been a leader with New Yorkers for Social Justice PAC and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. First politicized through the Unitarian Universalist youth movement in high school, Braeden has been hooked on community-based and youth-led social change ever since. Braeden currently lives in New York City and is passionate about every corner of his home state of New York where he has lived, studied, and worked for his whole life. He also moonlights as a yoga teacher at The Shala.
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Maria (she/her) is a communications and media strategist with a background in community organizing. She has developed and implemented strategic communications campaigns to advance progressive policy, shift public opinion, and build power on issues ranging from restaurant workers’ rights and transparency in the food system to environmental regulation and gender justice. As a first-generation college student, with a B.A. degree in Political Science and English from Colorado State University, she is committed to using the power of media to amplify movements led by working-class and poor communities that are advancing racial and economic justice.
For fun, she enjoys reading feminist science/speculative fiction, checking out women-led independent movies, and visiting farmed animal sanctuaries.
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Sarah (she/her) is the Director of Resource Mobilization at Resource Generation. Sarah has been on staff at RG since 2011 and involved as a wealthy member since attending Making Money Make Change during her senior year of college in 2009. She was a founding member of the Hummingbird Collective, a cross-class giving circle funding migrant justice organizing in Arizona, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Third Wave Fund. She is a midwesterner at heart, raised in small-town Minnesota and currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. When she’s not organizing, you’ll find Sarah tending her houseplants, spending time with friends, and attending dance fitness classes.
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Resource Mobilization Director
Shonettia (she/her) is the daughter of loving, working-class parents who labored the land in Mississippi and in factories on the South side of Chicago. Shonettia has worked extensively at the intersections of wellness and social justice: she was a crisis worker for survivors of domestic violence at a hospital and trauma center, led the creation of the inaugural wellness program for the Chicago Freedom School, was a founding member of the Incite! Chicago chapter, and has written policy to improve health education and resources in public schools. She has collectively organized conferences and hosted events highlighting the lives of political prisoners and state-sanctioned violence, and led workshops and retreats focused on the liberatory practice of love and healing.
Shonettia received her Master’s in Health Arts & Sciences from Goddard College, where she researched black women’s reproductive health, resilience, and magic. She is grateful for being radicalized by mostly queer women of color and is motivated by her love for sassy black girls who stand on sidewalks with their hands on their hips.
Now residing in Philadelphia near the Wissahickon Park which she visits a few times a week, Shonettia finds spirit in House music, dancing, international travel, and the ocean, and gets excited when she meets people who can appreciate her 80’s sitcom and music references.
Yahya (they/them) 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.