Karissa recently became the Executive Director of CTWO. Prior to the position, she was National Training Director and directed all CTWO programming. Karissa completed MAAP in 2009. She has organized around issues ranging from gentrification to environmental racism, gang injunctions and police brutality. Karissa believes that the movement for social justice has to be led by the people most affected, by building leadership in communities of color. She is very excited to be part of the CTWO staff to engage in this process. When not busy with work, Karissa spends a lot of her time on her urban farm in East Oakland with her amazing daughter and husband. She believes that centering joy is just as necessary as centering strategy and is committed to bringing both to the movement
Anthem-We Are Young Gifted & Black
Avery first got involved with the social justice movement during his freshman year at Morehouse College when he helped organize Sodexo Cafeteria workers on his campus with SEIU. Since then, Avery has had a range of experiences working in the progressive movement including Black Youth Vote, Georgia Democratic Party, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, the AFL-CIO and SEIU 32BJ. Avery started at CTWO as an organizer, working on education justice in Pittsburgh. Outside of work, Avery is a foodie, enjoys drawing, and a die-hard Knicks fan.
Program and Alumni Network Coordinator
Rheema was born and raised in the Ingleside district of San Francisco. She began advocating for her community at the age of thirteen. Rheema went to Texas Southern University where she graduated in May 2012 with a BA in Management. Upon graduating Rheema continued organizing against gentrification, environmental racism and police brutality within San Francisco. Rheema graduated MAAP in 2016. Her personal experiences and education has strengthened her commitment to educate community members as well as addressing social economic issues that directly impact her community. She enjoys learning about her heritage, dancing, karaoke and sharing information with her peers.