Interim Executive Director
Karissa coordinates CTWO’s overall programs, is the Director of the Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) and Community Action Trainings (CAT), and a 2009 MAAP graduate. 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 loves to debate, laugh, and has an unhealthy addiction to the Miami Heat basketball team.
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, and the AFL-CIO. Prior to coming to CTWO, Avery organized with SEIU Local 32BJ. Outside of work, Avery is a foodie, enjoys drawing, and is a die-hard Knicks fan.