"It's not only about recognizing the conditions in your community and why it's important to organize in your own city and neighborhood, but also across regions and the country and globally. It's important to have programs that teach these lessons, and show that you can work for social justice."
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Wendall Chin, Acting Executive Director
(510) 201 0080 x100 wendall-at-ctwo.org
Wendall has over 20 yrs of experience organizing and working in the social, economic, and environmental justice movements. He most recently has consulted with SUN Consulting and Associates, focusing on integrating community organizing principles in community development trainings, and previously served as Coalition Director & Political Organizer at the Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Wendall is a graduate of CTWO's 1992 MAAP class, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College with a double major in History and Chinese Language and Literature. He and his wife are proud parents of a 3 year old girl and 4 year old boy.
Karissa Lewis, Senior Field Organizer
510 201 0080 x101, karissa-at-ctwo.org
Karissa coordinates CTWO's overall programs, and is specifically Director of the Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP) and Community Action Trainings (CAT), and a 2009 MAAP graduate. She is the proud parent along with her husband of a 9 year old girl in the Oakland public schools, and is an ardent Miami Heat fan, and a Facebook addict.
Nancy Benavides, Operations Director
510 201 0080 x106, nbenavides-at-ctwo.org
Nancy is originally from southern Mexico, and is a first generation immigrant. In addition to over ten years in operations direction and management in the non-profit sector, she has a dual degree in Modern Foreign Languages and Business Administration, and a MBA in International Business. Nancy, along with her husband, are proud parents of two young girls.
Marilyn Duran, Program Associate
510 201 0080 x105, mduran-at-ctwo.org
Marilyn is a Nicaraguan/Latina from San Francisco, and 2012 MAAP Alumnae. She has been actively organizing in her community, SF’s Mission District for the last eight years around issues of gentrification, environmental racism, youth leadership and voter education. She is an active member of People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights, PODER. She is studying Japanese, aspiring singer, adept at Instagram, doesn't use Tumblr, and is learning political videos.