Clarissa Epps

Senior Organizer, BREAD in Columbus, Ohio

As a high school student, Clarissa developed an interest in local government and how ordinary citizens could have a say in the decisions that were made in their communities if they got involved and got organized. At age 15, she witnessed a local rec center, which was heavily used by the black community, get torn down and turned

Ben MacConnell

Lead Organizer, Justice Matters in Lawrence, Kansas

Originally from Bay Village, Ohio, Ben graduated from Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana in 1995. After college, Ben became a fulltime volunteer with the Brethren Volunteer Service, as part of the wider mission of the Church of the Brethren. While in volunteer service, he first worked at a café serving the homeless

Paige Shortsleeves

Associate Organizer, BOLD Justice in Broward County, Florida 

Born and raised in Parsonsfield, Maine, Paige graduated from Colby College with a degree in biology and sociology. While there she organized Colby’s Alternative Spring Break program, worked as a site director for Let’s Get Ready, and volunteered at the local homeless shelter. With a passion for health and social justice, Paige interned at the Maine Medical Center and Preble Street

Virginia Donnal

Associate Organizer, PEACE in Palm Beach, Florida

Originally from Virginia, Virginia spent her high school years babysitting, coaching swimming, and working to serve other through many volunteer programs at her church and school. Having grown up with parents that stressed the importance of giving back to the community, Virginia figured she would be a teacher

Treva Williams

Lead Organizer, CAJM in Charleston, SC

Growing up as a preacher’s kid, Treva saw the best and the worst of congregational life and swore she would never be employed by a church.  Instead she pursued her passion of music and pictured herself as a college music professor and even better, a back up singer in her twin sister’s band.  However, after two years of volunteering in her church with youth and

Shanae’ Holman

Lead Organizer, Topeka JUMP in Topeka, Kansas

As a first-generation college student, Shanae’ set out to obtain a law degree. She came from humble beginnings and grew up hearing her parents encourage her to go into a prestigious field that would help her avoid poverty. While studying sociology at Florida State, Shanae’ reflected often on the challenges she endured living in a single parent home.