Meet Our Team
The success of our movement lies on the dedication of our staff and their commitment to fighting for issues including gender pay equality, paid family and medical leave, safe work environments for working women and their families.
Before working at 9to5, Adriana Quintero worked for Colorado Trust, Poudre School District and various nonprofits with a focus on advocating for and empowering immigrant families. She has been involved with the immigrant community for over 20 years. She is passionate about working with people and dismantling systems of injustice. Adriana brings a strong background in activism, community organizing and social justice. She is originally from Mexico and is the mother of three. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, hiking, dogs, and spending time with her family and friends.
Sonia is originally from Veracruz, Mexico but grew up in Colorado since she was 9 years old. She joined the 9to5 team as a community organizer in 2022 and is passionate about working with 9to5 because of their ability to help different communities and help empower people to speak up about injustices no matter their language, race, gender or even legal status. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with my kids and traveling. Most of all she loves seeing their faces glow up when they try new adventures.
Panhia was born in a refugee camp and immigrated to the United States in 2000. Through her experiences, going through poverty and systemic oppression, Panhia is passionate about being the change she seeks in this world. From this passion, she has completed multiple projects throughout the years in the non-profit sector to help give to those in need. Along with these projects, she has advocated and hosted workshops for topics that open up conversations and instigate change she holds dear such as mental health, suicide prevention, and gender equality. Panhia has also helped found, manage, and coordinate multiple Pro-Bono programs to give back to the community. As Michelle Obama says it best: “success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” Panhia hopes to embody this and impact as many people’s lives as she can.
Vanessa Quintana is a Chicanx revolutionary born and raised in the Five Points of Denver. In the wake of the Manual High School closure, Vanessa discovered the power of her voice and formed a vision for liberatory change. With a relentless drive and being an ever-evolving leader, Vanessa became the first in her family to graduate high school, college, and earn a professional degree. In May of 2020, Vanessa graduated from the UC-Berkeley with a Master of Public Policy and returned home to share her love.
Vanessa aspires to revolutionize local and state government to catalyze liberatory changes with strategic policy work, collective governance, and communal healing. She believes liberatory change is rooted in fostering intersectional coalitions built on liberatory political education that teaches the mechanics of changemaking, facilitating holistic healing across communities, and strategically leveraging the brilliance of community to direct change. Vanessa has found her niche in power-building and cultivating revolutionary youth and communities of color to lead progress.
Vanessa loves to tap into a wealth of knowledge working throughout government, campaigns, and positive youth development organizations in writing, critical thinking, and speaking. She has experience in all levels of government working throughout the legislative and executive branch teaching her how bureaucracy functions, power concentrates, and oppression perpetuates. Years of organizing at the intersection of poverty, policy and electoral organizing for ballot initiatives and candidates of all levels of government, Vanessa has learned how power collides and where it intersects best for liberatory change. She is beyond excited to bring her passion to Colorado 9to5 to champion campaigns for all flavors of justice.
When she is not exercising communal power, Vanessa enjoys recentering herself in spirituality, lightening the load with a hearty laugh session, and enjoying the company of her people over delicious food and funky beats.
For nearly two decades, Ashley’s work has focused on issues of Equal Pay, Racial Justice, Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice as well as issues facing the LGBTQ+ community in the South. Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Development are her passion. Ashley is committed to fostering healthy relationships between funders, underserved communities, and leaders in marginalized communities.
Ashley served as the Senior Associate of Reproductive Rights for State Innovation Exchange, the first Alabama State Director for the Human Rights Campaign, and the first LGBT Community Advocate for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Ashley has Business and Marketing degrees from Hinds College and attended Auburn University Montgomery for Sociology and Political Science. She holds a certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Cornell University.
Ashley co-founded the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition in 2008 and served as the director for three years Ashley is also a board member for The Center for Civil and Human Rights LGBT Institute. She was named a New Civil Rights Leader: Emerging Voice in the 21st Century by the L.A. Times. She’s a Mississippi native currently residing in Atlanta, GA.
Kwasi is a community and political organizer who was born and raised in Aurora, CO who uses They/Him pronouns. Kwasi has a deep commitment to simplifying public policy and other political languages to increase accessibility to holding those in power accountable. Economic justice is a big part of increasing equity and Kwasi is excited to organize towards that goal!
Erin is joining the 9to5 Georgia team as the childcare organizer in Savannah. She first became involved in organizing as an intern with the New York based organization, For the Many (formerly Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson). As a fundraising team leader, Erin worked to move money and build power with working people in the Hudson Valley to fight for healthcare and housing for all and immigration, racial, and economic justice. Prior to joining 9to5, Erin worked as campus organizer at schools in Florida, Virginia, and Massachusetts to help engage new voters and make higher education more affordable. She holds a B.S in Geography from Vassar College and is interested in the ways social movements use and produce space to enact change. Erin was raised as a Quaker in New York and now lives with friends and their many much loved animals in Savannah.
Amanda joined 9to5 in September 2021 as Communications & Digital Coordinator. Before joining 9to5 she worked for 8 years preventing and responding to sexual assault, abuse, and harassment for state and national organizations. She loves creating digital communications including social media, podcasts, video, and GIFs. She holds a BA in Public Relations and Advertising from Point Park University.
Phoebe has over 20 years of experience in executive administrative support. She joined the 9to5 staff in 2021 and currently serves in the role as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director.
She also supports the Chief of Staff, and the Payroll and HR Departments when needed.
Prior to joining 9to5, she worked in the small business sector in various administrative roles.
Phoebe is a self-proclaimed Google-fu, information junkie and foodie.
Hannah is a community organizer who believes deeply in building collective power for systemic change. She has been working as a community and electoral organizer since 2016 in the areas of economic, immigrant and housing justice, and voting rights in Denver, Chicago, Tucson, and Virginia. She is thrilled to be back in Denver, where she was born and raised, to work on housing and climate justice with 9to5.
Sam joined the Colorado team in early 2021 as Communications Coordinator where she manages digital comms projects for the chapter. Prior to 9to5, she graduated with a BA in Journalism and Media Communication with a minor in Women’s Studies from Colorado State University where she gained experience creating content that inspires social change. In her communications work, she aims to bring awareness and help start conversations about social injustice through digital channels. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors, contemporary dance, and watching documentaries.
Christina has a demonstrated history of robust civic engagement work, leading communications and development in the non-profit sector, and strategic community organizing in electoral and grassroots campaigns, specifically in the Midwest region.
Grounded in her upbringing in systemic poverty with war-refugee parents, she has a strong passion for identifying collaborative solutions to lift vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed communities out of inequity and injustice cycles.
Building deep and meaningful relationships to create community is core to her personal mission. Ensuring equitable policies are crafted in the municipal, state, and federal levels in Wisconsin, while providing education on equity and inclusion, is a central goal of hers.
Christina has managed successful political campaigns to put people of color in elected seats and is currently the campaign manager for a candidate running in the most diverse district in St. Paul, Minnesota. Christina also sits on the Immigration Task Force for Esther, a social-justice organization based in the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin, working towards equitable immigration policies.
She is a board member at the Hmong American Partnership of the Fox Valley and is pursuing her Master in Social Work degree at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Carolyn has over ten years of experience in financial planning, analysis and accounting. Prior to joining 9to5, she worked with several social impact organizations in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Her areas of expertise include project management, operations, and streamlining processes. Carolyn holds a Master in Business Administration from Marquette University, where she was a Trinity Fellow, a program fostering social change with a focus on social and economic justice.
Jenn Rivera is a communications & nonprofit professional and macro social worker. Before joining 9to5 as their resident communications and digital go-to, Jenn worked in philanthropy helping manage programs and relationships with community based Indigenous organizations across the US. Jenn is passionate about resourcing and sustaining our movement towards collective liberation and sees themselves as part of the larger ecosystem of systems weavers and bridge builders. She majored in sociology and Latin American studies during her undergraduate studies and holds a Masters degree in Social Work. Outside of work, Jenn enjoys gardening, dabbling in ceramics, and spending time with her family in her home state of Virginia.
Mica Whitfield is a nonprofit leader and women’s advocate with more than a decade of experience in program development and advocacy. She is fiercely passionate about improving the quality of life for women across the State of Georgia. In her previous position, she served as the Director of Programs for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia (HMHBGA). There she managed several programs, grants, advocacy initiatives, and policy-level workgroups for the organization. In addition, she serves as the Vice President and Advocacy Chair for Postpartum Support International- Georgia Chapter. In this role, she has coordinated advocacy efforts to enshrine Maternal Mental Health Day in the Georgia Code, and secured 1.05 million in appropriations to establish the State’s first Maternal Mental Health Telepsychiatry Line. Prior to her role at HMHBGA, she worked with AID Atlanta, one of the largest AIDS service organizations in the Southeast as the Women’s Health Program Manager. Mica received her Master’s in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University and a B.S in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Mica lives in Lawrenceville with her two children, Justice and Joy.
Shanda is a firm believer that someone else’s opinion does not define you or what you can accomplish in life, if you are willing to fight. A graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a degree in Political Science, Shanda was a vanguard for grassroots organizing and politics. Collegiate activism lead to campaign work for city council elections in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Shanda seeks to leave the world a better place, whether by given a voice to the voiceless, or redeeming social, political, and economic conditions that keep people oppressed.
LaToya is passionate about closing the gender pay gap, and believes that women should have access to affordable, quality healthcare regardless of their citizenship and socio-economic status. She enjoys educating people about organ donation, voter registration, suicide prevention, and women’s health concerns. A native of Savannah, LaToya has a BA in Liberal Arts and an MA in Adult Education and Community Leadership from Armstrong State University. LaToya has worked for the State of Georgia for the past eleven years, most recently providing enrollment assistance to parents of uninsured youth.
Allison is a new(ish) Atlantan, transplanted from her hometown of Memphis where she did statewide advocacy, grassroots organizing, training development and facilitation for more than 15 years. She was most recently the State Director of a sexual health and reproductive freedom coalition in Tennessee aiming to realize bodily autonomy and full access to comprehensive healthcare for all. Allison has also developed popular education and training programs to support the liberatory movements and communities that we need and deserve, with a special focus on supporting the continual work of White people (herself included!) in undoing habits of white supremacy towards being active and helpful co-conspirators in movement work. She’s also a mother of 3 humans and 1 dog and is partnered with a wonderful fellow lifelong seeker of justice.
Truth Freemyn was the Principal Consultant of PBF Leadership Consultants for more than 20 years and Co-founder of truthfreemyninstitute & Wisdom Network Presents. She has been involved in leadership development for more than two decades. She has expertise in fundraising, management, human resources, personal growth and professional development fields; working with staff, volunteers, managers, boards, and funders. Truth previously served as Anti-Discrimination Project Director at 9to5 for five years. In this role she led 9to5’s national welfare campaigns, directed the Wisconsin-based 9to5 Poverty Network Initiative and co-lead our Sexual Harassment work. She is a 2019 fellow of Wisconsin Women’s Network Policy Institute.
Edith became involved in the Justice for Janitors movement in 2016 with our ally SEIU marching downtown alongside hundreds of other janitors like herself fighting for their rights. She began to realize that this was where she belonged, with her community fighting together for a better future that included minority and racial justice. Now she is a proud Chapter Organizer with 9to5 that holds the same values that she is dedicated to fighting together with our communities. As a DACA recipient since the age of 18 and born in Durango Mexico, she knows too well what it is like to fight and push for better opportunities. She has gone through many obstacles but none that she has not been able to overcome. Excited to begin this journey with 9to5 has been one of the greatest opportunities she has come across, not only to work with her own community but to push others to fight alongside 9to5 as well!
Jessica Ramos joined the 9to5 team in the fall of 2020. She joined as an Organizing and Legal Fellow and is primarily assisting with the Eviction Legal Defense program. Previously, Jessica has worked with Mijente, Towards Justice, and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. She is passionate about creating change for working women and addressing issues rooted in systemic racism that influence people’s quality of life. She is a 2020 first-generation graduate from Colorado College. She grew up in Oklahoma and her family hails from Mexico.
Kaitlin first joined 9to5 Colorado as an intern while earning her MSW from the University of Denver. Prior to joining 9to5, her organizing work began as a canvass director, leading canvass teams in fundraising for progressive non-profits. She also worked as a mental health worker for children with trauma from physical and sexual abuse. As a 9to5 organizer, she organized for the successful passage of Paid Family and Medical Leave in Colorado.
LUZ GALICIA. is a single mother of two daughters Katherine and Diana, both already graduated from college. She also just became a grandmother to Dimitri two years ago. Luz was a fierce community leader in 9to5’s housing campaign to stop the eviction of Denver Meadows Mobile Home Park Community where she was a resident. She helped to lead the fight against all odds to stop the rezoning of her community and collectively purchase the park. Luz brings a wealth of lived and professional experience, having earned her journalism degree in Mexico and working in the hospitality business for over 26 years. Luz is currently working in collaboration with the City of Boulder and 9to5 at different mobile home communities in Boulder to engage with the community, especially underrepresented communities. Luz is also continually educating residents on the new legislation passed the last couple years. She has a passion for helping the communities that need it most in different ways, including informing, educating, and empowering leaders and residents and collaborating with other organizations and with representatives of the city as well as city councilors in benefit of the communities. Luz is currently providing training to empower residents to voice their concerns and motivate residents to actively participate and get involved in new legislation and training.
Cesiah is the Associate State Director for 9to5 Colorado, her background is in organizing in mobile home communities and advocating for more renters’ rights at the local and state level. 9to5 Colorado has been a pioneer in leading for housing justice through community organizing and legislation for the past five years. Born in Morelos, Mexico, she moved to Colorado at a young age. Cesiah first became an advocate by helping to pass legislation that granted undocumented students in-state tuition in Colorado in 2013. Cesiah earned her degree in political science with a minor in women’s studies and is currently pursuing my MA in the New Direction Program at University of Colorado Denver. Cesiah is the oldest of three and her mother is her greatest inspiration.
Krishna Inmula joined the 9to5 Georgia team in October 2020, currently managing the chapter’s digital communications, design projects, and data. Before joining the 9to5 team, she worked with Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia to cement the nonprofit as a leading voice for improving maternal & infant health in Georgia, first as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and then as a contract consultant. Krishna’s prior professional experience ranges from marketing and design to data management to indie music PR and radio promotions. She holds a BBA in Management Information Systems and BS in Psychology from the University of Georgia.
Jewel Howard has been active in civic engagement since 2015. She has headed several voter registration campaigns and served as Co-director of the Voter Registration program for 2020. In addition to her work in civic engagement, Jewel is an 8 time Emmy-nominated producer, a spoken word artist, and podcast host. Jewel is a graduate of Roosevelt University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Yaneth received her bachelor’s degree in Management Accounting from Alverno College on May 2005. She has focused for 13 years on the organization financial management, auditing and accounting services. Oversees benefits processing and supervision of finance interns. When not at work she enjoys hiking and traveling!
Charmaine Lang has been a part of the reproductive and racial justice movement for a decade as an organizer, trainer, and leader. After the 2016 Sherman Park Uprising in Milwaukee, she co-founded Uplifting Black Liberation and Community (UBLAC) with other Black women and nonbinary activists in Milwaukee and Madison to organize the community to demand an end to police brutality. As a scholar, Charmaine has presented on the condition of Black women in activism and the academy. Her scholarship contributes new perspectives in Black women’s history and the connections between gender, health, and race using Black feminist praxis to explore wellness, intimacy, and activism. Her dissertation, “Learning to Take the Excess Baggage Off,” examines the ways contemporary Black women in Milwaukee use activism as a form of care. The dissertation centers on self-care and the overall health of Black women as an integral part of the history and future of social activism. Charmaine is a Forever Echoing Ida writer and currently resides in North Carolina with her fiancé.
Nasreen joined the staff in 2005 and currently leads 9to5’s communications and fundraising strategy and practice. Nasreen holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Georgia State University. Before joining 9to5, she worked with Amnesty International to win rights for incarcerated women, and researched living wage legislation nationwide with Good Jobs First in Washington DC. Nasreen is first-generation American, raised in the southern US by parents from Pakistan and Germany.
Leng Leng Chancey is an activist, an organizer, and champion of equity and liberation. Her long-standing passions revolve around social justice issues concerning communities of color with “equitable access for all” as her motto. Currently, she is the executive director of 9to5, national association of working women. 9to5 is a national organization on the frontlines working for women’s rights through a gender and racial justice lens. The organization has a national network of grassroots advocates and offices in Colorado, Georgia and Wisconsin and members throughout the country.