Claire Wampler

A graduate of Barnard College, Claire has taught service learning in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Nicaragua, and is passionate about community engagement and social justice. She previously worked at Move This World, equipping students and teachers with the tools to strengthen their mental and emotional wellbeing. Claire is also a professionally trained dancer, and teaches dance in New York City schools with Marquis Studios.

Jessica Bundage

Jessica’s passion for working with youth came about as a result of her time working with inner city elementary and middle school students as an AmeriCorps Member. her commitment to youth continued to grow while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. Born and raised in Houston, Jessica now lives in New York where she is pursuing her Master’s degree in International Education at NYU.


Madeline Perlmutter

Maddie is a senior in the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Education Studies and Child & Adolescent Development, and a minor in Public Policy & Management. During her gap year between high school and college, Maddie served as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year Sacramento in 5th and 6th grade classrooms. When not teaching or studying, Maddie can be found enjoying a morning yoga class, grabbing coffee with friends, or spending time outdoors.

Allie Cashel

Allie is the author of Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme disease in an Age of Denial (North Atlantic Books) and co-founder and President of the Suffering the Silence Community (STS).  A NYC-based nonprofit, STS  leverages the power of art, media and storytelling to raise awareness around the life experience of people living with chronic illnesses.  Allie travels around the U.S. to speak about chronic illness and facilitates workshops on disability, inclusion and storytelling.  She has appeared on Good Day NY (Fox5), NowThis Live News, and other global media outlets, as well as presented at a United States Congressional Forum.

Allie is also a founding member of the social action startup, Postcard.com, where she worked with 30+ nonprofits to build engagement campaigns.  She also  helped create Postcard Educate, a tool, platform and curriculum to help educators bring social action into the classroom and inspire student activism.  Allie graduated from Bard College in 2013 with a BA in Written Arts and lives in Sunnyside, NY.

Rutvika Gupta

Rutvi is a graduate student in the School of Visual Art, where she is pursuing a degree in Design for Social Innovation.  With her prior experience in design and user research, she hopes to use design to empower those around her. Originally from the U.S., Rutvi lived in India for 6 years, which greatly defined her values and mission to use design for good.  Her main focus is using education and empathy as a way of enablement, and she is extremely excited to be a part of SLP!

Amber Hickey

Amber is an educator, curator, and writer currently completing her Ph.D. in Visual Studies at the University of California – Santa Cruz.  Amber’s research focuses on the art that emerges from environmental and social justice movements across the United States and Canada.  She has worked with young people of all ages at organizations including the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery and youth photography non-profit NYC SALT.  Amber is a member of the Education Working Group at the Interference Archive, a volunteer-run archive and exhibition space, and editor of A Guidebook of Alternative Nows (Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press, 2012).

Tracy Jo Ingram

Tracy Jo is a graduate student at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service where she is studying for her Masters in Public Administration and Public Policy. Originally from Louisville, Tracy Jo received her BA in English at Western Kentucky University before moving out to San Francisco to complete a year of national service with AmeriCorps. Upon returning to the Commonwealth, she spent several years as a director of the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association, the nation’s largest Youth and Government organization, where she specialized in curriculum development and program direction for 10,000+ youths annually. Her programs focused on advocacy, identity development, empathy-cultivation, and public service. Valuing youth inclusion in the public decision-making, Tracy Jo is excited to join the SLP team and to learn from Brooklyn teens.