Sonia Alexander

Sonia worked most recently as a Program Director/Community Organizer at the Center for Social Responsibility of the Manhattan Jewish Community Center.  She previously worked at Ma’yan, a teen girls social justice program, and at Mosiac of Westchester, with LGBTQ Jewish teens.  Sonia is a longtime social justice educator, youth worker, member leader at Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and co-founder of movementmatch.org, a national database designed to connect individuals with progressive membership organizations.  Sonia has worked for many years in food justice and urban gardening, and loves the beach.  

Elizabeth Beaubrun

As a program evaluator and researcher, Elizabeth has supported various nonprofit organizations in leveraging educational opportunities, particularly programs that engage young people in serving their communities. Elizabeth also works with individuals with disabilities in supported employment. Over the years, she has volunteered with literacy, mentoring, and academic tutoring programs, as well as community cultural programs, political canvasing, and voter registration drives. As a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University’s program in International and Comparative Education, she is keenly interested in education in relation to economic development and social justice.

Adam Blackman

Adam has worked for over fifteen years in AIDS-related non profits, building communities of volunteers and donors and participating in activism around issues of housing, healthcare, and discrimination in its many forms. A writer of children’s books and father to a spritely kindergartener, he is excited to help students of all ages become engaged citizens.

Anita Bushell

Anita is an educator, freelance writer, and editor.  When she is not working with SLP youth and coaching aspiring writers, Anita is working on an object essay collection and her first novella, set in Manhattan’s old Yorkville.


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.

Danielle Espiritu

Danielle is driven by social good and aspires to use her many skills to create positive change.  She is a designer, teaching artist, and yoga teacher, as well as co-creator of The Sparrow, a full service creative studio for the people, empowering ideas and small businesses. Alongside her creative and holistic work, Danielle has worked with various nonprofit organizations acting as a coordinator, social media manager, moderator, liaison, and graphic designer.  In all her endeavors, Danielle’s goal is to awaken the revolutionary inside us all.

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.

Patience Williams

Patience (she/her) is a farmer, teacher, and movement artist living in NYC. Patience has collaborated with various schools and non-profit organizations facilitating community engagement, mind/body exploration, and contemporary art workshops through an environmental science lens. She is inspired by the kindness of strangers, the joy of children, and the wisdom of our world(s) and is excited to witness all the positive change SLP students create!