Board

Yolande Cadore - New York, NY - has spent the last twenty years working with grassroots organizations in New York City and nationally. Early in her career, she worked as an organizer with the Working Families Party, ACORN and New York State Tenants and Neighbors. Recognizing the correlation between degraded environments, including poor quality housing and poor health, led Yolande to WE ACT for Environmental Justice where she was the Director of Community Organizing for six years. As Director, she worked with West Harlem leaders to develop the organization’s outreach, organizing and advocacy campaigns. Additionally, she served as the National Field Director at The Praxis Project. From 2010 to 2015 she was the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Drug Policy Alliance. Yolande holds an undergraduate degree in Urban Policy and Advocacy, a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Columbia Business School–Institute for Not-for-Profit Management and is a graduate of the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. She recently completed a doctoral program at St. John Fisher College.

Somia Elrowmeim - Brooklyn, NY - first started organizing with Action Corps in March, 2018, around Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman's visit to New York City. She led a protest for his continued war in Yemen that we organized with her and other Yemeni Americans’ support. Since then she has co-organized various educational and advocacy activities with Action Corps NYC. She is a Yemeni-American organizer, educator, and advocate. Somia’s passion for community organizing, education, and women's empowerment, began as a student leader at Sana'a University in Yemen, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Physics and Mathematics. Somia speaks truth to power, participating in the Women's March on Washington, protesting Trump's Muslim Ban, holding city council members accountable to their constituents, defending the rights of domestic violence survivors, and protesting the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to New York City.

Isaac Evans-Frantz - New York, NY - leads Action Corps’ Yemen solidarity campaign. He was one of the first two lead organizers of Oxfam Action NYC, the predecessor to Action Corps NYC, from 2008 to 2009. Since then, he has mentored fellow Action Corps organizers, led member-level meetings with U.S. Senators and Representatives around climate change, war, and other matters of global justice. In the past year he played a key role in obtaining the support of House leadership for the Yemen War Powers Resolution to stop Saudi/Emirati bombing of the country. He organized rallies in front of Congressional offices in New York and California, supported Yemeni-American peace activists, and convened local and national organizations. He holds a Master in Public Administration from the City University of New York with a concentration in non-profit management. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, a qualified Spanish interpreter, and a Certified Lactation Counselor.

Brennan Frazier - Albany, NY - graduated from Ohio State University with a B.A. in Political Science and History. After graduation, he worked to develop mediation programs for underserved communities through AmeriCorps VISTA. He is based in Albany, NY and currently works with Mediation Matters to help his community peacefully resolve differences, and with the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) to help develop and support the broader community mediation field. Brennan previously served as a lead organizer of the former Oxfam Action Corps Columbus.

Kimberly Kiser - Indianapolis, IN - was formerly a lead organizer for Oxfam Action Corps in Indianapolis and is passionate about food security and the rights of people who have been forcibly displaced by violent conflict and climate change. Kimberly enjoys research and has a Master’s degree from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, where she studied non-profit law, management and finance. She works as a data specialist and prospect researcher for Second Helpings - an Indianapolis non-profit that rescues high-quality perishable food, provides hunger-relief to 4,000 people each day, and trains unemployed and underemployed men and women for culinary careers. 

Elizabeth Norman - Brooklyn, NY - is the Director of Budget and Planning for the International Rescue Committee’s International Programs, where she oversees a budget of $530 million. In addition to advising senior leadership on strategic decision making around the budget, she supports IRC country programs with budget training, business development and budget analysis and has completed deployments in over 10 country programs. Before joining the IRC, Elizabeth worked for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget for nine years where she managed the budgets for Medicaid and the public hospitals. She also has prior experience serving on non-profit boards: she served as the Board Co-Chair of the New York City AIDS Housing Network (aka VOCAL-NY) as well as Secretary and Finance Committee member of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, where she helped oversee their merger with the Fifth Avenue Committee. She holds an MPA in Public Finance from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a BA in History from Oberlin College. 

Brian Rawson - Berkeley, CA - has extensive advocacy and communications experience with many global justice NGOs. He led grassroots advocacy mobilization for Oxfam America for more than a dozen years, including the creation of a national grassroots advocacy training program with teams in 15 US cities who conducted lobby visit delegations annually in Washington DC and local Congressional offices. This was the precursor to the now independent Action Corps. He currently lives in California where he provides training and facilitation services to mission-driven organizations and supports efforts for refugee and immigrant rights.

Nancy Romer, Ph.D. - Brooklyn, NY - Professor Emerita, Brooklyn College, is a developmental psychologist now working on climate movement strategies and mobilization.  She is on the Administration Team of Peoples Climate Movement-NY, the Environmental Justice committee of her union (Professional Staff Congress-CUNY, AFT local 2334), Divest NY and the national Labor Network for Sustainability. She was a founding member of the DSA National Ecosocialist Working Group and a member of DSA-NYC Ecosocialists.  She was the founder of the Brooklyn Food Coalition and has been an active member of the Park Slope Food Coop for over 40 years. Romer has participated in the anti-racism, feminist, peace and labor movement in her decades of activism. 

Sapana Thomas - Boston, MA - Whether working as a product manager in marketing technology, developing social media campaigns to raise concern around human rights violations, or lobbying Congress to ask for support on policies helping those who live in poverty globally, Sapana strives to challenge and inspire others to join her in enacting change and implementing solutions. In addition to her product manager responsibilities in her last job, she was also a corporate social responsibility ambassador and chapter co-leader of the company's neurodiversity employee resource group. Outside of work, her passion for fighting for human rights and equality led her to spend the last few years on outreach, advocacy, and campaigning for long-term solutions to global poverty, hunger, and injustice, first as a Boston co-lead of the Oxfam Action Corps, and then as a co-founder and vice chair of Action Corps’ first governing body.

Leadership

Taryn Fusco, Action Corps NYC humanitarian advocacy lead, has served in this role since 2016. She was a lead organizer for Oxfam Action Corps NYC from 2012 to 2013, where she mobilized grassroots advocacy activations in the region. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Villanova University and a Master in Public Health from Boston University, where she concentrated in International Health. Taryn has played a key role in Action Corps' Yemen solidarity campaign, coordinating and leading meetings with Members of Congress to help stop the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Ellie Baron, Action Corps NYC climate justice lead, is a high school student and represents Action Corps NYC on the Coordinating Committee for the People's Climate Movement - New York. She is passionate about human rights and closely follows the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. She has organized Action Corps NYC's participation in rallies, marches and hearings.

Elizabeth Tillman, Action Corps communications volunteer and former board member, previously served as co-organizer for the NYC group of the Oxfam Action Corps for two and a half years. She holds a Masters Degree in International Relations and World Order from the University of Leicester and a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Tampa.

Founding Organizers

Brennan Frazier, New York

Brian Rawson, California

Clara Herrero, California

Dawn Deransburg, Wisconsin

Desiree Thayer, California

Djeynaba Ba, Ohio

Elizabeth Norman, New York

Elizabeth Tillman, New York

Ellie Baron, New York

Fatmazohra Feknous Ouaaz, New York

Hope Berndt, Indiana

Isaac Evans-Frantz, New York

Jasmine McBeath, California

Jessica Shao, California

Kenny Ruffin, Ohio

Kimberly Kiser, Indiana

Margaret Tran, New York

Megan Nakra, Illinois

Nancy Carpenter, Illinois

Nancy Romer, New York

Richenda Kramer, New York

Sapana Thomas, Massachusetts

Somia Elrowmeim, New York

Taryn Fusco, New York

Yolande Cadore, New York

Yolibeth Rangel, Wisconsin

Brittany Wilson, Georgia

Special Thanks

Action Corps would never have taken root without the tireless efforts of our founding board members --

Megan Nakra, Sapana Thomas, Elizabeth Tillman, Brittany Wilson, and Kimberly Kiser.