Staff

JON LISS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

jon.jpgJon has organized for racial and social justice in Virginia for the last 30 years. Between 1979-1981, he organized for the creation of an African American Studies department as a student at the University of Virginia. He graduated with a B.A. in History in 1981, and continued his organizing for US divestment in the South African Apartheid regime. From 1983-1984, he served as an elected leader of a taxi drivers association. In 1986, Jon co-founded Tenants and Workers United (TWU), a low-income racial and gender justice organization based in the Arlandria-Chirilagua neighborhood. Jon served as the Executive Director of TWU until 2011. In 2007 he co-founded New Virginia Majority and currently serves as both a board member and as the organization’s Executive Director. Jon and his wife Victoria have been married for 26 years. He is a father of two teenagers, and a part-time basketball coach.

TRAM NGUYEN, CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

tram.jpgTram joined New Virginia Majority in 2008. Following the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, she helped fight for federal funding for a health treatment program to address the unmet physical and mental needs of rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero. In 2005, Tram traveled to the Gulf Coast to organize the 30,000+ Vietnamese immigrants whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. For over 2 years, she directed a recovery program that assisted over 3,000 families by providing cultural and language-appropriate services, and she advocated for the sustainable redevelopment of immigrant communities and businesses in New Orleans, LA; Biloxi, MS; and Bayou La Batre, AL. Tram is an alumna of Barnard College, Columbia University and was a 2010 Lead the Way Fellow at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

EVELIN URRUTIA, ORGANIZING DIRECTOR 

IMG_7875.JPGEvelin joined NVM in 2013 as a youth and parent organizer. In 2014 she became our Organizing Director. Prior to joining NVM, she worked for Tenants and Workers United for 12 years as an organizer. She worked on numerous local campaigns for in the city of Alexandria to improve the education system for all students and to improve the issues on housing for the working class people, immigrants and people of color. Evelin has studied Business Management at Northern Virginia Community College. Evelin fully understands the communities she works for and the issues the people in the Commonwealth face.

JENNIFER GRANADO, DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION

As Director of Administration she manages the daily office operations, including office management, human resources, day to day logistics, contracts, and technology. As the Director of Administration she works to improve process and policies. Jennifer began with Tenants and Workers United at the age of 14 when she started in the Youth program United Teens. Jennifer actively worked on a program called Personalized Education Action Plan (PEAP) in which she helped design and implement a Memorandum of Understanding into the Alexandria Public City School system in 2009. Jennifer joined New Virginia Majority in 2008 as a canvasser in which she later became a lead canvasser for the 2008 Election. Jennifer helped mobilize thousands of community member get out to vote. In 2013 she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in Political Science and Homeland Security. She graduated with a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from George Mason University in 2015.

INGRIS MORAN, YOUTH ORGANIZER

Ingris joined Tenants and Workers United youth group, when she was a freshman in high school which its goal over the last several years has been to ensure that Alexandria City Public Schools are providing a high-quality education for children of color, especially Blacks and Latinos. She was also involved in 2007-08 with New Virginia Majority and coordinated with teams of canvassers that encouraged local residents to vote. She believes in the values and the work of the organizations and is prepared to jump in wholeheartedly. Ingris then graduated Northern Virginia Community College 2012 and then earned a B.A. in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Ingris understands community organizing and the value of leadership development. She currently enjoys working to organize youth in Alexandria, Virginia to win change in school policies of Alexandria City Public Schools as well as in the city level. 

MELQUIADES FERNANDEZ, IMMIGRANT RIGHTS ORGANIZER

1_-_1_(18)_(1).jpgMelquiades Fernandez joined New Virginia Majority as an immigrant rights organizer in 2014.  His work has primarily focused on a driver's license campaign to extend driving privileges to the Commonwealth's undocumented population.  Prior to moving to Virginia, Melqui was a part of the Center for Third World Organizing's MAAP Program which trains new organizers of color.  Outside the office you will find Melqui trying new food, reading Jacobin or listening to 90's hip-hop.

REENA SINGH, DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

ReenaReena joined NVMEF in April 2015 as the Development Associate. Prior to joining, she served as a community journalist for The Connection Newspapers and the education reporter for the Watertown Daily Times. She traded writing articles about district budgets and Easter egg hunts for raising funds for a nonprofit via grants, donor letters and the annual winter drive. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman's College - where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the college newspaper - in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Visual Arts. When she is not looking for new grants, she is reading about feminist punk rockers and playing with her cat.

LINDA ARTISE, PORTSMOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ORGANIZER

LindaI am a hard working success driven individual who is very passionate about the injustices I see and experience in my community environment. I have made a high level commitment to improve the lives and future of this city.

My participation and involvement with organizations whose sole purpose was for the improvement of the community has always been a part of my life. My contribution has included but not limited to sitting in many community board meetings with elected officials and writing countless letters and petitions advocating for a safer, healthier and stronger community.

DAVID PALA, POLITICAL DIRECTOR

DavidDavid is a recovering campaign addict. After years on the campaign trail working to elect Governor McAuliffe, Senator Jennifer Wexton, and Senator McPike, David joined the New Virginia Majority team to serve as the data director. In his role, David uses data to maximize and support every part of NVM's progressive organizing, campaign work and advocacy. David is a born and raised Virginian who lives in Richmond, where he can be found exploring Bell Isle, biking through the fan, or relaxing at Texas Beach.


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