Our Staff

Lydia Avila

Lydia Avila
Executive Director

Lydia grew up in a working class home in Los Angeles, where she was taught that using your resources responsibly was an obligation to your family, to your community, and to the generations who would come after you. In college Lydia discovered the power of her voice and actions as a student activist fighting extreme student fee hikes. She then spent three years winning coal fights in Texas with the Sierra Club and a few more years in graduate school learning how to help organizations do their work as effectively as possible. Lydia now works to ensure that all youth discover the power of their words and actions and use them to fight for a just transition to the clean energy future we all deserve. When she’s not planning PSN’s next big endeavor, Lydia can be found making pottery, catching up on her latest favorite TV show, or spending time with her adorable nieces and nephew.

Sean Estelle

Sean Estelle
National Network Coordinator

Sean has been living in Chicago for over 3 years. They hail originally from San Diego, where they went to school at UC San Diego and graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Theatre. Since being politicized through the Occupy Movement in 2011, Sean has been building state, regional, and national organizational infrastructure for student and youth power with the California Student Union, National Students For Justice in Palestine, various Student Power Networks, and now with Power Shift Network.

After spending time as the National Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigner and National Network Organizer, Sean is now continuing to build power through experimentation with network structures and strategies for decentralized power-building within PSN. When not plotting for the revolution with young people around the country, Sean is participating and building queer community on dance floors and performance stages. They can be found on Twitter and Instagram @chitrans_plant.

Eddie Junsay

Eddie Junsay
Environmental Justice Network Organizer

Eddie began his activism as an undergraduate studying Environmental Systems at the University of California, San Diego. There, he worked to implement sustainable campus policies that minimized the university’s negative impacts on people and the environment. After graduating he stayed in San Diego for two years to work on empowering underrepresented communities and winning local policies for fair wages, immigrants’ rights, and a more inclusive democracy.

His passion for organizing took him to DC to help implement a national program to increase voting and civic engagement among Asian Pacific American communities. Now, in his role at Power Shift Network, he is working to center frontline communities in the youth climate movement and engage the network to support some of our most pressing challenges to environmental justice. When he is not working, Eddie enjoys live theater and playing music. He is most famous for his performances of old RnB hits which he puts on every day in his shower.

Devyn Powell

Devyn Powell
Digital Organizer

Devyn grew up in Portland, Oregon, but has lived on the East Coast since attending Tufts University, where she graduated with a B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Studies in 2014. She plugged into the climate movement in college, where she organized with other young people across New England to shut down coal plants, fight pipelines, and agitate for fossil fuel divestment on campus and at the state level. Drawing on her experience with both online organizing and offline actions, she is excited about harnessing digital tools to tell stories and build power within the climate justice movement. When she's not sending email blasts, Devyn can often be found running long distances, doodling in notebooks, cooking complicated vegetarian recipes, tweeting too much, or petting other people's dogs. She is on Twitter @DevynFromOregon.

Akilah Sanders-Reed

Akilah Sanders-Reed
Oil Free Organizer

Akilah grew up in New Mexico, where she stumbled into climate organizing as a high school student in 2009 and never looked back. Driven by a sense of solidarity with our generation as the global front line of the climate crisis, she organized with 350.org, 1 Sky, iMatter, and the Sierra Club before moving to the Twin Cities, MN, to attend Macalester College. During undergrad, she became a committed pipeline resistance fighter, working to bridge the gap between campus and community activism and expose Enbridge for the scoundrels they are. When she's not disassembling the oil empire, she can be found rowing crew on the Mississippi or coaxing her rusty bike to the far corners of the Twin Cities' trails.

Dany Sigwalt

Dany Sigwalt
Operations Director

Dany is really into organizing—both people and files—to build movements and grow capacity for people fighting for justice. She comes to the Power Shift Network with more than a decade's experience working with nonprofits and grassroots campaigns. A native Washingtonian, she is committed to building the skills needed to promote progressive social change among District residents—and by extension throughout the country. Dany serves on the board of Empower DC, a grassroots organization that works to support self-advocacy of low to moderate income DC residents. In her free time, Dany can often be found busy concocting baked creations in the kitchen, exploring the area's bike trails, and enjoying weekly family dinner with her extended family.