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.

Hope Ghazala

Hope Ghazala
Trainings Coordinator

Hope is a queer, Muslim, Egypt-o-Rican, who continuously devotes themselves to gender, ethnic and racial equity. As a Social Worker and community capacity builder, Hope has grounded themself in fostering leadership development, particularly for young people of color. Experiences working in museums, domestic violence shelter systems and the NYC Health Department have expanded Hope’s passion for creating spaces that are accessible and value multicultural experiences. As an active alumni of the first ever Young Women’s Advisory Council, Hope works to actualize gender equity for cis young women, trans and gender non-conforming youth of color. Now at PSN, Hope continues to uplift the needs and voices of disinvested communities by providing and amplifying organizational and youth leadership trainings. Originally from NYC, Hope now resides in Philly. In addition to justice work, Hope loves to explore Philly, travel internationally, dance and read cross-cultural fiction.

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.

Adam Greenberg

Adam Greenberg
Digital Coordinator

Adam grew up in occupied Wampanoag land near Boston. At age 4, he was told that “life isn’t fair,” and promptly asked “but why hasn’t anybody fixed that yet?” Adam spent his early childhood reading about occupation, revolution, sovereignty, and people power. He believes that climate change provides both the opportunity and the responsibility to help overturn systemic oppression, and create a world that is just and safe for all of us.

In college, Adam was active in environmental conflicts around the world, working on CAFTA, mining, and water rights conflicts in Latin America, and supporting indigenous movements in Latin America, Japan, and Australia. He has been involved in the UN climate negotiations for 7 years through SustainUS and USCAN, and has worked with 350 Action, 350 MA, IfNotNow, and on mass mobilizations around the US. Much of his work has been through story-telling and narrative-building. Adam believes that solidarity is a verb, and has learned that care and nurturance are important. His passions include breaking down silos and bottle-necks, building more nurturing movement cultures, changing dominant frames, movement weaving, and building power with. In his free time, Adam would rather be outside, and loves taking people on wilderness trips, working with young people, and playing music.

Meagan Lyle

Meagan Lyle
Network Organizer

Meagan is a queer artist and educator born and raised in the northeast who believes in the power of plants, food, and art to bring people together, foster relationships and inspire creative thinking. After three years of teaching outdoor and early childhood education, she is looking forward to engaging more young people in liberation and justice work. She first became involved with environmental activism at American University where she worked in collaboration with other students to demand divestment from the fossil fuel industry. She also worked on the Take Back the Tap campaign and organized several food justice events that encouraged conversation between farmers, union workers, chefs, teachers and policy advocates around sustainability, access, and healthy communities. Despite these wonderful experiences, it wasn’t until she was welcomed into the open arms of the southeast that she realized her voice and place in movement work. She is grateful for the beautiful and profound leaders of Southerners on New Ground and the Grassroots Leadership Development Program who showed her what it takes to mobilize, change and heal communities and ourselves. She was involved in the Shut Down Etowah campaign to end detention and deportation in Gadsden AL and continues to organize book drives and write to pen pals who are wrongfully detained there. Meagan envisions a world free from violence and fear, a world where everyone feels like they can belong as their truest most authentic selves. At PSN, Meagan looks forward to establishing network alliances and supporting new leaders on community college campuses. You might also find her watercoloring, reading, catching up with friends, hiking in the woods, or cooking up tasty treats.

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.