Our Staff

Jay Carmona

Jay Carmona
Interim Executive Director

Jay Carmona came to political awareness among both the War on Drugs and the Timber Wars on an off-grid homestead. Homestead life in a working-class family in Northern California taught Jay practicality, about the power of the natural world, and about the local impacts of national decisions. After organizing in high school against the beginning of the War on Terror, Jay urgently wanted to know how to go about interrupting the patterns of injustice that were shaping their world. Jay left the homestead to seek a degree in Community Organizing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a concentration in social movement history—and an unofficial concentration in social movement praxis. After college Jay embarked on an intersectional social justice career that, while spanning two coasts and dozens of campaigns, has focused on a central theme: Decisions are being made much too far from those they impact. Jay specializes in supporting decentralized, tech-supported community organizing networks that run mediagenic campaigns. Jay's hobbies include reading science fiction, knowing too much about Star Trek, curating digital content, and administrating a wide variety of digital communities on the internet.

Hope Ghazala

Hope Ghazala
Network Director

Hope Ghazala (Pronoun: name only) is a queer, Muslim, Egypt-o-Rican, who continuously devotes themselves to gender, ethnic and racial equity. As a Licensed 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, consent campaigns, and youth leadership development have expanded Hope’s passion for creating spaces that are accessible and value multicultural experiences. Hope began as PSN's Trainings Coordinator, uplifting the needs and voices of disinvested communities by providing and amplifying organizational and youth leadership opportunities. Now, within the Network Director role, Hope focuses on facilitating member connectivity and alignment. Hope is a native New Yorker who loves to explore NYC, travel internationally, dance and read cross-cultural fiction.

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.