Staff and Board
GetEQUAL Staff and Organizers
Angela Peoples, Co-Director
Angela Peoples joined GetEQUAL in September 2014. She got her start as a progressive advocate in 2007, building student power and fighting for college access and affordability with the United States Students Association. In 2010 she joined the team at Generation Progress to help run policy and advocacy campaigns around issue like the DREAM Act, affordable healthcare, and student loan reform. Angela has spent the last three years working to improve consumer protection laws for student loan borrowers and young consumers at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She also served as co-chair of the Generational Alliance Leadership team from 2012-2014 and on the Executive Committee of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. As President of the Stein Democrats, Angela has focused on increasing club membership and cultivating a more transparent and inclusive culture within the organization. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where she studied Political Science and Africana Studies. You can reach Angela via email at angela at getequal dot org.
Heather Cronk, Co-Director
Heather joined GetEQUAL in May 2010. Prior to her work with GetEQUAL, Heather was the Chief Operating Officer at the New Organizing Institute, overseeing operations and expanding programs. Heather has also worked with organizations such as mySociety in the U.K. and with Idealist.org in the U.S., always focused on building community and pushing for tangible social change. Born in Temple, TX, and raised in Lexington, KY, Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion/philosophy from Berry College in Rome, GA, and a Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest University Divinity School in Winston-Salem, NC. You can reach Heather via email at heather at getequal dot org.
Wooten Gough, Eastern Region Field Coordinator
Wooten was born in Winston-Salem, NC and grew up in very rural Yadkin County. In high school, Wooten made new friends that he later found out were undocumented. From there he went to UNC and created Students United for Immigrant Equality and ended up joining the Trail of Dreams, walking with them from Richmond, VA to Washington, DC. Wooten was hired by the Latin American Coalition in 2010 and it was then that El Cambio was formed at the annual Fourth of July Festival in downtown Yadkinville. He now focuses building power in rural communities at the intersection of LGBTQ equality and immigrant justice. You can reach Wooten via email at wooten at getequal dot org.
Elle Hearns, Central Region Field Coordinator
Photo and bio forthcoming.
Jerssay Arredondo, Western Region Field Coordinator
Jerssay is a self-proclaimed undocumented, unafraid, and unashamed queer Latino immigrant. He was born in Mexico City and raised in Phoenix, AZ. At a very young age Jerssay witnessed the injustices faced by his immigrant, trans, and queer community. Such injustices influenced him to want to do something and change the hearts and minds of people. Jerssay began organizing with the Arizona Dream Act Coalition and pushed for in-state tuition and the federal DREAM ACT, and helped create visibility for the UndocuQueer community throughout Arizona. In 2013 he joined the United We Dream Network and led the network’s Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP) as the project’s national coordinator, helping the network grow capacity by building and organizing queer trans youth, parents, families and allies around immigrant and LGBTQ issues. In 2014 Jerssay co-founded The Queer Network, a local organization, and Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, a national LGBTQ Latin@ organization. Also, Jerssay is passionate about food, culture, dance, music and fashion. You can reach Jerssay via email at jerssay at getequal dot org.
Luis Aguilera Garcia, Immigration Campaign Manager
Luis’ involvement with social justice began at the age of 14 when he realized that being undocumented, Latino, and gay were not a sin like everyone said, but a beautiful coincidence. He began fighting for the Dream Act so it could become a reality, and slowly began to see the even harsher struggle that undocumented LGBTQ people faced. His classmates and people in the community told him that his work brought them hope. His activism and leadership was developed through the fight to pass the Dream Act, Deferred Action for Dreamers, and the recent expansion of Deferred Action. It was a big struggle for him to be active in LGBTQ rights because his community is not very welcoming of LGBTQ individuals — especially LGBTQ young people. He graduated in May 2014 from the Yadkin Early College Program and earned his Associate in Arts degree. His work now has expanded to a national level, empowering LGBTQ immigrants across the country to demand full social and legal equality and to fight against injustices. Luis wants to empower LGBTQ youth, especially undocumented immigrants, to lift up their voices. His work is dedicated to the liberation of LGBTQ individuals. You can reach Luis at luis at getequal dot org.
Tiffani Bishop, Religious Discrimination and Reproductive Justice Campaign Manager
Tiffani is a native Texan and U.S. Navy veteran. After her experiences with sexism in the military and discrimination under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, she decided to get involved in community organizing. Inspired by direct action and the call for full LGBT equality, Tiffani joined GetEQUAL in October 2010. Since joining GetEQUAL, she has organized 3 statewide social justice conferences on Harvey Milk Day, conducted numerous direct action and nonviolent civil disobedience trainings, and continued to push for full equality under the law in her home state of Texas. She is now focused on building power at the intersection of LGBT equality and reproductive justice, while raising awareness about the harm of religious discrimination. You can reach Tiffani at tiffani at getequal dot org.
Maura Pereira, North Carolina Immigration Organizer
Maura was born in New York and brought to North Carolina at a young age. She slowly started noticing that her Latino community was being discriminated against and not being treated equally. She joined an organization called El Cambio, which was fighting for immigration reform. The more she got involved, the more she started noticing that her local community was uneducated about their human rights and what was happening at a national level. She focused on educating her community and advocating for the expansion of DACA. Now she continues to fight for those who were left out of these programs, including LGBTQ individuals who are being mistreated in detention centers. You can reach Maura at maura at getequal dot org.
Patrick Fierro, Texas Immigration Organizer
Photo and bio forthcoming.
GetEQUAL Board Members
Tanya Domi (board chair)
Tanya Domi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, who teaches human rights in Eurasia. Domi served 15 years in the U.S. Army enlisting in 1974 as a Private and rose to the rank of Captain, before her honorable discharge in 1990. Prior to joining Columbia, Domi worked more than a decade in a dozen countries on democratic and economic transitional development, political and media development, human rights and gender issues. Domi became a nationally known LGBT rights activist in the early 1990s as director of military freedom initiative at the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce, where she worked to repeal the ban on lesbians and gays serving in the military. Domi is a widely published author and blogger on human rights for LGBT persons and women. She has appeared on hundreds of media outlets in the United States and throughout the world, speaking about human rights and current affairs.
John Bare worked as a research molecular biologist and geneticist, but evolved into a donor and activist. While at the University of California San Francisco, he was a lead member of the team that identified a key gene responsible for basal cell carcinomas, the most common cancer in humans. John co-chaired the board of Horizons Foundation, co-founded its film donor circle, participated in its marriage equality and transgender rights giving circles, and lead a comprehensive review of Horizons’ grantmaking programs and priorities. More recently, John was one of the 24 co- authors of The Dallas Principles. He also co-edited www.actonprinciples.org, a sister project that provides an online toolset to help turn the Principles into equality.
Father Geoff Farrow
Father Geoffrey Farrow was born in the city of Camaguey in the Republic of Cuba in 1957. His family moved to the United States in August of 1961. He entered St. John’s College in the fall of 1978 and received a BA in Philosophy in 1981. He received a Master of Divinity degree from St. John’s Seminary in 1985 and was ordained a Catholic priest on June 1st of that same year. He served various churches, campuses, and the U.S. Air Force from 1987 to 2008. On October 5, 2008 Fr. Geoff delivered a statement at the end of the 11 AM Mass at the Newman Center at CSUF, explaining that he could not comply with a directive from his bishop to direct parishioners to vote “yes” on Proposition 8 in California. Later that week, Fr. Geoff was removed as pastor of St. Paul’s by his bishop and suspended as a priest. He worked throughout the month of October with the “No on Prop. 8” campaign.Currently, Fr. Geoff is engaged in public speaking to advance the cause of LGBT rights, and has received commendations both from the City of West Hollywood and the California State Assembly for his civil rights work on behalf of the LGBT community.
Nelini Stamp is currently the Special Projects Director for Working Families Organization, which is backed by labor and community-based organizations. In 2008, Nelini joined the Working Families Party staff in NY, working on numerous electoral campaigns across New York State. Nelini’s work on the ground at Occupy Wall Street helped bridge the gap between labor, community-based organizations and Occupy. Last year, Nelini helped launch the Dream Defenders, focused on organizing and training youth in non-violent cilvil disobedience, civic engagement, and direct action. Currently, Nelini’s focus of work as Special Projects DIrector is leveraging community and political climate for statewide offensive issue work around economic issues.
Monique began organizing while attending college, working on a number of city and statewide issues and for progressive candidates ranging from former Ashland City Councilor, Cate Hartzell to Oregon’s Secretary of State, Kate Brown.
Monique is a campaigner with Daily Kos, recently transitioning to the online progressive community after working with Democracy for America and the U.S. Student Association (USSA). While with USSA, she worked as National Field Director to hold state and national leaders accountable on key progressive issues, such as education, healthcare, immigration reform and labor rights by mobilizing college & university campuses. For the 2010 election, she organized voter registration, education and get-out-the-vote efforts on over 100 campuses resulting in more than 70,000 registered voters. In her downtime, you will find Monique playing Trivial Pursuit with her grandparents, ruining a recipe she found online, digging trenches or sleeping on a beach.
Jessy Tolkan works as the Global Director of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Campaign, and as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Working Families Party. While currently focused on creating massive shifts in the auto-industry with an eye towards ensuring a more sustainable planet, Jessy has spent the last decade as an activist and movement leader working to build progressive change in the United States. Most recently Jessy served as the Co-Executive Director of Citizen Engagement Lab. Prior to her leadership of Citizen Engagement Lab, she was a Senior Fellow with the New Organizing Institute, where she focused on progressive infrastructure building, the 2012 youth vote, and the next steps for the climate & energy sector. Before switching her attention to the progressive movement at large, Jessy was the Executive Director for the Energy Action Coalition, a coalition of 50 leading youth organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Under her leadership, the Energy Action Coalition built a generation-wide movement to stop global warming by advocating for green jobs, stopping new coal plants, and making young people’s voices heard in the policy debate around global climate change. Jessy has spent most of her career working to build power amongst the millennial generation. In 2004, as state director for the New Voters Project, Tolkan helped to register more than 130,000 young voters and produce one of the highest youth turnout rates in the country. Tolkan received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Political Science. In 2008, Rolling Stone Magazine named her one of the 100 agents of change in America.