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A passionate group of activists and change agents committed to building a more peaceful and just world, our staff works to inflict long-lasting change by supporting the next generation of civic leaders.


JALYNNE SANTIAGO (SHE/HER)

JALYNNE SANTIAGO (SHE/HER)

Chief Financial & Operations Officer

JaLynne Santiago is the Chief Financial & Operations Officer at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. As CFO-COO, Ms. Santiago develops and provides strategic-operational leadership and oversight in the areas of finance, human resources, and information technology. She is also responsible for assessing organizational performance and long-term strategy. Ms. Santiago has served in the nonprofit space for over 15 years. She has extensive financial management experience, system implementation, financial reporting, internal control systems, and compliance. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from Florida A&M University. JaLynne is also a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. She serves a board treasurer for two local nonprofit organizations and provides advisory services specifically to nonprofits and small businesses.
Prior to joining AGF, Ms. Santiago was the Chief Financial & Operations Officer for ElderSource & its subsidiaries. In her role, she worked closely with the CEO and played a critical role in modernizing the organization.

MO BANKS (THEY/THEM)

MO BANKS (THEY/THEM)

Digital Marketing Manager

Mo is the Digital Marketing Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Mo has been a digital organizer for the past three years, working for a variety of non-profits in the progressive movement space. Mo believes a robust digital strategy is a key factor in leveraging progressive wins, increasing accessibility in our movement spaces, and transforming narratives in service of cultural shifts. They currently live in Arkansas with their wife and 4 kids. They are a meme connoisseur, a Gemini with no behavior, and they have never met a sandwich they didn't love.

KATY BUTLER (SHE/HER)

KATY BUTLER (SHE/HER)

Senior Digital Engagement Strategist

Katy Butler is the Senior Digital Engagement Strategist at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She works with the Programs and Communications teams to support the lifecycle of digital campaigns and strengthen engagement strategies. Katy has more than 8 years experience as an activist, digital organizer, and campaign strategist. Prior to starting a career in social justice Katy was a youth activist focused on anti-bullying and LGBTQ inclusive legislation on a state and national level; now she is passionate about developing students and young adults to become catalysts for change. After working with nonprofits focused on environmental justice, racial equity, LGBTQ rights, job equity, mental health, and gender equality, Katy comes to all her work with a focus on intersectionality. She holds a dual B.A. in Women’s Studies and Sociology from The George Washington University and a Master’s in Diversity and Equity Education from the University of Illinois. Katy lives in Chicago, IL with her wife, toddler, and furry friends (2 cats and a dog). She plays rugby on the women’s team in Chicago and enjoys drinking multiple cups of coffee a day.

WAMBUI GATHERU (SHE/HER)

WAMBUI GATHERU (SHE/HER)

Interim Director of Programs

Wambui Gatheru is the Interim Director of Programs at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Wambui is a proud first-generation Kenyan-American whose parents wish she called more. She is an organizer, activist, and social commentator who uses her experience as a black woman and child of immigrants to inform her opinions. She believes in the power of the young people to change the world and is humbled to join The Andrew Goodman Foundation and lend her leadership to the mission.

GABRIELA PHILO (SHE/HER)

GABRIELA PHILO (SHE/HER)

Interim Director of Development

Gabriela Philo is the Interim Director of Development at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Prior to joining AGF's staff, Gabriela served on AGF's Associate Board and ultimately the Board of Directors. Gabriela was a Development Manager at Los Angeles Conservancy, a nonprofit that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic and architectural resources of Los Angeles County. Prior to Los Angeles Conservancy, Gabriela fundraised for The Municipal Art Society of New York and Literacy Partners in New York City.

MARGARET SASSER (SHE/HER)

MARGARET SASSER (SHE/HER)

Interim Director of Communications

Margaret Sasser is the Interim Director of Communications at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. In her role, Margaret works to support the work of AGF's programs with strategic communications and marketing. Prior to joining AGF, she worked at Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center that supports equitable school experiences for all students. As a Research Associate, she developed social justice, anti-bias professional development and curricular resources for K-12 educators. She is a two-time graduate of the University of Alabama, where she obtained a Master's degree in American Studies, focusing on American popular music, and a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, concentrating on gender and race theory. Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Margaret is passionate about civil rights issues, storytelling, and helping students to become active members of their communities.

GABRIELLE SLAUGHTER (SHE/HER)

GABRIELLE SLAUGHTER (SHE/HER)

HBCU Lead Program Manager

Gabrielle Slaughter is the HBCU Lead Program Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Gabrielle is a graduate of Spelman College with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. Her passions include dancing, social justice, and public interest. She takes pride in being a servant leader and mentor for young black and brown girls in her community. Her long term goals include becoming an attorney and serving as representation for others who desire to implement change in our legal system.

CAROLINE SMITH (SHE/HER)

CAROLINE SMITH (SHE/HER)

Senior Program Manager: Partnership Strategist

Caroline Smith is the Senior Program Manager: Partnership Strategist at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Caroline is from Maplewood, NJ, and received her BA in Sociology and a certificate in Community Action/Public Policy at Connecticut College ('18). After graduation, she began her organizing career with the Student PIRGs at Rutgers University-Newark and then jumped into national electoral work on Senator Cory Booker's presidential campaign for the 2020 primary cycle. Caroline joins AGF excited to re-focus her efforts on combating voter suppression and boosting civic/electoral engagement among young voters.

KRISTY SMITH (SHE/HER)

KRISTY SMITH (SHE/HER)

Senior Operations Manager

Kristy Smith is the Senior Operations Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She is responsible for processing and recording all financial transactions and will work to ensure efficient financial operations of the Foundation. Kristy holds a BA in Psychology and Educational Studies from the University of Delaware. She recently moved back to the area from Long Island, where she lived for over 10 years. While there she began her career in finance for a local non-profit that helps victims of Domestic Violence. Kristy is happy to be able to continue to work in the non-profit world and support the important mission of The Andrew Goodman Foundation.

PAIGE TRUBATCH (SHE/HER)

PAIGE TRUBATCH (SHE/HER)

Operations Associate

Paige is the Operations Associate at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She received her B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, with a focus on nonfiction. Prior to joining AGF, she worked at The Garden Club of America in the role of Information Coordinator, where she provided website support for a national network of local garden clubs, and as a Staff Administrator, where she supported the volunteer-led Communications and membership magazine committees. Paige is an AmeriCorps alum who remains passionate about volunteering, though these days she is finding more unique ways to be of service through online networks and communities from her home in the woods.

KAYLEE VALENCIA (SHE/HER)

KAYLEE VALENCIA (SHE/HER)

Program Manager

Kaylee Valencia is the Program Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Kaylee is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. Her passions include creativity, civic engagement, social justice, and community building. Kaylee's experience is in amplifying the voices of young people by working to institutionalize civic engagement in higher education, as well as in helping others find what they care about and encouraging them to fearlessly pursue it. She believes that your vote is your voice, but your capacity to make meaningful change extends so much further than the ballot box.

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