VALUES & TEAM

Our Values

Compassion

We value strong interpersonal relationships on our team, and we prioritize making time to build those relationships. We emphasize respect, kindness, and generosity in individual and team interactions. We value giving and receiving feedback, including encouraging constructive critiques.

Progressive Workplace

We reflect our constituencies and the world we want to create by continuously striving to be an anti-racist, feminist, inclusive, and responsive workplace with policies and practices that are intentionally supportive of BIPOC staff and LGBTQIA+ staff so that everyone on our team can thrive. As a progressive workplace, we are also invested in ensuring that government is responsive to historically marginalized communities through social change, such as criminal justice reform, equitable educational opportunities, abortion access, and climate justice.

Collaborative

We value collaborative approaches within our team and with our partners. We center our partners as much as possible, sharing credit and sharing resources. We avoid scarcity mindsets and encourage distributed leadership.

Solutions-oriented

We are proactive and solutions-oriented in the face of challenges, and we face conflict directly. While we have rigorous standards for experimentation and expect excellence (but not perfection) from one another in our work, we do not focus on assigning blame in evaluating our processes and programs.

Sustainable

We prioritize financial sustainability for our work to ensure that our organization can grow and thrive long-term. We strive to develop movement leaders by offering transformative professional growth opportunities and pay/benefits that are competitive in the nonprofit sector.

Advancing
racial equity

We are committed to the continuous work of being and becoming an anti-racist organization and dismantling white supremacy.

We view our racial equity commitment through an intersectional lens that includes LGBTQIA+ equality, class, ability, and other frameworks that help us understand empowerment and dismantle oppression. Anti-racism is mission-critical for Accelerate Change because racial equity is core to who we are as an organization and our progressive values. Additionally, anti-racism is mission-critical for us because we believe our commitment to BIPOC power building must also be reflected internally in our organizational culture and programs.

How we Work

We deeply value having strong
interpersonal relationships on our team.

We are a national, fully remote team based across the US that gathers in person 2-3 times per year (with strict COVID safety protocols in place). We have been operating this way for a decade because we value the flexibility that remote work brings for managing work and life. We prioritize relationship-building through asynchronous remote tools and channels, regular synchronous connection time one-on-one with colleagues and as a full team, and through in-person team gatherings.

Meet the Team

Adna Abdi

Executive Assistant

MEET ADNA

Bisrat Bayou

Operations Associate

MEET BISRAT

Candace Rembert

Finance and Operations Manager

MEET CANDACE

Christine Rushing

Special Projects Manager

MEET CHRISTINE

Darrell Scott

Vice President of Media Investments & Acquisition

MEET DARRELL

Jarrel Armster

Director of Growth

MEET JARREL

Jasmin Stuckey

Special Projects Associate

MEET JASMIN

Jaya Todai

Director of Program Operations

MEET JAYA

Jill J.

Content Studio Managing Producer

MEET JILL

Kiley Williams

Chatbot Experimentation Manager

MEET KILEY

Kim Hohman

Vice President of Content

MEET KIM

LaShonda Whitfield

People Operations Manager

MEET LASHONDA

Lea Madry

Chief of Staff

MEET LEA

Luis Gilberto Rivas

Vice President of Finance and Operations

MEET LUIS

Maria Helena Oliveira

Content Experimentation Manager

MEET MARIA

Mel Duran

Operations Associate

MEET MEL

Mohammad Ahmad

Director of Operations

MEET MOHAMMAD

Richie Kamtchoum

Content Production Associate

MEET RICHIE

Robbie Couch

Content Production Manager

MEET ROBBIE

Rowan Rosenthal

Special Projects Manager

MEET ROWAN

Sterling Faust

Talent Manager

MEET STERLING

Taura V. Livingston

Head of Network Operations

MEET TAURA

Vanessa Ruiz

Director of Talent

MEET VANESSA

Venture Staff

Accelerate Change incubates startup nonprofit media ventures. Our team also includes dozens of venture staff from Pulso, Noticias Para Inmigrantes, Localyst, ProgressPop, and an influencer network. Additionally, our team includes the following entrepreneur(s) in residence: Sahil Kotak.