Kim Bobo, Co-Executive Director
Kim is a nationally known promoter of social justice who leads VICPP’s advocacy, outreach, and development work. She literally wrote the book on faith-based organizing. Kim joined Virginia Interfaith Center in 2016, where she mobilized a historic faith advocacy campaign and played a leadership role in the statewide Healthcare for All Virginians coalition advocating Medicaid expansion, which passed in 2018. Kim moved to Virginia from Chicago, where she founded and served as executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, the nation’s largest network of people of faith engaging in local and national actions to improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers. Prior to that, Kim was national organizing director for Bread for the World and an instructor at the Midwest Academy. Born in Cincinnati, Kim has a B.A. in religion from Barnard College and an M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research. She was married for 31 years to Stephen Coats, who died unexpectedly in 2013. Their twin sons, Benjamin and Eric, are organizing for economic justice. Kim married David Duvall Orr, a long-time Chicago reform politician in 2017. She is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where she sings in the choir. Kim served as the choir director at her previous church for 25 years. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Rodney Hunter, Co-Executive Director
With decades of leadership and service to the community, Rodney has been Pastor of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in the East End of Richmond since 1986, retiring in 2012 while continuing to serve the church part-time. He has served on the board of VICPP since 2013 and was named Co-Executive Director in 2018. Rodney was ordained a Full Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1984 while serving Leesville UMC. Rodney has always been deeply involved in community service, both nationally and internationally, working with organizations including the Parenting Is Basic Program through Richmond Public Schools, the Board of Richmond Habitat for Humanity, CARITAS, and Richmond East Team Board. He has served as Chair of the Richmond Juvenile court volunteer programs, counselor in the Richmond city jail, coordinator of the SHARE Food Program for Richmond and vicinity and co-founder of the Jubilee Assistance Program, an alternative, low-interest loan program for persons who otherwise would use predatory lenders. Rodney is president of the Richmond Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. email@example.com
Administrative Assistant and Organizer
Yanet was born in Puebla, Mexico, and immigrated with her parents and sister to the U.S. at the age of eight. She navigated the educational system as an undocumented student for 14 years until she became a DACA recipient in 2014. Yanet is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University studying Political Science with a concentration in public policy. She is the co-founder and director of UndocuRams, a student organization dedicated to advocating for undocumented students. Her personal story, as well as her leadership, have been featured in several media outlets including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond Magazine, WRIC, The Commonwealth Times, NBC12, WTVR and in various blogs. firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Organizing Manager
Alex has a background in digital advertising strategy and is excited to apply his communication and market research skills learned in the for-profit-world to the mission of environmental justice.
He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from High Point University in 2012 and has a Master’s of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising from DePaul University in Chicago. In his free time Alex enjoys paddling on the James River with his wife and dog.
Kendyl Crawley Crawford
Director, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light
Kendyl oversees policy, development and congregational organizing efforts in Virginia around the issue of climate change, which has far-reaching moral and social justice implications. As the former Richmond Conservation Program Coordinator for the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, she worked on community organizing around climate change and toxic pollution. She has spent time closely organizing with faith communities around the state. Kendyl is a member of the NAACP and has volunteered for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the City of Hampton Clean City Commission. She received a Creating a Climate for Change Certificate of Recognition, a National Hampton Alumni Association Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, and was honored as a Young Futurist by theRoot.com.
Kendyl earned a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science from Hampton University and a M.Sc. in Environment, Science and Society from University College London where she conducted research on social movement organizations mobilizing around air pollution in London on a Marshall Scholarship. She also earned Masters of Nonprofit Studies at the University of Richmond and was chosen to be the student commencement speaker. email@example.com
Administrative and Financial Manager
Liz oversees the financial management of VICPP. Prior to joining the Center, Liz worked at SunTrust Bank as a small business loan underwriter. She also worked as a Financial Manager at East End Fellowship and The Martin Agency. Liz graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 with a degree in Business Finance. Liz and her husband are completing training to plant a church in partnership with V3 Church Planting Movement and East End Fellowship. In her spare time, Liz spends time relaxing in Church Hill with her two sons, daughter, and husband. firstname.lastname@example.org
Policy and Campaigns Director
Benjamin has over ten years of policy experience with a focus on health, international, and environmental issues. He spent a year organizing health care clinicians across Virginia to engage the General Assembly in Richmond. Prior to that, Benjamin was the Executive Director of a non-profit focused on Medicaid policy in Oregon. Benjamin holds an M.B.A. and an M.A. in International Environmental Policy, both from American University in Washington, DC, a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Vermont. Benjamin speaks Spanish and Portuguese. In his free time, he enjoys exploring Virginia with his family.
Health Care Organizer
Dora spearheads VICPP’s Health Care Hope campaign that works to ensure the widest implementation of Medicaid expansion in Virginia. She is an author, documentary photographer, and founder of the AWARE Project advocating for women’s and human rights. Dora brings more than 20 years of communications, public policy, and advocacy experience and loves getting behind a camera lens to document life and human interest stories, using visual art as a catalyst for advocacy. Dora has a B.A. in Journalism and Documentary Photography, a Master in Public Administration, and she studied International Law and Human Rights. She received a Certificate in Theology and Ministry from the Princeton Theological Seminary. Named one of Leadership Prince Williams’ “40 Under 40” in 2014, Dora was a leading Neighborhood Team Leader and Regional Digital Director for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. She is a Harlem native and daughter of Indo-Caribbean immigrants from Trinidad. email@example.com
Roberta is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, educator, and communications professional. For two decades, she produced stories around the world for NBC, CBS, and ABC Network News on human rights, business, politics, and social justice issues. Roberta brought her journalism and PR skills to Richmond, Virginia, in 2006 to serve as Associate Dean for External Relations at the University of Richmond School of Law. Roberta teaches ESL for a Congolese family for the International Rescue Committee and serves on the advisory board of the Peace Project. She also served on the board of the Weinstein Jewish Community Center for five years. She is a member of the choir at Temple Beth-El and the First African Baptist Church. Roberta holds a M.P.A. degree from Harvard University Kennedy School and a B.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She was awarded a one-year, mid-career Knight Professional Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Economic Justice Program Manager
Amanda is the inaugural ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellow at VICPP. Prior to joining the Interfaith Center, she was a volunteer with Young Adults in Global Mission, another program of the ELCA, in Cambodia for a year, where she worked with a rural development organization and taught English. Amanda is a graduate of the University of Dayton, where she studied Economics and Finance. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and staying up-to-date on the Cleveland sports teams. email@example.com
VICPP loves working with students. If you would like to do a semester internship or volunteer in another way, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The following students are currently working with VICPP:
Zoe Delaney, Bonner Scholar Intern – Zoe is a junior at the University of Richmond. She is majoring in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL) with a concentration in Political Science and a minor in Health Care Studies. Passionate about health care policy, Zoe’s work at VICPP is focused on Medicaid expansion and enrollment efforts. In addition to being a Bonner Scholar, Zoe serves on the philanthropy committee of the University of Richmond chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Richmond and trying as many new restaurants as possible. email@example.com
Rachael Glackin, Bonner Scholar Intern – Rachael is a junior at the University of Richmond from Centerport, New York, on Long Island. She is studying International Business, Leadership Studies, and Spanish. Besides volunteering for the Bonner Program, she is a member of Kappa Delta, Alpha Kappa Psi and Club Volleyball. She loves sailing, skiing, running and traveling. Bonner interns will be working with VICPP for the next three years. firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Williams, Bonner Scholar Intern – Daniel is a junior at the University of Richmond. Having lived in Virginia Beach all his life, he finds Richmond a refreshing change of pace. He plans on double majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics. After graduation, he hopes to attend law school and run for public office one day. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking and skateboarding. email@example.com
Ron Alpern – Ron is a special advisor on corporate outreach. He is connecting with businesses in the Richmond area. He has also worked on outreach to student groups around the state. His background includes work as a grant and special projects consultant for non-profit arts, educational, and community organizations. Before moving to Virginia, he was a grant officer at the University of Kentucky. Previously he served in the Detroit Recreation Department units responsible for concerts, special events, and public art installations at two riverfront parks. His wife, Pamela Knapp, is a professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine. firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Niedringhaus – Stephanie retired in 2016 after spending more than 20 years working for NETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby in Washington, D.C. Her responsibilities included working with national media, editing NETWORK’s magazine, writing articles on social justice issues, and overseeing social media. After retiring, she joined the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and now works on projects for the VICPP. She lives in Northern Virginia, where she is a member of PAX, a Catholic Intentional Eucharistic Community. email@example.com