Kim Bobo, 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
Immigrant Justice 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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jasetyn “Jase” Hatcher
Welcoming All Organizer
Jase is serving through the generosity of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Hunger Fellowship. She spent the past 13 years living in Korea, New Zealand and Ecuador and has developed a deeper understanding of the world’s diverse communities. Jase is passionate about building awareness and recognition of systemic violence and its tangible effects on displaced persons. She earned her B.A. from Laidlaw College in New Zealand and her M.A. in Conflict Studies from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, specializing in the effects of conflict on migration and displacement.
Policy and Campaigns Director
Benjamin began leading VICPP’s advocacy work in 2018. He has over ten years of policy experience with a focus on the environment, health, and international issues. Prior to joining VICPP, Benjamin organized health care clinicians across Virginia to advocate on how climate changes health. Before moving to Virginia in 2017, 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. email@example.com
Congregation Engagement Director
Dora 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. She teaches English to a Congolese family for the International Rescue Committee and serves on the advisory board of the Peace Project. Roberta is a former board member of the Weinstein Jewish Community Center and she sings in the choirs at Temple Beth-El and the First African Baptist Church. Roberta holds an M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration) 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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
We enjoy working with students. If you would like to do a semester internship or volunteer in another way, please contact Roberta Oster. The following students are currently working with VICPP:
Syeda Maria Ahsan
Health Equity Intern
Syeda is a senior at VCU majoring in Psychology. She moved to the U.S. from Pakistan, and the inequalities she learned about and witnessed there made her passionate about learning Psychology and Biology. Syeda has always been intrigued by human biology and chose to combine her interests in Psychology and Biology. As an undergraduate, she has been a part of a number of Psychology Research labs that have strengthened her knowledge on emotions, inequalities, trauma and low income housing communities. She hopes to apply these studies to her VICPP internship to benefit our society as a whole.
Josh is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in public relations. Before VICPP, Josh interned at the Virginia House Democratic Caucus and the communications agency, Padilla, where he received formal PR training and experience in media relations, social media and strategic writing. Josh also has experience in fundraising and social media advertising and serves as Social Media Director for VCU’s PRSSA chapter. In his free time, Josh enjoys going to brunch and spending time outdoors with friends. email@example.com
Bonner Scholar Intern
Addy is a first year student at the University of Richmond from Rockville, Maryland. She is majoring in Global Studies with a concentration in Development and Change. Outside of VICPP, she is involved in different faith groups around campus such as the Baptist Collegiate Ministries. Addy is also a member of the African Student Alliance. She loves listening to soul and jazz and crochets in her spare time. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonner Scholar Intern
Eva is a sophomore at the University of Richmond from Woodbridge, Virginia. She is double majoring in Healthcare Studies and Leadership Studies with a minor in Business Administration. At VICPP, Eva is in involved in nonprofit development work and healthcare policy. Outside of Eva’s VICPP work, she is a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority as a Service Chair and the Sophomore Scholars in Residence Program for Healthcare Studies.
Welcoming All Intern
Mawa is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is majoring in Sociology and minoring in Psychology and Media studies. Mawa’s passion for social justice and outreaching came from her personal experiences of facing disparities because of her faith, being a minority and with a low socioeconomic status. Mawa’s work at VICPP is focused on building connections between immigrants and allied people of faith in order to support policy and program initiatives of VICPP. She loves advocating and working with underrepresented and underserved communities who suffer from social inequalities. After graduating, she hopes to become an outreach email@example.com
Yasmin is a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University pursuing a double major in Public Relations and Broadcast Journalism, as well as an undergraduate certificate in Leadership Studies. She is originally from New Jersey but embraces her roots from various parts of the world, making her experiences with new and different people at VICPP that much more rewarding. When she is not in class or in the office, she can be found with her sorority sisters of Tri Sigma, where she serves as Philanthropy and Honor Council Chairman. Fun Fact : Yasmin lives with 5 cats and none of them belong to her!
Congregational Outreach Intern
Maryam is a first-generation college student. Born in Afghanistan, she moved to the U.S. at the age of eleven. She became interested in politics and policy at young age. Maryam is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), majoring in Political Science with a minor in Business. She has worked on campaigns and interned with Virginia League of Conservation Voters and the Virginia Democratic Party. Maryam also served on the E-board of Afghan Student Organization at VCU to spread cultural awareness. She is involved in many other campus organizations. She will be graduate in May, 2020 and aspires to attend law school.
Bonner Scholar Intern
Briana is a sophomore at the University of Richmond working on a double major in Political Science and Journalism with a minor in Education Policy. She is passionate about making safe and inclusive communities for immigrants and hopes to aid VICPP in rectifying policies that unfairly target immigrants. Outside of VICPP, Brianna is a resident assistant, a career peer advisor, SAT tutor, and first-generation student coordinator. In the future, Brianna hopes to earn a master’s in public policy. Her dream job is to become the secretary of education as she believes that all students regardless of race, citizenship status, income, and language should obtain a good education and the opportunity to become lifelong learners.
Bonner Scholar Intern
Daniel is a senior 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron is a volunteer of long-standing who helped launch the Richmond Living Wage Certification campaign and he assists with special events logistics. His background includes work as a grant and special projects consultant for non-profit arts, educational, and community organizations. Before moving to Virginia, Ron was a grant officer at the University of Kentucky. Previously he served in the Detroit Recreation Department unit 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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Congregational Engagement Volunteer