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Our Team

Jojo Gaon (he/him)

Co-Executive Director, [email protected]

JoJo Gaon is a long-time community organizer, photographer, and activist who has worked in the nonprofit world for most of his career. JoJo was also a co-founder of Grryo, which is an international collective of photographers. He helped launch two local young artist movements: Isangmahal and Seattle Youth Speaks.

He regularly contributes to Huffington Post and LifeWire, and has been published in a variety of publications. 

He has been on tour with Justin Timberlake as a photographer, loves playing hold ’em poker, was on an all API team for ultimate frisbee, and is proud of his Pokemon Go pokedex collection. 

JoJo’s work in the non-profit sector also includes a long tenure of working in domestic violence and sexual assault. He is thankful for the mentorship that he has received from the founding mothers of API Chaya.

Contact JoJo if you want to talk about RVC’s operations support team, community partnerships, advocacy, legal & compliance.

Anbar Mahar Sheikh (she/her)

Co-Executive Director, [email protected]

Anbar has years of experience in nonprofit management and activism and has a deep passion for capacity building for nonprofits. Throughout her career, she focused on nonprofit management and capacity building for the American Muslim community by working with the Council on American-Islamic Relations — California and Whitestone Foundation. 

Anbar holds a Masters in Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management from the University of Southern California and a BA in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego.

Anbar also loves scrapbooking and hiking.

Contact Anbar if you want to talk about RVC’s internal organizational development, organization-wide coordination, organization-wide budgeting, and financial accountability.

Chris Rhodes (he/him)

Co-Executive Director, [email protected]

Chris has spent over 20 years working in the development field for various organizations across the nonprofit sector. Prior to RVC, Chris served on the development team for organizations in Seattle,  Atlanta, Los Angeles and Chicago including the 2016 Olympic Bid Committee and founding member of Science in the Second City Charitable Event in Chicago, IL. 

Throughout his travels, community has always been at the heart of his career aspirations. He began his service as a counselor for the Variety Boys & Girls Club , then as the Youth Board Member of the King County Youth and Family Commission. While attending Clark Atlanta University, he continued to serve his new community by raising funds to support the disadvantaged areas in The City of Atlanta. Post graduation, he relocated to Chicago and began his service as a Board Member for the Chicago Football Classic which serves as the largest historically black college football classic outside of the southern belt.

Chris is a fan of the Lord of the Rings and his local sports teams. He spends his time with family and enjoys experiencing what the Northwest offers.

Contact Chris if you want to talk about RVC’s fundraising and communications strategy, public relations, and donor stewardship.

Roshni Sampath (she/her)

Co-Executive Director, [email protected]

Originally from South India, Roshni immigrated to the United States from Nigeria. She has worked with nonprofits for the last 13 years in areas of fundraising, communications, human resources, and program development and delivery.

Roshni worked at Statewide Poverty Action Network doing communications and development to change state-level laws that perpetuate poverty in communities of color. 

Roshni also loves novels, good pop culture think pieces, dance parties, swimming, car karaoke, board games, and daydreaming by a sunny window.

Contact Roshni if you want to talk about RVC’s national relationship-building, thought leadership, evolutionary purpose, and conflict resolution.

Sandra Amolo (she/her)

Capacity Building Program Director, [email protected]

Sandra was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and immigrated to the United States when she was a teenager. She has spent over 10 years working in nonprofits, serving in communications, farming, youth advocacy and education, human rights observation, community organizing, and nonprofit management. Sandra earned her BA in Business Administration from Seattle University. 

Sandra loves videos of babies, cats, and other cute living things. She enjoys hiking, reading books, and listening to audiobooks. She is also a hip hop nerd.

Fabiola Arvizu (she/her)

Operations Manager, [email protected]

Fabiola is a Virgo sun raised in occupied Duwamish lands, Seattle. Some of the work she is most proud of has been around student organizing, youth leadership, and working with young families in the area. She joins RVC with a commitment to operational work and making it accessible to all folks and grassroot organizations.

When she isn’t working, Fabiola enjoys playing Animal Crossing, watching bad reality tv, eating thai food, and practicing karaoke songs she will probably never sing in public.

Jess Hartman (they/them)

Operations Support Program Manager, [email protected]

Jess was born and raised in Singapore and moved to Seattle in 2013 to study at the University of Washington. Jess is an RVC fellow alumni, placed at Families of Color Seattle (FOCS). In their work, they are motivated by collectively creating and strengthening internal structures that advance grassroots organizations and movements.

Jess enjoys cooking and baking for friends, starting too many embroidery and crochet projects, and organizing alongside other Filipino youth for genuine democracy and sovereignty of their homeland.

Hana Jang (she/her)

Development Director, [email protected]

Hana has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, with a particular focus on community-centered engagement and strategic partnerships. Drawing from her past work in the U.S., South Korea, and throughout Southeast Asia, Hana brings strong experience in relationship building and development.

Prior to joining RVC, Hana worked at KCSC developing, managing, and securing funding for programs to meet the needs of the Korean American community throughout Western Washington. Hana earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Minnesota and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington.

In her free time, Hana contemplates what financial capacity-building education and opportunities could look like for young women of color, fawns over the neighborhood dogs, and enjoys gathering over hearty cheese plates with her friends and loved ones.

Harshika Kara (she/her)

Capacity Building Lead, [email protected]

Harshika is a nonprofit professional who has dedicated her career to helping organizations develop and execute capacity building strategies that strengthen them for immediate and long-term sustainability. Her passion for helping nonprofits is driven by her commitment to social justice and the belief that all communities need to be given equitable, and inclusive opportunities for advancement. 

Before calling Seattle home she lived in New Zealand and Fiji. She’s a mother of two children who are currently in college. Outside of work Harshika loves to try new recipes, make custom jewelry, work in her garden, watch comedy-drama, and go for long walks with friends.

Amanda Mancenido (she/they)

Learning & Evaluation Manager[email protected]

Amanda grew up in Texas, but moved to Seattle to pursue her Master of Public Health from the University of Washington. 

She’s most passionate about using her data and communication skills to advocate for the health and well-being of historically marginalized communities, particularly LGBTQ folks and communities of color. She hopes to amplify the voices of the community and help tell their stories of resilience.

Amanda loves good food and going for walks, and will happily geek out about dungeons and dragons, music, and board games.

Kristine Maramot (she/her)

Operations Support Program Director, [email protected]

Kristine is an islander with Filipino roots, born and raised on Guam and Singapore. 

A Third Culture Kid at heart, she eventually moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where she earned a BA in American Ethnic Studies and a minor in Diversity. She was in RVC’s first cohort, placed at Filipino Community of Seattle and later at East African Community Services.

In her spare time, she loves to go on food adventures and collect Starbucks mugs and Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures.

Christian Moore (he/him)

Fellowship Program Coordinator, [email protected]

Christian was born & raised in New Jersey and spent time in Pittsburgh, PA before calling Seattle home.

He cares deeply about social justice and closing the opportunity gap for people of color. A skilled coach, facilitator, and connector – Christian has helped underrepresented leaders across the country get on pathways to higher education and careers that contribute to the common good.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Point Park University.

In his free time, Christian enjoys trying new restaurants, watching sports and anime, and going on random adventures with his lovely wife.

Osca Opoku (she/her)

Operations Support Program Manager, [email protected]

Osca is a recent graduate of Elon University, where she earned BAs in International & Global Studies and Anthropology.

She is passionate about issues of social justice and has performed undergraduate research on education as a catalyst for social change for refugees and families stuck in cycles of poverty. She is passionate about supporting communities in clarifying and achieving goals for themselves.

Having recently regained access to a functional kitchen, she is trying to make up for lost years of dorm-living with regular culinary experimentation.

Miko Pugal (he/him)

Operations Support Program Manager, [email protected]

Miko was born and raised in Seattle’s Southend, tracing his stomping grounds from Beacon Hill Park all the way to Othello Park. 

His commitment to his community is rooted in access to leadership for young folks. Miko has been doing youth work for four years all throughout the Southend, primarily focusing on the intersection of sports, race, class, and gender. 

When he’s not breaking down the doors of systemic oppression, you can catch him coaching Ultimate Frisbee.

Mandie Rice (she/her)

Development Associate, [email protected]

Mandie is a first generation Filipina American originally from the golden coast of California. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting from North Central University (Minneapolis, MN) and a Master of Science degree in Business Management from Boston University. She credits her personal growth and cultural competency to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community who graciously shared their language.

As she continues work in the non-profit sector, Mandie is excited to be a part of fundraising work rooted in social justice and racial equity.

In her spare time, you can find Mandie curled up with a book or exploring a new hiking trail with her husband.

Florence Sum (they/she)

Fellowship Program Manager, [email protected]

Florence (also goes by Flo) was born and raised on Duwamish ancestral lands in Seattle. Their experience in nonprofit organizations led them to their graduate education and to RVC’s fellowship. 

Florence graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in American Ethnic Studies and Communications, and an MA in Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit management and education policy.

Florence enjoys frolicking in the mountains, playing video games, eating their way around town, and training in Muay Thai and Krav Maga.

Yecelica “YJV” Valdivia (they/them)

Fellowship Program Strategy & Capacity Lead, [email protected]

YJV was born and raised in the Yakima Valley, occupied ancestral lands of the Yakama Nation. They moved to occupied Duwamish ancestral lands, Seattle, for college, and it’s been their political home ever since.

Much of their work has been at the intersections of personal and societal healing and transformation. They have a background in anti-racism, youth-centered political education, generative somatics and trauma-informed practices, and prevention work.

They also have an affinity for tattoos, reconnecting with ancestral medicine, and dancing.

Ananda Valenzuela (any pronouns)

Capacity Building Strategist, [email protected]

Ananda Valenzuela was the interim executive director of RVC, co-founder of the BIPOC Executive Director Coalition of Washington, co-chair of the board of Change Elemental, and member of the board of Hampshire College. Their work centers on organizational development, with a particular focus on equitable self-management and liberatory practices.

Ananda grew up in Puerto Rico and slowly made his way across the United States, holding a variety of consultant, governance, and activist roles along the way. Before RVC, Ananda worked at TSNE, a nonprofit capacity building firm, where she managed a consulting program and developed a fellowship program.

Outside of work, Ananda can usually be found playing intense board games or reading books cover-to-cover.

Vic Vong (they/them)

Capacity Building Lead, [email protected]

Vic was born and raised in Seattle, on Duwamish ancestral lands.

Vic brings a decade of advocacy work, including co-founding an anti-displacement coalition and organizing with disabled survivors of gender-based violence. In order to understand the landscape that RVC partners work in, they draw from their experience working with community-based organizations, policy advocacy organizations, and government entities.

Vic’s other interests include making social justice memes, re-watching an animated TV series called “Naruto,” and smelling flowers. You can learn more about them on their website: https://vicvong.wixsite.com/transform.

Uyên Vũ (she/they)

General Operations Manager, [email protected]

Uyên was born in Cần Thơ, Vietnam and immigrated to Houston, TX. She moved to the occupied Duwamish ancestral lands of Seattle three years ago in hopes of building a community home and surrounding herself around the beauty of the PNW. 

Their experience in nonprofit work has been in operations and administration, where they get to nerd out about organizational policies, spreadsheets, and challenging traditional HR. Her desire for strengthening communities and supporting lasting social change stems from a deep commitment to lifelong learning of trauma-informed, culturally competent, anti-racist and pro-Black practices. 

Outside of their work, Uyen spends time learning with community-based organizations, snuggling their three cat children, gardening, discovering new shows, and indulging her Piscean affinity for water with swimming or paddle-boarding.

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