Introducing our five (!) new student organizers

There have been a number of transitions, goodbyes, and new faces and opportunities at REC over the past few months. We've said goodbye not only to our former Organizing Director Cheyenna Weber, but a number of our fantastic student organizers have also stepped down. While Mary, Greg, Tahiya, Jay, and Maura will be missed - although still involved, and not forgotten! - I'm excited to finally have the chance to introduce to you our five new student organizers who are joining our team. Please join me in welcoming them!

Chris Clem, Northwest Student Organizer

Chris is a sophomore at Seattle University in Washington State. Currently he is a part of the Pre-Major program at SU, but is sure he wants to study something regarding social and environmental justice. Chris is a Sullivan Leadership Scholar at SU and is active in the Oxfam SU chapter, Student Leaders for the Common Good, as a tutor with the Children’s Literacy Project, and Leadership Coordinator for the Office of Leadership Development. This year, he looks forward to continuing work on socially responsible investment (SRI) issues at SU with trustees, university leaders, and students, as well as working with other surrounding schools that are interested in beginning SRI campaigns. Chris loves dancing, soccer, and musical theater, but he has a special affinity for experiencing other cultures through travel.

Caroline Incledon, Community Investment Campaign Organizer

Caroline is a sophomore at Tufts University with an anticipated political science major.  She has participated in organizations such as Girls Learn International and Model UN, and is looking forward to her involvement this year at Tufts with PACT (Prevention, Awareness, and Consent at Tufts), a violence prevention program. In 2009, as part of an independent study project, Caroline and a friend took an in-depth look at 5 major New York public schools, and analyzed the impacts of poverty, segregation, and standardized testing.  Their findings led Caroline to take a further interest in education reform and addressing inequality, and she is excited to work with REC to explore the ways in which socially responsible endowment policies can do this. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys spending time with friends and family and watching movies.

Aurea Martinez, UC Responsible Investment Coalition Coordinator

Aurea Martinez is a junior at the University of California, Santa Barbara double majoring in English and Sociology. She has been involved with the University of California Student Association as the Campus Organizing Director in where she organized around issues of affordability and accessibility for students. She is very passionate about advocating for students rights and has spent two years organizing around the Dream Act. She enjoys meeting new people, trying new foods and is always jumping on new experiences. She also loves to read, dance and spend time with her family. She looks forward to working with the Responsible Endowments Coalition this year!

Brett Vetterlein, Community Investment Campaign Organizer

Brett is a senior at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY where he studies Sociology and History. Born and raised in New Jersey, he became politically active during his freshman year of college and currently organizes with Progressive Students for Justice and the Fordham Anti-War Coalition, focusing on issues of imperialism, war, and democratizing the university. For the past two summers he has interned with the New York Hotel Trades Council, a group of labor unions representing 30,000 hotel workers in NYC, and Beaudoin and Co., a lobbying group that does political work for the Teamsters Joint Council 16 and the Building and Construction Trades Council. He hopes to work as a union organizer after graduating from Fordham. Brett  is also a member of the Organization for a Free Society, working to build a world based on solidarity, equity, self-management, diversity and ecological balance. In his free time, Brett does theatre and improvisational comedy, plays drums, watches movies, and dreams about a better world.

Dave Warnock, Midwest Student Organizer

Dave is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in History.  Born and raised i the New York area, he became involved in progressive activism in 2007, when he became involved in the anti-war movement.  He has worked with Washington University Peace Coalition, and Students for Peaceful Palestinian-Israeli Future.  He was a founding member of Washington University Students for Endowment Transparency, and plans to push for a Committee on Responsible Investing over the coming year.  Dave's hobbies include karaoke, playing poker, and watching Rachel Maddow.

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