Natalie Casal, National Organizer
Natalie is a new National Organizer for REC, who started organizing back in 2011 with the immigrants' movement where she campaigned for in-state tuition for undocumented students, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and Comprehensive Immigration Reform with organizations like Students Working for Equal Rights, the Florida Immigrant Coalition and the Florida Immigrant Youth Network. In 2013 she became the Vice President for the Kendall Chapter of the Dream Defenders and eventually got the opportunity to intern with the United Auto Workers (2013), the AFL-CIO and Unite Here (2014), where she learned about intersectional work between labor and immigration issues. Her passion for fighting against the private prison industry began when she became the Education Not Deportation Lead Coordinator in South Florida, where she organized using direct action and civic engagement to get individuals in detention centers away from the risk of deportation. In Miami, she assisted the Miami Dream Defenders chapter with creating a regional divestment strategy and when she moved to Orlando in 2014 she continued organizing with the Dream Defenders in Orlando to craft a campaign to push the University of Central Florida to divest from private prisons. Originally from Chile, Natalie enjoys reading, writing, watching soccer and learning about transnational feminist theory. You can reach Natalie at email@example.com.
Zakaria Kronemer, National Organizer
Zakaria, another REC National Organizer, is a recent graduate of the University of Mary Washington (UMW) and has been involved with the Virginia youth climate justice movement since 2013. As Co-Founder of the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition, he worked along with other youth organizers in the state to activate students from campuses across Virginia to begin building power towards climate justice. He also co-founded DivestUMW in 2013 demanding that the university withdraw its investments from the fossil fuel industry. Through his involvement with that campaign, he helped lead the organizing effort that mobilized hundreds in multiple rallies, a statewide march, and a 21 day sit-in in the UMW's administrative building. Zakaria is a proud Egyptian-American, loves listening to hip-hop while day dreaming about the demise of the white hetero-patriarchy, and is excited to settle into his new home in NYC. You can reach Zakaria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marcie Smith, Executive Director
Marcie Smith is the Executive Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition where she works with university students, alumni, administrators, and trustees to align endowment investments with the democratic mission of higher education. She has been organizing around democratic economic development and climate issues since 2006. During college, she started her campus’s first environmental organization, co-founded the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition (KSEC), and served on the Student Environmental Action Coalition’s national council. As a former co-chair of Youth for Sustainable Development (SustainUS) and an early organizer with YouNGO, she was involved in international youth organizing within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties 14, 15, and 16. She is a former Associate Fellow at the Institute for Environmental Security. She has also worked with the Sustainable Economies Law Center; Carolina Common Enterprise; and the UNC Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity. She is from Kentucky, received her B.A. from Transylvania University, and J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. You can reach Marcie at email@example.com.