Team Category: Team

Ally Wilson

Education Coordinator

Ally Wilson

Ally Wilson graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic studies and mathematics. She spent half of the past year volunteering in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with Centro Infantil de Los Angeles—a preschool that provides free high-quality education to families in need. She spent the other half of the year volunteering in Granada, Nicaragua with Opportunity International Nicaragua—a nonprofit focused on ending poverty through community economic development. Her studies and time volunteering developed her passion for enacting positive social change through education. Today, she looks forward to working with COPAL to provide classes that equip people with the proper tools and information to achieve their goals.

Sasha Lewis-Norelle

Frontline Communities Protection Coalition Organizer

Sasha Lewis-Norelle

Sasha Lewis-Norelle is a contracted organizer providing support for the Frontline Communities Protection Coalition. As a youth environmental and climate justice activist and organizer, he brings a strong commitment to systemic solutions to the climate crisis and environmental racism.

Sasha grew up in Madison, WI, and moved to the Twin Cities for college. He attended Macalester College, where he studied environmental studies with an emphasis on biology. While attending Macalester, Sasha became involved in environmental activism through the school’s divestment campaign. He then went on to support that campaign through several iterations and varying degrees of success. He also became involved in the Sunrise Movement, and the Movement to stop the Line 3 pipeline.

Over the last four years, Sasha has stayed active and involved in a number of local and national environmental justice fights and has worked to develop the skills and knowledge to be an effective community organizer and advocate.

Esha Mohammed Abdallah

CE Exchange Fellow

Esha Mohammed Abdallah

Esha is an educator, facilitator, mentor, and social worker. She was recently recognized as a human rights defender of 2022. She is a fellow of Kenya Leadership and Accountability Lab by IRI and a fellow of the 2022 Community Exchange Program by IREX.

Esha is the founder of a youth-led organization called Her Narrative which uses the power of storytelling to advocate and create awareness on gender-based violence, sexual reproductive health and rights, and youth leadership and governance. She also serves the youth of Mombasa and Kenya in various capacities including as Ms. President Mombasa, a youth advisory group member at the Global Opportunity Youth Network, and a member of CS Education at Mombasa Youth Assembly.

Esha is a graduate of Moi University with a bachelor’s degree in education and a leader who is passionate about youth empowerment.

Ryan Pérez

Political Campaign Manager

Ryan Pérez

Ryan Pérez is a Chicago-born Boricua and a cultural community organizer, with an emphasis on engaging young people and people of color in the electoral process. Ryan brings expertise in data management, communications technologies, and strategic field organizing to the work of COPAL, developed through leadership roles in political campaigns and nonprofit organizations. By building a movement of people invested in improving themselves and their communities, Ryan believes firmly that human revolution is possible.

Peter Garner

Organizer - Mankato

Peter Garner

Peter was born in Maryland but has lived in Florida, Colorado, and Oregon and finally landed in Mankato, Minnesota. He completed his degree in Biology in Maryland and had originally thought to become a zookeeper working solely with animals. His life took a turn and he served in the Peace Corps in Perú as an Environmental Specialist working alongside communities to empower themselves to take advantage of their natural resources and work together to promote environmental justice and elevate the environmental conscience. After returning from Perú, he received his Master’s in Conservation Leadership and has worked with various organizations doing land management and ecological restoration. He is excited to be working again in community organizing and working within the human dimensions of the environment. His passion is connecting and empowering the Latinx community to take advantage of their political power and unity to fight for environmental justice and equity in South Central Minnesota.

Siri Vorvick

Environmental Justice and Communications Intern

Siri Vorvick

Siri Vorvick is a University of Minnesota junior studying Spanish and urban studies. She has a passion for understanding and living in cities and thinks it is very important to be involved and committed to community, activism, and social justice. She is just starting her journey of working to fight urban environmental injustice, and being involved with COPAL is her first step towards doing so. In addition to being an intern at COPAL, she also works as a chef.

Rosie Thale

Communications Specialist

Rosie Thale

Rosie grew up in Chicago, IL and attended Oberlin College in Ohio before moving to Minneapolis, MN. As a Spanish and Latin American Studies major, she’s interested in understanding and fighting back against the harm the U.S. has caused to Latin America and its peoples. In her free time, she likes to hike, bike, backpack, and spend time with friends around a campfire.

Guadalupe Antonio 

Engagement & Vaccination Clinic Assistant

Guadalupe Antonio 

I was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and came to the United States accompanied by my 1-year-old daughter Karla in 2006 to provide her with a better education. I am so grateful to be part of this great team that is COPAL and thereby serve our entire Latino community.

Mari Hermeding

Environmental Justice Intern

Mari Hermeding

Mari is a rising senior at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (CSBSJU) in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She is pursuing a double major in environmental and peace studies with a concentration in Environmental Justice and the Latinx Experience. 

On the CSBSJU campus, Mari participates in a variety of organizations. She is the Creative Director for Extending the Link, the social justice documentary group at CSBSJU, and is currently producing their 15th film.  She works as the Climate Justice Coordinator for the women’s leadership center on campus, and advocates for a healthier planet through programming, educational materials, and expedition trips

She hopes her internship with COPAL pushes her outside of her comfort zone and tests her Spanish-speaking ability. She is excited to connect with her fellow COPAL employees and nurture long-lasting relationships.  

Moriah O’Malley

Development Director

Moriah O’Malley

Moriah grew up in southern Minnesota outside of Northfield. After moving out of state for almost a decade, she returned home to Minneapolis, where she now lives with her partner and two cats. Throughout her life and across the country, Moriah has seen the disproportionate effects white supremacy, patriarchy, and late-stage capitalism have had on immigrants and communities of color. Moriah has found a passion for disrupting these systems through fundraising for organizations led by the people most impacted by injustice. In 2022, Moriah joined COPAL to help achieve autonomy, wealth, and prosperity for immigrant communities across Minnesota. In her free time, Moriah likes to run, bike, spend time with friends, explore nature, and travel.