Elyssa has been organizing and mentoring since the 2012 Obama campaign. She has been an organizer throughout the Midwest and the Southeast and is excited to help build up Rising Organizers and everyone it serves toward a stronger progressive future.
In her free time, she can be found arguing about pop culture on the internet.
Kalyani Grad-Kaimal first began organizing in the Jewish community around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and currently works as an organizer in the labor movement. She loves that Rising Organizers is an opportunity to try new things and build with new activists and organizers.
She cooks and bakes for fun and is currently in the market for a good scone recipe. Help her out!
Josh is currently a policy assistant at The Leadership Conference, having previously worked at the White House and as special assistant to the US Trade Representative. As the Fellowship Director of Rising Organizers, Josh heads the design of the curriculum and works regularly with our fellows.
Hannah Zoe Weilbacher
Public Training Director
Hannah has been a community organizer on a number of campaigns and causes, most recently working with the American Jewish World Service as the Program Officer for Jewish Advocacy and Engagement. She was also the chief organizer for the game-changing DC Paid Family Leave Campaign with Jews United for Justice. She brings her years of organizing and coalition-building to RO's public trainings.
Rachel has worked with various nonprofits and NGOs as a video producer/director, photographer, and graphic designer. As the Communications Director of Rising Organizers, she gets to be a combination of communication strategist, webmaster, and content generator.
She dreams of directing a Marvel movie and/or working with Lin-Manuel Miranda.
CJ is currently a campaign organizer with Vote16DC, organizing to lower the voting age in DC to 16 years old. He is also a junior board member for the Campaign for Youth Justice.
As a co-leader for the Rising Organizers Fellowship, he is excited about connecting with up-and-coming organizers and helping them define their goals.
Charlotte is an antitrust attorney and policy advocate at Public Knowledge, a public-interest advocacy organization that promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works.
She has previously worked towards progressive policies through electoral campaigns and on Capitol Hill, and is excited to use organizing as a tool to fight inequality as well. She was drawn to join the Rising Organizers trainer team because of the camaraderie and the Rising Organizers community.