NBOP staff members represent the communities we serve.
We come from the most disenfranchised communities in Sonoma County: immigrants, working poor, frontline and essential workers, and people of color. We actively hold each other to radical love, compassion, and action. Our staff center inclusivity and nonviolent communication.
Belén Lopez-Grady (she/her)
Belén Lopez-Grady is a proud Xicana feminist, planner and strategist with 15 years in organizational stewardship. She is a first-generation college graduate raised by a single mother with six children in a segregated immigrant community. She became fully politicized at 15 after surviving sexual assault and an eviction. Belén holds a B.A. in Community Development and Environmental Science, an M.A. in Development with a focus on climate change and disaster risk reduction, and was trained in community organizing at Harvard University. Belén began at NBOP as a Housing Policy Analyst in 2018. She now organizes NBOP to be a vehicle for change; oversees operations, communications, organizing, fundraising, and UndocuFund; co-creates anti-racist public policy and advances culturally-affirmative mutual aid projects for staff, leaders, and the community.
Karym Sanchez (he/him)
Karym is a Mexican immigrant, was brought to the U.S. at six years old and grew up undocumented. Karym was a farmworker and student leader at NBOP beginning in 2010. He led the campaign to win restorative school discipline in Santa Rosa City Schools that catalyzed several years in restorative justice work. Karym became NBOP’s first youth organizer in 2014 and before long was traveling across the country with the Gamaliel Network as a national trainer. Karym implements NBOP’s organizing and training through campaign development, coordination of staff and leaders, and stewardship of the 50-person Leadership Council.
Beatrice Camacho (she/her)
Beatrice is a first-generation Chicana raised in Sonoma County to low-income, working-class parents who immigrated from Mexico. As a lifelong renter, growing up in Section 8 Housing, she knows the importance of dignified and affordable housing. Beatrice holds a B.S. in Business Management and is trained in Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices. An Organizer with NBOP since 2018, she organized the Sonoma County Tenants Union, dispersed over $5 million in Emergency Rental Assistance in 2021, and co-founded the statewide California UndocuFund Network in 2022.
Gabriela Orantes (she/her)
Just Recovery Partnership Manager
Gaby was born in El Salvador and in the late '80s her mother brought her to the U.S. as a baby. Her academic and career paths are informed by her upbringing in an immigrant household in northern California that benefited from supports of family resource centers like the Fairfax-San Anselmo Children's Center, the first low-cost child care center founded by a community member, not by an established school, church or other institution. Through her work as the Just Recovery Partnership manager, Gaby has been an advocate for language justice in formal disaster response and government spaces by highlighting the intersections of language, disasters and public participation.
Alondra Mendoza (she/her)
Alondra is a first-generation Mexican-American born in Santa Rosa, CA. She and her five sisters were raised with the expectation they would be stay at home moms. However, Alondra had dreams of her own. She was determined to get an education with the hope of spreading awareness about women's rights. Alondra received her Associate's Degree in Administration, graduating with honors and is now the Administrative Assistant at NBOP. Alondra looks forward to learning more about being a community leader to be able to make an impact on women's rights!
Sierra Lewis (she/her)
Sierra is the daughter and descendant of a strong, vibrant, and empowered Caribbean people. As the first-born child of her immigrant parents, education and excellence were ingrained values from a very young age. Nevertheless, her natural curiosity and affinity for the arts was always encouraged, leading her to pursue her BA in Film & Television in Northern California. Sierra believes that art & design might be our strongest tools for communication and connection between each other as a society. Where words may lack, art speaks. She hopes that by using creativity to fuse our inner worlds and histories within the world we currently live in, we just might be able to actualize the world we typically only dream of. In her spare time you can likely find Sierra Facetiming with friends/family or catching up on pop-culture video essays on Youtube. :)
Gina Garibo (she/her)
Immigrant and Land Justice Organizer
Gina Garibo is a feminist committed to decolonization who is constantly learning. Born in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, Gina is the daughter of Angelina and Enrique and the youngest of three siblings. She has been involved in the migrant justice movement for more than 10 years, first as a researcher, then as an advocate, and now as an organizer and migrant woman herself. Between 2017 and 2018, she accompanied three migrant caravans from the south to the north of Mexico. She helped coordinate a campaign against municipal police abuse in Tijuana and the deadly pact between police and Mexico’s National Migration Institute, among other campaigns. She loves to co-create spaces for building collective power where people are able to assert themselves in their dignity and struggle. Now, she is placing her commitment, heart, and experiences in dialogue with and in service of the migrant struggle in Sonoma County.
Chad Bolla (he/him)
Chad grew up in Santa Rosa and graduated from Montgomery High School. He has worked closely with Sonoma County youth for the majority of his adult life and now applies this experience towards building power with others with a focus on strengthening the political power of the Sonoma County Tenants Union! As a tenant organizer, he is motivated by righteous anger in regards to the idea of “housing as a business,” that leads directly to deep and widespread housing insecurity. Tenants have for too long been on the losing end of the “housing market,” and only through the collective political power of a tenants union can we ensure that housing is recognized and protected as a human right. Chad believes in interdependence and loves meeting new people, hearing their stories, and exchanging wisdom. You might find Chad riding waves on the coast when he is not making waves in town.
Rocio Torres (she/her)
Rocio is the fourth of 12 brothers and sisters and an immigrant from Michoacán México. She came to the U.S. in 1991 and started working for a Spanish Radio Station until the present. Rocio attended two different schools to take ESL classes and got her GED from Santa Rosa Junior College. She has been volunteering at The Resurrection Parish in many religious groups since coming to this country and volunteering for the Redwood Food Bank for more than 10 years and also worked as a Teacher Assistant for 20 years in the Roseland School District. Rocio has been involved with community organizations for many years and is now working with North Bay Organizing Project. She enjoys walking in nature, loves singing and dancing and her hobbies include playing the guitar, reading books, and going to the movie theater. She loves spending time with her family.
Lina Blanco (she/they)
Communications & Cultural Strategist
Raised by her single immigrant father and Mexican grandparents in mixed rural communities in the Green River Valley of Washington state, Lina witnessed the injustices they and other immigrant families faced navigating life in the United States. Lina first found her political awakening as a youth coach facilitating nonviolence leadership and poetry slam workshops with K-12 students across the West Coast from Seattle to Oakland with the Institute for Community Leadership. After obtaining her BA in Ethnic Studies at Mills College, Lina became an early co-founding staff member of Oakland-based Native American Health Center's Media Center, focusing on community-based graphic design and digital storytelling workshops in collaboration with intergenerational and intertribal stakeholders. Lina also co-founded a multiplatform pilot, KQED en Español, a Spanish language engagement and news initiative at the NPR/PBS affiliate station of the San Francisco Bay Area. Lina loves singing the songs her grandfather taught her from the mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico. Lina now lives in Sonoma County, tending a milpa alongside her sweetheart, black cat, and senior Chihuahua.
Amber Szoboszlai (she/her)
Finance & Tech Manager
Amber brings her experience as a data and climate change scientist to NBOP and uses her skills to support grantwriting, managing the day to day organizational finances, and providing tech support to staff. Her affinity for technology was passed down from her grandmother who was a database programmer in the 1950s for a fruit-packing company in southern Oregon. She is in her element when uplifting the voices of those who have been silenced by oppression, thrives in the rain, and finds inspiration in the power of people in numbers especially women in leadership roles.
Joy Ayodele (she/her)
Joy Ayodele is a first-generation Nigerian-American, born in Sonoma County. Having been raised by a single mother in the community of Roseland within Santa Rosa, primarily consisting of working-class immigrants and people of color, Joy encountered social and economic inequities at a young age – becoming hyper-aware of the disparities experienced by non-white individuals, and igniting a passion for activism centered on the progression of feminist, anti-racist, and abolitionist ideologies. In recent years, Joy has locally organized rallies and public demonstrations and appeared as a guest lecturer at Sonoma State University in hopes of informing community members about the systemic issues which perpetuate the harm of minority communities. In her role as an organizer with NBOP, Joy looks forward to developing powerful, local leaders and continuing to create safe spaces for politicized conversations, collective accountability, and radical love.
Emanuel 'Manny' Morales (he/him)
Originally from Jalisco, Mexico, Manny came to the U.S. at the age of 10. He grew up in the Roseland Area of Santa Rosa and attended local schools, eventually pursuing his education at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). While attending SRJC, Manny joined M.E.Ch.A. de SRJC and got involved in student activism engaging in topics that dealt with undocumented students' rights, immigration policies, and promoting higher education to marginalized young people. He received his Associate’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Science, a subject that he was interested in considering how it was intertwined with the understanding of community and the social, economic, political, and educational disparities present in marginalized communities and communities of color. In recent years, Manny has worked with young people in educational spaces implementing Restorative Justice practices and principles. Currently, As Youth Organizer with NBOP, Manny supports the development of young leaders and their organizing efforts on their respective campuses and communities and coordinates the Latinx Student Congress (LSC). He hopes to continue to grow this network of student-led organizations and young leaders in our community.
Diana Kingsbury (she/her)
Housing and Deep Democracy Organizer
Diana, the fourth of six children, was born and raised in Sonoma County, where she attended SRJC before transferring to UC Berkeley to study Social Welfare. As a young adult, she dealt with housing insecurity and slumlords, and her close family members experienced homelessness. She believes housing is a human right and that everyone should be able to come home to a safe haven. Diana loves bringing people into organizing, building their power to transform the system from the ground up so that everyone's well-being and rights are protected. She enjoys spending time with loved ones, singing, dancing, drawing, writing, exploring, and relaxing with a good book, movie, TV show, or podcast.
Carmen Leilani De Jesus (she/ella)
Resilience and Liberation Coach
Carmen Leilani De Jesus is a 2nd generation Filipina-American who brings the work of Embodiment, Boundaries and Consent to cultivate sovereignty, leadership and resilience in individuals and organizations. Carmen’s aim is to create safer containers for expanding social-emotional capacity. By teaching tools for co-regulation, relationship management and time management, Carmen’s work engages nervous system awareness to strengthen discernment, self-trust and boundary-communication skills. She integrates multiple modes of knowing and formal training and is informed by her lived experiences with boundary violations, unhealthy power dynamics, burnout and the lack of consent culture in the workplace. Carmen also explores these topics with a lens focused on decolonization, equity and inclusivity as paths to more regenerative and equitable futures. Selected career highlights include working in corporate advertising, marketing, recruitment, with direct experience coaching C-level business executives, entrepreneurs, non-profit teams and start-up founders. She has been working with Dr. Betty Martin, the developer of the Wheel of Consent framework, since 2013., and helped to establish the School of Consent in 2018. In addition to her work as a consent educator and coach, Carmen is also a mother, playwright and breast cancer survivor, and can also be found on Instagram managing @thewheelofconsent or her personal account, @consentisapractice. More online at consentisapractice.com
Manuel Gonzalez (he/él)
Language Justice and Interpretation Contractor
Manuel has a true passion as an interpreter for the community to make sure he gives voice and understanding where otherwise there might be a language barrier that would be difficult to cross. He has been working with NBOP and various non-profits for the last 4 years. Manuel strongly believes in the concept of Language Justice. Manuel immigrated with his family from Mexico when he was 2 years old. He got his degree from Chico State and wants to ensure other immigrants are afforded the same opportunity to better their community and realize their potential. Manuel is an optician by trade but has found a calling in lending his interpretive voice whenever needed.