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Giancarlo Valdetaro

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Legislative Associate

Giancarlo Valdetaro is a transportation policy professional and movement builder living in Washington, D.C. With a background in electoral politics and the movement for a more sustainable and just transportation system, he looks to pull all the transportation policy levers we can in the fight for a Green New Deal.

Nassim Ashford

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Legislative Associate

Nassim Ashford is a legislative associate with a strong commitment to public health and environmental justice, having led and supported initiatives that alleviate community health disparities and promote environmental stewardship. He’s a Yale School of Public Health graduate and former public health associate for the CDC, as well as team member Congresswoman Karen Bass, and co-founder of NoirUnited International.

Daniela (Dani) Marin

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Senior Communications Manager, Storytelling & Content

Dani Marin is a narrative strategist, multimedia producer and community storyteller based out of Orlando, Florida. With a background as a community organizer and reporter, and lived experience as a person from the global south, she brings a media justice lens to Storytelling and Content Work in the fight for a Green New Deal.

Daniella Kelley

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Executive Coordinator

Daniella Kelley is an Indianapolis-based executive coordinator at the Green New Deal Network. With a background in communications, operations, and community organizing at various climate organizations, Daniella brings a passion for social change and a lot of awkward humor to the movement for a Green New Deal.

Jacob Castillo

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Comms. Associate, Social Media

Jacob Castillo is a graphic designer, digital organizer, and social media content creator based in Houston, Texas. Their experiences growing up in some of their city’s most polluted and underserved communities have given them very personal ties to the climate justice movement and the fight for a Green New Deal.

Jorge Estevez

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Comms. Manages, State and Spanish Comms.

Jorge Estevez is a communications organizer based in San Antonio, Texas. Raised in a Latine immigrant community, Jorge’s background includes digital and press strategy with a particular focus on decolonial approaches to collective liberation in media from the perspective of queer, Latine, and Indigenous communities.

Kaniela Ing

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National Director

Kaniela has organized at the intersections of climate and community for over 15 years. In 2020, he cofounded GNDN while working as Climate Justice Campaign Director at People’s Action. He led national campaigns to mobilize communities and Members of Congress to introduce the THRIVE Act and pass the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure and Investments Jobs Act. Kaniela became the Network’s first National Director in 2022.

Previously, he served in the Hawaii State Legislature, where he secured hundreds of millions of dollars in of climate investments and passed game-changing laws to advance climate justice and democracy. He is a proud parent of two young children, writes and performs music in his spare time, identifies as Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian).

Kanitra Caston Lee

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National Field Manager

A native New Orleanian, Kanitra brings over ten years of nonprofit administration experience to her role at GNDN. After commencing her activism journey working to close the vast inequity gap in her hometown while keeping the cultural integrity of the city intact, she’s since worked with organizations and movements throughout the Gulf South to advance environmental justice in the region through a racial justice lens. She hosts the ‘Loving Blackness’ radio show and believes her greatest accomplishment is her loving & wonderful relationship with her teenage son, Kam. 

Kayla Gaines

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Comms. Associate, Press

Kayla Gaines is a communications associate based out of Houston, TX. She is a part of the media relations team, where she leads in storytelling through an environmental justice lens. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys browsing the sci-fi section of a bookstore and running around with her puppy, Bo.