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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. 

Mercedes Renshaw

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National Distributed Organizer

Mercedes Renshaw is a national field organizer currently based out of northern Colorado. Her life journey has molded her commitment to engaging in political activism to build a country that truly values Indigenous sovereignty, racial equity, working-class families, education, and the environment.

Ryan Rastegar

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National Organizing Director

Ryan Rastegar is an organizer at heart and has worked exclusively in the world of progressive politics and campaigns for over 15 years. With experience on issues ranging from climate and conservation to women’s rights and LGBTQ issues, he deeply believes in the need to apply a justice lens to the fight for a Green New Deal. He is experienced in both field and digital organizing, and is passionate about politicizing and empowering the masses to fight back against intersecting forces of oppression.