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Role: Staff

Zhara Baksh (she/her),NYC Organizer

Zhara is a Spelman Graduate with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to joining Hand in Hand, she served as an Organizer at CeaseFire PA mobilizing to fight the gun

Tara Polansky (she/her), Education Director

Tara has twenty years of combined organizing and teaching experience that she brings to her role at Hand in Hand. She has campaigned for immigrant rights; quality education; and social,

Stacy Kono (she/her), Executive Director

As Executive Director, Stacy partners with staff, our National Steering Committee and members to advance our vision of interdependent communities committed to social and economic justice. With over two decades

Ximena Frankel (she/her/ella), Social Media Manager

Ximena Frankel is a long-time activist and community organizer and acquired her Masters in Community Organizing, Planning and Development from Hunter College of CUNY in 2021. Originally from Lima, Perú,

Lindsay Imai-Hong (she/her), California Director

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Lindsay currently directs California’s campaigns to raise standards for domestic workers and expand the homecare safetynet so all Californians can get the support they need to live with dignity at

Erica Sklar (she/they),National Organizer

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Erica Sklar’s organizing for justice has taken many shapes, from nonviolent direct action to the fight for environmental justice through policy change as a director on Washington State’s campaign for

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