Board of Directors
Samantha Bellach, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Mayra Cortez, Los Angeles, California, USA
Prosper Hedges, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Saman Kamgar-Parsi, Washington, DC, USA
Emily Robinson, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Lana Welchman, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
Sabrina Sierra, Oakland, California
Selena Simic, Belgrade, Serbia
Sofie Sondervik Saether, Oslo, Norway
Jen Stevens, Charleston, South Carolina, USA Casey Vendel, Stockholm, Sweden
Savhanna Wilson, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Celina Williams, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Learn more about the board here
Mel Hsu, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (Conference Logistics Coordinator)
Shifting Power Committee
GRCA’s Shifting Power Committee (SPC), creates tools for liberatory leadership and provides resources for movement building. We are made up of board members and non-board GRCA leadership. SPC focuses on political education, facilitating identity caucuses and solidarity working groups, prioritizing conference accessibility, and centering leadership by those most impacted by intersecting structures of oppression. We strive to move power towards traditionally oppressed communities and identities and away from dominant power structures.
At the GRCA, we strive to shift leadership towards our membership, people of color - particularly black and indigenous people, trans and gender non-conforming folks, people with disabilities, neurodiverse people, poor and working class people, queer folks, femmes and feminine people, fat people and people of size, and people outside the U.S. and the West.
The GRCA Research Committee gathers, organizes, and interprets data to support the GRCA’s functioning. This includes the collection and organization of data for the Annual Member Meeting at the GRCA Conference, collecting and interpreting conference evaluation data, and conducting research projects to inform GRCA board decisions. The Research Committee also updates and distributes the Annual Report form to membership.
The Communications Committee shares the work of the GRCA, GRCA board committees, and member organizations across digital media. Comm Comm celebrates the work of our network through social media and provides logistical information, deadlines, and leadership opportunities in the GRCA newsletter. Comm Comm is also the point committee for the GRCA Toolkit and press inquiries, and coordinates the Docu-Team at the annual international conference.
The Fundraising Committee has been newly added as the GRCA Board has seen the need to expand and grow by incorporating fundraising strategies into its overall plan, but we can’t do this work alone. That’s where you come in! We would love for members to join the Fundraising Committee and strategize about what would work best for each individual’s capacity and the GRCA’s overall mission.
The Fundraising Committee exists to build capacity for member camps to attend the annual GRCA Conference who are not financially able to on their own. The Board is currently budgeting for two scholarships annually, but we would like to expand our scholarship opportunities by strategically planning and building up the Fundraising Committee.
Member Engagement Committee
The Member Engagement Committee provides opportunities and resources to engage and support members in the GRCA movement locally and globally. The Committee aims to strengthen lines of communication between the GRCA board and committees and member organizations with the intention of building community and providing transparency in our processes and procedures. The committee also facilitates the membership application process, including reviewing the application and publishing, preparing applications for the board’s review, and creating a timeline for approval and notification of application status.
Learn more about Nom Comm here