Program Administrator and After-School Coordinator
Shaun Randall Armstrong, a 2009 ,Howard University graduate and native New Yorker was born in Brooklyn. Shaun started at UPROSE in June 2012 as an intern and was hired that December as our Program Administrator. He enjoys working in a grassroots environment.
Shaun was a political science major with a concentration on black political theory and a minor in philosophy, while being a nationally ranked and competitive collegiate swimmer which allowed him to be awarded a full tuition scholarship. as a mentor he spreads the message of the importance of education, along with physical fitness/ sport activities not only for personal well being, but because he knows that sports can provide opportunities for some young people to receive scholarships for higher learning like he did.
In addition to his love for building community and everything sports, he also enjoys working with our youngest community members and is the Coordinator for the UPROSE after school program at the local PS 170 teaching 3rd-5th graders organizing, social and environmental justice!
Ryan joined UPROSE in 2013 as Infrastructure Coordinator. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Sunset Park Brownfield Opportunity Area program; developing measures for climate resilience on the industrial coastline; promoting equitable transportation policy; and collaborating with city and state agencies to develop an upland connector between the community and the waterfront.
Before coming to UPROSE, Ryan taught English as a Second Language for six years, both in Latin America and New York City.
Makayla Comas was born and raised in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comas is a student at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She majors in environmental studies and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in urban and regional planning. As a summer intern for UPROSE she hopes to connect concepts of environmental justice to the practice of urban planning.
Ting Ting Fu
Climate Justice Organizer
Ting Ting Fu was born in the Fujian Province of China and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Since the age of 13, Ting Ting has been active with UPROSE. She started as a summer intern and transitioned to being a Youth Organizer. Throughout the years, she has reached out to Sunset Park community on current campaigns that UPROSE has been involved in. She went away to college studying Social Science and moved back to New York to be with her family again. Recently, she was part of a research group reaching out to the community members who maybe have been involved in the clean up activities, as a result of Super Storm Sandy. In 2015, Ting Ting joined UPROSE as a Climate Justice Organizer offering climate adaptation and resilience education to the community as a part of the work for the Climate Justice Center in UPROSE. She has also has been supporting the youth with the Real Roots campaign, an organic and natural self-care products campaign. She has facilitates youth teach-ins, and community events educating the community on Climate Justice, Environmental Justice and UPROSE's Anti Displacement Work.
Brian Gonzalez was born and raised in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. He was introduced to UPROSE in 2009 at the age of 17. Without any prior knowledge of the fact that his community is home to some of the worst environmental burdens in New York City, Brian realized that there was an immediate injustice occurring around him and it would require citywide activism to address. He sought out both long and short term solutions to helping not only his community members but others in the same circumstance. Brian will finish his degree and has chosen to pursue a graduates degree. He fundamentally believes in finding creative ways to inform others about environmental justice and climate change and has taken on song writing and composition as a means to organize and unite.
Jason was born and raised in Sunset Park and attends Borough of Manhattan Community College. He joined UPROSE in July 2014 at our At the Table Summer Leadership Institute. The summer before the People's Climate March, Jason played an instrumental role in organizing for both the People's Climate March and the 4th NYC Climate Justice Youth Summit. He is the recipient for the Outstanding Leadership Award given by the Working Families Party for organizing his community and participating in the Peoples Climate March. Jason often exercises leadership by taking initiative. Being an organizer at heart, Jason is always engaging community. Whether he is reaching out to the community or being a part of the Sunset Park Climate Justice Community Resiliency Center as a block captain, he enjoys being on the ground and taking on leadership.
Cruz Lopez is a student at Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, and attends BMCC-Lehman College with the College Ready program. She is from Ponce, Puerto Rico. She was raised in Brooklyn NY but now she lives in MT Hope Bronx NY. She is a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community.
Antoinette is a lifelong Sunset Park, Brooklyn resident who joined UPROSE in 2016. She graduated from Binghamton University, studying Sociology & Biology, and is invested in promoting community activism, health equity and environmental justice. In addition to working with UPROSE, Antoinette is a business analyst with the NYS Office of Mental Health and has over 6 years of experience as a health IT implementation administrator with the Research Foundation for Mental Health and Hygiene.
Adan Palermo Rojas
Adan Palermo Rojas was born in Brooklyn and raised in Sunset Park. He attends Kingsborough Community College and is a Earth and Planetary science major studying geography, oceanography and biology and intends to pursue a career in environmental studies in the near future.
His background is that of a self taught mural artist with half a dozen completed public artworks under his belt. Adan's experience in Groundswell Community Mural Projects since the age of 15 was key in developing his art skills, making him the first youth artist turned teaching artist within the organization. Adan is also a 2010 urban hero awardee.
Santiago Salamanca was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. He earned a BA in economics from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. He is currently pursuing an MS in City and Regional Planning at Pratt Institute. Before coming to New York, Santiago worked in real estate development and finance, but was always passionate about cities. Santiago wants to learn more about social justice issues while helping communities create positive social changes and is very excited to do that with NYC-EJA and UPROSE. In his spare time he loves being with his family and exploring different places in New York as well as playing soccer.
Climate Justice Policy Organizer
Kiya was raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Prior to joining the UPROSE team she was a Station Manager of WGRL, the Lower East Side Girls Club Radio Station. She received her BA from Middlebury College, where she studied Chemistry and Environmental Studies. As an undergraduate she interned in the production department of StoryCorps, the National Oral History Project, as well as at the Retail Action Project. She is a Middlebury Narrative Journalism Fellow and Middlebury Environmental Journalism Fellow.
Elizabeth Yeampierre is an internationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney and environmental and climate justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry born and raised in New York City. She is Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn's oldest Latino community based organization. Her award winning vision for an inter-generational, multi-cultural and community led organization is the driving force behind UPROSE. She is a long-time advocate and trailblazer for community organizing around just, sustainable development, environmental justice and community-led climate adaptation and community resiliency in Sunset Park. Prior to assuming the Executive Director position at UPROSE, Ms. Yeampierre was the Director of Legal Education and Training at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund, Director of Legal Services for the American Indian law Alliance and Dean of Puerto Rican Student Affairs at Yale University. She holds a BA from Fordham University, a law degree from Northeastern University. READ MORE