Samuel Blackwood is an International Studies major at Fordham University. At Fordham he led the campaign to secure the University's endorsement for carbon pricing. Since then he has found a passion for climate justice and environmental justice. While working at UPROSE he hopes to learn more about how to create a just and equitable system.
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.
My name is Isa, I'm 21 years old and I'm from El Barrio (East Harlem). My interests include smashing the patriarchy and dismantling white supremacy, imperialism, and capitalism. I also love to write and dance!
Climate Justice Policy Coordinator
Genea Foster is a Brooklyn native, hailing from East New York. At UPROSE, Genea coordinates the Climate Justice Center and the Protect Our Working Waterfront Alliance. Genea is an urban planner with expertise in environmental planning, community development, and community engagement. She has extensive experience working on land use and environmental planning within community-based, academic, and governmental organizations. She has worked on projects addressing climate resiliency, sustainable energy, brownfield redevelopment, public health, and environmental gentrification. Genea holds a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies and Biology from Wellesley College and a Master's in City Planning from MIT.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi my name is Nyiesha Mallett, I am a Youth Organizer here at UPROSE. I am 16 and live in Brownsville Brooklyn. I am currently a Junior at Medgar Evers College Prep School and a Freshmanat Medgar Evers College.
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.
I'm Angel Morales and I've been with Uprose since the summer of 2015. I've helped with the 2015 Climate Justice Youth Summit and stood at the very front of the 2017 People's Climate March with young people from all over the world to stand against Climate injustices. I've received Certificates of Merit, Exemplary Community Service Award, and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for my work organizing around climate justice.
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