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CALLIE JAYNE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Callie Jayne’s desire to fight for justice began in 8th Grade protesting against unequitable dress code policies. Callie’s career started off in sales, bouncing from job-to-job, and struggling to make ends meet. When they decided to go back to college, they found themselves transitioning to the post-secondary education field - wanting to focus on helping women prioritize their education, and moving forward in their careers. It was then, that they found themself in a situation like so many before them - a single parent, trying to survive within structures that were created to make sure they failed.

Callie finished their undergraduate degree in business, and then went on to complete their Masters’ in Nonprofit Management. For their internship, they began working at a human services organization, which later hired them full time. They built and expanded the volunteer base and pantry hours which increased the number of families who were able to access food. They increased the individual giving, community and business engagement which lowered operational costs. Though providing emergency services was helping hundreds of families every week, it was doing nothing to change the systems of oppression that are set in place.

Their life, work and educational experiences led them to discover the institutionalized issues that were preventing them and many others — from all walks of life — from achieving a quality standard of living. Their desire for change comes from the belief that all people deserve a basic standard of living, and if we could all come together and hear many differing perspectives, we can use our struggles to achieve collective greatness.

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ANDRIANNA NATSOULAS

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Andrianna’s interest in activism began as a child when she picked up articles and flyers from
resistance organizations. Later, she decided to study Biology in college, because she felt there
was nothing more basic than the study of life. At the same time, she was organizing on-campus
for environmental change and off-campus for peace and demilitarization. To combine her
interest in environmental protection and social issues, she started working with fishing and
farming communities, as they cared deeply about the natural world around them and were
directly impacted by decisions they were locked out of making.

Over the past 20 years, Andrianna developed and implemented programs at several
organizations, including Food & Water Watch and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of
New York. In the early 2010’s, she felt the voices of the people growing and catching our food
were not being heard, so she set out to interview over 80 farmers and fisherfolk across 5
countries. The project introduced the concept of food sovereignty, told the stories of those
living it, and activated people by connecting food sovereignty with the local food movement.
As a person of privilege, she is excited to provide technical assistance and operational support
to Rise Up Kingston to help build a community that empowers people while creating systemic
changes. Her mantra is Everything is Connected – a holistic, systemic approach is the only way
we can create a world embedded in dignity, fairness, and respect for everyone.