Luce Capco Lincoln     Program Consultant    Luce has been making films and videos for over two decades. As a young person, Lincoln created personal documentaries that explored the in-between space of being mixed race, queer and gender non-conforming. More recently Lincoln has edited, directed and produced documentaries on social justice issues including police brutality, gentrification and LGBTQ of color identity.  Lincoln has studied film and video at Antioch College and holds an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. At GAP, Luce is currently directing the Youth Breaking Borders, SupaFriends, and Outreach and Distribution Internship programs.

Luce Capco Lincoln

Program Consultant

Luce has been making films and videos for over two decades. As a young person, Lincoln created personal documentaries that explored the in-between space of being mixed race, queer and gender non-conforming. More recently Lincoln has edited, directed and produced documentaries on social justice issues including police brutality, gentrification and LGBTQ of color identity.  Lincoln has studied film and video at Antioch College and holds an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. At GAP, Luce is currently directing the Youth Breaking Borders, SupaFriends, and Outreach and Distribution Internship programs.

  Jesse Ehrensaft-Hawley    Executive Director   Jesse joined GAP in 2013.  He brings over twenty years of experience leading community-based youth development, arts and social change organizations. Jesse was the founding Executive Director of FIERCE, an LGBTQ youth organizing project that centers on arts and cultural programming. Prior to joining GAP, he served as the Managing Producer of the Foundry Theatre. He holds a Bachelors of Arts at Oberlin College and a Masters of Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work.   You can reach him at Jesse@Global-Action.org

Jesse Ehrensaft-Hawley

Executive Director

Jesse joined GAP in 2013.  He brings over twenty years of experience leading community-based youth development, arts and social change organizations. Jesse was the founding Executive Director of FIERCE, an LGBTQ youth organizing project that centers on arts and cultural programming. Prior to joining GAP, he served as the Managing Producer of the Foundry Theatre. He holds a Bachelors of Arts at Oberlin College and a Masters of Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work. 

You can reach him at Jesse@Global-Action.org

  Patri González Ramírez    Youth Breaking Borders Media Educator   Patri is media-maker/educator whose work is informed by their own experiences as queer, bilingual, diasporic, Boricua, and migrant. Patri is interested in making media that challenges conformity and opens dialogue around self-determination and autonomy, both at the individual and collective level. In the past, they have done political education and mobilizing with the Audre Lorde Project, independent media production with Paper Tiger TV, and community-based cultural projects with Immigrant Movement International.  They are currently working on a short script and other small creative projects, and attend Hunter College part-time for their MFA in Integrated Media Arts. Patri is also a worker-owner of a cooperative and through language justice they support the growth of multilingual capacity within community organizations and social movements in NYC.  You can reach them at Patri@Global-Action.org    

Patri González Ramírez

Youth Breaking Borders Media Educator

Patri is media-maker/educator whose work is informed by their own experiences as queer, bilingual, diasporic, Boricua, and migrant. Patri is interested in making media that challenges conformity and opens dialogue around self-determination and autonomy, both at the individual and collective level. In the past, they have done political education and mobilizing with the Audre Lorde Project, independent media production with Paper Tiger TV, and community-based cultural projects with Immigrant Movement International.  They are currently working on a short script and other small creative projects, and attend Hunter College part-time for their MFA in Integrated Media Arts. Patri is also a worker-owner of a cooperative and through language justice they support the growth of multilingual capacity within community organizations and social movements in NYC.

You can reach them at Patri@Global-Action.org 

 

  Karina Hurtado-Ocampo    Community Media in Action Coordinator   Karina is a media maker and educator from Queens, New York.  Her work in media production focuses on advancing the narratives of organized communities and creating art that facilitates the birth of our rebel world. As an educator, she has worked primarily to support the growth of youth organizers and young media activists. She began her work as a media producer with Global Action Project fifteen years ago as a youth producer and returned to GAP as the Coordinator for CMIA in 2016. She's equal parts air and earth signs, a member of the Justice Committee, and deals with her FOMO by creating graphics as @Karilamari  You can reach her at Karina@Global-Action.org

Karina Hurtado-Ocampo

Community Media in Action Coordinator

Karina is a media maker and educator from Queens, New York.  Her work in media production focuses on advancing the narratives of organized communities and creating art that facilitates the birth of our rebel world. As an educator, she has worked primarily to support the growth of youth organizers and young media activists. She began her work as a media producer with Global Action Project fifteen years ago as a youth producer and returned to GAP as the Coordinator for CMIA in 2016. She's equal parts air and earth signs, a member of the Justice Committee, and deals with her FOMO by creating graphics as @Karilamari

You can reach her at Karina@Global-Action.org

 
  Hazel Katz    SupaFriends Media Educator   Hazel Katz is SupaFriends' Media Educator and a video artist based in Brooklyn. She is currently finishing her first feature length documentary, a verité film focusing on the challenges of aging in a rural working class retirement community in central Florida. Hazel's short videos focus on trans experience, employ found footage archives and use essayistic storytelling. Her films have been shown on public television and festivals around the country. Hazel has led after-school arts programs at middle schools in New York and Philadelphia and Massachusetts. She produced videos in collaboration with community groups including Equality for Flatbush, Black Youth Project, Picture the Homeless, and Immigrant Movement International. Hazel currently volunteers with Parole Preparation Project, an organization supporting incarcerated people. Hazel recently completed a yearlong collaborative residency at UnionDocs and is currently pursuing an MFA at Hunter College.   You can reach her at Hazel@Global-Action.org  

Hazel Katz

SupaFriends Media Educator

Hazel Katz is SupaFriends' Media Educator and a video artist based in Brooklyn. She is currently finishing her first feature length documentary, a verité film focusing on the challenges of aging in a rural working class retirement community in central Florida. Hazel's short videos focus on trans experience, employ found footage archives and use essayistic storytelling. Her films have been shown on public television and festivals around the country. Hazel has led after-school arts programs at middle schools in New York and Philadelphia and Massachusetts. She produced videos in collaboration with community groups including Equality for Flatbush, Black Youth Project, Picture the Homeless, and Immigrant Movement International. Hazel currently volunteers with Parole Preparation Project, an organization supporting incarcerated people. Hazel recently completed a yearlong collaborative residency at UnionDocs and is currently pursuing an MFA at Hunter College. 

You can reach her at Hazel@Global-Action.org
 

  Sadyia Khalique    Operations Manager   Sadyia is the Operations Manager at GAP. She is a Bangladeshi Muslim American activist and photographer. She has previously worked as the Director of Operations at Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY (CAIR-NY) where she advocated for Muslims facing religious discrimination. Sadyia also does volunteer work and speaks at public events on youth engagement, combating Islamophobia, mental health, and climate justice. She raises awareness about bullying and has previously worked directly servicing youth at both the YMCA & the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development. She has a BA in Economics from Baruch College and was a fellow at NYU Wagner's Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service.  You can reach her at Sadyia@Global-Action.org

Sadyia Khalique

Operations Manager

Sadyia is the Operations Manager at GAP. She is a Bangladeshi Muslim American activist and photographer. She has previously worked as the Director of Operations at Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY (CAIR-NY) where she advocated for Muslims facing religious discrimination. Sadyia also does volunteer work and speaks at public events on youth engagement, combating Islamophobia, mental health, and climate justice. She raises awareness about bullying and has previously worked directly servicing youth at both the YMCA & the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development. She has a BA in Economics from Baruch College and was a fellow at NYU Wagner's Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service.

You can reach her at Sadyia@Global-Action.org

  Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz    Interim Program Director   Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz, Program Director, is a transdisciplinary artist, educator, interpreter and organizer whose work and life are located at the intersection of oral histories, migration, queerness, and feminism. Until recently she was the Community Organizer at IMI Corona (Immigrant Movement International Corona), an inter-generational, volunteer-led community space for alternative education that uses art as a tool for organizing, and for building political consciousness and power among mixed-status, working class immigrant families in Corona, Queens. SJMO holds an MFA in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design. She also holds deep community-building knowledge gained in informal contexts that tend to prioritize popular education, popular organizing and popular art. This knowledge through practice has been and continues to be built through her involvement with collectives and organizations that insist on the need for artists and neighbors to be in deeps solidarity with social justice movements such as Talk Is Cheap, Slanguage Studio, School of Echos Los Angeles, Mobile Print Power, Pedagogy Group, ICE Free Queens, and IMI Corona. She has strong links to many communities but currently resides in Elmhurst, Queens where she loves to cook for her friends, sing karaoke, and ride her bike.  You can reach her at Silvia@Global-Action.org       

Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz

Interim Program Director

Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz, Program Director, is a transdisciplinary artist, educator, interpreter and organizer whose work and life are located at the intersection of oral histories, migration, queerness, and feminism. Until recently she was the Community Organizer at IMI Corona (Immigrant Movement International Corona), an inter-generational, volunteer-led community space for alternative education that uses art as a tool for organizing, and for building political consciousness and power among mixed-status, working class immigrant families in Corona, Queens. SJMO holds an MFA in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design. She also holds deep community-building knowledge gained in informal contexts that tend to prioritize popular education, popular organizing and popular art. This knowledge through practice has been and continues to be built through her involvement with collectives and organizations that insist on the need for artists and neighbors to be in deeps solidarity with social justice movements such as Talk Is Cheap, Slanguage Studio, School of Echos Los Angeles, Mobile Print Power, Pedagogy Group, ICE Free Queens, and IMI Corona. She has strong links to many communities but currently resides in Elmhurst, Queens where she loves to cook for her friends, sing karaoke, and ride her bike.

You can reach her at Silvia@Global-Action.org
 

 

  Lenina Nadal    Strategic Communications Coordinator   Lenina is a mom, poet, writer and media maker.  She is GAP’s strategic communications coordinator. She has led media, strategic planning and leadership trainings in nonprofit and grassroots organizations for the last 15 years. Currently, she is on the communications squad of the national Latinx organization MiJente, and before this, she worked with Right to the City Alliance and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition leading many of the narrative and story based strategy training, spokes training, social media and press strategy. She has also taught media and organizing skills at the New School, Hunter and Brooklyn College. She received an MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College and studied historical documentary filmmaking in George Washington University. She worked as a writer, researcher and producer for Democracy Now!, PBS American Experience and the History Channel and presented in the Tribeca Film Festival with a film she produced in Marrakech about local gentrification in Morocco.  You can reach her at Lenina@Global-Action.org

Lenina Nadal

Strategic Communications Coordinator

Lenina is a mom, poet, writer and media maker.  She is GAP’s strategic communications coordinator. She has led media, strategic planning and leadership trainings in nonprofit and grassroots organizations for the last 15 years. Currently, she is on the communications squad of the national Latinx organization MiJente, and before this, she worked with Right to the City Alliance and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition leading many of the narrative and story based strategy training, spokes training, social media and press strategy. She has also taught media and organizing skills at the New School, Hunter and Brooklyn College. She received an MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College and studied historical documentary filmmaking in George Washington University. She worked as a writer, researcher and producer for Democracy Now!, PBS American Experience and the History Channel and presented in the Tribeca Film Festival with a film she produced in Marrakech about local gentrification in Morocco.

You can reach her at Lenina@Global-Action.org

  Carlos Pareja    Movement History Timeline (MHT) Coordinator   Carlos joined GAP in 2015. He is a filmmaker and media educator who has worked with numerous social justice and grassroots organizations on community journalism and digital storytelling projects. He has produced short-form documentaries in collaboration with the Workers Justice Project, the New York Immigration Coalition and the Center for Media Justice that have focused on worker-owned cooperatives, immigration policy and prison reform. His work has been exhibited at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, the Margaret Mead Film Festival and the Whitney Biennial.  You can reach him at Carlos@Global-Action.org

Carlos Pareja

Movement History Timeline (MHT) Coordinator

Carlos joined GAP in 2015. He is a filmmaker and media educator who has worked with numerous social justice and grassroots organizations on community journalism and digital storytelling projects. He has produced short-form documentaries in collaboration with the Workers Justice Project, the New York Immigration Coalition and the Center for Media Justice that have focused on worker-owned cooperatives, immigration policy and prison reform. His work has been exhibited at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, the Margaret Mead Film Festival and the Whitney Biennial.

You can reach him at Carlos@Global-Action.org

  Jesus Villalba     Lead Media Educator: CMIA and   Youth Breaking Borders   Jesus is a filmmaker from the Bronx dedicated to the use of video and social media to amplify the work of historically oppressed communities. He is currently working on a documentary about his personal experiences with "The American Dream" and mental health. The documentary is largely based on VHS archival letters that his mother sent to his father who had to migrate to the U.S. from Mexico in the early 90's. Jesus first came to GAP as a youth producer in 2009 and is now in his fourth year co-facilitating GAP’s Youth Breaking Borders program for new immigrant youth as well as GAP's Lead Media Educator supporting many aspects of GAP programming.   You can reach him at Jesus@Global-Action.org

Jesus Villalba

Lead Media Educator: CMIA and Youth Breaking Borders

Jesus is a filmmaker from the Bronx dedicated to the use of video and social media to amplify the work of historically oppressed communities. He is currently working on a documentary about his personal experiences with "The American Dream" and mental health. The documentary is largely based on VHS archival letters that his mother sent to his father who had to migrate to the U.S. from Mexico in the early 90's. Jesus first came to GAP as a youth producer in 2009 and is now in his fourth year co-facilitating GAP’s Youth Breaking Borders program for new immigrant youth as well as GAP's Lead Media Educator supporting many aspects of GAP programming. 

You can reach him at Jesus@Global-Action.org

  Giselle Bleuz    SupaFriends Media Educator   Giselle works at Global Action Project making films for social change. Giselle began her filmmaking experience 3 years ago at GAP. During her time with GAP, she has worked on editing films, writing screenplays, and directing short productions including last year’s film “Over Stigmatized”, which has been screened in festivals across the country. As a peer media educator, she taken on the role of working with both immigrant and TLGBQ youth to train them on social justice media-making, supporting them to be a voice for gender non-conforming and immigrant communities. She leads screenings of GAP films and workshops at schools, social service centers, partner organizations and conferences around NYC. Giselle was recently featured in the Huff Post as one of the 10 trans filmmakers that are helping people gain a better perspective on transgender stories.  You can reach her at Giselle@Global-Action.org

Giselle Bleuz

SupaFriends Media Educator

Giselle works at Global Action Project making films for social change. Giselle began her filmmaking experience 3 years ago at GAP. During her time with GAP, she has worked on editing films, writing screenplays, and directing short productions including last year’s film “Over Stigmatized”, which has been screened in festivals across the country. As a peer media educator, she taken on the role of working with both immigrant and TLGBQ youth to train them on social justice media-making, supporting them to be a voice for gender non-conforming and immigrant communities. She leads screenings of GAP films and workshops at schools, social service centers, partner organizations and conferences around NYC. Giselle was recently featured in the Huff Post as one of the 10 trans filmmakers that are helping people gain a better perspective on transgender stories.

You can reach her at Giselle@Global-Action.org