Meet Our Team

EVELIN URRUTIA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Evelin Urrutia first joined Tenants and Workers United through its youth group. Through the efforts of her cohort of youth leaders, T.C. Williams high school hired a bilingual counselor for the student body. Because of those efforts, today there are still bilingual staff and resources available to students. Under her leadership, the youth group won the College Prep for All campaign in 2009 which implemented Individualized Academic Plans. They are are now called Individual Career and Academic Plans for students in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). She also piloted the Community Organizing and Education for Democracy (COED) program. COED graduates are currently enrolled in college, traveling the world and looking for ways to contribute to their community through their education and career. After 12 years as the lead organizer for the youth group, she now leads a Women and Parent Organizing group. Evelin fully understands the communities she works for and the issues the people in the Commonwealth face. In 2016, she became TWU's Executive Director. She lives in Prince William County, has two sons and a a daughter, and studied Business Management at Northern Virginia Community College. eurrutia@tenantsandworkers.org


INGRIS MORAN, LEAD ORGANIZER (ALEXANDRIA CITY)

 

Ingris joined the Tenants and Workers United youth group when she was a high school freshman. In 2007-2008, she worked with New Virginia Majority to coordinate teams of canvassers that encouraged local residents to vote. She believes in the values of the organizations and jumps into the work wholeheartedly. In 2012, she graduated from Northern Virginia Community College. In 2015, she earned a B.A. in sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She understands community organizing and the value of leadership development. She currently enjoys organizing youth to win change in school policies to ensure that the Alexandria City Public School system provides a high-quality education for children of color, especially Black and Latino children. imoran@tenantsandworkers.org

 


ALICIA PARDO, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER (WOODBRIDGE)

 

Alicia was a community organizer with TWU for five years before switching to a long and fulfilling career as a case manager at the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter where she helped homeless adults secure safe housing, search for jobs, and develop work skills. Her dedication to helping people and empowering communities to fight for change has brought her back to TWU where she is organizing communities primarily in Woodbridge around issues of education and immigration justice. apardo@tenantsandworkers.org

 

 


JESSICA LAUREANO, YOUTH ORGANIZER (WOODBRIDGE)


Jessica is a 2019 graduate of Prince William County Public Schools. With recent firsthand experience as a student in PWC and a passion for social justice and youth power, she is organizing TWU youth in Woodbridge around education and racial justice. jlaureano@tenantsandworkers.org

 

 

 


MARIANELA REYNADO, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER (SOUTH FAIRFAX COUNTY)

Marianela was a teacher for over 10 years before joining TWU as an organizer. She has her bachelor's in Math and Education from the University of El Salvador, and a certificate in Early Childhood Education from NOVA. She has a passion for creative arts, specifically theater, poetry, and plastic arts. Community organizing allows her to combine her passions for education and art, working to build people power and advance social justice for our community. mreynado@tenantsandworkers.org

 

 

 

 


SINDY CARBALLO GARCIA, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER (ALEXANDRIA CITY)

Sindy is a 2020 graduate from TC Williams High School and a longtime TWU youth leader. She is currently a student at NOVA Community College where she is pursuing a career in special education. For the past 3 years, she has worked on housing and immigration justice and been a leader in our education justice campaigns in Alexandria City. Now, as a youth organizer, she channels her passion for youth engagement and social justice to continue ensuring that young people lead this work and have their voices heard as we advance education equity in Alexandria City and across Northern Virginia. sgarcia@tenantsandworkers.org

 

 

 

 


GLANCY ROSALES, SERVICE NAVIGATOR (FAIRFAX COUNTY)

Glancy joined TWU as a high school youth member over 10 years ago and has been actively engaged in our mission of building power ever since. She has her bachelor's in sociology from George Mason University, and a strong background in community organizing, event coordination, and volunteerism. Glancy brings her skills to the TWU team as a Service Navigator where she helps Fairfax County residents navigate various services and supports available to them during this devastating COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. grosales@tenantsandworkers.org

 

 

 


MIA TAYLOR, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

 

Mia is a former ESL teacher who became an organizer to combat the inequities and injustices her students and their families faced. In 2016, she began organizing with TWU in Alexandria City and Woodbridge, focusing on education justice, Driver’s Licenses for All, and ending local collaboration with ICE. Today, Mia does research and development, working on campaign research, grant writing, fundraising, and other behind-the-scenes support. mtaylor@tenantsandworkers.org

 

 

 

 


EDDIE ALTUNA, COMMUNITY COORDINATOR INTERN (ALEXANDRIA CITY)

Eddie is a 2016 University of Virginia graduate with a diverse professional background. As a former paralegal to an immigration law firm helping asylum seekers, and a product manager to a mobile app startup, Eddie is excited to bring his different experiences and perspectives to TWU. He is passionate about helping housing and food-insecure families, at-risk youth, and under/unemployed people of color. He believes that a combination of human services and policy changes are the keys to creating sustainable and meaningful change in our communities. ealtuna@tenantsandworkers.org