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.
INGRIS MORAN, LEAD ORGANIZER
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.
NICHOLE SMITH, ORGANIZER
Nichole Smith grew up in Manchester, New Jersey. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Gender Studies at Monmouth University and will be graduating with a Master’s in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the George Washington University in May. She was a campus organizer during her undergraduate career fighting to end violence against women on college campuses and has always wanted to work in grassroots and community organizing. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, and trail-hiking.
MARGARITA DAMIAN, ORGANIZER
Margarita Damian arrived from Mexico with her 10-month-old son in 2002 and has been organizing with Tenants and Workers United ever since. Margarita started volunteering with TWU, taking advantage of the opportunities to organize as a community and fight for better living, working, and educational conditions. Today Margarita is expanding TWU’s work to communities in Fairfax County where she organizes people and develops leaders to build power so folks can bring change to their communities and improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.