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Andreana Barefield, Facilitator
Andreana joins the staff as a facilitator. She became involved with Bread & Roses by participating in the 2019 Racial & Economic Justice Giving Project and the 2020 Alumni Future Fund. As a facilitator, she hopes to continue fostering the relationships she’s made to support and uplift Bread & Roses’ organizing. Having participated in Bread & Roses’ first virtual Giving Project, Andreana is interested in learning innovative techniques to support community organizing through virtual platforms while fostering a spirit of fun and connection.
Prior to joining Bread & Roses, Andreana served as a Community Engagement Liaison and Special Assistant to the Chief of the Community Engagement Unit at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. She earned an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.
Casey Cook, Executive Director
As an activist and community organizer, Casey Cook has brought a commitment for real change to a range of social justice issues, including queer and trans liberation, workers’ rights, access to health care for people with HIV, promoting harm reduction strategies for drug users and sex industry workers, and environmental justice.
Since 2006, Casey has served as executive director at Bread & Roses Community Fund. Casey is responsible for raising money for grantmaking and operations, overseeing the organization’s finances, developing and maintaining partnerships with individual donors and foundations, acting as the organization’s spokesperson, and generally working to realize Bread & Roses’ mandate to support movements for change. Over the course of Casey’s tenure, grantmaking at Bread & Roses has increased from $200,000 to more than $1,000,000 annually.
Prior to joining the staff at Bread & Roses, Casey served as executive director at Prevention Point Philadelphia for six years. There, Casey provided needle-exchange and other harm reduction services while advocating for access to health care for injection drug users, sex workers, and trans injection hormone users. Under Casey’s leadership, programs and services expanded beyond mobile outreach for needle exchange to include a medical clinic, a legal clinic, case management services and a drop-in center. Casey also co-founded the Trans-Health Information Project (now Trans Equity Project) to provide critical harm reduction services for trans people.
Casey received a Bachelor in Women’s Studies and Education from Temple University, and a Master of Social Service and Master of Law and Social Policy from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College.
Casey currently serves on the board of directors for Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia and has previously served on the boards of the Funding Exchange, the Center for Responsible Funding, Penn PIRG, and Liberty City Democratic Club.
Nigel Charles, Director of Donor Organizing
Nigel joined Bread & Roses in 2017 to support the growth of the Giving Project, which guides participants through a process of collective learning, fundraising, and grantmaking.
A Philadelphia native, Nigel has worked in education and workforce development organizations in Philadelphia and Camden. He served as the community development assistant at Philadelphia LISC supporting program staff in planning and implementing community initiatives in Philadelphia neighborhoods.
Nigel has a master’s degree in urban studies from Eastern University and is passionate about racial, social, and economic justice, community violence, and community/police relations. Nigel lives in the East Falls neighborhood with his wife, Brittany, who is a school counselor.
Sarah McKinstry-Wu, Director of Grantmaking
Sarah McKinstry-Wu joined Bread & Roses in 2021. She first got involved by participating in the 2019 Racial & Economic Justice Giving Project. Prior to joining Bread & Roses, Sarah served as the director of equity and climate planning programs at the Urban Sustainability Directors Network from 2018, where she directed the Equity Diversity Inclusion Fellowship Program; facilitated staff, network members, and the board of directors through the creation and adoption of equity principles and commitments; and designed equity programming to support members’ work.
Sarah’s organizing experience in Philadelphia includes supporting the Working Family Party’s efforts to win city council seats in the November 2019 elections. She served for many years on the leadership team of the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council, which connects Philadelphians and their local government to create a more just food system.
From 2010 to 2018, Sarah worked at the City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability. She managed the City of Philadelphia’s inaugural climate adaptation planning process and oversaw the 2016 update of the City’s sustainability plan. Sarah created a volunteer program to manage waste at large public events and directed the installation of the first electric vehicle charging infrastructure for a car-share fleet.
Prior to joining the Office of Sustainability, Sarah helped implement Opportunity NYC, an incentive program working to improve the health, employment, and education of New Yorkers in poverty, and researched national environmental policies at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC. Sarah earned an undergraduate degree from Williams College and a Master’s in Urban Planning from New York University.
Mario Mercado-Diaz, Development Coordinator
Mario is excited to join the staff as Development Coordinator. Originally from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, he has a background in Latin American Studies and Sociology, receiving Masters degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Texas, Austin. He has led and been a member of several research projects focused on racial and ethnic inequality, urban development, and international migration. Mario served as an organizer for student collectives at Rutgers University—New Brunswick advocating for better working and training conditions for all students. Mario is interested in how data science can help non-profits and organizations serve their communities. He is an avid gardener and baker, and one of the humans to a spirited mini schnauzer, Mofongo Esteban.
Chukwuma Ndulue, Communications and Events Coordinator
Chukwuma is excited to join the staff as Communications and Events Coordinator and looks forward to helping advance Bread & Roses’ goal of radically transforming individuals and society. He has a background in writing and teaching, receiving an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, where he also served as a teaching fellow. He has helped plan programs, curricula, and events for several non-profits, including as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Syracuse, NY, from 2007 to 2009. Most recently he served as the Conference Coordinator for the Council for European Studies, where he managed their annual international academic conference. He has a strong interest in cooperatives and mutual aid societies and is the co-founder of the Aftermath Artists Cooperative.
Karen Orrick, Facilitator
Karen brings joy, embodied healing, and over a decade of experience in anti-oppression facilitation and community building to Bread & Roses. She spent seven years at Project HOME, where she created leadership development opportunities for formerly homeless residents and organized community conversations that informed an equity transformation process. Karen entered social movements through Resource Generation and recently has been organizing with Philly Thrive.
Karen participated in the 2017 Black-led, Black-centered Organizing Giving Project and co-facilitated the 2018 Gender Justice Giving Project. She is thrilled to join a team supporting Philadelphians to move money to movements while practicing the world we want. Karen’s happy places are on a dance floor, floating in the ocean, or laughing too hard to speak.
Caitlin Quigley, Director of Development & Communications
Caitlin started volunteering at Bread & Roses in 2012 and served on staff in 2014 and 2015. She returned to staff in 2019 as director of communications & development.
Caitlin co-founded the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, and in 2016 she was named a winner of the Knight Cities Challenge for her project 20 Book Clubs → 20 Cooperative Businesses, which organized 180 people to study economic cooperation and then form their own cooperative businesses.
Caitlin is a member of the Friends of Lucien E. Blackwell Library. She was a member of the LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Connectors and Keepers Class of 2018. Caitlin holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts in social justice and community organizing from Prescott College.
Sandra Thompson, Program Advisor
Sandra has a long and diverse career in the nonprofit sector. She has comprehensive experience in administration, implementation of policies and training programs, and resource development, as well as budget development and analysis. She also has strong background in supervision, consultation, negotiation, and training.
In addition to her professional experiences, she has a long history as a volunteer in HIV/AIDS services; juvenile justice; and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender issues. in 2015, she served on Bread & Roses’ Community Grantmaking Committee.
Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Marywood University and a Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has served on the Boards of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, Prevention Point Philadelphia, Liberty City Democrats, the Center for Responsible Funding, AIDS FUND, and the LGBT Elder Initiative.
Fellows & Interns
Jordan Keller, Program Associate for Giving Projects
Jordan Keller is a recent graduate of Guilford College with a degree in Religious Studies and a minor in Community and Justice Studies. At Guilford, Jordan was a member of the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program, where they developed educational programming, attended and sometimes planned monthly student-led Quaker meetings, and worked in a variety of service sites around the city of Greensboro, NC. Jordan is passionate about the comparative study of religious traditions, digital and material collage making, and spirit-grounded justice work. Jordan works on the Giving Project team at Bread & Roses as a 2021/2022 Quaker Voluntary Service fellow.