Staff

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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.


Karen Orrick, project manager

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 communications & development

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, interim director of grantmaking

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, Bi-sexual, 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

Evie Artis, community engagement intern

Originally from Delaware County, Evie attends the University of Pennsylvania and studies political science and English. Evie is passionate about protest movements, voter rights and education, and political education. She joins Bread & Roses as a Civic House intern.