Our members are an inspiring body of over 500 organizers, families, workers, advocates, students, and residents fighting to ensure grassroots power citywide. Collectively we organize in defense of public resources, in support of transformed democratic process, and for people-first representation in municipal elections. We strive to be unbought and unbossed. Interested in becoming a member? Learn more!
Our Volunteer Staff
Richmond For All’s work is supported through the invested capacity of approximately 250 incredible volunteer staff members. All of our staffers commit to collective organizing through one meeting a month and 4 hours of dedicated time and work between meetings.
Our Interim Governing Board
Lorena Castro is a Latina woman born in Caracas, Venezuela to Peruvian parents. As a child, her family immigrated to the U.S. and landed in Virginia. She lived as an undocumented person for 10 years and as a DACA recipient for five years. During her undergrad years at VCU, she began working in grassroots food access programming throughout the East End, Northside, and Southside. For five years she worked in urban agriculture, growing & slinging fresh produce to communities with low access to affordable, fresh food. Her last years in food access work were spent coordinating volunteers, expanding community partnerships, and writing grants. More recently, Lorena spent almost two years focusing on anti-poverty work by facilitating volunteer training around trauma-informed care, relationship building skills, and Richmond’s history of poverty. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Caucus de la Gente and is earning her MSW at VCU with the goal to work with Latinx families and immigrants of all backgrounds.
Anneliese Grant is an organizer, marketing account strategist, and singer. Richmond became her first “chosen” home in 2010 after being raised in an Army family with many moves and short stays. She was inspired by Bernie Sander’s people-first platform in 2015 volunteering, hosting events, and canvassing for the candidate throughout his campaign. After the 2016 election she shifted to focus on Richmond volunteering for Kenya Gibson and Gary Broderick’s school board campaigns. Through that work she became part of the team that would co-found Richmond For All in 2019. In RFA she has found a political home and spent 2019 supporting the organization launch, membership, and vision for the future. She is committed to listening intently, speaking boldly, and building lasting coalitions and progressive power in the city she loves. She lives in the fifth with hound dog, Slim.
Luis Luna is a bilingual Latinx immigrant from Colombia who teaches and coaches at a RPS high school. He cut his teeth advocating for trauma informed and restorative justice practices in education as a teacher at the Richmond Alternative School and a member of the Trauma Informed Community Network. Since then, Luna has continued to be a vocal advocate and organizer in Richmond focusing on work with LULAC, the Sacred Heart Center, the Mayor’s Teacher Advisory, People Organizing With Educators in Richmond, Virginia Organizing, and the Industrial Areas Foundation. Luna is a co-founder of the Caucus de La Gente and is working to make Richmond For All a broad based organization made up of working class Richmonders and community institutions that organizes people power in order to make Richmond a democratic city by and for all.
Brionna Nomi is an organizer who got her start as a Richmond Public Schools’ teacher speaking truth to power and getting shut down at every turn. Brionna taught in Richmond Public Schools for a decade before leaving the classroom to pursue her doctorate in Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. During her time as a student, Brionna gained a variety of organizing experience by working on both Kenya Gibson’s and Gary Broderick’s school board campaigns, as well as working with various nonprofits to develop leaders within their organizations. Brionna has been working to build power in Richmond for several years with groups such as Richmond Teachers forSocial Justice, and is currently building coalition for Legal Aid Justice Center’s statewide education funding campaign- “Fund Our Schools: Every Student, Every Zip Code.” Brionna lives in the 2nd District with her hard-working creative husband, thoughtful and adventurous 3 ½ year old, and very energetic 2-year old pup.
Joseph Rogers is an historian and community organizer. Born in Roanoke he has been engaged in public history and interpretation for more than a decade in Virginia and Philadelphia and came to rest in Richmond with it’s intricate historical past. Like many others, Joseph felt called to justice work after the Unite the Right Rally in 2017 and has since been visible in the fights to remove confederate monuments, uplift the voices of the historically marginalized, take on issues of police violence and white supremacy, and call for freedom, justice, and equity for all residents and visitors to the city of Richmond. He believe that is it time to correct narratives that tell only one story of the city’s past and to bring to the fore the stories of those who have long been unheard.
Yohance Whitaker is a religious historian and organizer focused on ending systems that criminalize and impoverish Black people, people of color, and the poor. He is working alongside many community members who won the passage of an ordinance to begin community input towards establishing civilian oversight of the Richmond Police Department.
Whitney Whiting is an organizer, documentarian and video editor. Her personal entry to political movements in Richmond began 8 years ago with multi-issue direct action on issues such as abortion rights and mass incarceration. In recent years, she shifted her organizing efforts to resistance of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. In 2017, Whitney helped start an audio podcast called “End of the Line” to document this momentous region-wide struggle. What started as a way to reach a new audience became a form of deep relationship-building and wisdom-sharing. Whitney believes in the power of documenting our own struggles not just for an outside audience, but more importantly for ourselves, and that we are all each other’s best teachers. Sharing our recent movement history is especially important to her, so that newly engaged folks (whose energy is desperately needed) have a sense of place as we fight for the world we want to see.
Quinton Robbins grew up in Richmond, is an 8th district resident, and currently serves as our Director of Operations. His background is in running analytics for state level Democratic campaigns where primarily he analyzed campaign finance data to improve fundraising outcomes for progressive candidates. He joined Richmond for All in 2019 to aid in the fight against the Navy Hill redevelopment because he has repeatedly seen our city’s leadership attempt to sell our city to corporate interests. Today Quinton manages organizational infrastructure and operations.
Richmond For All is a progressive political home; our movement is an organizing family of choice.
We launched publicly in opposition to the proposal of a TIF district in Richmond’s city center in December, 2018. The developers were corporate giants in the fossil fuel, banking, and tobacco industries. Our coalition was made of public school teachers, public housing advocates, anti-pipeline organizers, and grassroots advocates for change. They represent the old “Virginia way;” we are determined to build a better future.
The people who stood with us in City Council that December had mobilized together before to fight public school privatization, to elect a member of our own ranks to the school board, to oppose systemic disinvestment in public housing stock, and to demand an end to environmental racism in our state. Members of that coalition had a history of collective wins: a school board election, the firing of the CEO of our housing authority, revoked permits for pipeline construction.
Over 20 organizations acted in solidarity in opposition to the transfer of public wealth to private investors. Over 100 people signed on to our statement in the first few days it was live. In a moment when our mayor was taking residents to court to deny them access to the details of the TIF district, we won: both in court and in city council. The documents were released to the public, and a citizens’ commission was established to vet the deal.
Our co-founders are the people who acted in solidarity that December to organize the actions that launched our organization (Emma Clark, Omari Al-Qadaffi, Kenya Gibson, Thomas Burkett, Jasmine Leeward, Gary Broderick, and Kristin Reed) and the people who later joined our inaugural governing teams (Whitney Whiting, Kim Rolla, Brionna Nomi, Anneliese Grant, Quinton Robbins, and Charlie Schmidt).
Today Richmond For All is a member-funded and member-governed organizing community. We don’t live single-issue lives and we don’t pick single-issue fights. Through collectivized resources we have power to choose the fights that represent our lived experiences. We launched our formal membership program in September 2019 and will host our first all-member meeting in January of 2020.
We rise together.