Jessica Lehman is proud to work with an incredible and passionate group of people at SDA, after coming on as Housing Advocacy Director with Senior Action Network. She previously worked as a community organizer at ACORN and then at an independent living center, where she founded the Disability Action Network, a grassroots group of people with disabilities building a voice for their community. As a person with a disability who employs home attendants, Jessica supports domestic worker rights as a founding member and leader of Hand in Hand: the Domestic Employers Association. She leads monthly Organizer’s Forum calls, as part of the National Disability Leadership Alliance, to share ideas and experiences related to organizing the disability community.
Health Care Organizing Director
Ligia comes from a working class Latino family. All her life, her parents set a good example for her. They are honest and hardworking people who have always believed that family unity is a key ingredient in reaching individual, and collective goals and objectives. She grew up in Nicaragua. She’s a single mother living in the Portola District. When her daughter was born she started to find out about the different community services in San Francisco. Community organizations such as La Raza Centro Legal, Compañeros del Barrio, Arriba Juntos, Mission Hiring Hall, and others made her realize that we can support each other in different ways. She became a parent organizer at her daughter’s pre-school, and later she worked as parent organizer at Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth. As a single mother who was isolated and struggled to make ends meet, she understands the need of supporting systems and communities that include everyone as a member of the society. She wants to stand for changes in the way our city marginalizes seniors and persons with disabilities.
Sarah was hired by Planning for Elders in December 2008 (before the organization became part of Senior and Disability Action), and she has loved the job since the beginning. Before that she was a worker-owner at Rainbow Grocery Cooperative for over 10 years. She completed her Master’s in Public Health from San Jose State University in May 2008. Sarah has two children who keep her going when everything else gets hard.
Senior and Disability Survival School Director
Dasom is passionate about community knowledge building and disability justice. They are the Senior and Disability Survival School Director at SDA, and they work to connect seniors and disabled people with resources and services in San Francisco. They have been a part of organizing efforts around disability, decarceration, and labor rights since 2015. They believe in and are committed to building inclusive movements.
Community Resource Program Director
Peter has a deep belief in our collective power to build a just society that values and listens to its people. Before joining SDA, Peter has worked on education, housing, and labor issues. He is particularly grateful to have worked with and learned from amazing people on a campaign for trauma-informed schools in DC with Parents Amplifying Voices in Education. When not in the office, Peter likes exploring the nature in and around San Francisco (there’s so much of it!), spending time with his partner and their friends, enjoying warm beverages in good mugs, and attempting to read without getting distracted.
Community Organizer and Educator
Raia is excited to contribute to an organization working to make San Francisco more livable for seniors and people with disabilities. She comes to SDA after ten years of living in New York City, where she organized against policing and tenant displacement in Brooklyn with Equality for Flatbush. Previously, she worked on a campaign to end the tipped minimum wage in New York state with Restaurant Opportunities Center-NYC. She was born and raised in San Francisco, and her family’s experience of facing an Ellis Act eviction in 2001 motivated her to fight against urban displacement in her home city. She’s passionate about economic justice, especially for people who have been excluded from traditional labor organizing (including prisoners, care workers, unemployed people, seniors, and sick and disabled people). Outside of work, she loves to read, write poetry and creative nonfiction, participate in study groups, see live music, spend time outdoors, hang out with friends and family, and sleep in whenever possible.
Ammy Joseph is delighted to be working with Senior and Disability Action, as a person of color with disabilities who is providing care for her grandmother the organization is a good fit. Born and raised in San Francisco she has witnessed the ebbs and flows of the city’s political and financial focuses as well as the aging refinement of its world class culture. Annually, she emcees the California Youth Leadership Forum for Youth with Disabilities, a program that teaches young people about their rights and to advocate for themselves across the state of California. She is an avid theatre and art consumer and participant who hopes to complete a comedy set. For additional information please check out linkedin.com/in/ammy-joseph or ammyj415.weebly.com.
Anakh Sul Rama
Housing Community Organizer
Anakh Sul Rama is a lived experience storyteller, public policy advocate and community organizer. He has 10 years leadership experience in local, state and federal legislative advocacy working with people with lived experience in homelessness and affordable housing. His decade of public policy advocacy and community organizing experience is in homelessness and housing, labor, justice, education and healthcare. Anakh Sul brings an intersectional race, class and oppression dynamic lens to community organizing and public policy. He is an outdoorsman, landscape photography artist and traveler. He is a teacher, presenter, event and adventure planner.
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