Marcy Bowers

Marcy Bowers

Marcy began as a volunteer with Poverty Action in 2001 and came on staff in 2005. Since joining the staff, she has recruited and managed volunteers, led our grassroots outreach, coordinated the MLK Day People’s Summit and March, led our 2008 Vote For A Change campaign, staffed the national Equal Voice for America’s Families campaign and coordinated our membership and communications efforts. Marcy now serves as Poverty Action’s Director, overseeing a stellar staff and working with our talented board. Additionally, Marcy serves as the Board Chair for the Win/Win Network and is a member of the Solid Ground Strategic Leadership Team. Marcy has deep organizing and policy experience having worked for social justice in Seattle, Texas and Central America. Marcy received her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Washington.

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Rolando Avila

Rolando Avila
Public Policy Campaign Coordinator

Rolando serves as Poverty Action’s Public Policy Campaign Coordinator, connecting our members with legislators and the media. Currently he leads the Roadblocks to Re-Entry campaign, which seeks to address the barriers that previously incarcerated people face in reaching economic security. He also leads our Consumer Protections campaign, which works to rein in predatory lending and debt collection practices. With a robust background in community and labor organizing, Rolando has spent several years working with people from various socio-economic backgrounds, from nurses and housekeepers to stakeholders and elected officials. Rolando’s commitment to social justice has taken him on campaigns across the Northwest, on issues ranging from Tuition Equity in Oregon to legislative campaigns in Washington.

In his spare time, Rolando enjoys reading and watching science fiction, Crossfit and lifting, drawing, and writing. Rolando holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Portland State University.

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David Hlebain
Basic Needs Campaign Coordinator

David serves as Poverty Action’s Basic Needs Campaign Coordinator focused on basic needs programs, such as TANF, ABD/HEN, and Adult Dental. He provides analysis and lobbying on these programs, connects our members with lawmakers and the media, and assists with the MLK Day Lobby Day. Prior to joining Poverty Action, David worked as a policy analyst with the Washington State Budget & Policy Center focused on poverty and economic inequality. He has also worked as an organizer, lobbyist, and analyst with Partners for Our Children, with a particular focus on the connection between poverty and child welfare involvement. His professional work also includes direct social service and program management work in several Seattle non-profits and higher education settings, including Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Year Up, and the University of Washington.

Outside of work David enjoys running, biking, exploring the outdoors, reading, and cooking and conversing with loved ones. He holds degrees in Social Work from the University of Washington and Sociology and Anthropology from St. Olaf College.

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Davíd Reyes
Community Organizer

Davíd serves as Poverty Action’s Community Organizer, ensuring our members have a voice in our state’s legislative process. In this role, he coordinates our annual MLK Day Lobby Day, leads our Vote For A Change campaign, and mobilizes community members to take action on the issues they care about. Prior to joining Poverty Action, Davíd worked through Solid Ground as an AmeriCorps member with the JustServe team at El Centro de la Raza, where he facilitated social justice seminars to first generation Latino Youth. Additionally, he has worked with Fuse Washington, the Washington BUS, and the Win/Win Network. While at the Win/Win Network, he partnered with the African Diaspora of Washington, an organization that works to empower African immigrants and refugees, and assisted them in facilitating their first lobby day. He has worked extensively in Yakima to promote voter education and registration. Davíd holds a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology from the University of Washington.

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Roshni Sampath
Community Relations & Development Manager

Roshni serves as Poverty Action’s Community Relations and Development Manager. In this role, she focuses on building our membership throughout Washington state, fundraising, and managing communications campaigns, including our website, social media, and publications. Roshni has a diverse background, having worked as a grantwriter, in Human Resources, as a seasonal bookseller, with international education programs, and more. Through it all, her interests have been around equity, resilience, and change, be it personal, environmental, or societal change. Roshni holds Bachelor Degrees in Environmental Studies from Wellesley College, and in Health Psychology and Human Biology from Bastyr University.

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Tony Lee
Senior Fellow

As our Senior Fellow, Tony supports and advises Poverty Action and Solid Ground’s advocacy work with local government on issues related to funding and human service policies. Tony was a founding member of Poverty Action in 1996, playing an essential role in our development and direction. For the past 19 years, Tony served as Solid Ground’s Advocacy Director, working on legal justice and legislative issues. We are thrilled to have Tony’s continued expertise and energy in his “retirement.”