Staff

Marcy Bowers

Marcy Bowers
Director

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 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.

Contact Marcy at marcy@povertyaction.org

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 our Roadblocks to Re-Entry campaign, which seeks to address the barriers that previously incarcerated people face in reaching economic security. 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.

Contact Rolando at rolando@povertyaction.org

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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.

Contact Davíd at david@povertyaction.org

 Roshni

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.

Contact Roshni at roshni@povertyaction.org

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Ardell Shaw
Roadblocks to Re-Entry Campaign Intern

Ardell Shaw currently serves as Poverty Action’s Roadblocks to Re-Entry Campaign Intern, cultivating the leadership of formerly incarcerated individuals to speak about their experiences and playing a key role in our voter outreach and registration efforts. He is also participating in a legislative task force dealing with our state’s Legal Financial Obligation (LFO) system. In addition to his work with Poverty Action, Ardell is a leader in local and regional efforts to reform the criminal justice system. He facilitates weekly meetings and cultivates membership for Career Bridge, organizes for the Black Prisoner’s Caucus, makes monthly visits to Clallum Bay Corrections Center to support the men there, and is currently working with Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) and End the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) to oppose a new youth jail in Seattle. Ardell also partners with local black clergy on peace events, such as rallies and BBQs, to rebuild community unity and create community interventions after tragic or violent events.

Contact Ardell at ardell@povertyaction.org

Lara Sim
Senior Public Policy Campaign Manager

Lara works as Poverty Action’s Senior Campaign Manager, coordinating our lobbying, grassroots organizing, and media efforts to forward our members’ legislative agenda in Olympia. Currently she leads our campaign to provide reasonable consumer protections for low-income and working families, as well as our campaign to ensure our state has a strong safety net. Lara has a long history of social justice advocacy; her career has focused on crafting and implementing initiatives to improve the quality of life in under-resourced communities, while creating partnerships and accountability across jurisdictions and sectors. Prior to joining us, Lara ran a public affairs consultancy firm and also spent 10 years as Deputy Chief of Staff to County Supervisor Carson in Oakland, California. Lara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Environmental Studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.

Contact Lara at lara@povertyaction.org

 

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.”