Meet The Team
Co-Executive Director, Programs and Strategy
M. Teresa Mabry
Maria Teresa Mabry is a 3rd generation Phoenician – the grandchild of Mexican migrants and Black church leaders. M. Teresa graduated from Arizona State University with an Interdisciplinary degree in Justice Studies and Music, merging two loves. They build as an organizer because she knows there is something better for all of us. She is an inaugural Electoral Justice Fellow with the Movement for Black Lives and a member of Mijente. Teresa is an avid gardener, and spends their free time enjoying the sun and views of South Mountain from her backyard.
Co-Executive Director, Operations
Mayra Ibarra (she/her) was raised in South Phoenix and believes that investing in people and building local resources are essential to creating an equitable democracy. Previously with CARECEN and DC Greens, she brings over a decade of experience in managing coalitions, coordinating operations, planning fundraising initiatives, and engaging in local advocacy. Mayra is passionate about immigrant rights, food sovereignty, and community self-determination and has degrees in Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture, and American Studies. She also studied Executive Nonprofit Management at Georgetown University.
Resources and Partnerships Director
Khalil Rushdan is our Resources and Partnerships Director. He is a community organizer and is responsible for helping thousands of formerly incarcerated individuals through SAGE Counseling’s transitional program. Khalil has been a reliable leader for both the Legal Community and the private sector by creating programs that bring “real-time” solutions to the community to help empower individuals upon release from incarceration.
Program Associate, Organizing and Resources
Brayan Adonix Gonzalez
Brayan Adonix Gonzalez's goal is to help formerly incarcerated individuals with resources that will elevate them to overcome any barriers from them being previously incarcerated. He loves his work and it brings him immense joy to see people's faces when he helps them with their legal issues. Brayan is a proud Phoenician and in his downtime loves collecting sneakers!
Organizing Director & Legal Strategist
Jovana Renteria has been in the frontlines of Arizona's biggest fights for the last 15 years! Jovana believes true chance will come only when impacted communities organize, resist and speak for ourselves. Jovana has supported the development of the legal clinic at ADRC and has helped empower community members to find their voice and fight for family unity!
Roychelle Hicks aids individuals within the community with the restoration of their civil rights! Roychelle believes that everyone deserves a second chance to rebuild themselves from past mistakes and has obtained a paralegal license along with an AA degree in Small Business. When she is off the clock she loves to go fishing and she continues to impact people's lives by teaching bible study to incarcerated women, and feeding the homeless with her church every week.
Program Associate, Legal
Gissele Moran Mancio
Gissele Moran M. is part of the Legal Clinic team at ADRC. She loves to support her community by helping people with different legal situations. When not in the office, she loves to do make-up and spend time with family!
Joel Edman (he/him) has been deeply engaged in Arizona's politics since being organized by dear friends in his youth. He attended Arizona State University and worked on various local and statewide campaigns before graduating from Harvard Law School in 2013. After clerking at the Arizona Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court of Arizona, with a fellowship at the ACLU of Arizona in between, Joel has had the privilege of being a full-time democracy advocate. He's also an obsessive Suns and NBA fan, and proud dog papa to Dax.
Program Advocacy Coordinator
Katelynn grew up in rural Arizona and has a deep love for the Sonoran desert. Katelynn works to bridge community education and policy work in Arizona. When Katelynn is not prioritizing policy that puts people and communities first she is getting her Master’s in Public Administration and Policy at American University. Katelynn enjoys being in nature through camping, hiking, and gardening and spending time with her puppies Gene and Tina.
Digital Content Coordinator
When Olivia is not Creating content and running our Socials she is getting her education! Currently, she is at Arizona State University, W.P Carey School of Business, getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Law. She is a second-generation Black Chicana whose home is the Town of Guadalupe. She strives for change that lasts beyond this lifetime and the liberation of her people!
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