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Sendolo Diaminah

Sendolo Diaminah is an organizer, trainer, and strategist with experience in community and electoral organizing, as well as elected office. For the last four years Sendolo has been training director at Black Organizing for Leadership & Dignity (BOLD), where he developed somatically-based leadership curriculum for organizers and executive directors.


Theo Luebke

Theo Luebke is a North Carolinian with more than 15 years of experience in electoral politics, movement-building, faith-based community organizing, teaching, training and grassroots democratic practice. From 2012 to 2017 he was the North Carolina Organizing Director for the America Votes c4 table, supporting progressive organizing and infrastructure in response to the right-wing’s rise in the state. Prior to America Votes he taught high school science for five years and attended Duke Divinity School, graduating in 2012.

Senior Organizer

Aaron Jamal

Aaron Jamal is a southern organizer, internationalist, educator and author with 10 years of experience in base-building, political education and movement strategy. He has learned & led  in struggles ranging from student debt, voting rights, environmental justice, movements to end gender based oppression, multiracial political power, and decriminalization, all of which have been rooted in the Black freedom struggle. Aaron has a passion for writing eclectic essays, making melodies, and silent stargazing.

Training Director

Jenn Frye

Jenn Frye is a native North Carolinian with 17 years of organizing and training experience in voting rights, political education, electoral, and movement building work. She was a long-time staff member at Democracy NC, and served for six years on the board of Blueprint NC, the state c3 civic engagement table. Most recently, Jenn was the Training Director at LEAD NC, training progressive candidates running for local and state level office. She is passionate about supporting people to ground their leadership in their own story, knowledge and lived experience. Jenn calls Durham home, and lives there with her partner, Carolina, and their dog, Ruthie Bader Ginsburg.

Movement Politics Director

Gabriel Gold Hodgkin

Gabriel comes to the Federation most immediately from the Bernie 2020 campaign, where he was Iowa Deputy Field Director and Illinois Field Director. Grounded in Jewish tradition and family history, Gabriel began organizing as a student during the Fight for 15 movement and a dining hall workers strike, before developing his training craft as a teaching fellow for Marshall Ganz. He has spent the years since Trump’s election on electoral campaigns fighting for a government and economy that work for all of us, not just the wealthy few. The only way we will achieve this vision is by building a multiracial movement of working people, which is why Gabriel is committed to building a strong electoral program with the Carolina Federation in 2020.

Organizing Director

Sam Wohns

Sam has worked as an organizer, campaigner, and trainer on political, community, and labor campaigns across the South for the last eight years. Rooted in a deep commitment to grassroots organizing and leadership development, Sam believes in the transformative potential of a multiracial working class movement to achieve a more just future. In addition to organizing, Sam enjoys cooking with eggs from his backyard chickens, hiking in the mountains, and reading books about social movement history.

Operations Manager

Melissa 'Mel' Norton

Mel is a Durhamite that comes to the Carolina Federation with a background in public policy, public history, and grassroots organizing related to affordable housing, living wages, and electoral politics. She believes that local relationships are the building blocks of political power, and that multi-racial cross-class solidarity is needed to win transformational change. Mel loves word games, going down southern history rabbit holes, and spending as much time near North Carolina's rivers as possible.

Senior Organizer

Brandon Wrencher

Brandon is from a working-class family and small town in the Sandhills of NC. He comes to the Federation after over twelve years of pastoring, teaching, community-building, faith justice organizing, and community organizing in rural and urban communities. Brandon has fought for racial and economic justice with working class and other marginalized communities on issues such as police violence, immigration, workers' rights, housing, environmental rights, and LGBTQ rights. His life's mission is to catalyze local circles of spirit and action that cultivate personal and social change. He believes deeply in the power of bringing new people into the movement, and through organization, community, and leadership development unleashing the power of everyday leaders to wage struggles that make a better quality of life for all people, not just the wealthy elite. Brandon is a published author, loves reading and writing, and spending quality time with his life and love partner Erica and their two young sons.

Guilford Chapter Organizer

Ashley Mathew

Ashley Mathew is a passion-driven organizer dedicated to empowering others to be catalysts for change. She engages in conversation with her local community to learn and strategize ways to co-create a multiracial political movement. Ashley believes in justice rooted in revolutionary love and empathy, expressing this by co-organizing Greensboro's first community fridge in Warnersville, NC. She loves to cook South Asian food, be unapologetic, and practice Yin yoga.