The California Reinvestment Coalition is pleased to announce that it has hired Doni Tadesse as its new Southern California Organizer and Aliyah Shaheed as its new Northern California Organizer.

Tadesse comes to CRC after working as a capacity builder with the Los Angeles LGBT Center where he trained and developed professionals and organizations providing care to LGBTQ+ foster youth. He previously worked as a legislative intern in the U.S. House of Representatives where he completed policy research on a variety of topics including immigration reform, housing, and early childhood development. Tadesse holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from UC San Diego.

Shaheed joins CRC after working as an educational specialist with the American Indian Model School where she helped develop social justice curriculum for students. Prior to that, Shaheed worked as a Graduate Teaching Associate at San Francisco State University’s Policy Debate Team. She holds a degree from San Francisco State University.

Tadesse and Shaheed fill out CRC’s organizing and campaigns team, led by Jyotswaroop K. Bawa, Chief of Campaigns and Organizing. The team is responsible for building common cause amongst CRC’s coalition members as well as increasing its collective capacity to successfully advocate for equitable investment and necessary protections for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities in California.

The hirings come as CRC expands its organization to meet its call to disrupt anti-Blackness, combat generations of systemic racial injustice, and build economic resiliency by ensuring that BIPOC are the primary beneficiaries of economic recovery efforts from COVID-19.

“We’re thrilled to welcome both Doni and Aliyah to CRC,” said Bawa. “The two will work closely with our members, and partner with other organizers across the state to help build community power and wealth in BIPOC communities.”