MEET THE TEAM

Christine

Tervalon-Garrett

Chief Financial Officer

Carmen

Berkley

Chief Strategy Officer

Xiomara

Corpeño

Director of Programs

Christine Tervalon-Garrett

Christine Tervalon-Garrett, Chief Financial Officer, is a Black, center of masculine, lesbian, and political operative and labor organizer. Before serving as Chief Financial Officer at DHC, Christine has spent nearly a decade advocating for Union workers and working-class communities to reach economic freedom, healthy working conditions and a thriving democracy. Christine has worked as a Painter with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades for nearly 15 years before being asked to take leadership in her Union.  Christine organized for the AFL-CIO Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO San Mateo Labor Council and International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers to help build power for workers, win ballot initiatives, and get progressive candidates elected. Given her strong track record of successful power building for Union workers, Christine was hired to work for the Building Trades Council of Alameda County as a Business Representative. In that role, she represented over 28,000 Union workers in both private and public sector contract negotiations.  

Precious

Edmonds

Community Engagement

& Partnerships Coordinator

Perla

Alvarez Lucio

Field Director

#wecountoregon

Fernanda

Ferrell-Zabala

Political Coordinator

Carmen Berkley

Carmen Berkley, Chief Strategy Officer, where she is on a mission to make systemic change through social impact, politics, and culture.  Her experience in political strategy, communications, organizational development, and facilitation has led her to serve in leadership as the Managing Director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Civil, Human and Women's Rights Director at the AFL-CIO, Regional Field Director at NAACP, Field Director at Choice USA (URGE), and President of the United States Students Association. Prior opportunities have provided her with the experience to manage scaled social impact programs and lead thousands of people towards real electoral and policy victories. Named Essence Magazines Woke 100, Carmen has been recognized for her work by many of her peers in the movement for her activism and innovation. A communicator by trade, Carmen is a radio host, producer, and disc jockey under the moniker DJ CarmenSpindiego, and she hosts the longstanding weekly show Sophie's Parlor on WPFW in Washington, DC. She is a co-founder of BYP100, and serves on the Board of Directors for Advocates for Youth, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and as the Board Chair of re:Power. Carmen lives in Maryland with her talented husband LeeSingsRnB, and goes to concerts as often as she can.

Xiomara Corpeño

Xiomara Corpeño, Director of Programs, has spent the last 20 years of her life working for justice. Her first paid organizing job was at Strategic Concepts for Power and Education (SCOPE) supporting a jobs campaign for black and brown communities. During her 12-year tenure at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), she led, developed, and advanced several immigrant justice campaigns like its first in-house Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, Driver’s Licenses for All and the campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. She helped create the first state-wide, immigrant student-led California Dream Network, and founded the California Domestic Workers Coalition. As the Director of Capacity Building for Groundswell Fund, she oversaw the development and implementation of three capacity building programs which served 38 organizations nation-wide. In 2018, Xiomara formed the Southern California Solidarity Network for the Central American Caravan, creating a network of 15+ organizations and 20 individual volunteers to provide streamlined direct assistance to migrants in Tijuana. She continues to work with organizational and grassroots leaders in Baja California. Xiomara is also a parent of two wonderful children.

Precious Edmonds

Precious Edmonds is the Community Engagement & Partnerships Coordinator at Dancing Hearts Consulting. She is a Black scientist from the South Side of Chicago and former educator. Her time spent in education reaffirmed her commitment to the progression of communities that have been systemically devalued. Precious believes that in order to see equitable change that work must be political, social, and familial. Precious is excited to be apart of an organization that challenges established systems in the name of racial and social justice. She says, "It feels good when values align with the work." She currently resides in Ashland, Oregon with her daughter, Aminah.

Fernanda Ferrell-Zabala

Fernanda Ferrell-Zabala serves as the Political Coordinator for Dancing Hearts Consulting. Born in Quito, Ecuador and living as a queer undocumented person in this country helped to shape her passion for advocacy. She spent the last 15 years as an Aerospace Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and brings with her a unique approach to problem solving. Fernanda has always believed that knowledge is the most powerful tool and has volunteered with many organizations to teach and inspire black and brown girls in the fields of STEAM. These days Fernanda calls Washington DC home where she lives, works, and marches for progressive causes along with her wife Angela and their 4 kids.

Perla Alvarez Lucio

Perla, Field Director #wecountoregon, was born in Estado de México and moved to Portland in 2006. Perla began her involvement in Oregon civic engagement at a young age when she joined the Multnomah Youth Commission. Perla has led and participated in various campaigns and programs that advanced racial justice including Momentum Alliance and Oregon Young Scholars Program to name a few.,Before joining Dancing Hearts Consulting, Perla worked with the Oregon Student Association (OSA) leading voting registration and get out the vote campaigns in various university and community college campuses. as Legislative Director with the Student Association, she led Oregon Student Associations legislative agenda passing 5 policy bills including Tuition Equity for Graduate Students. She also secured millions of dollars in funding for higher education. Perla is excited to work with a powerful team to make sure that every community gets counted in Oregon. In her free time, Perla enjoys reading Women of Color's literature, hiking with her partner, loves dancing cumbia and spends time with her family.

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