Staff

Katherine Hoyt was National Co-Coordinator of Alliance for Global Justice and its Nicaragua Network program. She lived eighteen years in Latin America – two years in Chile and sixteen in Nicaragua. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University and has authored numerous academic and activist publications including The Many Faces of Sandinista Democracy from Ohio University Press. She has taught at Wayne State University, Rutgers University and Whitman College. In the mid-eighties she served as the Michigan coordinator of the Pledge of Resistance as director of the Michigan Interfaith Committee on Central American Human Rights (MICAH) in Detroit.

At Alliance for Global Justice, she has worked on campaigns to support Nicaragua’s garment workers and on campaigns against IMF mandated privatization and user fees. In the 2000s, she actively represented the Nicaragua Network in the Stop CAFTA Coalition.

Kathy recently retired and is now serving the organization as a member of AFGJ’s Advisory Board.

James Patrick Jordan has lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1983. He has a long history of grassroots organizing in peace, labor, international solidarity and environmental movements. James has published articles on these subjects in a variety of outlets and has authored or co-authored two plays about Colombian prisons. His main duties at AfGJ are in regards to Colombia solidarity, ecology, labor and prison issues.  He serves on the Board of the Liberty Tree Foundation and represents AfGJ in the Coordinadora Americana por los Derechos Humanos y las Víctimas de Prisión Política (American Coordination for Human Rights and the Victims of Political Imprisonment) and the Observatorio de Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos (Peoples Human Rights Observatory).

Chuck Kaufman is National Co-Coordinator of the Alliance for Global Justice. He has been a leader of the Central and Latin America solidarity movements since joining the staff of the Nicaragua Network in 1987. He gave up his successful advertising business out of disgust at Congress’ cowardice during the Iran-Contra scandal. He went on his first coffee picking brigade to Nicaragua that same year. Chuck has been in the front ranks of the movements to support the right of people in Latin America and the Caribbean to dignity, sovereignty, and self-determination. He has led delegations to Nicaragua, Venezuela, Haiti and Honduras.

Chuck has written and spoken often about US democracy manipulation programs through the National Endowment for Democracy and US Agency for International Development as well as what he calls the need to look to the Abolition Movement as our inspiration to change the culture of US militarism. He is a board member of the Latin America Solidarity Coalition and a leader of the LASC’s effort to build a stronger movement to oppose US militarism and the militarization of relations with Latin America. He was a founder of the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition and has spoken at most of the major Washington, DC anti-war demonstrations. He is a board member of the Honduras Solidarity Network and a founder of the Venezuela Solidarity Network. He has a B.A. in Government and Politics from George Mason University. His first political activism was as a high school student in 1969 when he organized student walk-out in four county high schools in his native Indiana.

Elane Spivak Rodriguez is the Fiscal Sponsorship Coordinator for the Alliance for Global Justice. She also leads AfGJ human rights solidarity delegation to Nicaragua and Honduras and is an active with the Honduras Solidarity Network. Coordinating with our 90+ fiscally sponsored projects, Elane works to bring the work of our fiscally sponsored projects together to build a stronger more unified grassroots movement.

Daniele Kohn is the Fiscal Sponsorship Co-Coordinator and Content Manager for the Alliance for Global Justice. Daniele is a New York native who  earned a Masters in Arts Administration and Non-Profit management at Columbia University.

In fall 2011 she took an interest in Occupy Wall Street. Since then, she has been pivotal in fundraising for activist work in New York City, most notably the Action Bail Fund, which supports those arrested while engaging in legally protected protest activity. She was deeply involved in the Occupy Sandy Hurricane Recovery Effort.

Blanca Bay Dominguez is a native Tucsonian and a long time Yaqui activist. Blanca was born into activist work; Blanca’s mother was one of the first Tucson Promotoros, human rights promoters.  She has worked with a number of local organizations, including El Concillio Manzo and Derechos Humanos.

Blanca serves as AFGJ’s invaluable book keeper and office manager. She is the mother of 2 and grandmother to 4.

Nasim Chatha coordinates the Prison Imperialism Project. She was born in New York City and was raised in Baltimore County, Maryland. She graduated from Oberlin College, majoring in Comparative Literature and Politics. Her capstone project was on Gloria Anzaldúa. She first worked with AfGJ as an intern with the Border Studies Program in 2012 and joined the staff five years later. Before joining AfGJ she taught Citizenship/ESL classes and did outreach and communications for a Baltimore civil legal aid nonprofit. Her writing on Prison Imperialism has been published in The Abolitionist, Upside Down World, and Mask Magazine.