Meet the team

Ashley D. Thompson

Editorial Coordinator

I committed to SparkActions’s mission of increasing equity because the organization’s goals aligned with my passion for media and social justice. Read More

Caitlin Johnson

Co-Founder

I think I’ve always innately felt the power of story—to connect, to divide, to shape the way we see ourselves and others, the world we inhabit. As a kid, I would get lost in books... Read More

Caitlin Kawaguchi

Digital Engagement Strategist

I’m passionate about our work to support equitable access to opportunity, because I believe that our policies and systems should enable success for young people — and that is not the case for many communities... Read More

Danielle Varner

Social Design Fellow

At SparkAction, my role is to bring awareness to youth organizations that are creating pivotal changes within communities around the country. Read More

Dillon Bernard

Youth Engagement Strategist

Through my work with SparkAction, I am most excited about amplifying the stories of my peers: young people demanding national change. Read More

Sher Jamal Stone

Content Strategist

At SparkAction, I’m motivated by the central idea that we find in rehabilitative justice – that we are all more than our mistakes and have the capacity to grow and heal. Read More

Timeka Braithwaite

The way SparkAction Values Youth Leadership resonates the most with me. My high school played a big role in helping me identify the type of youth leader I am and the one I’d like to... Read More

Ashley D. Thompson

Editorial Coordinator

I committed to SparkActions’s mission of increasing equity because the organization’s goals aligned with my passion for media and social justice. SparkAction’s passion for justice speaks volumes to me. I first realized I wanted to combine my love for communications and social justice when I was in high school and decided to edit a short video on women’s rights for a project. It engaged my classmates in a way that sparked many questions. In that moment, I realized the power that media can have on starting conversations that matter. SparkAction’s platform creates a space for young people to do so in a way that’s empowering. I use my role to help amplify the platform that SparkAction provides for youth by helping them tell their stories in an impactful way.

Caitlin Johnson

Co-Founder

I think I’ve always innately felt the power of story—to connect, to divide, to shape the way we see ourselves and others, the world we inhabit. As a kid, I would get lost in books or stories for hours. I loved reading, listening, talking to people and asking about their memories. I still love it. It’s fascinating to watch someone tell the same story in different ways, as its impacts became clearer to them.

More than ever, I feel the need to center storytellers, to help make space for more voices, more experiences, more questions and more ways of seeing and reflecting.
By far the most inspiring part of my job is meeting young people from all over the country who are not content to simply accept our world as it is, but instead ask why, question narratives, pay attention to stories and storytellers, and envision a different path forward. That gives me hope.

Caitlin Kawaguchi

Digital Engagement Strategist

I’m passionate about our work to support equitable access to opportunity, because I believe that our policies and systems should enable success for young people — and that is not the case for many communities right now. That said, I am so inspired by all the young people we work with that are visioning and working towards a more equitable world.

At SparkAction, my role is helping connect partners and amplify the voices and demands of young leaders, activists, and organizers to drive change.  I believe that the best solutions come from those closest to the issues, and my favorite part of this work is connecting with young leaders to learn about how they’re driving change in their communities and how we can leverage SparkAction’s platform to support their work.

Danielle Varner

Social Design Fellow

At SparkAction, my role is to bring awareness to youth organizations that are creating pivotal changes within communities around the country. Working through social media allows me to use my creativity to magnify movements and campaigns by and for young people. My favorite part of my job is being able to engage with other young leaders who also use their platform to inform and organize others about how they can help make change. 

I admire the opportunities offered to young people like myself at SparkAction. Just one opportunity can be enough to change the trajectory of one’s life—especially when you’re young.  Whether this opportunity is an internship, mentoring, access to an educational track, policy changes or a platform to share your voice—opportunities can inspire confidence in young people and allow them to dream bigger about their future. About all of our futures.

Dillon Bernard

Youth Engagement Strategist

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Through my work with SparkAction, I am most excited about amplifying the stories of my peers: young people demanding national change. My main focus is on ensuring that young people are consistently centered in onversations and invited into the rooms we are often left out of.

At SparkAction, the emphasis on youth leadership stands out most to me. Young people have consistently been at the forefront of change, and have always been the ones dedicated to halt business as usual. It is vital to empower young people to share their ideas, stories, and voices around the future we demand.

Sher Jamal Stone

Content Strategist

At SparkAction, I’m motivated by the central idea that we find in rehabilitative justice – that we are all more than our mistakes and have the capacity to grow and heal. Valuing humanity and all its imperfections can help us make meaningful work in addressing poverty, justice, and opportunity instead of perpetuating the myth of the “haves” and the “have nots.”

Through my role at SparkAction, I hope to teach curiosity and let everyone know that their story is worth sharing. Talking to and amplifying young people who are resilient and eager to identify injustice helps show us a path forward. We need only to listen.

Timeka Braithwaite

The way SparkAction Values Youth Leadership resonates the most with me. My high school played a big role in helping me identify the type of youth leader I am and the one I’d like to become. I was able to learn how to properly articulate and voice my concerns in a way that prompt action to bring change in every aspect of my life. This is what I admire most about this organization. SparkAction’s use of their platform to give youth a chance to voice their concerns and help them actively participate in the decision making process of certain bills  that shapes their future is admirable. 

The most exciting part of my job is being able to work with my peers and fellow youth leaders because it gives me the opportunity to learn something new every day. Also being able to Share my experiences and hopefully help someone else in any way that I can through my writing brings me joy. I hope to one day be able to assist youths in furthering their education on a large scale regardless of their background and what challenges they face.