Serena Sebring, Executive Director, is a queer Black feminist, mother,
organizer, and educator. Sebring supports the power building
strategies of Blueprint NC's partner organizations to demand a more
inclusive democracy for North Carolinians. She brings leadership and
vision to the coalition, by strengthening relationships and strategic
alignment of partners, and coordinating resources and staff capacity
in their service. Sebring joins the Blueprint NC team, after more
than 10 years of experience in building power, community organizing,
policy campaigns, and base-building. Previously, she served as
Regional Organizing Lead for Southerners on New Ground (SONG). Serena
received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at
Boulder in 2005, her M.A. in Sociology from Duke University in 2008,
and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University, in 2012. Since 2005,
she has woven and nurtured relationships across the state with
organizers, artists, policy-makers, workers, parents, and caregivers
on front porches, in church basements and city council rooms, at the
statehouse and in the streets.
Ivanna Gonzalez (she/ella) is a first-generation immigrant from Caracas, Venezuela raised in Miami. She began organizing alongside campus workers as a student at UNC‐Chapel Hill where she got her degree in political science and public policy. She is a Deputy Director at Blueprint NC where she supports partners in testing Blueprint's racial equity and collective impact organizing principles through issue‐based campaigns and pilot projects, including police accountability and redistricting reform. Ivanna was previously a college outreach coordinator for the Common Cause NC HBCU Student Action Alliance.
Roxane Richir serves as the Deputy Director of Field of Blueprint NC. In her role Richir assists partner organizations in identifying opportunities for reaching their goals through civic engagement and direct voter contact. Roxane conducts and assists in evaluation programming, focusing on increasing civic participation. For over 10 years Ms. Richir has worked in the nonprofit field with a focus on grassroots capacity and civic engagement. Roxane Richir graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors in Social Work.
Addison Evans is the Data Manager for Blueprint NC. They provide a variety of data and programmatic support for Blueprint NC and its partner organizations. They are invested in achieving full bodily autonomy through racial equity, reproductive justice, and queer liberation. addison is excited to support the organizations working to make a collective impact on social conditions in North Carolina and across the south. They have a bachelors degree in women's and gender studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Courtney Patterson is a native of Kinston, North Carolina he was educated in Lenoir County Schools, and North Carolina A&T State University majoring in Agricultural Economics. As the Eastern North Carolina Organizer for Blueprint NC, Courtney assists partner organizations across Eastern North Carolina in identifying opportunities for reaching their goals through civic engagement and direct voter contact and coordinates the Just Florence Hurricane Recovery Collaborative. Presently he is also the 4th Vice president of the NC NAACP State Conference of Branches, the Board Chair of the Lenoir County Board of Elections, a member of the Eastern NC WIOA Youth Council, a past board Chair of Blueprint NC, and past board Chair of the Kinston Community Health Center.
Dan DeRosa, Field Coordinator, supports partner organizations in their field programs including voter registration, base building, and voter contact. Dan assists organizations in meeting their goals to increase civic participation. Dan was previously the director of North Carolina PIRG where he oversaw their student organizing and voter registration programs. He has a degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.
Emelia Cowans-Taylor, Communications Strategist, supports partners one-on-one with writing, messaging, and editing support, media relations, coaching, and strategic communications planning through a shared narrative frame. Her 20-year career in communications includes 10 years as a broadcast journalist in several news markets throughout the Midwest and the Southeast and 12 years as the Assistant Communications Director for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. She holds degrees in Communications and African-American studies from Indiana University and a Masters of Strategic Communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
Jess Jude, Executive Administrative Assistant, provides office support to Blueprint professional staff, and helps to coordinate and anticipate the needs of Blueprint partner organizations. They have a passion for supporting the crucial work of social justice broadly, and especially in the areas of racial justice, reproductive justice, queer, youth & collective liberation, and they are excited to support the organizations working to make a collective impact on social conditions in North Carolina and across the south. Jess has played the role of organizer, fundraiser, facilitator, consultant, planner and instigator broadly across the movement for 10 years. Jess is the Board Co-Chair of the Southern Vision Alliance, and has a degree in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies with concentrations in African American Studies, Religious Studies, and Queer Health & Theory from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Born and raised in Southern Maryland, JuJu Holton is the Digital Content and Communications Specialist at Blueprint NC and creator of H2afrO, an environmental-healing justice project for Black communities through water. As a Black, queer, gender non-conforming parent JuJu has committed their life to building inclusive, just, and sustainable communities while dismantling systems of oppression and domination to shift culture. Currently based in Durham, NC, they hope to continue breaking barriers for young, Black, queer, gender non-conforming people in politics.
Monife Balogun is the Administrative Assistant to Blueprint’s Leadership Team. Her responsibilities include providing administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the Executive Director’s office and Executive team. Her duties also include grant administration and general staff support. Monife has a degree in Computer logic, 36 years of corporate business experience and 14 years of Project Management.
Stella Adams, Strategic Research Coordinator, is working alongside Blueprint staff and partner organizations to pioneer and test new approaches to collective organizing in priority counties.
Most recently, Ms. Adams served as the Chief of Equity and Inclusion for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. The Division of Equity and Inclusion is designed to empower, organize and support economically vulnerable individuals, communities and small businesses. Among her many other accomplishments, Ms. Adams was honored by Legal Aid of North Carolina when they established the Stella J. Adams Fair Housing Advocacy Award (2013), and she was named 2014 Woman of the Year in Civil and Human Rights by Spectacular Magazine.
Tamika Lewis, Program Coordinator, assists partner organizations by developing and coordinating various statewide initiatives that focusing on collaborative efforts, youth and civic engagement, and community development within an equity and social justice framework. They have an overall passion for supporting local initiatives, develop local youth leadership, and securing resources to help unify and advance the efforts of marginalized community members. Locally, they organize with The Tribe and Ignite NC. Tamika has a degree in Social Work and an MS in the Studies of Creativity, with a concentration on Program Development from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Wanda Hunter, Finance Manager is responsible for the Blueprint's finance management. She is responsible for audit prep, fiduciary policies, human resources, and grant administration. She has formal training in Accounting from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. As a native of North Carolina, she is attached to many of the Blueprint's vision points at the grassroots level. She has performed in the roles of organizer, activist, advocate, facilitator, and educator around social justice and racial equity. Her volunteer efforts in the fight for police accountability, housing justice, criminal justice reform, and women's rights are ongoing. She is also the mother of three wonderful children Passion, Shekhinah, and Courtland.