Staff

Natalie Chap

Natalie joined The Dignity in Schools Campaign as Campaign Coordinator in July of 2012. In her previous roles, she acted as the Campaign Coordinator of New York Neighbors for American Values, a Community Organizer at Voices of Women Organizing Project, and the Education Reform Associate at the New York Immigration Coalition. She received an MSW from the CUNY Hunter School of Social Work-Community Organizing program in 2007, and received a BSW from CUNY Lehman College in 2006. She was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, and has lived in New York since 2004.

Contact: natalie@dignityinschools.org

Phone: (212) 253-1710 Ext. 312

Fernando Martinez

National Field Organizer

Mr. Martinez joined the Dignity in Schools Campaign as the first National Field Organizer in April 2012. Fernando was born in El Salvador and started his organizing career in the late 80’s organizing youth groups in churches throughout El Salvador during the civil war. Later he moved to the United States and continued his fight for social justice in different community-based groups in New York City; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Birmingham, Alabama; and Paterson, New Jersey. Fernando was the first organizer for the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), which fought back the first anti-immigrant laws that preceded HB56 in 2005. In New Jersey, he started the Paterson Chapter of the Statewide Education Organizing Committee (SEOC) in late 2008. He led, engaged and organized parents to win two new school projects for the city of Paterson and for the return of the Music and Art programs to the classrooms. Fernando studied Industrial Engineering at the Universidad Católica de Occidente.

Contact: fernando@dignityinschools.org      Phone: (205) 960-3498

Nancy Trevino

Communications Coordinator

Nancy Trevino joined the Dignity in Schools Campaign as Communications Coordinator in January 2014. Nancy is from Miami, FL where she began her career in community organizing with a background in youth and labor organizing. She has organized students at Florida International University with the United Students Against Sweatshops to create a sweat shop free campus. She has also organized Miami restaurant workers with Restaurant Opportunities Center of Miami to demand for better working conditions for restaurant workers in the Miami restaurant industry. Her most recent work was with Power U Center for Social Change on a Restorative Justice Campaign to implement Restorative Practices in Miami-Dade County Public schools to dismantle the school-to-prison-pipeline. Nancy received a Bachelor's of Fine Art in Art from Florida International University.

Contact: nancy@dignityinschools.org     Phone: (786) 201-8958 

Administrative Coordinator

 

Lakita P. Jackson joins DSC as the administrative coordinator, based in our Manhattan office. Lakita has earned her B.F.A. in Musical Theater with a concentration in creative writing from the New School University. Her previous employers include: Harlem Day Charter School, a charter school in East Harlem where she served as a youth development worker for their extended day program, Tremor Video, a digital video technology co. where she was the office manager, and most recently New Visions for Public Schools, working as a program assistant, supporting a network leader and respective children's first network team in their operational and instructional support of network schools across the five boroughs.

Along with her professional aspirations, Lakita is also a musician who goes by the name, Kita P, performing throughout NYC. She uses her music as a tool for healing, celebration, and to speak truth to power. Music can be heard at kitap.bandcamp.com.

Contact: lakita@dignityinschools.org  Phone: (212) 253-1710 ext.308