Mariana Ruiz Firmat is the Kairos Fellowship Director. Mariana has over fifteen years of experience as a community organizer and digital campaigner. She helped co-found the Kairos Fellowship along with Jackie Mahendra and others while serving as Managing Director of Presente.org. She launched her digital campaigning career at MoveOn.org where she was Deputy Field Director before joining the digital campaigning team. Mariana currently sits on the WebofChange Board. She also provides digital strategy support to criminal justice and immigrant rights organizations. Mariana has spent most of her career working on racial justice issues, immigrant rights, and ending violence against migrant women. She is also an essayist and poet and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Eric Enrique Borja is the direct descendant of political revolutionaries and labor organizers. Eric grew up listening to his parents speak about El Salvador, about the political climate before the revolution, and about their organizing experience with students and workers before having to flee to the United States. Eric’s parents migrated to the United States in 1979 from El Salvador to escape political persecution. Everyday, Eric does his best to honor his family’s legacy through his work and through his relations.
Eric honors his mother’s legacy through his education and student organizing. Since 2011, Eric has been pursuing his PhD in sociology at the University of Texas in Austin, where he currently lives. As a graduate student, he mentored students of color, taught college courses on social movements, immigration, U.S. race relations, and gender and sexuality, and conducted research on the intersection of technology and social movements. While on campus, he organized students around equity, union-labor issues, and Palestinian rights.
In 2016, Eric was part of the inaugural cohort of the Kairos Fellowship, where he was placed in the Sierra Club. Eric led on digital strategies for state and local campaigns in 13 states across the country where he leveraged relationships and movement opportunities to take national moments like Standing Rock and natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey to build power within and alongside communities of color. As an alumni of Kairos, he’s been active in the network as a mentor, advisory board member, and trainer.
Eric honors his father’s legacy through his labor organizing. In 2017, Eric got the opportunity to participate in a union contract negotiation as a member of the bargaining team for the Progressive Workers Union (PWU), which represents over 220 national Sierra Club staffers. Eric helped secure a historic contract that changed the material conditions of PWU’s most marginalized members, while transforming Sierra Club at a cultural and structural level.
Eric brings to Kairos a deep love and hope for technology’s potential to liberate us, as well as a deep commitment to honor his family, his ancestors, and his communities.
Special Operations Director
Mia Moore is passionate about using strong, supportive management and organizational systems in the work for equity and justice. She has been an organizer, fundraiser, manager, listener, and learner for more than 20 years. Most recently, as the Chief of Staff at Democracy for America, she focused her efforts on hiring, supporting and working with great people to effect meaningful change through the US electoral process. She was responsible for long-term planning and budgeting, and she spearheaded the organization’s work to be more equitable. Mia got her start organizing when she was a student at the University of Wisconsin, and quickly came to know the power of people joining their voices together to forward a just cause. She currently lives in Vermont with her husband and young children.