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.
Mia has been at Democracy for America since 2009, starting as the Finance Director. In January 2010 she became DFA’s first Chief of Staff, focusing her efforts on hiring, supporting and getting results from great staff; and long-term planning and budgeting. Mia has a diverse background in organizing and fundraising - dating all the way back to her college years at the University of Wisconsin, where she worked on campaign finance reform with WISPIRG and served on student government. She began her professional organizing career working with students at the University of California-Berkeley, and their high priority campaign succeeded in convincing the state of California to get 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2017. Mia has also directed telephone outreach offices to raise money and mobilize activists of groups like MASSPIRG and Environment North Carolina. Before her current work with DFA, Mia directed the major gifts program for Toxics Action Center, nearly doubling the income from this program within two years. Mia lives in Vermont with her husband, James and their two sons, William and Oliver. When she's not working and parenting, she's likely reading DIY and decor blogs, watching Project Runway or trying to get outside and go running.