As Ezra Temko goes back to school to pursue a Sociology PhD at the University of New Hampshire, Delaware ADA has two new organizers on the ground to work with our chapter and ensure together we move social and economic justice forward in the First State. Here’s some information about them:
What is your professional background? I’ve been active in the community organizing field for over 20 years, working to build organizations, raise money, engage volunteers, support electoral campaigns, expand important services, develop outreach/education projects, and direct issue/policy campaigns. Most recently, I’ve worked with Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement (DACA) as State Campaign Director. I also have experience in babysitting, fast food, retail, tutoring, research, cultural competence training, and peer counseling.
Why are you excited to work for (or continue to work for) ADA? I like Delaware ADA members. I’m impressed with how hard Delaware ADA members work and their level of engagement and commitment. I’m excited to get to know everyone better.
What’s one of your favorite restaurants in Delaware? Taj Palace, in Newark, DE (http://www.tajpalacenewark.com/). I recommend the buffet. Off the menu, I love their Lamb Saagwala, Keema Kulcha, and Mango Lassi.
What’s an interesting or fun fact about yourself you are willing to share? I’m good at and enjoy figuring out how to fit items in a car or trunk, especially in situations where it previously seemed that all hope was lost. I have a knack for eyeing items and knowing where they will/won’t fit in relation to each other and the space available; then I often figure out how to make it all work. I don’t mind working solo, but it’s even more fun when I’m joined by at least one other person who’s equally engaged and delighted by the whole process. It reminds me of a non-electronic Tetris game, with higher stakes.
What is your professional background?
I’m originally from Oregon and have been most involved with community organizing, developing/facilitating trainings, and =research. If you want to know about what I’ve worked on or ideas on social change check out some of my past posts of my now-briefly-on-hiatus blog Organizing Change (http://organizingchange.org/
Why are you excited to work for (or continue to work for) ADA? ADA’s cross-issue emphasis that ties local to national, is one of the biggest reasons I’m looking forward to working for ADA. Also, I’m looking forward to working with all the other ADA board and staff since those I’ve met have all been incredible!
What’s one of your favorite restaurants in Delaware? I live in Little Italy in Wilmington so I’m always nearby delicious Italian food! I also enjoy heading down to Catherine Rooney’s.
What’s an interesting or fun fact about yourself you are willing to share? I grew up on a ranch, and my job was collecting eggs from our 300 chickens. They laid 5 different colors of eggs!