Sharon LungoExecutive Director
Sharon Lungo, Executive Director of the Ruckus Society, has been a trainer with Ruckus since 2001, a founding member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Power Project (IP3) Advisory Board, and a key member of the Ruckus staff since 2007. Sharon directs all Ruckus Programs, manages the implementation of Ruckus’s strategic priorities, and cultivates and holds our strategic partnerships with ally organizations and frontline partners. She was a co-convener of the Mobilization for Climate Justice West (2008-2011) and has served on the coordinating committee of the Global Women’s Strike.
Van DellOperations Lead
Van Dell is a community resistance and empowerment organizer devoted to peoples and communities divesting from and dismantling the oppressive structures that are entrenched in environmental degradation and slow industrial genocide. They are continuing their work building with other Indigenous peoples and other Black/Afrikan peoples in the Bay Area through organizing in local community centers and collectives. They focus on decolonial creative writing & resistance, and supporting radical group with their operational & administrative needs. They joined Ruckus in 2015 as the Operations Lead.
Eva CardenasProgram Coordinator
Eva Cardenas is a Xicana with a rebellious, fiery spirit. Economically displaced from her homeland at age 10, Eva relocated to Creek and Cherokee territories where she has resided since. Eva is mother to a fierce, resilient and rebellious semillita. She is part-time visual artist and full-time desmadrosa. As both a member and former community organizer with the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Eva comes by way of the Migrant Rights Movement.
LJ AmsterdamDirector of Development + Special Projects
LJ is a trainer, dancer, and youth organizer from occupied Lenape territory (NYC). For the past decade she has created making-spaces and mobilizing-spaces for young folks through music, movement, and political education. She developed Re-Up, a harm reduction and decriminalization organizing project for drug users and sellers, and co-founded Social Justice Leadership Academy, a summer-long art and action training for teens. In 2016, she was invited to lead come correct trainings at Oceti Sakowin and then co-created Standing Rock Solidarity Network to disseminate decolonization resources for white folks. She is psyched on building formations of community power that transition us to freedom.