JCJ Fellows

Jeannine Cook
JCJ Fellow Jeannine - wearing a headwrap and scarf - stands on a neighborhood street corner, looking and smiling at the camera.

Jeannine Cook joined People's Emergency Center Community Development Corporation in August 2015 as the youth program manager for the Center of Digital Inclusion and Technology. Jeannine manages curriculum development as well as CDIT's initiatives for youth ages 5-24. Prior to PECCDC, Jeannine spent 8 years with YESPhilly Alternative High School as the Media Arts Director coaching teachers and students on how to use media as a tool for social change and mindfulness.


Ileia Burgos
JCJ Fellow Ileia stands in a crowd during a rally holding a sign over her head that says "No Rockaway Pipeline".

Ileia Burgos, seeded and cultivated in the Bronx, NY. Ileia is proud to be a core trainer with the Wildfire Project, which trains, supports, and connects grassroots groups to help build a broad and powerful movement. For three years, she organized with residents in Far Rockaway, Queens around disaster preparedness and a multiracial, multigenerational, community-led recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Ileia does organizing work to resist gentrification and support just economic development through the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance in her neighborhood.


Sharmeen Khan
JCJ Fellow Sharmeen is sitting outside wearing sunglasses. She is looking and smirking at the camera.

Sharmeen Khan is an organizer, writer and facilitator living in Toronto, ON. She organizes with No One Is Illegal and is on the collective of Tools for Change - an organization that provides training in political organizing and action. She has done workshops in media training, anti-oppression and anti-racism, direct action, training the trainers, and grassroots financial management.


Gio Lopez
JCJ Fellow Gio stands in front of a mural with her hands on her hips, looking and smiling at the camera.

Giovanna 'Gio' López, is a native Peruvian but spent her adolescence in Costa Rica. She graduated in Costa Rica with a degree in Theatre and a focus in Theatre for Development, in which plays are performed to build awareness about critical topics mostly of a social context. She moved to the U.S. in 2005 and the very next year founded the Bilingual Theatre group Cazateatro in Memphis.


Omi Masika
JCJ Fellow Jay is sitting in an office wearing a red flannel shirt and hat. They are staring into the camera and smirking.

Omi (full name is Omowale) is a resident of Philadelphia, but is a quiet, Midwest queer at heart. Their work is personal and political - bridging the gaps between vulnerability, healing, and transformation. They’ve engaged in Leadership Development with young folks in Minneapolis and in Philadelphia, organizing skills with college students, and supporting structural and cultural change within organizations.