Amanda Irizarry is the Senior Manager of the 84 Movement within the Training and Capacity Building division at HRiA. As a Philly native, Amanda has dedicated the last 12 years of her personal and professional life to ensuring every young person she meets feels seen, valued and heard while creating spaces that empower youth and marginalized people groups to understand the individual power and collective impact, they have to shape the world around them. With an expertise in positive youth development and public health advocacy skills, Amanda has worked within the tobacco control field as a social innovator and champion of young people for 8 years. Her talent for strategic planning, curriculum design and facilitation has enabled her to transform out-of-touch youth programs into authentic youth empowerment models. Before joining HRiA, Amanda served as the Director of Youth Programs for the Indiana State Department of Health for two and half years where she worked to refresh and establish the infrastructure of their statewide youth empowerment brand and movement, VOICE Indiana. During her time there, she was able to influence culture and revitalize Indiana’s approach to youth engagement and tobacco control as she engaged, educated, and empowered adult allies and youth leaders to address tobacco as a social justice issue. Amanda graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with her Masters in Public Health Management and Administration and was bestowed the Provost Award for Advocacy, Leadership and Service. You can reach Amanda at airiza[email protected].
Carly has been the Project Manager for The 84 since 2013 and has been working on tobacco issues since 2000 when she was in high school. Hailing from Springfield, Illinois, Carly has a strong devotion to all things Midwest, and loves getting back there to check on if the corn is knee-high by the 4th of July (that’s a thing). Her two favorite holidays are the Youth Power Summit and Kick Butts Day, and she loves working with The 84’s Statewide Leadership Team and the staff at the Boston office (and loves to prank them, especially). Carly’s other interests include dinner parties with friends, biking, yoga, speaking Italian, going to church, manifesting positive things, and eating plant-based whole foods. You can reach Carly at [email protected].
Ed Rand is a Program Associate with The 84 Movement. His desire is to help youth find what their passionate about, and then give them a voice to make a difference. He works closely with The 84 Movement’s Statewide Leadership Team; developing their leadership skills and supporting their work across the state. He also works with The 84 Movement’s Chapters; providing training and information to enable their success in their own communities. Ed is a big sports fan, a trivia buff, and he loves movies. Ed is also very good at games and has been known to invent games to play with his friends and family. You can reach Ed at [email protected].
Maria Duenas Lopez (She/They) is a Program Associate of The 84 Movement within the Training and Capacity Building Department. Maria has committed their life to create more inclusive spaces that empower BIPOC groups to create sustainable change in their communities. Maria has worked within the tobacco control field as a youth activist for the last 7 years with local, state and national organizations. Before joining The 84, they served as the Vice President of the Indiana Latino Democratic Caucus and worked as an immigration court paralegal. Maria graduated with a degree in political science and a certificate in social justice organizing from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and was awarded the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion for a demonstrated commitment to community service. You can reach Maria at mdueñ[email protected].