Moving Forward Together

AmeriCorps Members

Our amazing AmeriCorps Members come from near and far, with all experience levels, and eager to GET THINGS DONE! Discover fun facts about our currently serving AmeriCorps members!

JFS AmeriCorps Members

Giselle Barajas

JFS – Refugee Resettlement

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Giselle Barajas grew up in Menifee, CA but relocated to San Diego, CA where she attended San Diego State University and studied International Security and Conflict Resolution, and Chinese. Giselle is excited to serve a second AmeriCorps term with JFSSD Refugee Resettlement, where she can continue to support the refugee community in San Diego.

Aarya Chidambaram

JFS – Aging and Wellness

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Aarya Chidambaram was raised in San Diego but moved up to northern California to attend the University of California, Davis. At Davis, she studied International Relations and History and quickly developed a passion for housing and food justice. She is incredibly excited to work at JFS and serve her community through Americorps. In her free time, you can probably find her learning Spanish, baking, watching movies, or taking a walk.

Kaeley O’Shea

JFS – Safe Parking Program

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Kaeley grew up in the Bay Area and moved to San Diego to attend UC San Diego. At UCSD, she earned degrees in political science and philosophy, and enjoyed volunteering all over San Diego on the weekends with UCSD’s Rotaract Club. Kaeley is now serving at the Jewish Family Service Safe Parking Program as an Americorps VIP Member and is excited to help others engage in fulfilling volunteer work! In her free time, she enjoys hiking, spending time with her friends, and learning new things, typically through catching up on her favorite podcasts!

2020-2021 AmeriCorps VIPs in the Community

Mackenzie Anderson

San Diego Youth Services

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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Mackenzie graduated from Oregon State University receiving a degree in Social Science with a focus on Community Development. She is now serving at San Diego Youth Services as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow. Living in Oregon, Mackenzie has always been immersed in the outdoors and loves going to the beach, doing yoga and painting. She’s excited to start her service year and get involved in the San Diego community!

Linda Glevy

International Rescue Committee – Youth, Taxes, and Groups

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As a San Diego native, Linda Glevy is grateful to work and live in such a beautiful place (with beautiful food and coffee), support her community, and meet new people. While studying Business Administration at Pepperdine University, she developed a passion for working in the nonprofit sector and with refugees. She is excited for a second year of learning, growing, and connecting with others in her role as the AmeriCorps VIP for the International Rescue Committee’s Youth and Tax Assistance Programs. In her free time, she likes to dance, practice yoga, bake, sew, eat, go to the beach, explore California, and find new hobbies to add to this list.

Emma Leary

South Bay Community Services

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Emma Leary is from Lihue, Hawai’i and moved to Spokane, WA to attend Gonzaga University. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a BBA concentrating in Human Resources and Law & Public Policy and a Minor in Dance. She is excited to be serving at South Bay Community Services as an AmeriCorps VIP member. Emma loves being near the ocean and since she is new to San Diego, she is often found seeking out new adventures!

Nina Lewis

International Rescue Committee – Volunteer Engagement

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Nina Lewis is from the Bay Area but graduated from UC Riverside with a B.A. in Political Science focusing on International Relations and Politics. She is now serving at the International Rescue Committee as an AmeriCorps VIP Member. Outside of work, Nina is often out hiking, swimming, or plant shopping at local nurseries.

Sierra Loredo

Boys and Girls Club of Vista

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Sierra Loredo is from Vista, California. She recently graduated with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from California State University of San Marcos. She is now serving at the Boys and Girls Club of Vista as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow. Sierra is often found taking long walks on the beach with loved ones and her pup Rambo. She is extremely excited for this incredible opportunity to give back to the community that she was born and raised in.

Brigitta Rehn

Balboa Park Conservancy

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Brigitta Rehn is a Californian through and through. She was born in San Jose, raised in Monterey, and educated in Berkeley. She graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2020 with degrees in landscape architecture and art history and is now living in downtown San Diego and serving with the Balboa Park Conservancy. She loves to try out any and all creative pursuits and spends much of her free time baking, sketching, crocheting, and browsing Pinterest.

Hannah Tackett

ElderHelp of San Diego

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Hannah hails from Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated in 2018 from Hendrix College with degrees in Environmental Studies and Psychology. Bringing together her passions for well-being, community, and social justice, Hannah is now serving with ElderHelp of San Diego as an AmeriCorps VIP Service Member. In her free time, Hannah loves to play volleyball, cook, rock climb, and attempt new fiber arts projects!

Johanna Lara

MANA de San Diego

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Johanna Lara, a Boston native who knows the best spots in the city for an authentic cannoli, first moved to San Diego for college where she studied Political Science and Spanish at the University of San Diego, go toreros! When she graduated in May she knew she wanted to get into a line of work that would make a positive impact in the community. Johanna is very excited to be a part of the team at MANA de San Diego, supporting the work they do to empower Latinas in the community through education, advocacy, and mentorship. As a second-generation Guatemalan immigrant Johanna knows firsthand the power of advocacy for Latina empowerment and is thrilled she has the opportunity to bring her talents to such an amazing organization like MANA. Outside of work Johanna loves spending time outdoors, baking, and trying new restaurants.

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Julia Weinstein

Serving Seniors

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Born and raised in San Diego, Julia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience from Claremont McKenna College.  While leading a nonprofit chapter on her college campus, Julia discovered her passion for community service and working with volunteers.  She is thrilled to be helping local seniors live healthy and fulfilling lives through her work as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow for Serving Seniors.  In her free time, Julia enjoys discovering new music, running, and spending time with her family.