We are artists, coders, activists, and organizers who bring a wide range of lived experiences to our work as a collective. Our political work outside of Design Action informs the work we do for our clients, and vice versa. You’re just as likely to find us on an organizing call—collaborating with the same folks we serve as clients!—as you are to find us drawing and coding at our desks.

We’re also quite fond of…

🌅 chasing sunsets
🥘 exchanging recipes
🥇 competing in Muay Thai, powerlifting, and archery
🧥 sharing our latest vintage couture or Buy Nothing deals
👵 daydreaming about coastal grandma living
🐣 nurturing plantitas, animals, and little humans
☀️ taking afternoon breaks to soak up the sun
😏 and, of course, posting about it all on Slack

Name
Andrea Salazar
Job Title
Web Developer
Pronouns
She / Her
Andrea earned a degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira in Colombia. Prior to joining Design Action, she worked as a freelance web developer for six years — specializing in database and open source content management systems. She is committed to the social justice movement and is passionate about issues of immigrant rights. Andrea is also excited to connect with and support other women of color programmers and developers.
Name
Donyã Green
Job Title
Web Designer
Pronouns
He / Him
Donyã is a passionate UX/UI designer and visual artist hailing from Camden, New Jersey. With a diverse educational background, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Saint Peter’s University before pursuing his interest in design through a UX/UI design bootcamp at Flatiron School in New York City. His journey from psychology to design reflects his multifaceted approach to problem-solving and creativity. Donyã brings a unique perspective to his work, blending his understanding of human behavior with his skills in design to create engaging and intuitive user experiences. Inspired by his surroundings and experiences, he infuses his work with a blend of creativity, empathy, and a commitment to crafting meaningful solutions.
Name
Frankie
Job Title
Project Manager
Pronouns
They / Them
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Frankie graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Film + Digital Media. Frankies organizing work is currently focused on amplifying the calls to action of indigenous communities in Southern Philippines in their struggle to reclaim their ancestral lands. They organize with the intention of bridging those struggles locally through their experience with Bay Area-based prison abolition and anti-deportation organizing work as they firmly believe all struggles are intertwined. They are passionate about collective liberation and the return of land to its original stewards; they are most influenced by indigenous landback movements and the Black Radical tradition; and they believe in transformative justice as a tool for both community healing and building in opposition to the prison industrial complex. In their spare time, they are an amateur powerlifter and a not-so-amatuer home cook. Or maybe, the other way around.
Name
Jack DeJesus
Job Title
Visual Designer, Video Editor
Pronouns
He / Him
A graduate of Laney College’s Applied Graphic Design and Digital Imaging program, Jack’s interest in design actually started during his previous career as a non-profit youth worker, where he had to occasionally create program brochures, event flyers, and other printed materials. He sometimes moonlights as the hip hop artist known as “Kiwi” of beloved Filipino rap group Native Guns. He enjoys dinners with loved ones, competitive barebow archery, and abolishing the U.S carceral system. Raised in Los Angeles’ Koreatown district, Jack has called the Bay Area home for close to two decades.
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Name
Jason Mai
Job Title
Visual Designer
Pronouns
They / Them
Jason is a queer and trans artist descended from Guangzhou, ruled by Scorpio, and living on traditional Ohlone land in San Francisco. In previous lives, they’ve worked behind cameras, inside a kitchen, and around sculptures and paintings. When they’re not clocked in, they organize towards PIC abolition and collective liberation. At the end of the day, they’re just grateful to share a bed with their partner and puppy.
Name
Joy Liu-Trujillo
Job Title
Visual Designer,
Information Architect
Pronouns
She / Her
Over the past 20 years Joy has collaborated with creatives, local small businesses, and organizations dedicated to social justice as a designer for both print and web. Prior to Design Action, she worked as a cook, baker and bartender; served as interim creative director of Hyphen magazine; and helped resurrect the Womanist Journal at Mills College where she received her BA in Women of Color Studies in Art & Cultural Resistance. Outside of DAC she supports her partner’s work creating and promoting diverse children’s books, and cooks with People’s Kitchen Collective.
Name
Miguel Valencia
Job Title
Web Developer,
Support Contract Coordinator
Pronouns
They / Them
Enneagram type 9. ♊ (sun) ♊ (moon) ♌ (rising). Wants to build technology that is accessible and meaningful. Admires the thinking of Abolitionists and Disability Justice organizers. Dreams of a world where power is shared and everyone is cared for. Miguel has a certificate from the W3C (Worldwide Web Consortium) for Web Accessibility.
Name
MJ
Job Title
Visual Designer,
Art Director
Pronouns
They / Them
MJ is an Art Director, Graphic Designer, Media Specialist, and Multidisciplinary Artist. A poor/working-class white Southern queer, MJ originally hails from Seminole, Muscogee, Creek and Timucua territories (Florida and Georgia). Their passion ignites in the fire of communities organizing for liberation. MJ has a background in direct action training, grassroots organizing, and leading communications teams, with a focus on racial, economic, and environmental justice.
Name
Myrna Rosales
Job Title
Visual Designer
Pronouns
They / Them
For several years, Myrna has honed in on visual communications to share integral narratives about social-based issue areas and cultural movements. Their innate passion for design is connected to an empathetic recognition – from an early age – that some people have access to essential resources and a sense of well-being while others problematically do not. This duality is the foundation for Myrna’s work: celebrating and energizing community through applied art while creating resources and visibility to radical social justice, sustainable and equitable systems, and combat ingrained cultural modes and industry white-washing. A natural storyteller and forever student, they approach innovative and contemporary design to nurture and grow community and contribute to the liberation and fulfillment of people’s humanity.
Name
Río
Job Title
Web Developer
Pronouns
They / Them
Based in Chicago, Río has been coding for labor for almost 9 years in the non-profit and education sectors. They identify as a nonbinary migrant from mexico city by way of the southern US. Their organizing background has been mainly around immigration, incarceration, homelessness, trans, and queer issues, from a POC working class lens. When they’re not coding, they love to make art and connecting with other Chicago artists also interested in art rooted in movement work and liberation. Passionate about community-led organizing that co-creates more queer, caring, transformative, autonomous, decolonial, abolitionist futures.
Name
Riley
Job Title
Visual Designer
Pronouns
They / Them
Riley has worked professionally as a graphic designer and illustrator for a broad range of nonprofit and social justice organizations for the past 7 years. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, they hold an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from Salt Lake Community College. Riley’s organizing work is currently focused on police and prison abolition, and they are especially interested in fighting against injustices related to the intersections of incarceration and gender. They are passionate about using art as a tool to fight against white supremacy, capitalism, and cis-hetero-patriarchy; and about autonomous organizing to support collective liberation in all its forms.
Name
Sabiha Basrai
Job Title
Art Director
Pronouns
She / Her
A graduate of the Art and Design program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Sabiha focused her academic career on the history of anti-war poster art and visual strategies for social justice organizing. She is Co-Coordinator of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action where she works with racial justice organizers to fight against Islamophobia. Sabiha is also a member of the Center for Political Education’s Advisory Board and a part-time faculty member in the University of San Francisco’s Department of Art & Architecture.
Name
Sarah Reilly
Job Title
Web Developer,
Support Contract Coordinator
Pronouns
She / Her
Sarah is a graduate of Miami University and studied multimedia design at SF State. Prior to development she was a video documentarian and has worked on films chronicling social movements and issues of environmental justice. Sarah is an member of Eastlake United for Justice.
Name
Victoria Yu
Job Title
Operations Coordinator
Pronouns
She / Her
Victoria is Design Action’s first ever Ops Coordinator and does a bit of everything, which fits her varied background of writing, design, admin, and teaching work. She spends much of her free time organizing to promote participatory budgeting in Oakland with the Community Democracy Project. The rest of her time is spent reading and writing speculative fiction to put her MFA from Temple University to good use.