Jonathan Bix, Executive Director, ext. 33

Jonathan is our Executive Director and a co-founder of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson. After graduating from Vassar College in 2014, he became one of the organization’s first paid staff members. Jonathan has helped grow Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson into a multi-issue, multi-county, bilingual organization, and he guides its continued development. He loves strategy, project management, self-organization, and mornings. He is inspired by the millions of people around the world—past and the present—who have struggled for a better society, and he is driven by the belief that the arc of the moral universe bends only where groups of organized people make it.

Ignacio Acevedo, Lead Organizer, ext. 11

Ignacio is our Lead Organizer, directing our grassroots organizing, recruiting members, and developing leaders. Ignacio builds the people power we need to win change in the Hudson Valley, his home since 1990. Fearing for their lives, Ignacio and his family left Santa Inés Ahuatempan, Mexico when he was only ten years old. He was undocumented for 17 years, and finally got his papers at the age of 27. When he continued to experience discrimination, fear, and oppression of racism, after receiving his documentation, Ignacio turned to organizing to fight for larger systemic change to shape a different world. Ignacio builds teams of leaders who have the confidence, training, knowledge, and power to lead the struggles for justice in the Hudson Valley. In addition to being a dedicated organizer, Ignacio is an ace photographer and dancer.

Alfredo Pacheco, Orange County Organizer, ext. 44

Alfredo came on board as a full-time organizer after having been an integral leader among our membership and his community for many years. Alfredo has lived in the Hudson Valley since 1989. Being undocumented for most of those years, Alfredo experienced profound oppression, which spurred him to start organizing. As a member-leader, Alfredo recruited members, facilitated meetings and trainings, and developed leaders. He envisions a world where people are not afraid to get in a car and drive for lack of driver’s licenses that are made inaccessible to undocumented immigrants, where people are not afraid that there will not be a meal on their table or a roof over their head for lack of money, where people are not afraid to be imprisoned for the color of their skin — a place where people live with freedom, justice, and equality. When Alfredo isn’t organizing, he loves spending time with his wife, two kids, and dog, Aries.

Diana Lopez, Ulster County Organizer, ext. 55

Diana became our Ulster County organizer after working to establish our membership base in Kingston as a member-leader. Diana has lived in Kingston for 22 years, ever since her family emigrated from Oaxaca, Mexico. Diana was politicized by her experiences of racism, xenophobia, and misogyny as an undocumented girl and then DACA recipient growing up in the Hudson Valley. She got her formal start in organizing as a Community Health Promoter with Planned Parenthood, where she developed the fundamental skills of outreach and education. After attending one of our training series, Diana played a central role in expanding our membership in Kingston, facilitating regular meetings, and planning our Families Belong Together march — the biggest Kingston has ever seen, according to its Mayor. Diana believes in the power of the people and is excited to grow the organization’s membership and the movement for immigration, racial, and gender justice. Diana is a proud wife and mother to three beautiful children, who she hopes will continue to build on her work for justice. 

Caitlin Munchick, Development & Communications Manager, ext. 22

Caitlin strengthens our grassroots fundraising program, creates informative and exciting communications, develops a dedicated team of interns and volunteers, and generally keeps the office running. Caitlin fell in love with the everyday work of the office, particularly grassroots fundraising, over the two-and-a-half years she volunteered with Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson before coming on as a full-time staff person in June 2017. She believes that behind-the-scenes work is critical to building the long-term strength and sustainability of grassroots organizations so that they are able to win meaningful change. Caitlin is driven by the love of her family and friends, the vision of a new and different world, the inspiring victories won by people who come together to fight, and a lot of coffee too.

Vanessa Morales-Cid, Volunteer Organizer, ext. 66

Vanessa joined our staff as our Volunteer Organizer at the age of 21 after having previously been a member-leader in the organization, playing a critical role in our municipal ID campaign in Middletown. She’s a former alderman of Middletown’s Fourth Ward, a position she held as a working college student. While Vanessa was born and raised in the Hudson Valley, her roots are Mexican, and her mother’s leadership within local community organizing inspired Vanessa to take an active role in social change work. Vanessa is fighting for an end to racism and a world where immigrants no longer have to live in the shadows. She is also a talented musician and once placed second in a New York State flute competition in the third grade.

Paul Mersfelder, Volunteer Organizer

A long-time donor, volunteer, and fundraising team leader, Paul joins our staff after playing a big role in our grassroots fundraising work. Paul identifies Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson as a political home where he’s experienced how he can be most effective, as a white person with class privilege, in taking action and exercising leadership in a movement for justice. He believes that folks with social privilege have a stake in ending oppression, and a responsibility to harness their power with passion and accountability to the communities who experience the most harm. Paul is driven by the fact that there is enough for everyone and is excited to partner with more allies knowing that transformational change is possible when we all come together. If you want to know more about how, email Paul! He also welcomes cat GIFs and tips on your favorite hiking spots.