Haven Herrin has been with Soulforce since 2005. Haven uses “they” and “them” for their gender pronouns. Haven started as an Equality Ride Co-Director and, enjoying the process of organizational development, moved into fundraising, analysis, and relationship-building as the Executive Director. Since helming the bus at a young 23, the desire to provide resources, training and exploration of “how we do what we do” to other activists has compelled Haven in their work with Soulforce. Haven’s favorite element of the organization is its continuing excavation of the nature of oppression and possibilities for alliances across movements.
Director of Spiritual and Resource Development
Alba Onofrio is a Carpenter Scholar in the Masters of Divinity Program at Vanderbilt Divinity School working on theologies of the body, gender, and sexuality, and alternatives to the purity model for sexual ethics based in queer desire. Previously, Alba worked as a community organizer for queer liberation at the intersection of race, class, culture, gender, and sexuality with Southerners On New Ground (SONG). Alba also taught English for non-native speakers for nine years at Durham Technical Community College and served as Executive Director of the largest grassroots Latino community center in North Carolina for several years after graduating from Duke University with a degree in Comparative Area Studies focused on Latin American and North American Studies. Alba is dedicated to liberation and movement work that centers wholeness and spiritual integrity that doesn’t ask us to closet or compartmentalize our complex, intersecting, and often contradictory selves; Alba’s passion is raising an amazing kid and eradicating shame and fear wherever they found.
Yazmeen Nuñez is an adventurous young writer based in Richmond, Virginia. After finishing a degree in Geography and Women’s Studies at the University of Richmond, Yaz has spent time organizing locally with Wayside Center for Popular Education and Southerners on New Ground on issues around immigration justice and local political transparency. A native Southerner from a military town, Yaz has also collaborated with queer youth and their allies across the South as a facilitator for workshops on unpacking place-based LGBTQ identities, examining white supremacy in movement work, and carrying out revolutionary work on college campuses. Yaz is a member of a local performance artists’ collective called Sol Society and is currently writing an installation of poems about love, cultural violence, nations, and other reasons we change. Aside from writing and more formal organizing work, Yaz enjoys reading about 20th century consumer culture, learning about the world from teenagers, and thinking about tenderness, hometowns, beauty, urban development, and cooking shows.
Educational Events Coordinator
Renée Muzquiz is a Portland, Oregon-based musician and activist originally from Dallas, Texas. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Texas where she was Recruitment Coordinator for the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) and attended the March for Women’s Lives in Washington D.C in 2004. Since moving to Portland in 2008, she has contributed her musical talent to many LGBTQI-centered projects including her self-produced Five Fingers Fest, a queer women’s live music and art show, and Rainbow Roots, a documentary series interviewing gay and lesbian couples in long-term relationships. Her songwriter project, Chica y Los Gatos, has performed at the Santa Cruz Dyke March and Eugene, Oregon’s Pride Festival, and her debut album “Perfect Weather” was featured in the April 2008 issue of Curve Magazine. After serving as Director of Operations of The Jeremy Wilson Foundation, a musicians’ service organization, Renée now joins Soulforce as its Educational Events Coordinator.
Contact Renée at Renee@soulforce.org.