Who We Are

Riahl O'Malley

Co-founder

Riahl has been a facilitator, educator and trainer for 15 years and has designed curricula and learning events reaching thousands of people in Canada, Central America and across the U.S.

Over that time he has moved beyond the endless one-and-done training cycle to achieve meaningful results for grassroots partners, including:

  • Membership growth
  • Promotion-ready staff
  • Lasting coalitions and partnerships
  • New contracts and funding

 

He loves helping new and experienced trainers see their value, achieve real impact for (and with) their partners, and assure their work is sustainable for the long haul.

Indira Garmendia

Co-founder

Indira has dedicated her life to defending justice for women, immigrants, workers, and people of color. She is a proud Nicaraguan feminist and organizer who believes in the collective power of everyday people and is here to help you and your team build it.

She was politicized by the Central American feminist movement in her home country of Nicaragua where she quickly went from attending trainings on gender and reproductive justice to organizing and leading them across the country. Alongside her peers she founded a feminist collective that led educational communications campaigns on sexual and reproductive freedom. Later she applied her passion across Central America as a foundation program officer, mentoring newly formed women’s groups run by indigenous, rural, and working class young people.

Since moving to the United States she has been working alongside other immigrants and people of color in the struggle for justice. She worked in the largely immigrant communities of Chelsea and East Boston in Massachusetts for environmental justice and in the promotion and creation of immigrant-owned worker cooperatives. She currently leads a leadership development program for Latinx and African-American low-wage workers within a Minnesota workers center dedicated to racial and economic justice.

In her free time she likes to plant vegetables and flowers, go to new places to hike and explore, and attend marches where she can scream at the top of her lungs for justice. You might catch her on TV in Central America, starring as Jessica in the social issues telenovela “Loma Verde.”

She currently lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband Riahl.

Ready to Transform?

Riahl O’Malley and Indira Garmendia, co-founders