Abbey Clements is Executive Director & a co-founder of Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence. She is a survivor teacher of the Sandy Hook School tragedy in 2012, and elementary educator for 30 years. Clements has been a gun violence prevention activist, wearing many hats over the last near-decade, including as a Moms Demand Action volunteer leader (Deputy CT Chapter Leader, Survivor Fellow, National Training Team Lead, to name a few) and as a strategic consultant on gun violence issues for the AFT. She has been featured in various publications and documentaries, including Newtown, If I Don’t Make It, I Love You, Bullets Into Bells, Marie Claire, AFT Voices, USA Today, among others.
Kelly Carmichael Booz is Secretary of the Board of Directors for Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence. She also directs the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) PreK-12 digital resources serving over 1.9 million educators on the AFT’s Share My Lesson, the AFT’s E-Learning professional development platform, and the production and dissemination of PreK-12 publication for the AFT’s 1.7 million members. Additionally, Kelly currently serves on the Alexandria School Board in Alexandria, Virginia. She previously served on the Alexandria School Board from 2013-2015.
In 2014, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed her to serve on the Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee to evaluate the Virginia accountability and assessment systems. In 2017, she was named to The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 40 under 40.
Kelly serves on the Board of Directors for Virginia Civics, a non-profit created to promote constitutional literacy, critical thinking and civic engagement, empowering the next generation of leaders in Virginia. Previously, Kelly served as Director of Civic Education at James Madison’s Montpelier directing the Virginia We the People program and as Manager of Teacher Programs at Alexandria’s Close Up Foundation.
Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies at Carleton College in Minnesota. She then earned a Master of Education degree in Social Foundations of Education at the University of Virginia. Kelly also graduated from the Political Leaders Program with the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.
Amber Goodwin is Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence. She is the founder of the Community Justice Action Fund and the Community Justice Reform Coalition. Community Justice is the nation’s leading gun violence prevention organization working on policy, education, and building resources centered on communities of color. Community Justice’s recent advocacy work has secured $1.9 billion in state and local funds for community focused violence intervention programs across the country and its federal advocacy work resulted in an executive action that changed 26 federal grants across 5 agencies, worth $12 billion of federal funds to prioritize community focused violence intervention programs. During her time as Executive Director of Community Justice, Amber also successfully completed law school and currently is an Assistant District Attorney in the Diversion Division of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office where she works on cases for pre-trial diversion and crafting policy practices around gun violence prevention. Amber served as Chair of the Austin Gun Violence Task force which helped to create and fund 1.4 million dollars towards the city’s first Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OVP) and currently acts as a liaison to the OVP through her work at the Travis County District Attorneys Office. In 2019, Amber testified at the United States Congressional Judiciary Committee in the first-ever historic House Hearing on urban gun violence. In 2020-2021, while on leave from Community Justice, Amber was part of the Biden-Harris Transition team as the lead organizer for gun violence prevention groups. Prior to founding Community Justice , Amber served as the first National Advocacy Director for Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and United States Senator Mark Kelly. At Giffords, she helped found the Women’s Coalition for Common Sense, a multi-sector group of national women leaders who joined forces to reduce gun violence. Amber has worked as a “serial” organizer for over twenty years on issues like health insurance reform, voting rights, and was a union organizer for SEIU’s Justice for Janitors campaign. Amber was named to Washingtonian Magazines Most Influential List for 2022, the Root 100 most Influential African Americans in 2017, 2018 Essence Magazine “Woke 100”, and was a Next Gen Fellow with the University of Texas Strauss School for International Security and Law and is an alumni of the Texas Legislative Internship Program. She has worked to promote awareness on gun violence with influencers like Kendrick Sampson, Lady Gaga and Hailey Beiber. Amber is a 2021 graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of law, holds a Masters Degree in Social Policy from St. Edward’s University and a Bachelors of Science Degree from Florida State University.
Ashlei Blue is a member of the Board of Directors for Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence, is a passionate grassroots organizer. A native of Fayetteville, NC and UNC – Charlotte alumna, Ashlei began as a campus volunteer with Obama for America in 2008. She has continued working in electoral politics across her home state where she currently serves as North Carolina State Director at America Votes. She focuses her work on defeating voter suppression and gerrymandering as well as uplifting qualified candidates and skilled staffers throughout the South.
Ashlei is a proud graduate of the Congressional Black Caucus bootcamp as well as the New Leaders Council. Ashlei has also provided consulting services through Blue Strategies NC and commits her skills to Southern campaigns and organizations. These experiences inform her trainings with organizations like Arena and statewide grassroots programs across the country. In her spare time, she is an avid songwriter, amateur storm chaser (#KashDoppler) and snack connoisseur.
Sarah Lerner, is a co-founder of Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence and member of the Board of Directors. She is a survivor teacher of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy in 2018. Lerner began teaching in 2002, and came to MSD in 2014. Lerner was the editor of “Parkland Speaks,” and has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Marie Claire, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, PBS NewsHour Extra and AFT Share My Lesson. She has appeared on MSNBC, HLN, CNN, PBS NewsHour, PBS Frontline, Good Morning Britain and NPR/WLRN. She has been a keynote speaker for AFT, Council of Chief State School Officers, Florida Literary Association, Florida Association of Colleges for Teachers and AFT Share My Lesson.
Antonius Oki Wiriadjaja, a.k.a. Foodmasku, is a member of the Board of Directors for Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence. He is a multimedia artist based in New York City. He is a former Fulbright U.S. Scholar in Indonesia and professor of interactive media. The New York Times selected his account as one of “five art accounts to follow on Instagram now.” He has performed and exhibited internationally including recently at the Sharjah House of Wisdom, UAE, Miami Art Basel, and at SXSW in Austin, Texas. He survived a shooting one block away from his Brooklyn apartment in 2013 and has been an active gun violence prevention activist ever since.
Sari Beth Rosenberg, is a co-founder of Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence and member of the Board of Directors. She has been teaching U.S. History and AP U.S. History at a New York City public high school, the High School for Environmental Studies, for the past two decades and currently hosts the PBS NewsHour Classroom Educator Zoom Series. Rosenberg has been featured in various publications and multimedia platforms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reuters, The Progressive, A+E/Lifetime, Travel Channel, TheSkimm, PBS NewsHour & various popular podcasts. She is a Senior Advisor for Voters of Tomorrow and One Million of Us.