Staff


CultureStrike is led by a multiracial, multicultural team of artists and activists that works directly with cultural workers and organizers in the US and beyond. We are primarily people of color and first- or second-generation migrants, and our work draws from our unique experiences as women, LGBTQ, working class, and undocumented people.

As people directly affected by the issues we tackle, we are uniquely positioned to create cultural strategies that influence audiences from next-door neighbors to policy makers.


Executive Director and Cultural Strategist

Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer on a mission to create profound and lasting social change in the world. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and sexual freedom.  Favianna lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art workshops at schools around the country.

Managing Director

Internationally acclaimed queer migrant poet, cultural organizer and activist from Harlem by way of Ecuador. Guiñansaca has performed at The Met, Brooklyn Museum, The Highline, Joe Pubs, El Museo Del Barrio, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, and featured on NBC, PBS, Latina Magazine, Pen American, the Poetry Foundation, and UK’s Diva Magazine to name a few. They've presented keynotes, workshops, and panels at universities throughout the country. Their migration and cultural equity work has also taken them to London and Mexico to advice on arts & policy projects.

Artist Projects Coordinator
Julio Salgado is the co-founder of DreamersAdrift.comand project manager for CultureStrike. His status as an undocumented, queer artivist has fueled the contents of his visual art, which depict key individuals and moments of the DREAM Act and migrant rights movement. Salgado travels around the country working on various visual art projects and giving art lectures about his work. He is currently working on developing a scripted series about the undocumented millennial experience in the U.S. with DreamersAdrift co-counder Jesus Iñiguez. 
Climate Justice Project Manager

Layel is a trans* indigenous descendant of the Yaqui Mayo tribe, an active cultural organizer in Transformative Justice movements, and a pipelined environmentalist via the global anti-gender based violence movement. They are an active member in both the zero waste and vegan communities. Their deep values in individual and collective environmental protection hopes to foster a world that elders can pass in peace from and that the young can thrive in. 

Lead Content Producer

Jesús Iñiguez is an undocumented media artivist of multiple disciplines who currently resides in Berkeley, California. He’s one of the original members of the UndocuMedia team and a co-founder of DreamersAdrift.com, an online platform for undocumented media, in 2010.

Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator

Chucha Marquez is a Queer, Chicanx print maker, digital illustrator, and social media whiz. They were born and raised in the South Bay and are currently based out of Oakland, California. Chucha is an artist whose artwork is inspired by current and historical struggles for social justice and liberation, especially within the context of gender and sexuality, immigration, feminism, current events, and solidarity work. Chucha has a degree in Psychology and Chicanx Studies from UC Davis, with a minor in Art Studio.

Institutional Marketing Manager

crystal marich is a visual artist and social media/communications specialist. crystal (she/her/hers) comes from a youth development and grassroots organizing background. She has experience developing youth programs for urban Indigenous youth that educate and empower on cultural history, tradition, and holistic health. crystal completed her Ethnic Studies undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and a master’s in Arts Politics from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Development Manager

Jess has centered her work on community-building, justice, and empowerment, from field research and program management for artisan business development in Zimbabwe, Madagascar, and Macedonia, to leading food system and sustainable agriculture projects in New England. She has served as an advisor and developed resources for programs on community and youth arts, urban farming and food access, and migrant rights. Jess is inspired by kids exploring the power of photography, art, movement, and the freedom of the outdoors.

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