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Carlos Mark Vera, Founder Carlos Mark Vera is the founder of the "Pay Our Interns" campaign. He is a strong believer in the power of storytelling and using social media to bring forth change. While in school, he founded Justice for AU Workers, one of the largest student-led labor organizations in the country that advocates for service workers of color. Having been an unpaid intern at White House, European Parliament and the House of Representatives, he has known firsthand the struggles of trying to survive while interning for free. His writings have appeared on the Huffington Post, NBC Latino and The Hill. He has appeared on CNN, Telemundo, Fox News and Univision. Contact him: carlos@payourinterns.com

Carlos Mark Vera, Founder

Carlos Mark Vera is the founder of the "Pay Our Interns" campaign. He is a strong believer in the power of storytelling and using social media to bring forth change. While in school, he founded Justice for AU Workers, one of the largest student-led labor organizations in the country that advocates for service workers of color. Having been an unpaid intern at White House, European Parliament and the House of Representatives, he has known firsthand the struggles of trying to survive while interning for free. His writings have appeared on the Huffington Post, NBC Latino and The Hill. He has appeared on CNN, Telemundo, Fox News and Univision.

Contact him: carlos@payourinterns.com

Guillermo Creamer, Chief of Staff Guillermo Creamer is a first-generation college student. During his time in college, he was an unpaid intern in the House of Representatives and the Executive Office of the Mayor in Washington, D.C. From this experience, he knows first-hand the costs of unpaid internships. Guillermo firmly believes that providing more paid internships allows for a more diverse workforce and gives students from various backgrounds the opportunity to do more. Guillermo is originally from Massachusetts and his parents are from South America.   Contact him: guillermo@payourinterns.com

Guillermo Creamer, Chief of Staff

Guillermo Creamer is a first-generation college student. During his time in college, he was an unpaid intern in the House of Representatives and the Executive Office of the Mayor in Washington, D.C. From this experience, he knows first-hand the costs of unpaid internships. Guillermo firmly believes that providing more paid internships allows for a more diverse workforce and gives students from various backgrounds the opportunity to do more. Guillermo is originally from Massachusetts and his parents are from South America.

 

Contact him: guillermo@payourinterns.com

Christina Isnardi, Policy Director Christina Isnardi currently works as a litigation assistant for Virginia & Ambinder, LLP, a workers' rights law firm that has represented unpaid interns in over 70 wage violation cases, and that has achieved the largest unpaid internship settlement to date at $7.2 million. She also lobbied legislators to extend civil rights protections against sexual harassment and discrimination to unpaid interns, including a New York City bill that was signed into law in April 2014, and a federal bill that was passed unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2016. She has spoken publicly on the issue, including through panels and talks hosted by the New York City Bar Association, TEDxNYU, The Huffington Post, and other organizations.

Christina Isnardi, Policy Director

Christina Isnardi currently works as a litigation assistant for Virginia & Ambinder, LLP, a workers' rights law firm that has represented unpaid interns in over 70 wage violation cases, and that has achieved the largest unpaid internship settlement to date at $7.2 million. She also lobbied legislators to extend civil rights protections against sexual harassment and discrimination to unpaid interns, including a New York City bill that was signed into law in April 2014, and a federal bill that was passed unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2016. She has spoken publicly on the issue, including through panels and talks hosted by the New York City Bar Association, TEDxNYU, The Huffington Post, and other organizations.

 
Adriyanna Andreus, Civic Engagement & Advocacy Director Adriyanna Andreus is political science major and community development minor at Howard University. In her community, she served as a participant in her city council, as well as the spokeswoman for her local high school. Recently, Adriyanna was one of seven students to represent the United States at Elan Haiti, the first International Summit in Haiti. Adriyanna serves as the President of the DC Federation of College Democrats. She is also the founder and Chair for the DMV Haitian Student Association. She has been quoted on CNN, MSNBC and Politico and featured on Al Jazeera.

Adriyanna Andreus, Civic Engagement & Advocacy Director

Adriyanna Andreus is political science major and community development minor at Howard University. In her community, she served as a participant in her city council, as well as the spokeswoman for her local high school. Recently, Adriyanna was one of seven students to represent the United States at Elan Haiti, the first International Summit in Haiti. Adriyanna serves as the President of the DC Federation of College Democrats. She is also the founder and Chair for the DMV Haitian Student Association. She has been quoted on CNN, MSNBC and Politico and featured on Al Jazeera.

Stanley Kirshner-Breen, Marketing Director Stanley Kirshner-Breen is a student at American University pursuing a bachelors degree in strategic communication with a double minor in marketing and graphic design. He sees firsthand the sacrifices that students make for unpaid internships and believes that students of all backgrounds should have equal economic opportunities. He is an early adopter with a strong passion for music, art, and creative culture. 

Stanley Kirshner-Breen, Marketing Director

Stanley Kirshner-Breen is a student at American University pursuing a bachelors degree in strategic communication with a double minor in marketing and graphic design. He sees firsthand the sacrifices that students make for unpaid internships and believes that students of all backgrounds should have equal economic opportunities. He is an early adopter with a strong passion for music, art, and creative culture. 

Shira Stein, Web Manager Shira Stein is student at American University pursuing a dual degree in journalism and biology. She has a passion for DNA and informing the public, and she hopes to combine those passions by becoming a science journalist. While she has been lucky enough to do paid internships thus far, she believes that all students should have the same opportunities she has been afforded as a communications student. She is a former National Scholastic Press Association Online Pacemaker-winning Editor-in-Chief.

Shira Stein, Web Manager

Shira Stein is student at American University pursuing a dual degree in journalism and biology. She has a passion for DNA and informing the public, and she hopes to combine those passions by becoming a science journalist. While she has been lucky enough to do paid internships thus far, she believes that all students should have the same opportunities she has been afforded as a communications student. She is a former National Scholastic Press Association Online Pacemaker-winning Editor-in-Chief.

 
Emily Hall, Photographer Emily Hall is a filmmaker and photographer based in DC. She is currently a sophomore at American University with an interest in narrative and documentary filmmaking as well as portrait, event and social issue photography. She began her business, Emily Eldridge Hall Photography, in 2013    

Emily Hall, Photographer

Emily Hall is a filmmaker and photographer based in DC. She is currently a sophomore at American University with an interest in narrative and documentary filmmaking as well as portrait, event and social issue photography. She began her business, Emily Eldridge Hall Photography, in 2013

 

 

 
Evan Martinez, Communication Coordinator Evan Martinez is the Communications Associate at the American Iron and Steel Institute, a top tier trade association based in Washington, D.C. Prior to this, Evan attended American University where he held internships at EMILY's List, United World Colleges International, C.Fox Communications and WilmerHale. He served as the Vice President of Publicity for American University's PRSSA chapter and is now a member of PRSA's News Professional's chapter. He has been published in PRNews Pro, PRSA.org and featured a guest columnist on American University's PRSSA blog. Evan will be attending Georgetown University's Public Relations and Corporate Communications Master's program in the Fall. He has accepted both paid and unpaid internships but believes that every hard worker deserves to be compensated. Evan understands that young people are the future and it has never been more important to appreciate and honor their work. He is thrilled to join the Pay Our Interns team!

Evan Martinez, Communication Coordinator

Evan Martinez is the Communications Associate at the American Iron and Steel Institute, a top tier trade association based in Washington, D.C. Prior to this, Evan attended American University where he held internships at EMILY's List, United World Colleges International, C.Fox Communications and WilmerHale. He served as the Vice President of Publicity for American University's PRSSA chapter and is now a member of PRSA's News Professional's chapter. He has been published in PRNews Pro, PRSA.org and featured a guest columnist on American University's PRSSA blog. Evan will be attending Georgetown University's Public Relations and Corporate Communications Master's program in the Fall.

He has accepted both paid and unpaid internships but believes that every hard worker deserves to be compensated. Evan understands that young people are the future and it has never been more important to appreciate and honor their work. He is thrilled to join the Pay Our Interns team!

 
Outreach Director Trevor Smith is an Associate at M+R, a public relations and digital communications agency that works with non-profits and foundations. Originally from Maryland, he lived in New Delhi, India and Seoul, South Korea for much of his life. A graduate of American University, where he received a B.A. in Journalism, he has held various unpaid internships mainly focusing on affordable housing advocacy. He realizes that unpaid internships isolate a certain type of student that can afford to work for free, and only perpetuate the stark economic inequality throughout the country today.

Outreach Director

Trevor Smith is an Associate at M+R, a public relations and digital communications agency that works with non-profits and foundations. Originally from Maryland, he lived in New Delhi, India and Seoul, South Korea for much of his life. A graduate of American University, where he received a B.A. in Journalism, he has held various unpaid internships mainly focusing on affordable housing advocacy. He realizes that unpaid internships isolate a certain type of student that can afford to work for free, and only perpetuate the stark economic inequality throughout the country today.