meet the team
Founder, Executive Director
AnnaLise is an educator, artist, and entrepreneur. She holds a bachelor's in philosophy and art from the University of Notre Dame, a master's in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a California teaching credential. She has been a classroom teacher, environmental educator, nonprofit director, and sustainable food startup founder.
AnnaLise believes that education is the most powerful tool for achieving social change, which is why she launched The Changemaker Project in 2017. TCP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit which has provided over 2000 youth in 30+ countries with the tools, mentorship, and funding to make an impact in their communities. Her vision is to empower changemakers all over the world to find their voice, take action on the issues they care about, and create a more equitable and compassionate world.
Outside of TCP, AnnaLise is a PhD candidate in Comparative International Education at UCLA, where she studies how schools around the globe successfully foster qualities of empathy, altruism, and inclusion.
Hafsa is a final year student at Carleton University studying Childhood and youth studies with a minor in psychology. Children rights has always been what Hafsa has been passionate about and volunteers with disadvantaged youth and children hospitals on her spare time. Hafsa wants to combine her passion with helping children and her studies of development to continue helping children in need in the future. Outside of school she enjoys baking, content creating and making earrings.
Chistina is currently perusing an Honours Bachelor's degree as a fourth-year student in the Childhood and Youth Studies Program with a minor in Indigenous Studies at Carleton University. As a past workshop facilitator and research assistant in Childhood Studies at Carleton University, Christina has experience in mentoring and working closely with children and youth. Particularly, she has worked and volunteered extensively with children and youth who have disabilities. Christina is passionate about educational rights for children and youth, disability rights, and environmental justice. In the future, she hopes to continue working with and advocating for children in the non-profit sector to make a meaningful difference in their lives.
Maya is a senior at Carleton University in the Child and Youth Studies program with a minor in Psychology. She was a part of the Carleton Ravens Rugby team and is now currently playing for the Canada Development Academy. In her free time she enjoys playing a variety of sports and being able to help support young female athletes to continue being active in sports. She is dedicated to keeping up with programs that allow female athletes to follow their dreams and defeating the odds that society holds on female athletes. Maya is passionate about many social justice issues, including equal pay in athletics and Racial injustice. Maya hopes that society soon will be in a place where everyone’s voice is able to be respected and appreciated.
Gabriel is a senior at Berkeley High School. At The Changemaker Project, he is a video production intern. Gabriel has been making short films with his friends since he was 12 years old! He has produced video content for various Bay Area organizations including The Strongman Club, Grassroots Crossfit and The Watershed Project. In the future, he plans to pursue both narrative and documentary filmmaking. Gabriel regularly volunteers at a local food pantry where he assists clients in selecting and packing groceries. He hopes to live in a world where people don’t need to worry about where their next meal will come from. In his free time, Gabriel enjoys reading dark satirical comedies such as Catch 22 and Brave New World.
Jumal is Managing Director at Learning Design Labs, a boutique education advisory firm that works within the Technology, Non-profit, and Academic sectors. As an Alumni Board member for Pomona College, he serves as Chair of the Current Matters Committee, which counsels the college on present day campus challenges on behalf of the alumni community at large. Jumal is most passionate about providing access to essential needs for everyone, especially relating to emotional connection and wellbeing.
Daniela Nuñez is a social media program manager at Consumer Reports and a community advocate based in Austin, TX. At work, she creates social media campaigns on issues including data privacy, product safety, and financial services. As a neighborhood association president, she organized her neighbors for a new park in her neighborhood and has helped win major grants to fund the park construction. She also co-leads the green school park efforts to help children and families connect with nature. Daniela is most passionate about advocating for the health and safety of marginalized communities.