Marked By COVID is 100% volunteer-run and grassroots-powered: More than 200 Activists and Community Advisory Board Members who have been #MarkedByCOVID determine the direction of our work and make sure others in need can connect with us. Seasoned policy, organizing, and communications experts, an all-women Board of Directors, and a range of other advisors, endorsers, and elected officials support the calls of our Activists.
Kristin Urquiza, MPA (she/her)
Co-founder, Chief Activist
Kristin Urquiza is a graduate of Yale University and UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy where she has a Master of Public Affairs. She is an environmental advocate at Mighty Earth, where she works to hold corporations like Cargill accountable to their industrial agricultural practices that displace indigenous people from their lands and drive deforestation in places like the Amazon rainforest and beyond. Additionally, Kristin works closely with Liberation in a Generation, a group working to narrow the wealth gap between people of color and white families in the United States within a generation.
Her grandparents were migrant farmworkers– from Mexico and Oklahoma — and her father worked in the fields as a child. She grew up in the Maryvale community of Phoenix, and is a proud product of public primary education and the first person in her family to go to college. Maryvale is a community of predominantly people of color and immigrants, and is now seeing the highest rates of COVID-19 in the nation, where people are waiting 13 hours to be tested.
Christine Keeves, MPH (she/her)
Co-founder, Chief of Communications
Christine works at the intersection of storytelling, advocacy, and impact analysis to build a more inclusive, equitable world.
A proud child of immigrants, Christine grew up in New York City and was the first in her family to attend college at The George Washington University and then complete a Master of Public Health at Boston University. She has more than ten years of communications experience working on a range of progressive issues, from health care to LGBTQ+ rights.
If she’s not glued to her keyboard, you’re likely to find her at San Francisco’s Circus Center spinning on an aerial hoop or exploring nature with Kristin and their pitbull rescue pup.
Nicole Stratton, MPA (she/her)
Development & Fundraising
Nicole works to grow fundraising capacity and scale organizational impact. She gets her passion for advancing the public and social sectors from her parents, who were both public school teachers and community leaders.
As a Vice President with CCS Fundraising, she specializes in strategic planning, organizational change management, and implementation of large-scale fundraising initiatives. Nicole has worked in a variety of sectors including government, advocacy, health, human services, and arts and culture and across several major markets, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Portland.
Nicole has a Master of Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit management and policy from New York University – Wagner School of Public Service, and a Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Ryan Pukos, MPA (he/him)
Ryan has a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs where he studied equity-focused social welfare policy and non-profit management.
Ryan also brings more than 13 years of diverse, non-profit experience to his role at Marked By COVID – from running environmental issue campaigns, to co-founding a sustainable tourism non-profit in Mexico, to planning and implementing smart city solutions aimed at making New York City a more livable, welcoming place.
Aly Bonde, MPA (she/her)
Aly Bonde is an Oakland-based public policy and nonprofit leader dedicated to bringing people together for impactful social change. Aly is the Public Policy Manager at Oakland Thrives – a public/private collective impact organization – where she works on wealth inequality and guaranteed income policy.
Aly carries a master’s degree from the Goldman School School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Communication from the University of California at Davis – where she served as Managing Editor of the award-winning daily newspaper The California Aggie and graduated magna cum laude. Prior to her career in public policy she worked as a special needs teacher for two years – the most rewarding yet challenging job she’s ever had. She is also a court-appointed advocate for Alameda County foster youth and serves on the boards of several nonprofits.
Kelly Reynolds, MPA (she/her)
Kelly is a policy nerd with nearly a decade of experience in policy analysis, programs, and legislation. She has worked in the California State Legislature and at nonprofits that focus on increasing equity in our education systems. Kelly is passionate about breaking down systems that perpetuate inequity and building a more just world.
Kelly completed undergrad at University of California, San Diego and achieved a Master of Public of Affairs from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time, Kelly is actively involved in several organizations that work to advance social justice and progressive policies. She enjoys unwinding with road trips, hiking, and hanging out with her dogs, Bear and Coco.