Meet Team Deeds.
Claudia is a dedicated community activist born in Venezuela and raised in El Paso, Texas. Drawing on her power and unique experience as a Dreamer and queer Latina, she advocates on behalf of young Texans everywhere looking to find their voices to affect change in their communities.
In a career spanning seven years of public service, Claudia has served in multiple roles coordinating change across the political and advocacy sectors, collaborating with organizational leaders like Battleground Texas, Texas Freedom Network, and United We Dream. Prior to her current role, Claudia served Deeds Not Words as the Director of Student Outreach and Organizing, training hundreds of student leaders and building chapters across 19 Texas high schools and higher learning institutions. She also served as Director of Community Affairs for the Office of Texas State Senator José Rodríguez, a staunch advocate for social and political justice and an inspirational leader whom she considers to be one of her strongest mentors.
One of her proudest achievements came from presenting to her border community Justicia: Modeling Our Stories. The art collective and fashion show demonstrated the power of individuals and highlighted narratives of reproductive justice, gender, and identity and offered a meaningful way for community members to share their stories in a safe environment, untarnished by the damaging rhetorical environment that often impacts people on the border.
Amber Davis, Co-Executive Director of Operations, is a proud native Texan, born and raised in Ft. Worth, and resident of Austin since 2013. Amber is a graduate of Texas Christian University, where she pursued a degree in Communication Studies.
Inspired by her mother’s story and fight for gender equity, she joined the Deeds Not Words team as the Manager of Finance and Operations before her role as Co-Executive Director. Her values of resilience, strength, and courage were instilled in her at a young age, which has carried her through life’s challenges and successes.
And now, as a mother of 2 young daughters, that passion for social justice continues, and it’s just one of the many reasons she is committed to promoting significant, positive change for young women through advocacy powered by compassion. Amber’s dedication is rooted in her role as a mother, where she strives to raise her children in a world where all women are treated and paid equally, have access to affordable quality healthcare, and their ideas and voices aren’t silenced because of their gender. She believes that the most attractive quality in a person is the proper use of there, they’re and their, and has yet to figure out how to fold a fitted sheet.
Edith Valle is a graphic designer, illustrator and fine artist based in Austin Texas. She studied graphic design at St. Edward’s University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design degree. Edith is active in Austin’s local art scene from painting murals and installing community art projects across town to organizing workshops and lectures about design and publications for local creatives.
As Art Director at Deeds Not Words, she launched the organizations first Artist in Residency program with a focus on art and activism. Through this program Edith provides mentorship to young artists and guides them in creating art that centers self-identifying women and their narrative. As a strong believer in education and the power of telling your own story, Edith launched The Galvanizer, a zine by young people for young people. While Edith provides all creative direction for the Galvanizer and handles the printing and design for each issue, the young members of Deeds student chapters write and create the content. From using personal experience to educate women about the TX Lege to dimistifying sex myths, The Galvanizer harnesses the power of young women and allows them to take control of their own stories.
Edith branded Movement Mujeres, a program that uplifts women of color and trains them to eventually reach positions of power as elected officials or executive directors of progressive non-profits. As an artist herself, Edith is dedicated to making spaces for young artists to thrive and bringing awareness to the arts’ essential role in shifting culture and making change.
Andrea Reyes Sierra is a first-generation American and proud Chicana born and raised in El Paso, TX. She earned her dual Bachelors in International Politics and Microbiology from the University of Texas at El Paso. As a young activist inspired by the strong women in her community, she accepted the challenge to stand up to the strong negative rhetoric our head of state and other representatives have expressed through ‘passing the mic’ and weaponizing local narratives by uplifting the voice of the youth. While living in El Paso, she had the opportunity to intern and serve as Youth Advisory Committee chairperson for the Office of Texas State Senator José Rodríguez (2017). Motivated by the opportunity to work alongside like-minded organizers to hold federal and local-representatives accountable, her enthusiasm for using advocacy and outreach techniques as a tool for progressive change has led her to spearhead movements in the borderland region focusing in immigrant rights; she served as the communications liaison for the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee (DMSC) as well as serving as a co-founder to Education Not Deportation (END), a student led coalition seeking to protect DACA recipients from unjust immigration laws such as SB4 in Texas. Apart from movement work, Andrea’s experience stems from having five political campaigns under her belt ranging from the local, state, and national levels. Most recently, she served as Field Manager for Beto O’Rourke’s campaign. Currently based in Austin, Andrea is eager to learn more about issues that directly affect women regardless of societal definition and how she can share her expertise in advocacy to drive team collaboration, build coalitions, and work together towards social and political change!
Andrea is a self-proclaimed color coordinating superhero and loves traveling!
Cristina Chavez is a first generation Mexican-American originally from Houston, TX. The daughter of immigrants Cristina knows some have to work harder than others. A graduate from the George I. Sanchez School of Education from the University of Texas, she received her degree in Youth and Community Studies having always been interested in the role our community plays in our learning. During her 8 years in Austin she has worked at various educational and basic needs non-profits. Her background is in community engagement, resource sharing, event planning, fundraising and leadership development. Most recently she served as the program manager for Movement Mujeres a shared program of Jolt Initiative and Deeds Not Words. Movement Mujeres seeks to create a model of change by demonstrating that investment in women of color leaders is the path to driving systemic change in Texas. She was instrumental in the launch and initial execution of this revolutionary program. Coming from a perspective of servant leadership Cristina is committed to loudly and actively uplifting women, who are too often told their voices value less. In her spare time, you can find Cristina at a local coffee shop with her dog, or traveling to Chicago to visit her nieces and nephews.
Natasha Acevedo, Youth Outreach & Organizing Manager
Natasha is a lifelong activist who came into politics while studying at New Mexico State University in 2013, where she received a dual Bachelors Degree in Psychology and in Creative Media. She’s experienced firsthand the disparities in which people are treated growing up in the borderland of El Paso, TX, being part of the LGBTQ community, and traveling throughout the United States from the West Coast to the East Coast and even abroad listening to people’s stories and learning about different cultures and struggles.
Prior to Deeds, Natasha became a dedicated volunteer for the Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign, eventually becoming a voice for her community and representing Bernie Sanders as a national delegate at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Afterwards she took her organizing skills to the labor movement and helped mobilize hundreds of nurses to fight for their union rights under National Nurses United.
Natasha envisions a society where every person, no matter their background, has and deserves equity, dignity, value, and health in their lives.
When she’s not organizing, Natasha spends her time doing athletics from skateboarding to yoga.