Ameya Biradavolu, Executive Director, We Are Not Afraid Community Resource Center
Ameya (She/Her) is the co-founder and executive director of We Are Not Afraid Community Resource Center, which runs multiple food rescue and food distribution programs as well as a refugee shelter for incoming immigrants. She is a social worker who graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work. She majored in policy practice with a minor in law and had a concentration in health, mental health and disabilities. She is a Posse Foundation full tuition scholarship recipient from Middlebury College. There she majored in American Studies, minored in South Asian Studies and had a concentration of film and media studies. She has worked at the NYC Office of Community Affairs, the Smithsonian Museum of American Studies and for Amnesty International. And she has spent seven years fundraising for affordable housing and social justice/arts programs led by and serving black and brown communities. She is a youth organizer under 30 and co-founder/board treasurer of AllinOne Collective, an arts collective that partners with real-estate developers to prevent gentrification and repurpose untraditionally zoned spaces. She was also featured on NY1, in NPR, The Brownstoner, The Uptowner and WSHU Public Radio. Her projects were also featured in two NYTimes (1), NYTimes (2), NowthisNews and NY1.