Creating change is a team effort.

Rise Against Hate features a diverse team of passionate leaders who are instrumental in the organization's operations. From professionals with years of experience to the leaders of tomorrow, learn about the board members, staff, and volunteers that are creating change.

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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is the governing body of Rise Against Hate and makes decisions about the organization. The board ensures that Rise Against Hate has a sustainable future in enacting social justice change. 

Ben Shore

Co-Founder and Director

Shore is a social entrepreneur fighting for justice. In addition to serving Members of Congress and the White House, he has proven results fighting for change here in NJ. Shore has gone from city to city to fight discriminatory ordinances that disproportionately affected POC. He has fought hard for Civil Rights, testified before the State of NJ, and has pushed legislation that has been signed into law. Before graduating from Cherry Hill High School East, Shore helped lead the Student Walkouts to advocate for safety.

Shore is currently a sworn Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children.

Shore also serves as an investigator for one of the nation's highest-profile police departments in Internal Affairs.

DeOnte Hannah

Co-Founder and Director

Hannah is a young African American male. With a single mother of 3 in Camden, NJ, he managed to graduate from high school. He is a self-driven motivated individual who wants to see a change in the world. A change that will allow future generations to thrive successfully. His mission is to leave a mark on this world that not only his kids can be proud of but to have a company that will forever stand and forever help the world. 

Dr. Rume Joy Azikiwe


Dr. Rume Joy Azikiwe has worked for the Division of Human Resources at the University of Pennsylvania since 2014 and is an Executive Director & Chief of Staff. Before her university appointment, she was Assistant Director of HR and Labor Relations at Genesis Healthcare. Dr. Azikiwe was named the 2019 Delaware Valley HR Person of the Year. Dr. Azikiwe's passion and mission for equal rights come to change the future and path of her young children. She was raised understanding people come in different colors but was taught to embrace and love all. That is the world she strives to see and hopes to make an impact on.

Dr. Rev. Margret A. O'Neall


Developmental Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill. She is an accredited Interim Minister and Professional Transition Specialist serving UU churches in times of transition and development. Margret holds academic degrees in Community Development and Sociology and earned her Master of Divinity from Meadville-Lombard Theological School. She entered intentional interim ministry following a 35-year career working in the public and private sectors, and her call to ministry follows her passion for the transformational process that individuals and organizations may engage with intention in times of change. 

David Hetzell


David is an advocate for human rights and brings a wealth of white male privilege that can be spent by standing by people of color and saying I have your back. David holds a BA in criminal justice from Rutgers and has over 10 years of experience in fighting fraud in the insurance and financial sectors, as well as over five years of leadership experience.  David is currently a senior operations manager over a specialist fraud investigations team for a top 10 bank. 

DeCarla Scott


Dr. Jessica Shore


Dr. Jessica N. Shore, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist with a certification in traumatic studies. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Psychotherapy Services in the Outpatient Psychiatry Center at Penn Medicine. Dr. Shore is committed to creating equity for all and is particularly interested in the intersection of race and trauma. 

Jeremy Ward


Jeremy Ward is a Junior at American University majoring in Political Science with a minor in International Business. He has held various leadership on campus including being the first African-American Speaker of the American University Student Government Undergraduate Senate and Vice President of the World Politics Society. Currently, he serves as the President of the American University College Democrats, an Accessibility Strategist for the IDEA Department of College Democrats of America, and the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the American University International Relations Society.  Jeremy also was a 2-time finalist at Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair. 

Zoe David-Lang


Zoe David-Lang is a third-year student at American University. She is studying History and Justice and Law with a concentration in Criminal Justice. She is very passionate about criminal justice reform. She is currently the events planner for the Students for a Just Society at AU and the secretary for the AU Club Swim Team. Zoe is very hardworking and dedicated to her work at Rise Against Hate!

Board of Advisors

Dr. Tameika Minor


Dr. Tameika Minor is originally from LaCrosse, VA and came to Cherry Hill, NJ in 2016. She has a strong passion for advocacy and research in multiculturism and diversity issues in her career as an Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator in Clinical Mental Health Counseling-Rehabilitation Counseling at Rutgers University. She has researched diversity issues in substance abuse and mental health treatment and also best practices for recruitment, mentoring, and retention among faculty of color in counselor education programs. Dr. Minor has a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a master's in Rehabilitation Counseling and a certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling and Behavioral Addictions from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University. She is also a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). She is excited and passionate about bringing her expertise in diversity and inclusion outside of academia and into action in the community. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, cooking, and spending time with her favorite little guy, her 8-year-old son Travis II.

Tamar Oded


Tamar Oded has 20 years of nonprofit experience, including work in arts, education, and international organizations. Most recently, Tamar was the director of Friends of Ofanim, an organization that supports education work with Arab and Israeli children in Israel's disadvantaged periphery. Tamar is the co-founder of LiveConnections, an organization whose mission is to inspire learning and build community through collaborative music-making. Tamar lives in Cherry Hill with her husband, Adam, and their three small children. They are committed to living in and raising their children in a diverse and inclusive community. 

Staff and Volunteers

Andrew Jung

Deputy Executive Director

As an immigrant from South Korea, Jung is passionate about fighting racist attacks against the Asian community and embracing who we are, no more or any less. Jung has experience serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently employed at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Jung is confident that his skills will be able to execute and implement many positive changes that will impact Asian Americans and other marginalized communities as we work towards racial justice for all. 

Laurance (Nick) Runyon

Deputy Director

Nick Runyon is a young, bright, and motivated student at American University, pursuing a degree in Legal Studies, with a minor in History. Nick believes that everyone is equal, and should be treated as such. Nick is dedicated to fighting racial injustice and bringing real change to the world.

He has many talents, but is currently focusing on graphic design for Rise Against Hate, creating many of the posts you'll see on our Instagram and Facebook!

Lucas Rooney

Videographer/Film Editor

Lucas Rooney is a hard-working, passionate, civil rights activist who joined Rise Against Hate to promote justice for all! Lucas does visual editing and film production for our impactful video content!

Lucas is a 3rd-year student at American University and works for Morgan Stanley.

Youth Empowerment Board

Ebele Azikiwe

President of 

Youth Empowerment Board

Ebele Azikiwe is a 12-year-old ambitious soon-to-be 7th grader who has a passion for making a difference. Ebele hopes to influence and inspire others in positive ways. She sees herself as a leader and hopes to impact the world in a better way. When not fighting for civil justice, Ebele's passions are fashion, modeling, cooking and baking, writing, public speaking, acting and basketball. 

Anjali Ofori

Youth Empowerment Board Advisor

Anjali is a sophomore in high school and a budding activist. She’s participating in the Wide Awake Sunrise leadership program and volunteers for progressive campaigns in her free time. She is also a hip-hop dancer and plays field hockey and lacrosse. 

Zachary Schreiber

Youth Empowerment Board Advisor

Zachary Schreiber is a 16-year-old outgoing Junior at Cherry Hill High school East who has experience working with non-profits. Being raised by a Colombian mother, Zach is a male who seeks to combat prejudice against those oppressed in our country. He is a major Philadelphia sports fan, and his interests primarily include playing sports with his friends, listening to music (mainly hip-hop and R&B), and gaming. 

Gina Liu

Youth Empowerment Board Advisor

Gina Liu is a rising senior at Cherry Hill High School East who seeks to give back to her community and uplift those around her. As a student leader, she has been Class President her 8th-10th grade year and All School Vice President her 11th-12th grade year. She is also the New Jersey Association of Student Council’s (NJASC) Vice President for the 2022 year. Outside of Student Government, Gina Liu has co-founded the CHPS Students for Later Start Times. Her advocacy through this organization has led to the creation of the district committee to investigate later start times. In the future, Gina hopes to apply her skills in leadership and advocacy in her career. At home, she enjoys drawing and going on hikes. 

Intern Spotlight

Shilpa Chowbey

Business Intern

Shilpa Chowbey is a second-year Human-Computer Interaction Major with a minor in Programming at the University of California, San Diego.

Shilpa is a Business Intern who is passionate about education and information accessibility. She joined Rise Against Hate to alleviate the misinformation overload by collecting credible, nonpartisan research. Overall, she hopes to create knowledge-based change in systematically discriminatory institutes. In her free time, you might find her singing in her collegiate acapella group or baking.

Anna Skylar

Research Intern

Anna Skylar is a first-year Business Economics major at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Anna is a research intern for Rise Against Hate, who joined the organization to fight against inequality and expand her knowledge of the world. She hopes to use her research experience with Rise Against Hate to help educate others about drug industrialization and DC housing encampments. Anna utilizes her prior work experience as a former auditing intern to contribute to the analytical aspects of the research projects. Finally, in her free time,  Anna enjoys trying new coffee shops in Los Angeles, going out to restaurants, playing tennis, and watching documentaries.

Norma Ferrel

Legal Intern

Norma Ferrel is a fourth-year Economics student, specializing in Data Science at the University of Chicago. 

Norma is a Legal intern for Rise Against Hate. Her passion for equity and inclusivity drives her work and she has developed those skills while interning for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Houston Food Bank, and White Ribbon Alliance. She is excited to continue her work in anti-discrimination legislation with RAH. In her free time, Norma enjoys embroidery and sewing, and is always looking for a writing buddy!

Ilana Miller

Research Intern

Ilana Miller is a first-year Social Justice Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies double major at Miami University of Ohio.

Ilana is a Research intern for Rise Against Hate, who joined Rise Against Hate to support the organization's education and advocacy work. Outside of Rise Against Hate, Ilana is involved with her university's mock trial team. In her free time, Ilana enjoys spending time with animals and vegan baking.

Alex Yeh

Business Intern

Alex Yeh is a first-year International Relations major at George Washington University, In Washington DC.

Alex is a Business Intern who joined Rise Against Hate to advocate for inclusivity and the fight against discrimination. He hopes to use his work with Rise Against Hate to help educate people on the existing racial disparities in the US. Alex is using his work with the Westchester Human Rights Commission to inform his work at Rise Against Hate. In his free time, Alex enjoys traveling around DC trying new foods, and enjoying the sights.

High School Intern Spotlight

Jeremy Shore

Jeremy Shore is a sophomore at Cherry Hill High School East in New Jersey. As an intern for Rise Against Hate, Jeremy is determined to make a difference in the fight against discrimination and oppression. He is a talented researcher and writer, and utilizes these skills to spread awareness about the injustices faced by racial minority groups. In Jeremy’s free time, he enjoys playing sports, reading, and discovering new coffee shops.

Matt Berkery

Matt Berkery is a sophomore at Cherry Hill High School East with a keen interest in advocacy. Matt joined Rise Against Hate to advance social awareness, and conduct meaningful research about crucial national and international topics. Matt envisions in a career in business or law, and is involved with Model United Nations and DECA to foster these interests. With Rise Against Hate, Matt hopes to be able to contribute his expertise on the cultural and societal implications of global policy and American political turmoil. During his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his friends and studying.

Click here to see biographies of some of Rise Against Hate's previous interns!