Previous Interns

Cameron Crawford

Fundraising and Grant Intern

Cameron is a third year student at American University majoring in Justice and Law. Although currently residing in Washington, DC, Cameron is originally from the Philadelphia area.

As the Fundraising and Grant Writing Intern at Rise Against Hate, Cameron is narrowing down grant applications and crafting inquiries to send out. Additionally, he is working on various research projects, such as the Cherry Hill school-to-prison pipeline project and the Radical Justice Commission project.

In his free time, Cameron enjoys playing basketball, hiking, reading, and exploring Washington, DC. He is looking forward to working with the Rise Against Hate team and making more positive change through research projects and public awareness.

Coralie Jean-Francois

Business Intern

Coralie Jean-François is a Business Intern at Rise Against Hate. She is currently a senior at Fordham University pursuing a double major in International Political Economy and French Studies with a minor in Philosophy.

As a Business Intern at Rise Against Hate, Coralie’s responsibilities include writing grant proposals and managing the organization’s marketing budget.

Some of Coralie’s personal interests include spending time with her friends, watching horror movies, completing jigsaw puzzles, reading Caribbean Literature, and everything that has to do with the Law & Order franchise.

Sparkle Mark

Business Intern

Born and raised in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sparkle has always had a passion for human rights and understands how inequity in society negatively affects minorities. Sparkle Mark is a senior at The George Washington University pursuing a degree in Business concentrating in Finance and a minor in Psychology.

Throughout her time at The George Washington University, Sparkle has held several leadership positions such as AmeriCorps Jumpstart Team Leader and Undergraduate Senator in the Student Association.

As a Business Major at Rise Against Hate, she will be working on projects focused on developing a marketing strategy, managing the advertising budget, and raising brand awareness for Rise Against Hate.

Sparkle is known for being hardworking, funny, and kindhearted. She also has a passion for decreasing the achievement gap in education and increasing financial literacy, hoping to one day develop her own financial literacy program.



Jessica Saunders

Press and Communication Intern

Jessica is a senior Communications and Social Influence and Sociology double major at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During her time at Temple, she has had the opportunity to study the importance of effective communication, language, and rhetoric in creating social and political change.

Jessica applies the skills she has learned in her classes through several leadership positions. She is the President of the Temple University Public Advocacy Club, an Ambassador for the Temple University Honors Program, and a Peer Mentor to Freshmen students in the Klein College of Media and Communications.

As the Press and Communications intern at Rise Against Hate, Jessica will be managing social media accounts, writing the Rise Against Hate newsletter, and helping out wherever else she can!

Ke Jiang

Data Analysis Intern

My name is Ke Jiang, I am a graduate student at Boston University and majoring in Database management & Business Intelligence. I am working as an intern in Rise Against Hate as a data analyst. I am mainly responsible for sorting and cleaning data, analyzing data and making visual infographics and reports. I recently participated in the research study of Racial Justice and Cherry Hill Public Schools, and conducted the data analysis part!

Lilli Jiang

Data Analysis Intern

Lili is recent graduate from The George Washington University with a master’s degree in information systems. She is experienced in data and business analysis and has an interest in applying the business models she was taught at her institution to real world situations.

Lili is an energetic and creative problem solver. She enjoys collaborating with her peers in the workplace and is always ready to help and support others.

As a data analyst at Rise Against Hate, Lili will use statistical information to bring attention to racial injustice in the country through research reporting. Currently, she is working on analyzing data for Rise Against Hate’s study of racial discrimination at Cherry Hill Public Schools in New Jersey.

Gio Liguori

Research Intern

Gio is one of Rise Against Hate’s Research Interns and a current Senior at The George Washington University. He is wrapping up his degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice, while pursuing a master’s in Public Policy. His passions lie in criminal justice reform. From drug decriminalization to decreasing the prison population, Gio believes in rooting out systemic injustices in our current criminal justice processes.

As a member of the Research team, Gio will be contributing to several prominent reports on police action and accountability in both his home community of New Jersey and in his adopted home of Washington, DC. In addition to grant writing and fundraising, he hopes his work can draw attention to Rise Against Hate and the crucial social justice issues we advocate for.

In his free time, you may find Gio obsessing over sports (especially the Yankees and the Nets), playing video games, or watching documentaries.

Jessica Nguyen

Research Intern

Jessica is a senior at the University of California, Santa Barbara studying Statistics and Data Science.

As a Data Analysis Intern at Rise Against Hate, Jessica will be using her knowledge of statistics and data science to research and write reports detailing racial discrimination in Cherry Hill Public Schools and disproportionate uses of excessive force by the Cherry Hill Police Department.

Ilyana Rich

Research Intern

Ilyana Rich is a mother, wife, and student.


Ilyana grew up in Tucson, Arizona and with over a decade of service, in the USAF she was able to hone skills in follower-ship, mentoring, and management.


Her last assignment allowed her to expand outside of her daily functions and to find purpose as Community Support Office Noncommissioned Officer In Charge, where she operated as a Master Resilience Trainer, and trained in MBTI.


Ilyana is finalizing her bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a focus on Government and Gender Studies at the University of Arizona, and is a completing a Business Internship with Rise Against Hate, to fulfill her goals to serve a diverse community with trusted connections, by utilizing and teaching resilience tools and techniques to impact diversity and inclusion among employers with compassion and confidence.

Raya Rukab

Research Intern

Raya Rukab is a third-year student at American University, originally from Jacksonville, Florida, studying Public Health and International Studies.

As a queer, Arab-American women, Raya’s academic research has centered around comprehensive global sexual education and equitable access to reproductive health care in both the United States and the Middle Eastern and North African regions of our world.

As a Research Intern at Rise Against Hate, Raya is currently working on two research projects pertaining to racial justice in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.