Meet our Trainers

A glimpse at some of the wonderful faces you might encounter at one of our trainings, whether we’re online or in person.

We are pleased to announce our two newest members to our team: Kristina Tendilla & Aimée-Josiane Twagirumukiza! They joined the Academy in May, 2021.

Kristina Tendilla (she/they) has been a lifelong Filipinx community organizer. They worked as the Executive Director of Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment and a national organizer with National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum working to fight for reproductive justice. Before that, they were a community organizer with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago for several years leading and winning campaigns on immigrant and racial justice. Kristina has worked with many queer/trans/non-binary BIPOC groups on the local and national level to build community and a collective movement abolition. 

For over 10 years, Kristina organized alongside families and people to fight for environmental justice, immigrant/refugee rights, worker rights, Illinois TRUST Act, rejecting anti-Muslim and xenophobic executive orders. Kristina was recognized as a National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Everyday SHEroe and a Chicago Women and Femme to Celebrate. Through her work and other LGBTQIA+ APIDAs, i2i has received the National Queer Asian American Pacific Islander Alliance Advocacy Award in 2016. Driven by a love for community, Kristina has a deep commitment to build collective power for all people.

Aimée-Josiane Twagirumukiza (they & she pronouns) is an anti-racist organizer and cultural worker who is rooted in the struggles of Black, immigrant, trans and queer, survivors and workers. They are a certified life & transformational coach, who believes that organizing moves at the speed of trust. This mantra has defined their roles as a co-founder and sustaining member of Queer the Land, a QTBIPOC housing collective in Seattle, WA, and a founding member and current President of the National LGBTQ Workers Center, which fights against sexual and gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Aimée-Josiane has been a professional organizer for public sector employees throughout the South and Pacific Northwest with locals of the Communication Workers of America and the American Federation of Teachers. They have also coordinated large-scale anti-violence education for the Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse, and before coming to the Midwest Academy, they worked at the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) leading NDWA’s We Dream in Black program, which builds the power and leadership of Black homecare workers, nannies, house cleaners and unpaid family caregivers across the U.S. Aimée-Josiane is from Gikongoro, Rwanda, in the late 1990s, they emigrated from Zambia to the U.S. and were granted asylum. Since then they have lived on the U.S. coasts, and currently make home in Atlanta, Georgia with their wife who is a free-lance journalist, a sassy cat named Seven and a close-knit group of friends and family. They have a BA in Sociology from Georgia State University.

David Hunt (he/him) believes that by teaching others how to harness the power of storytelling, social justice, community development and empowerment can be achieved – resulting in thriving communities, increased civic engagement, deep healing, and social change.

David has worked with a diverse and eclectic range of clients – from local and national non-profit community organizations and foundations to colleges, universities, social change and grassroots organizations, religious institutions, and government at all levels.

His energetic, charismatic, and fun-loving spirit creates opportunities for his clients and audiences to reflect, enjoy, learn, and grow together as they resolve conflict, plan strategically and organize powerfully.