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GLIDE CENTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

Rooted in San Francisco, building a movement based on unconditional love towards a more just and equitable world.

Join GLIDE and Be the Change!

GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice works to build a social justice movement to influence public policy on poverty, food insecurity, housing, discrimination, racial justice and human rights.

 

We do this through grassroots organizing, community education and engagement, thought leadership, and policy development. We convene community members and policymakers to amplify the voices of the community. In addition, we mobilize GLIDE clients, congregants, volunteers, supporters, and neighbors to become agents of change.

We invite you to join GLIDE and help advance racial and social justice for all.

Sign up for regular communications from our advocacy team to hear about opportunities to get involved. Together we can create a more just and equitable world.

Our Work

We believe in a world that is fair, loving, and just.
We believe that we all have the power to be our best selves.
We mobilize the community to advocate and build a movement to influence public policy. Join GLIDE and become a Justice Warrior.
We amplify community voices and implement better policy, legislation, and investments in life-affirming resources.

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Center for Social Justice Staff

Our organization is lead by a diverse cross-section of dedicated individuals from and for the community.
Miguel Bustos

Miguel Bustos​​

Chief of Global Initiatives & Senior Director for the
Center for Social Justice

Miguel Bustos
Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, Miguel grew up steeped in community activism and has dedicated himself to public policy at both the local and national levels for many years. He was the first person in his large family to attend college, and he continued on to pursue two graduate degrees. Before coming to GLIDE, Miguel served as policy adviser for President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore; Deputy District Director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee; Director of Boards and Commissions for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom; and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Oakland Mayor Ronald V. Dellums. These opportunities have gifted him the experience to know how to translate vision into policy; dreams into appropriations; and disparate voices into coalitions. Finally, he has broad experience in managing people and resources having overseen three not-for-profits and countless volunteers. Miguel knows the value of communication when it comes to achieving long and short-range goals and objectives. Currently, Miguel is the Senior Director of the GLIDE Center for Social Justice, where he oversees the expansion of CSJ’s work, including growing GLIDE’s advocacy and policy-related efforts, Community Engagement and Volunteer program, drop-in legal clinic, community leaders and internship programming, and more. He also served on GLIDE’s Board of Trustees for five years before accepting his current role with CSJ!

Isoke Femi

(Vice Chair) Vice President Technology, Sequoia Capital

Isoke Femi
Isoke holds the title of Maven of Transformative Learning at GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice and leads its summer internship program, Emerging Leaders. A co-founder and director of the Todos Institute, Isoke co-authored “No Boundaries”, a manual for intercultural alliance–building, and developed “Leading With Soul”, a curriculum for cultural leadership. For over 25 years, Isoke has worked with hundreds of groups throughout the United States, supporting them to appreciate and engage difference. In her work, Isoke draws on indigenous African concepts – such as soul force, personalism, and vitalism – as ways of engaging and integrating learning. She has devoted her life to the work of unlearning oppression and illuminating power at the intersection of spirit and culture. Please reach out with any questions or comments: ifemi@glide.org

Wesley Saver

Senior Policy Manager

Wesley Saver
Wesley Saver (he/him) joined the GLIDE Center for Social Justice as Policy Manager in 2019. As the Senior Policy Manager, he oversees the local and state policy agenda, which includes a broad portfolio of priorities to address systemic inequities facing the GLIDE community. Originally from Chicago, as an advocate, educator, human services provider, and organizer, he has over a decade’s track record of serving systemically marginalized and oppressed communities in California, Illinois, and North Carolina, particularly youth and families most impacted by circumstances of poverty, homelessness, and the criminal legal system. Wesley received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. in International and Intercultural Studies from Pitzer College. Please reach out with any questions or comments: wsaver@glide.org

Rabbi Michael Lezak

Social Justice Director

Rabbi Michael Lezak
Rabbi Michael Lezak leads justice pilgrimages to Alabama and into the Tenderloin, empowering leaders to see the through-line from slavery to mass incarceration and mass poverty, ultimately summoning these leaders to moral responsibility and righteous action. He spearheads groundbreaking work with law enforcement and district attorneys from around the country to help them understand the challenges faced by people living in extreme poverty. He is on the board of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Please reach out with any questions or comments: mlezak@glide.org

Eleana Binder

Policy Associate

Eleana Binder
Eleana Binder is the Policy Associate for the Center for Social Justice. Before joining GLIDE, she worked in eviction prevention at the Homeless Advocacy Project, as well as in nonprofit and local government settings in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Eleana’s history with GLIDE began years ago when she participated in the Emerging Leaders Internship program, and she is so happy to have returned. Please reach out with any questions or comments: ebinder@glide.org

Hannah Van Aelstyn

Social Justice Project Coordinator

Hannah Van Aelstyn
Hannah van Aelstyn (she/her/hers) serves as CSJ’s Project Coordinator, and is responsible for supporting the Center for Social Justice in implementing its policy, advocacy, and transformative learning programs. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. While there, she helped establish and manage a 106-member housing cooperative that challenged the housing affordability crisis and has provided startup capital for other housing cooperative projects in the U.K., acting as a model for systemic change. She has enjoyed returning to her native San Francisco and putting her love of the city and its people into action by working at GLIDE, as well as continuously learning from GLIDE’s and the Center for Social Justice’s powerful teachers and community. Please reach out with any questions or comments: hvanaelstyn@glide.org

Erick Arguello

Advocacy Manager

Erick Arguello
Erick Arguello is the Advocacy Manager under the Center for Social Justice. He is responsible in building our Justice Warrior advocacy arm to lift and move GLIDES Policy Agenda. Erick’s work spans over 25 years advocating to preserve and protect the Missions Latinx Cultural Assets and Latinx immigrant community. He is a Founder and President of Calle 24 Latino Cultural District. There are now 8 cultural districts throughout San Francisco aimed to preserving San Francisco’s cultural diversity. He is the recipient of the KQED Latino Heritage Month Local Hero Award 2011, 2014 Cesar E. Chavez Legacy Award, San Francisco Latino Heritage Award 2014, LGBTQ Individual Community Grand Marshall 2008, and the Instituto Familiar De La Raza, Ollin Rodrigo Reyes Award 2003. Please reach out with any questions or comments: earguello@glide.org