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Meet the Team

Students Deserve Staff


Joseph Williams



Joseph has been the Director of Students Deserve since 2019. 

He has been involved in movements for racial, social, economic, and educational justice for over a decade - including engaging in a hunger strike with the Living Wage Campaign at UVA in 2012, over 5 years of organizing in the labor movement, and 7+ years of organizing with Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles (BLMLA).


Operations Manager


Ashley has been our Operations Manager since June of 2021.  


She brings a background in education and disability rights as well as fundraising for racial justice organizations to the work. She oversees our fundraising and donor relations functions, as well as managing the budget, different organizational expenses, and some communications functions.  


Schools & Community Organizer


Mau has been with SD since 2020.


They have supported formerly incarcerated and system-impacted boys & men of color through academic counseling and political education to enact systems change. They have also done extensive organizing in the immigration justice field.  Mau brings a wealth of expertise in youth organizing and development, and extensive experience in leadership, organizing and coalition-building in immigration, racial, and labor justice fields.



Student/Alumni Organizer


Marshé has been a member of Students Deserve since 2016, and a part-time employee since 2020.


She graduated from Dorsey High School in the Crenshaw district where she was involved with Students Deserve for 3 years. There, she developed into an amazing speaker, advocate, organizer and leader. She wrote a book chapter about the fight to End Random Searches in the first “Black Lives Matter at School” book, spoke at the massive student/parent/teacher strike in 2019, and has been a consistent student leader in the movement.


Parent Organizer


Jsané has been a member of Students Deserve since 2008 and a part-time staffer since 2021.

Jsané builds relationships with and helps empower parents throughout LAUSD to work alongside our youth leaders, educators and community partners to successfully push for making Black lives matter in Schools. In this role, Jsané identifies, trains and develops parents as leaders under the Students Deserve umbrella, and inspires, and motivates existing parents and other stakeholders to continue to fight for BIPOC children in education.

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