Meet Our Staff

Brendan Walsh, Executive Director

CASE Executive Director Brendan WalshBorn and raised in Boston, Brendan graduated from Harvard and taught English in Chile before enrolling in a Ph. D. program in American Studies at Yale University. While there, Brendan became a leader in the union for graduate-student teachers and researchers, GESO, where he collaborated in campaigns for social justice with Yale’s unions of clerical, technical, maintenance, and dining hall employees. More recently, he has directed political and community programs for UNITE HERE!, the hospitality workers union.

Joseph Silva, Organizing Coordinator

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joseph got a degree at UCLA before getting a job as a banquet server at a high-end hotel.  There Joseph got involved with the hotel workers union UNITE HERE Local 11, and eventually became an union organizer. In 2016, Joseph moved to Arizona to join the CASE staff.  He has worked in our data and operations departments, and currently coordinates all of CASE’s field operations. 

 

Maico Olivares, Community Organizer

Maico Olivares is a first generation American from a Mexican background.  He grew up in Tucson, Arizona and earned an Associates of Science in Engineering degree from Cochise Community College in 2016.  Maico is currently a student at Arizona State University. In 2020, he will finish his bachelor’s degree in environmental design, becoming the first university graduate in his family. A proud father, Maico works with CASE as a community organizer, leading the way to make Arizona a place where working families–especially immigrant and refugee families–thrive. Maico believes that we at CASE are setting the pace, expectations, and standards for working families across the United States

 

Sara Spragg, Community Organizer

Sara is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up in rural Michigan. Sara is a first-generation college graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science with Minors in Public Relations and Art & Design. Sara has worked in various industries, all relating to creating a positive impact on her community. Sara has done conservation work to revitalizing our natural resources, coordinated youth programs to help students obtain post-secondary education, and is currently organizing communities to protect democracy and ensure that all residents of Arizona have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. 

 

Simon Foster, Data Coordinator

Simon grew up in Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula. He started working at 16 and held a multitude of jobs in the service and retail industry. After a decade working menial jobs for employers that didn’t respect their workers or pay livable wage, Simon decided to make a change in his life’s direction and became an organizer with [the Michigan democratic Party?] working to elect progressive candidates.  In 2019 he moved to Arizona and found CASE. He is happy to work for an organization that really fights for people, and is very proud to be a part of a movement that is changing the lives of Arizona’s working families.

 

Victoria Stahl, Digital Organizer

Victoria was born and raised on the west side of Phoenix.  She grew up during the era of the infamous anti-immigration law SB1070, and saw the direct effects on her friends and community.  While getting her associates degree at Estrella Mountain Community College, Victoria joined NextGen America’s 2018 voter registration campaign. Victoria is currently in her junior year at Arizona, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Communication.  An advocate for police reform she sits on the Review and Implementation Ad Hoc Committee for the City of Phoenix as the City Council District 5 appointee.

Kori McClemmens, Operations Coordinator

Kori’s social justice and community development work began when she was a stay-at-home mother and a dedicated volunteer in the fields of environmental conservation, education, and community engagement.  Over the past decade, Kori has been an environmental steward, Kiwanis Board member, PTO president, and LGBTQ social justice advocate. Having launched her professional career with CASE, Kori is fine-tuning her public relations skills, supporting fellow members of the LQBTQ community, and building on her previous administrative experience as CASE’s Operations Coordinator. 

 

Josh Wells, Community Organizer

Raised in Buffalo NY, Josh is an alumnus of Northern Arizona University and a brother of Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc. Josh works as a phone operator at a downtown Phoenix hotel, and is a proud member of the hospitality workers union Unite Here Local 11. He is currently on extended leave, leading civic engagement and refugee organizing efforts with CASE. He is a proud husband, and father of two boys.