Prentiss is the Executive Director of OSA, which means he is focused on getting that money for us young people to build that power. He is born and raised in Dayton, OH, has been organizing for 8 years, a member of OSA for 7 years, and leading the organization since 2017. He is a strategist, an artist, and human-building invested in transformative leadership and people power. He is the Beyhive Midwest Regional President and active member. He also loves TV shows and occasionally jokes of one day writing a comedy series about funerals and navigating a love life.
Rachael is the Program Director of OSA. She is from and currently organizes in Cleveland, OH, and has been on staff since 2017. Rachael first encountered OSA all the way back in 2012 as a sophomore at Ohio State working on her first campaign, and it has fundamentally shaped her as an organizer and a person in the years since. She is a true believer in the transformative power of organizing – on a personal level and as the mechanism through which we can build the collective power to transform the world as it is into the world that we dream of and deserve. When she isn’t supporting the growth and power-building of young organizers, Rachael likes going to shows, drinking boxed wine, reading fantasy and sci fi novels, and curating her blue aesthetic.
Kalesha was born, raised, and currently lives in Dayton, OH and is OSA’s Dayton area student organizer; cultivating a network of Ohio colleges and universities & building power across the state of political and student organizing. She brings in unique, emerging college students to make this political work less depressing and more tangible. Kalesha has been organizing at her alma mater for three years and has been working for OSA since March 2020. She is a strong advocate for students and will do everything in her power to make life better for young people across the state of Ohio.
Darlene is a digital organizer for OSA providing support in areas such as managing social media, the website, and newsletters. She got her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations at Cleveland State University and is particularly interested in topics related to mass media, political economy, and social change. She is proud to be involved with OSA where she gets to see young people join political conversations and become agents of change.
Sammi Mathew was raised in Cincinnati, OH, where she continues to operate as a Student Organizer for OSA. Within the past five years, Sammi has utilized communications, social media, campaigns and community organizing to advance women’s rights, immigrant rights, animal rights, and tenant rights. Sammi believes organizing is key to obtaining community-based solutions which break the patterns of systemic injustice, and achieving a just and liberating society for all people with power in the collective. In her free time, Sammi enjoys vegan food blogging, studying cooperatives and abolitionist approaches to injustice, unlearning and relearning, and assisting the Kentucky Anti-Eviction Network.
Akii was born in Virginia Beach, VA and raised in Youngstown, OH. He is the OSA’s student organizer for the Columbus area as well as Kent State University. Before joining the OSA, Akii spent his time organizing during his time as a student for Kent State University, and after with a local organization. During his time with the OSA, Akii hopes to make an impact and bring together emerging and unique college students to help make the change that they want to see. One of his goals to bring change within the Higher Education system with the help of his peers and colleagues.