Vicki comes to Just Economics with a background in community organizing. She has worked on environmental, social and economic justice issues ranging from responsible oil and gas drilling to protecting health and human services in the Ohio state budget. In 2006 Vicki worked with Let Justice Roll and Cleveland Jobs with Justice on the successful campaign to raise the state minimum wage and continued to work with Jobs with Justice on the Cuyahoga County Living Wage Campaign and other worker justice issues. Vicki has a strong commitment to and passion for economic justice work. Vicki has a teenage daughter and has lived in the Asheville area since 2007. Vicki has been involved in a variety of community activities and lives in West Asheville.
Carmen Ybarra is passionate about the work of Just Economics. As a first generation American, she was taught the importance of creating and supporting community. She is focused on doing what she can to improve the lives of others. She is an advocate for affordable housing and for better transit here in Asheville. She is currently on the board of the Buncombe Partnership for Children and on the Buncombe Women’s Commission. Additionally, in 2013, she started SPOT (Supportive Parents of TransKids), and has an activist art project called More than a Hashtag. Currently, she is creating a space for the community to gather monthly called Community Sundays. In her free time, she enjoys photography, teaching Spanish to children, hiking, and spending time with her dog.
Emma has been a community organizer in Asheville, NC for over ten years. Her background is in organizing with youth in local food systems, community radio, event and tour management and small business support. She has worked with many local organizations including Mountain BizWorks, Asheville FM and the Asheville Grown Business Alliance. She co-founded and produces a two day music and arts festival called RADfest. Emma graduated with a self-designed degree from UNC Asheville in Social Change, Environmental Policy and Community Health. She is dedicated to organizing for social justice and racial equity across all of her projects and tries (with relative success) to maintain a sense of humor.