Juan Ramiro Sarmiento currently serves as the National Press Secretary for Run for Something, a progressive organization that recruits and supports young, diverse candidates for local and state office.
Formerly, Juan Ramiro worked as Press Secretary for Young Invincibles, fighting for broad student debt cancellation. He also worked in the communications and policy arena at the local and national levels including the US House of Representatives, the Democratic National Convention Committee, and the Office of Mayor Sly James (KCMO).
A proud Jayhawk, Juan Ramiro studied political science and international relations at the University of Kansas. As a history buff, Juan Ramiro is deeply interested in US history, foreign policy, and anti-colonialism.
Taleah Hernandez is of Taíno ancestry and loves the great outdoors. During the winter months, one of her favorite activities is ice skating in the open air on Flathead Lake and Pabl o Reservoir. In the summer months, Taleah enjoys paddleboarding and sailing with her family on the lake. However, those beloved activities in nature are becoming increasingly inaccessible, with less ice for ice skating in the winter and raging wildfires filling the skies with smoke in the summer. Taleah has been harmed by increasing wildfire activity, which has forced her to prepare to evacuate her home in Polson. Wildfire smoke makes it so she can’t spend as much time outside hiking, riding horses, and paddleboarding on Flathead Lake.
“To other young people wanting to take climate action, I would encourage them to do their research! Learn about how climate change impacts the world and their area specifically.”