Meet Team Deeds.
Director of Student Outreach and Organizing
Claudia Yoli Ferla is a community activist born in Caracas, Venezuela who often shares her narrative as a Dreamer and a young queer Latinx living in the United States. For over five years, she has enjoyed reaching out to communities in Texas, both in politics and advocacy sectors, working with organizations like Battleground Texas, Texas Freedom Network, and the West Fund. She has spearheaded several projects, her favorite being Justicia: Modeling Our Stories, a fashion show and art collective that showcased regional narratives of reproductive justice, gender, and identity on the border. It was an intimate show that stripped away the hateful political rhetoric, and focused on people, their stories and their power. Claudia formerly served as the Director of Community Affairs for the Office of Texas State Senator José Rodríguez, proudly working for an elected official who is a staunch advocate for social and political change. Claudia is a feminist, a reproductive justice warrior, a luchadora– a #Changemaker.
Lauren Baker is a proud Texan with a background in digital communications, fundraising, and political outreach. She’s helped raise millions in small dollar donations for candidates nationwide and has developed digital communication strategy for governors, members of Congress, and national political leaders. Prior to joining the Deeds Not Words team, she worked with the collation to protect health care access nationwide, including the first ever expansion of Medicaid through ballot initiative in Maine. Lauren is thrilled to be back in her home state to help empower the next generation of Texas advocates.
In her free time she she can be found exploring the city, obsessively tweeting, and winning her Fantasy Football league.
Edith is a graphic designer and artist who works to engage young #changemakers through art and advocacy. She is a proud Tejana and Austin native who actively works to serve her community. Since graduating from St.Edwards in 2016, she has been involved in the local art scene painting murals, being involved in community art projects and organizing workshop and lectures about design and publications for Austin creatives. As part of #TeamDeeds she is excited to show young women the power of art and its essential role in making change.
In her freetime, she enjoys catching a concert, reading, and learning how to be a better dog mom.
Curriculum Development and Training Coordinator
Dallas native, Ke’Yonna Hall started her professional journey as a Congressional Intern in the U.S. House of Representatives where she earned a Congressional Recognition Award for Outstanding Constituent Service and was quickly distinguished as a force for change. Her years in organizing and advocacy taught her that regardless of the makeup of an audience, she should always use her voice to make plain the complex issues plaguing marginalized communities. To that end, she centers her work (as a speaker, curriculum developer, and facilitator) on people, their stories, and their power as a way to inspire people to take action and become the #changemakers their communities need. Amongst others distinctions, Hall’s commitment to service has earned her a seat on multiple panels statewide, a Student Speaker Award at the University of North Texas (UNT), the privilege of delivering a TEDx Talk, a Peer Advisor role for the Obama Foundation Community Leadership Training Day, and most recently, being deemed a 2019 Millennials to Watch Awards Honoree. Hall is both a first generation high school and college graduate; She earned her dual bachelors in Sociology and Criminal Justice from UNT and is currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Like most women, Ke’Yonna’s hands are usually full; Still, she prioritizes her role as a big sister above all and enjoys spending her downtime with her little brother Theron .
Policy and Advocacy Coordinator
Andrea Reyes Sierra is a first-generation American and proud Chicana born and raised in El Paso, TX. She earned her dual Bachelors in International Politics and Microbiology from the University of Texas at El Paso. As a young activist inspired by the strong women in her community, she accepted the challenge to stand up to the strong negative rhetoric our head of state and other representatives have expressed through ‘passing the mic’ and weaponizing local narratives by uplifting the voice of the youth. While living in El Paso, she had the opportunity to intern and serve as Youth Advisory Committee chairperson for the Office of Texas State Senator José Rodríguez (2017). Motivated by the opportunity to work alongside like-minded organizers to hold federal and local-representatives accountable, her enthusiasm for using advocacy and outreach techniques as a tool for progressive change has led her to spearhead movements in the borderland region focusing in immigrant rights; she served as the communications liaison for the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee (DMSC) as well as serving as a co-founder to Education Not Deportation (END), a student led coalition seeking to protect DACA recipients from unjust immigration laws such as SB4 in Texas. Apart from movement work, Andrea’s experience stems from having five political campaigns under her belt ranging from the local, state, and national levels. Most recently, she served as Field Manager for Beto O’Rourke’s campaign. Currently based in Austin, Andrea is eager to learn more about issues that directly affect women regardless of societal definition and how she can share her expertise in advocacy to drive team collaboration, build coalitions, and work together towards social and political change!
Andrea is a self-proclaimed color coordinating superhero and loves traveling!
Manager of Finance and Operations
Amber Davis joins the Deeds Not Words team as our Manager of Finance and Operations after formerly serving as our part-time logistics coordinator. She is a native Texan, born and raised in Fort Worth and an Austin resident since 2013. Amber is a graduate of Texas Christian University, with a BA in Communication Studies. She is a licensed real estate broker and, before joining our team, worked in commercial property management.
Amber keeps herself busy spending time with her husband, Peter, and chasing after her two future #Changemakers, Ellis (2) and Sawyer (5 months). She believes the most attractive quality in a person is the proper use of there, they’re and their. She prides herself on being a queso connoisseur and has yet to figure out how to fold a fitted sheet.