Meet Team Deeds.
Staff | Edith Valle
Edith Valle is a graphic designer, illustrator and fine artist based in Austin Texas. She studied graphic design at St. Edward’s University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design degree. Edith is active in Austin’s local art scene from painting murals and installing community art projects across town to organizing workshops and lectures about design and publications for local creatives.
As Art Director at Deeds Not Words, she launched the organizations first Artist in Residency program with a focus on art and activism. Through this program Edith provides mentorship to young artists and guides them in creating art that centers self-identifying women and their narrative. As a strong believer in education and the power of telling your own story, Edith launched The Galvanizer, a zine by young people for young people. While Edith provides all creative direction for the Galvanizer and handles the printing and design for each issue, the young members of Deeds student chapters write and create the content. From using personal experience to educate women about the TX Lege to dimistifying sex myths, The Galvanizer harnesses the power of young women and allows them to take control of their own stories.
Edith branded Movement Mujeres, a program that uplifts women of color and trains them to eventually reach positions of power as elected officials or executive directors of progressive non-profits. As an artist herself, Edith is dedicated to making spaces for young artists to thrive and bringing awareness to the arts’ essential role in shifting culture and making change.
Staff | Andrea Reyes
Andrea Reyes Sierra is a first-generation American and proud Latina raised in the El Paso/Juarez borderland. 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 believes in “passing the mic” and uplifting the voices of young people of color.
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). Being raised in the borderland by immigrant parents, her true passion lies in immigrant rights. She previously served as the communications liaison for the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee (DMSC), paralegal intern at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, and co-founded Education Not Deportation (END), a student led coalition seeking to protect DACA recipients from unjust immigration laws such as SB4 in Texas. Apart from advocacy work, Andrea has electoral knowledge stemming from having worked on five political campaigns, scaling up the ladder of success from campus organizer, to regional field manager in the local, State, and National levels. And policy experience, having worked 3 TX State legislative sessions.
Andrea has been on team Deeds for 3 years serving as the Political Director, where she gets to work with young changemakers to create the policy solutions and legislative agendas that reflect the values of our generation; while prioritizing policies that affect women of color, protect and expand the rights of young people, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community.
Andrea is a self-proclaimed color coordinating superhero, loves gardening, solving escape rooms with her husband and traveling!
Staff | Natasha Acevedo
Youth Outreach & Organizing Manager
Natasha is a lifelong activist who came into politics while studying at New Mexico State University in 2013, where she received a dual Bachelors Degree in Psychology and in Creative Media. She’s experienced firsthand the disparities in which people are treated growing up in the borderland of El Paso, TX, being part of the LGBTQ community, and traveling throughout the United States from the West Coast to the East Coast and even abroad listening to people’s stories and learning about different cultures and struggles.
Prior to Deeds, Natasha became a dedicated volunteer for the Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign, eventually becoming a voice for her community and representing Bernie Sanders as a national delegate at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Afterwards she took her organizing skills to the labor movement and helped mobilize hundreds of nurses to fight for their union rights under National Nurses United.
Natasha envisions a society where every person, no matter their background, has and deserves equity, dignity, value, and health in their lives.
When she’s not organizing, Natasha spends her time doing athletics from skateboarding to yoga.
Staff | Crystal Zamarron
Crystal Zamarron is a Latina, born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Strategic Communications from Washington State University. Having lived the experience of an immigrant daughter, she wishes to uplift and bring awareness to the important issues that partake in people’s daily lives.
Familiarizing herself with local issues, she joined the UNITY club and the Student Government Association in her undergraduate. After serving a 3-year-term and being the youngest Editor-in-Chief of her university’s newspaper, The South Texan. She worked in various marketing and communication roles with a range of professions from music to healthcare to the tech industry before transitioning to the non-profit sector. She is no stranger to advocacy work as she has been volunteering and actively engaging in her community.
She has volunteered as Editor for her music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity since being initiated at the collegiate level in 2017. She is still actively supporting women in music through her alumni organization. Since 2019, Crystal has been giving her time to speak with unaccompanied immigrant children through the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights organization. “These children are navigating the American system on their own and I’m glad that I have been with them every step of the way since joining.”
Crystal joined the Deeds team as the Digital Intern in the summer of 2022. She now serves as the Digital/Data and Communications Associate. She is now actively working with changemakers to bring awareness to policies, solutions, and legislative agendas that reflect the people’s values.
In her downtime, she enjoys listening to music and playing Dungeons and Dragons with her family and friends in San Antonio, TX. She loves her tabby orange cat, Peachers.