Windcall – A gift from the movement to the movement.
The Windcall Board of Directors is a strong leadership and fundraising body primarily made up of Windcall alumni. The Board represents and demonstrates our alumni commitment to the role Windcall plays in social justice movements around the country.
A technical note: The Windcall Institute is fiscally sponsored by the Common Counsel Foundation. Windcall’s Alumni Board leads the organization’s vision, fundraising efforts, and connection to the frontlines of movements.
Windcall Institute Staff
Viviana Rennella, Executive Director
Viviana has more than twenty years of experience leading social justice organizations. Before joining Windcall, she worked as a consultant, expanding her organizational development focus with wellness and mindfulness practices. She is the former Co-Executive Director of World Bridges, an international exchange and leadership development program for young organizers of color. She has also served as Program Director of several community training organizations, such as the Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action, developing organizer networks and social justice leadership programs. She helped launch four of these organizations as start-ups where she honed expertise in systems development.
Viviana emigrated with her family as political refugees from Argentina in 1979. Working with immigrant communities across the country and internationally, she developed trainings and systems for language justice; she was member of the Language Access Coordinating Team for the US Social Forums in Detroit and Atlanta, as well as the World Social Forums in Venezuela and Brazil. Currently based in Oakland, CA, Viviana serves on the board of the East Bay Meditation Center and is passionate about ways for people and organizations to transform the spaces where they live and work into healthy and balanced environments that result in greater organizer resiliency and movements that are truly transformative.
Eric Rodriguez (Windcall ’16 Alumni), Residencies and Alumni Coordinator
The son of undocumented parents from Mexico and the Yaqui tribe, Eric Rodriguez grew up in Chicago and started organizing as a 13-year old youth in Environmental Justice. For the past 16 years Eric has led domestic workers and day laborers as Latino Union’s first paid organizer and later as its Executive Director for eight years. He founded the organization’s social enterprise Café Chicago and the first Workers’ hiring hall. He has been awarded Chicago’s 35 Leaders Under 35, MALDEF Social Change awards, and was named a Chicago Community Trust fellow 2013. He co-founded the Just Pay for All Coalition and was the founding board president for the Raise the Floor Alliance.
In 2016, Eric went on a Windcall Residency to the Olympic Peninsula that changed his whole approach to organizing. He returned to Chicago to lead workers to found the Domestic Worker and Day Laborer Center of Chicago, a 100% self-sustained and worker-led organization. Deeply interested in transformative practices, he joined Windcall’s staff in 2018.
Jayeesha Dutta (Windcall ’19 Alumni), Staying Power Program Consultant
Jayeesha Dutta is a tri-coastal, tri-lingual Bengali-USAn interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer and pop-ed facilitator protecting the waters from the Gulf of Mexico to the Bay of Bengal. She is a co-founding member of Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborative, galvanizing folks from across the Gulf South to the Global South working towards a “just transition” for our people and the planet. She serves on the boards of the Climate Justice Alliance, Alternate ROOTS, South Asian Americans Leading Together & Eyewitness Palestine. Jayeesha is an avid traveler, home chef, live music lover, and adores being near (or in) any body of water. She was born in Mobile, raised in New York, aged in Oakland and is deeply grateful to call New Orleans home.
Jayeesha Dutta es un artista interdisciplinario, organizador cultural y facilitador de pop-ed bengalí, bilingüe, casi trilingüe. Es socia co-fundadora de Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborative, galvanizando voces y experiencias de todo el Sur del Golfo hacia el Sur Global, trabajando hacia una transición justa para nuestra gente y el planeta. Ella sirve es miembro de la junta directiva de “Eyewitness Palestine“, miembro de “Alternate Roots”, y es miembro del comité directivo nacional de “Climate Justice Alliance”. Jayeesha es un ávido viajero, chef de casa, amante de la música en vivo y adora estar cerca (o en) cualquier cuerpo de agua. Nació en Mobile, se crió en Nueva York, envejeció en Oakland y está profundamente agradecida de llamar hogar a Nueva Orleans.