Meet the Team
chief executive officer
SONJA THOMPSON is a freshman honors student at Northeastern University in Boston where they study philosophy and anthropology. Their passions include existentialism, art in its many forms, and humanity itself. As a queer Black femme living with mental illness, intersections in all of the minute crevices of humanity fascinate and humble Sonja, every interaction with other human selves being another reminder of what they are striving to liberate within their research and service. Outside of The I Project, Sonja is an artist, scholar, and mentor.
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EVA MARIA LEWIS
EVA MARIA LEWIS is an award-winning nineteen year old activist and artist from the south side of Chicago, Illinois, and the founder of The I Project. A poet, musician, and curator, she uses art to spotlight her own narrative, and the narratives of others. She is a second year student at the University of Pennsylvania on a full ride with the Questbridge College Match Scholarship.
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TRAPETAS MCGILL is a sophomore at the University of Pennslyvania in the College of Art & Sciences. She is majoring in Political Science & Sociology with a concentration in International Relations and minor in Gender & Women Studies. Along with being the Executive Director of The I Project, she also the executive chair of Penn’s Initiatives for Minority Mental Health (PIMMH), and the Vice President of the NAACP. Trapetas is passionate about asylum and refugee-related issues and food security.
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ALYSON DEL PINO
SARIKA DOPPALAPUDI is a senior at Jones College Prep who will be attending New York University next year. She is an organizer for Fempowerment, a Chicago based collective that aims to create a discussion based space for teens to explore concepts of identity, intersectionality, and empowerment. She is also a member of NAPAWF (National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum) and recently completed a year long research project surrounding school closings in Chicago. She is passionate about education and accessibility in Chicago and creating and sustaining spaces that empower young people.
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external outreach coordinator
BRIANNA ZÚÑIGA is a 20 year-old activist, organizer, podcast creator, and artist from West Palm Beach, Florida. A Junior at Columbia University studying both Political Science and Race and Ethnicity Studies, she dedicates her work to social equity and community. Last year, she created her own podcast, What Does She Know?, to create space for badass members of marginalized communities to discuss art, culture, and politics. Alongside her podcast, Brianna recently finished her internship at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and is now working on a summer-long research project on multicultural and mixed-race families in Baltimore.
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SUNNY EIMER is a seventeen year old Chicago activist, organizer, and high school student attending Jones College Prep. She aims to make space for those that are pushed to the margins as a result of their intersecting identities. Her main passions center on amplifying the voices of young people as well as exploring how policymaking can intersect with grassroots liberatory struggle.
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ALYSON DEL PINO is a second-year English major concentrating in Book History at the University of Pennsylvania. A visual artist and zine-maker from Miami, Florida, she also works as an editorial assistant for the poetics journal Jacket2 and as a studio assistant for the Common Press, and co-curates the Kelly Writers House Zine Library. She believes in the power of accessible art as a means of both communication and activism.
internal outreach coordinator
MICHAEL WILLIAMS is a Junior at the University of Pennsylvania from Brooklyn, NY majoring in political science with a concentration in international relations and minoring in Latin American & Latino studies as well as Africana Studies. He hopes to get into advocacy work after graduating, especially for criminal justice reform, immigration reform and protecting LGBTQ+ rights and those of all other marginalized identities.
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