We are thrilled to introduce to you ROP’s newest staffer, Caroline Randall! Caroline is joining the ROP staff team as our Operations and Finance Coordinator, a new role focused on keeping ROP’s internal systems singing so our organizers and Co-Directors can focus on our member groups in this powerful moment of movement growth! Read on to learn more about Caroline, and don’t forget that ROP is accepting applications for our Organizer position through Monday!
We met Caroline when she applied to work at a business in Cottage Grove owned by long time ROPers. Our friends read her application and reached out to us, telling us we have to meet her. They emailed Caroline to tell her to check out the Rural Organizing Project, because they knew she would be a perfect fit! Caroline checked out the ROP website and jumped in the car, driving from her home in rural Douglas County to meet folks in Cottage Grove to talk more about ROP. Serendipitously, we were accepting applications for our Operations and Finance Coordinator position. From the first few moments of her interview, we knew we had found another soul sister from her infectious passion for social change to her hilarious storytelling!
Caroline has been on ROP staff for a whirlwind week of supporting student organizers and adult allies taking action, offering her own insight and support while digging deep into ROP’s internal systems! Read on for Caroline’s bio, and send her a little note welcoming her to the ROP family at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Caroline Randall, Operations & Finance Coordinator
Caroline has been involved with and dedicated to social justice as long as she can remember. After reading Martin Luther King Jr.’s biography in third grade, she has been passionate about justice in all forms. Through college she participated in environmental action camps, working to save our local and global ecosystems, and participated in anti-war movements as the US began bombing Iraq. At the age of 22, Caroline began teaching high school literature and saw this as an avenue for fighting socioeconomic and racial inequity directly, supporting students through the study of diverse literature and social issues. In 2010, Caroline began working at Umpqua Community College in the TRiO Student Support Services supporting low income and first generation college students. She fought alongside students to challenge systemic inequity and mentored students as they organized and demanded more inclusive and accessible structures. The emboldening of oppressive ideologies since 2016 overwhelmed Caroline, and she decided to leave education to directly engage in social change work. In the midst of her leap of faith and career change, she discovered the Rural Organizing Project. She has jumped right in with the team to keep our systems running smoothly so our organizers can focus on our member groups! When Caroline’s not at work making ROP’s internal systems sing, she can be found romping on the rural Douglas County back roads, training for races, and hanging with her two incredible kiddos. Send Caroline an email at email@example.com