Scott Wright served in El Salvador during the civil war with refugees and displaced rural communities through Caritas and the Archdiocese of San Salvador. He was director of the Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean, a faith-based organization working for peace and justice in the hemisphere. Most recently he advocated for the rights of asylum-seekers and survivors of torture at TASSC International, and served on the National Council of Pax Christi USA. He holds a Master of Divinity and an MA degree in mission and cross-cultural studies from the Washington Theological Union. He lives with his wife Jean Stokan and daughter in Maryland.
COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH ASSOCIATE
Before coming to the Columbans, Jenny Labbadia spent two years volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. During her first year, she worked at Chrysalis in Santa Monica, CA helping low income clients achieve self-sufficiency. This direct service experience inspired her to seek a second year of service where she hoped to work toward structural change. This led her to the nation’s capital where she served as Senior Fellow at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Jenny holds degrees in politics and English (literature) from Fairfield University. She examined her passion for politics and literature through interdisciplinary minors in peace & justice studies and women, gender, & sexuality studies.
Rebecca Eastwood comes to the Columbans from a background in political science and immigration and refugee policy. As a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, she previously worked for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services’ Advocacy Office. Rebecca’s time volunteering in Postville, Iowa, in the aftermath of one of the country’s largest immigration raids cemented her commitment to humane and just immigration policy. Her passion for advocacy comes from her interest in the intersection between social and environmental justice and policy. Rebecca has studied in Nicaragua, India, and South Africa and holds a degree in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Columban Center Spring 2017 Interns:
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY INTERN
Erin Macchione is a senior politics major who also has a minor in sustainability. As a student at The Catholic University of America her passion for social and environmental justice emerged from her background in sustainability and catholic social teaching. She is regularly involved with Fair Trade University and Catholic Relief Services at The Catholic University of America where she advocates for the concept: Faith, Action, Results.
ECONOMIC JUSTICE ADVOCACY INTERN
Isabelle Trauger is a Junior at University of Maryland where she is pursuing a degree in economics with a double minor in women's studies and global poverty. Isabelle discovered her interest in advocacy and helping people through visits with her Grandmother in Ecuador and her classes at school. She is excited to work with the Columbans and hopes to learn more about the advocacy process.