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 COORDINATOR
Wesley Cocozello worked for two years with Catholic Climate Covenant, ending his tenure there as Director of Operations. During his time with the Covenant, he participated in the rollout and integration of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ into the fabric of church life in the United States. Before that he worked with the Urban Land Institute as a Creative Consultant. He holds a degree in English Literature from the Catholic University of America, and has participated in a number of literary and theatrical projects.
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.