Executive Staff

Southern Vision Alliance Executive Staff


Elena_EverettElena Everett (Director, SVA)

Elena is the Director of the Southern Vision Alliance. She has experience with community media, organizing, and program management.  She founded the Youth Organizing Institute in 2010 in response to threats by a newly elected school board majority to re-segregate the Wake County Public Schools.  She was the communications director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice from 2008-2010, a program associate at the Institute for Southern Studies from 2005-2007, and the Instant Run-off Voting Program Director at FairVote NC from 2007-2008.  She was elected state Chair of the NC Green Party from 2003-2007, which at the age of 23, made her the youngest state Party chair in the country. She loves working with young people and helping them realize and actualize their potential as revolutionary game-changers.



Loan_TranLoan Tran (Director Youth Organizing Institute | Communications SVA)

Loan Tran is a queer writer and educator of color with a background in organizing in coalitions throughout the U.S South. Loan has worked on issues of migrant justice, LGBTQ liberation, economic and racial justice and for an end to all interpersonal violence. As a high school student, they co-managed the “Drop the i-word” campaign in Charlotte, NC to challenge media representation of undocumented immigrants and organized as a part of the March On Wall St. South Coalition that mobilized thousands to protest corrupt politics and corporate greed. Loan has spoken at the Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HKonJ) mobilization and has had their writing, commentary and experience featured on Black Girl Dangerous, Waging Non-Violence, {Young}ist, New York Times and The Advocate, among others. They are a board member of GLSEN and the Highlander Research and Education Center.  Loan envisions a movement for liberation and justice to be one that leaves no one behind so one day we can all be our authentic selves, lead full lives and be free.

Bryan_PerlmutterBryan Perlmutter (Development SVA)

Bryan is a North Carolina native and a graduate of NC State University where he received a BS in business administration and non-profit studies.  He is the founder and Director of Ignite NC. He leads the development committee of the Southern Vision Alliance.  At NCSU, Bryan worked to build coalitions to oppose budget cuts and tuition hikes. During his final year at N.C. State, he helped to found the North Carolina Student Power Union.  From 2012-2014 he was the communications and development director for the Youth Organizing Institute.  He was among the first 17 people arrested during the first Moral Monday and has become a leader in this movement, serving as the youth speaker at many events.  Bryan has appeared on Chris Matthews on MSNBC 3 times, regarding youth and student voter suppression in North Carolina.  He was a panelist at the Annual Awards Banquet for the NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence; he was the commencement speaker at the 2014 NC State University graduation for the non-profit studies department.  He has presented at the New Economy Institute Conference, Virginia Student Power Network and Tennessee Student Union conferences. Bryan currently serves on the Advisory Board for Bull City Safe Schools, and Launch Progress.

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Alissa Ellis, Deputy Director, SVA | alissa@southernvision.org | she/her/hers
Felicia Arriaga, Operations Director, SVA | felicia@southernvision.org | she/her/hers