Roja Ebrahimi Ph.D.
VISTA Fellows Program Director

Roja was raised in Iran, educated in Italy, and now lives, studies, and works in New York State. She received her PhD in History of Architecture (2017), and her MA in civil engineering and Architecture (2012), both from University of Cagliari, Italy.

Roja is a versatile scholar and has worked in both academia and community. The core of her research, professional experience, and cultural activities, from translation to teaching to lectures center on generating new ways to approach what may broadly be considered "otherness". She has dealt with the question of communication and intercultural dialogue her entire adult life and has endless curiosity towards different cultures’ way of thinking, way of perceiving the world, conceiving of reality, and the language in which they express their thoughts. Roja considers herself a lifelong student, cultural activist and fierce advocate for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Thus, she finds ACE as the most suitable home.  



Angelo Catalano
VISTA Leader, Cohort Development Coordinator


Angelo joined the Siena AmeriCorps VISTA program in 2020 as a Community Communications Coordinator at The Food Pantries for the Capital District. After completing his VISTA year, he joined the Center for Academic Community Engagement (ACE) as a VISTA Leader in September 2021. He is a St. John's University alumni. 



Sierra Fields

Elee Wolf-Sonkin
Cohoes Connect Center

Alex Pinto
Cohoes Connect Center

Noah Tubbs
FOCUS Churches

Famous Tillman
Boys and Girls Club of Rensselaer

Rose Jasman
Homeless and Travelers Aid Society

Kevin Ziobrowski
Capital Roots

Georgia Davis
Schenectady Community Ministries

Julia Bouchard
The Food Pantries for the Capital District 

Ekechi Cross
The Food Pantries for the Capital District

Alexandra Hankins
The Food Pantries for the Capital District

Eric Szyjka
The Electric City Barn