About Us

We are a worker cooperative that provides technology consulting services to nonprofit progressive, social justice, & community organizations. Our tight focus allows us to specialize in tools specific to the needs of the movements we serve.

We each bring deep engagement with activism and organizing in non-technological capacities, including involvement with many of our client organizations. This breadth of experience allows Palante Tech to provide services tailored to the specialized needs of nonprofit and community organizations.

Jack Aponte
Jack at Lake Merritt in Oakland

Jack is a gender/queer Black Boricua living in Oakland, CA. Jack has worked at the intersection of tech and social justice since 2003. Their roles at Palante include Backdrop and Drupal site builder and developer, CiviCRM support person, project manager, and trainer on a wide range of topics from data management to digital security. Jack has been involved in activism and organizing for many years, working primarily within LGBTQ and people of color organizations and communities. They serve on the board of Aspiration and the Backdrop Project Management Committee. Jack is also a writer, leftist gadfly, casual musician and all around geek.

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Morgan Robinson

Morgan is a database and CiviCRM developer at Palante. Urban studies and geographic information systems were her path into nonprofit technology: in previous roles, she has wrangled data for community development and environmental advocacy organizations. She lives in northern Virginia and can commonly be found hiking on and around the Appalachian trail with her dog, Skipper.

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Angel is delighted to be the newest member of the Palante Tech Team. They graduated from Wellesley College with a double major in Computer Science and Studio Art. They enjoy tinkering with computers, painting, and getting to know the local feral cat population.

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Nina Reyes

Nina is a front-end developer who works with Palante as a Drupal themer and site builder. She first fell in love with pixels in elementary school, where she was taught Logo and BASIC rather than Oregon Trail. An anthropologist by training and a technologist from the start, Nina once conducted field work in an online Harry Potter fan community that resulted in an ethnography about trust and online identity. She is currently the web director at Hyphen magazine.

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Janine is part of the tech support team at Palante.

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Kristin has spent two decades tinkering with web projects - a visual artist from age 13, a front-end web nerd since 18, and an information science geek throughout adulthood, she has blended these disciplines to grow herself into a professional web creative. She specializes in design and data organization that focuses on organizational and movement storytelling. In her spare time she enjoys reading, drawing, sewing, and crafting. Kristin currently lives in Southern California with her partner and 4-year-old son.

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Jamila Khan

Jamila is a geek in everything they do; including theater, activism, comics, puppetry, and technology. Starting with an Apple IIGS, they have worked hard at perfecting the art of taking computers apart when they don't work, and putting them back together so they do. A queer trans Muslim punk, Jamila loves that they get to use their geeky skills in support of so many wonderful organizations. Jamila is almost always online everywhere as mxroo.

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Jessica Oros

Jess has been fascinated and inspired by technology for as long as she can remember. She is a committed fighter for social justice and thrives in environments where she can apply her knowledge and skills to help others. She has been involved in activism of various forms throughout her life, organizing and creating multimedia tools to elevate the stories and improve the lives of those most vulnerable to systemic oppression. She is also a casual musician, an artist of sorts, a huge video game design nerd, and eventually she will finally finish her ultimate masterpiece video game that will save the world one day, she promises.

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Jessie Lee
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Jessie is a semi-professional server wrangler and NYC resident. 

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