Meet Sophie Yates Lu, our new Programme Manager!
Bootcamp is growing and so is our team.
Meet Sophie Yates Lu, our new Programme Manager.
Sophie, a Bootcamp 10 graduate, is a campaigner, activist, and intersectional feminist based in London. She is passionate about challenging gender based oppression and inequality, with a focus on austerity and domestic violence.
As Programme Manager, Sophie is responsible for planning, managing and helping to fundraise for the residential Bootcamp programme and its related activities.
I asked Sophie a few questions so that you can get to know her a bit better.
1. What are you most excited about in your new role?
I am really excited to be starting just a few days before the May cohort, as I’m really looking forward to about meeting new Bootcampers and seeing how things are run behind the scenes! After having worked in events and operations for seven years, I’m also looking forward to bringing my knowledge to the team and organisation and helping to improve and grow Bootcamp.
2. What campaigns you are most passionate about?
I am most passionate about campaigns focused on domestic and sexual violence and have been involved in survivor-led activism for a couple of years now. At the moment I’m campaigning for the reintroduction of Section 40 of the Equalities Act with Change.org, a campaign I started after hearing about women being harassed at the Presidents Club Dinner. We’ve had some great support from MPs like Dawn Butler, trade unions, and campaigners like Helen Pankhurst and Laura Bates.
3. What have you been up to since Bootcamp?
Since I attended Campaign Bootcamp in July last year, I’ve been working as Campaigns and Fundraising Manager for Positive Money. Positive Money campaign for a fairer, more democratic, and sustainable economy and have a network of local groups all over the UK. One of my favourite projects there was organising an accessible economics crash course at the Hackney Showroom, designed for people who don’t feel comfortable talking about the economy. I also organised a high-profile parliamentary report launch with the What Women Want campaign in March this year, which had an awesome lineup of speakers including Kate Osamor MP, Polly Neate, Selma James, and Shakira Martin.
4. What do you like to do you do in your spare time?
To be honest, I waste most of my spare time on Twitter. But I also recently bought a skateboard, and although I’ve been a bit lazy, I plan to get back to learning now that the weather is improving. I’ll be 30 this year, and thought I should do something I’d always wanted to do when I was younger, but never did! So look forward to seeing me with various injuries in the months to come…
Sophie is joining us before our May camp, so if you’ll be there, you’ll get to meet her then.
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