Juan Israel Ahumada holds a BA and MA in communication from San Diego State University. His research interests center around his experience as a social and environmental activist volunteering with grassroots organizations like Occupy Wall Street and 350.org. Juan’s primary area of focus is organizational communication. As an interpretive scholar, he studies the communication interactions of members in nonprofit, activist and political organizations. Juan’s previous work examined the use of socialization tactics and strategies to engage, recruit and retain newcomers in an environmental justice organization.