our team

our team

Meet the people who power our growth. We all come from different backgrounds and disciplines, but connect on shared values.


the work we do is rooted in antiracism and social justice

social change

impactful social change over individual or organizational benefit


we are lovers of learning & teaching!

Learn about the unique ways we are passionate about what we do.

My favorite TV show of all time is the Golden Girls

I am passionate about educating and learning about history of structural racism in the U.S. and how this history influences and affects present day lived experience.

I love to create! What I’ve been loving for awhile is content creation.

I feel like 540WMain’s mission and vision aligns with me and what I stand for. I am trying to figure out how I can blend my love for social media and content creation with my majors as a career and I think 540WMain will help me figure that out.

I like to hike with my dog!

I am passionate about examining environmental issues through the lens of social justice and equity.


I have a school bus that I converted into a camper

Megan DeCausemaker is an Environmental Scientist, a Geographer, a Photographer and a lifelong learner

I LOVE cooking and making music videos!!!

I am passionate about accessibility and linguistic justice: ASL , literacy, & Deaf identity because our Deaf children, Deaf refugees, and Deaf senior citizens *deserve* safe ( & brave) space in the community!

I love to spend time with my people, eat good food, cook soul food, travel, read, write, and nap.

I am passionate about providing access to health information to historically marginalized people and centering their stories.

Playing music and performing, doodling, and model-kit building are some of the things I like to do for fun when I'm not spending time with my family or working.

My passion has always been to try to get to know and to continuously learn more about anything, everyone, and everything possible.
I am passionate about making visible the countless issues that impact Indigenous people across Turtle Island. This involves truth-telling of our history and creating awareness of the intersectionality our hidden history has on intergenerational trauma, addiction, suicide, poverty, and mental health issues that plague our people.
I am passionate about identifying root causes of social issues, empowering and activating people to change, and build collective social energy to solve issues in radically inclusive ways.

I've lived vegan for 5 years

Austin Retzlaff is a multimedia artist and communications producer. Austin creates and performs music as Peaces and serves as Board Chair for 540WMain.

I love local tourism and discovering new places. As an armchair musician, I enjoy playing piano, guitar, and ukulele.

I am passionate about social justice and media representation. Having worked in both politics and entertainment, I aim to have my work reflect the diversity of the world we live in.

I'm either watching The Bachelor or Bollywood, no in between, while enjoying a nice bowl of spicy ramen.

I am passionate about being an advocate for minority communities and bridging the gaps between the people and systemic sources of power.

I love to be outside!

I am passionate about people, especially children, all having the opportunity to learn and grow in safety and security.