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CMJ’s scope and capacity is extended through a team of long-term Associates, who are experienced consultants trained in the CMJ model and the media justice framework. Associates implement special communications, alliance-building, organizational-development, policy, and technology projects.
Vanessa Huang is a fund development and strategic communications consultant. Drawing on a decade of experience advancing social justice at the intersections of movements for racial, economic, and gender justice, Vanessa’s practice is informed by teachings from her work as a campaign director, communications strategist, grassroots fundraiser, trainer, and cultural worker in collaboration with the anti-prison, gender liberation, immigrant rights, anti-violence, disability justice, and reproductive justice movements. In particular, Vanessa has supported organizations leading emergent fields through founding leadership transition into expanded leadership models, and worked to feed the growing leadership of formerly imprisoned transgender women and people in women’s prisons across policy campaigns and national movement building against criminalization and incarceration.
Vanessa was a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow and received a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Brown University. A finalist for Poets & Writers’ 2010 California Writers Exchange and Macondo and Kundiman Fellowship, Vanessa lives in Oakland and also works as a performing and teaching artist.
Mervyn Marcano is an accomplished communicator with experience that runs broad and deep in the social justice sector. He is currently Communications Director at the Praxis Project, where he dedicates most of his time working on the Communities Creating Healthy Environments (CCHE) initiative, a national grant-making and technical assistance program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Most recently, Mervyn served as the Public Relations Strategist at the Center for Media Justice. While there, he provided counsel for dozens of organizers and trained hundreds of participants in CMJ’s strategic communications training curriculum. He also worked hand-in-hand with community organizers to amplify the story of Oscar Grant’s shooting by a BART police officer and the subsequent protests as a result.
Prior to his work at CMJ, Mervyn was the Communications Director at ColorOfChange.org, the 600,000-member black online advocacy group founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He provided leadership in building the organization’s profile with high-level media outlets, while strengthening relationships with the net/blackroots. Mervyn steered difficult media cycles spurred by the organization’s work to free the Jena 6, pushed black media to talk about online black activism and leadership, and provided a new frame for national media to talk about superdelegates and the black vote. Mervyn also led the organization’s PR in the primary election cycle, providing consistent talking points on race-baiting, voter disenfranchisement, and black political engagement.
Mervyn has also worked as a strategist at the now-defunct SPIN Project and served as Communications Director for the National Right to Vote Campaign and the League of Young Voters. He has been quoted in and placed stories in both major and specialty media outlets, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian (London), CBS, NBC, CNN, ABC, PBS, TVE, BBC News, the Nation, Ebony, Vibe, BET, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Democracy Now, and NPR.
Teresa Mozur is a multimedia producer and communications consultant with a passion for social justice and online activism. She has previously worked in a communications capacity for the immigrant rights and reproductive justice movements, and is currently involved in a media access, literacy, and empowerment program for young women and girls in Seattle, Washington.
Teresa graduated from Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts in New York City with a B.A. in Cultural & Media Studies in 2009. Her academic focus was in digital activism and media production, including web design, radio, and documentary film.
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