Center for Media Justice Board of Directors

Malkia Cyril

Malkia Cyril is the Executive Director and founder of the Center for Media Justice. With more than 15 years’ experience as a community organizer, policy advocate, and communications strategist, Malkia has led local and national campaigns for racial and economic justice and is the author of numerous essays and articles on media, marginalization, and movement-building.

Malkia is the recipient of the Media Leader award from the Alliance for Community Media, the Emerging Leader award from the Media That Matters Film Festival, and other awards from the Media Justice Fund, Rock the Vote, and others; with appearances in Democracy Now, Hard Knock Radio, Breakdown FM, Free Speech TV, the documentary Outfoxed, the documentary Broadcast Blues, the SF Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and others.

Agustín Luna

Agustín Luna is an administrative manager with over 20 years of experience.  He has worked with professional non-profit arts organizations such as the Hollywood Bowl, Cal Performances, and South Coast Repertory. Agustín has also taught college students in UC Berkeley’s Student Music Activities Department; he also chaired the Arts Management Department at the Oakland School for the Arts. He has the essentials and fundamentals of arts administration, including artist-presenter management, fiscal management, grant writing, production management, and front-of-house/box office management. Agustín was formerly with the Movement Strategy Center as their Operations Director (May 2007-June 2009), and then as their General Manager (July 2009-May 2010), guiding their finance, human resources, and fiscal sponsorship program. He continues to consult on their facilities and operations matters.

Agustín is also an avid salsa dancer and instructor, and is the occasional presenter of salsa events through his company Agustín Luna Presents.  He has danced Bomba y Plena with Bay Area Boricuas, assisted them in their initial organizing as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and briefly served as their Managing Director.  Agustín is also the Company Manager of Savage Jazz Dance Company, where he initially became involved as their tour manager for the 2006 Rome Jazz Festival. Agustín is one of the last beneficiaries of California’s elementary school music program and has played his trumpet continuously since 1982. He hopes that music in the schools does not disappear and supports efforts to keep it alive.

Jen Soriano

Jen Soriano Jen Soriano is a Filipina-American journalist, communications consultant, and social movement strategist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is a leader in creative communications for social justice, specializing in participatory strategies to build the influence of organizing groups and alliances. She believes that the more our movements can integrate strategic, powerful and compassionate communications into the daily functions of the work, the more skilled we will be to realize the world we want to live in.

Between 2002 and 2008, Jen co-founded the Center for Media Justice in Oakland, CA along with CMJ’s Executive Director Malkia Cyril. She has served as CMJ’s communications TA provider, program director, and associate director and is currently CMJ Board Chair.

As a consultant Jen has worked with a number of social movement groups including the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Domestic Workers United, Cause Justa :: Just Cause, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, and the California Environmental Justice Alliance. As a journalist, Jen has worked with Mother Jones magazine, Free Speech Radio News, the Center for Investigative Reporting, Free Speech TV, War Times, Organizing Upgrade and the Huffington Post.

Jen is currently communications director for the RoadMap consulting group and the owner-operator of Lionswrite Communications.

Joseph Torres

As Senior External Affairs Director for Free Press, Joseph advocates in Washington to ensure that our nation’s media policies serve the public interest and builds coalitions to broaden the media reform movement’s base. Joseph writes frequently on media and Internet issues and is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media. Joseph also serves on the board of director of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. Before joining Free Press, Joseph worked as deputy director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was a journalist for several years. He earned a degree in communications from the College of Staten Island.

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