Center for Media Justice Board of Directors

Sage Crump, Arts Consultant

Sage Crump is a cultural strategist based in the US South who works to embed arts and culture into social justice movements.  With over 20 years of arts and organizing experience, Sage works with artists and organizations to develop or refine the way they engage strategies for change. Sage is a long time member of Alternate ROOTS and has served in multiple capacities including staff member, strategic planning chair and board president.  She also serves on the National Advisory Board of Women of Color In the Arts and is vice chair for Art2Action.   Sage is a founding member of Young African Writers Collective, Oyster Knife, Community Theatre Initiative, and is a performance poet and vocalist.

Malkia A. Cyril, Executive Director, Center for Media Justice

Malkia A. Cyril is co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ). For more than 20 years, Malkia has organized social justice coalitions, resources, and advocacy for media rights, access, and representation across the United States.  As a racial justice organizer and communications advocate, Malkia works to ensure the most vulnerable communities can navigate the complex media conditions of the 21st century, and is driven by the belief that arts, media and technology should advance equity.  Malkia is a public speaker, trainer, and a writer with a regular blog at the Huffington Post, appearances in dozens of news outlets and documentaries, and creative work published in In the Tradition: An Anthology of Young Black WritersAloudVoices from the Nuyorican Poet’s Café, and Afrekete: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Writing.  You can follow Malkia on Twitter @CultureJedi

Pia Infante, Co-Executive Director, The Whitman Institute

Pia Infante is the new Co-Executive Director of The Whitman Institute, an independent foundation in San Francisco that promotes trust based philanthropy.  Pia was the Director of Organizational Partnerships at Rockwood Leadership Institute for 3.5 years prior to this post – conducting capacity building initiatives for nationally recognized social justice movement leaders and organizations. Pia is a founding member of the Coaches of Color Consortium and the Movement Strategy Center’s Organizational Development for Social Change working group.  She has a MA in Education from the New School for Social Research in New York City, a BA in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a certified executive leadership/transition coach.  Pia lives in Oakland with her partner, Nzinga. You can follow her on twitter @PiaVision.

Lisa Jervis, Technology Consultant

Lisa Jervis has been building organizational infrastructure in social justice nonprofits for almost 20 years. She is the former Finance and Operations Director at the Center for Media Justice, the founding Editor and Publisher of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, the founding board chair of Women in Media and News, a member of the advisory board of outLoud Radio, and an active leader in technology strategy and implementation at the East Bay Meditation Center. She holds a masters degree in Information Management and Systems from the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley, where she focused on information organization, work practice studies, computer-supported cooperative work, and user-centered design methods.

Agustin Luna, Administrative Leader: Board Treasurer

Agustín Luna is an administrative manager with over 20 years of experience.  As a seasoned administrator, Agustín has guided the finance and human resources of dozens of professional non-profits and arts organizations including Movement Strategy Center, Hollywood Bowl, Cal Performances, and South Coast Repertory.  Agustin’s commitment to operational excellence is underscored by a commitment to the arts.  He has taught college students in UC Berkeley’s Student Music Activities Department, chaired the Arts Management Department at the Oakland School for the Arts; and is an avid salsa dancer, instructor, and event producer through his company Agustín Luna Presents and as the Company Manager of Savage Jazz Dance Company. 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.

Bryan Mercer, Co-Executive Director, Media Mobilizing Project: Media Action Grassroots Network Representative 

Bryan Mercer is a Philadelphia native who began volunteering with MMP after returning home from college. Bryan is now a Co-Executive Director of MMP, continuing the organization’s commitment to strategic media and communications to build a movement of poor and working people united across color lines. Bryan brings experience from supporting MMP’s network of computer centers and digital literacy trainings with community partners. Bryan also works on state and national media policy advocacy with the Media Action Grassroots Network to create a ground-up approach to securing media rights and access.  Bryan received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in Anthropology and Comparative Ethnic Studies.

Amy Sonnie, Author and Librarian, Oakland Public Library: Board Secretary

As co-founder and board member of the Center for Media Justice, Amy helped launch a national network confronting media consolidation and elevating the voices of youth and marginalized communities in public debate. As an author, Amy earned her Twitter handle @bannedlibrarian after her LGBTQ book, Revolutionary Voices,* was banned in New Jersey and Texas, subsequently landing on ALA’s list of Top 10 Banned & Challenged Books (2010). More recently, she co-authored a book documenting models of multiracial coalition building among poor white, Black and Latino communities, Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power.  By day, Amy Sonnie is a librarian in Oakland, CA, where she coordinates civic engagement and lifelong learning programs for teens and adults.  She holds a Masters’ in Library Information Science from San Jose State University and two Bachelors’ from Syracuse University in Journalism and in Women’s Studies.

Joseph Torres, Senior External Affairs Director, Free Press: Board Chair

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.

Betty Yu, Multi-Media Artist and Filmmaker

Betty formerly coordinated the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) where she managed our national media justice network of over 170 grassroots community organizations, coordinated nine regional chapters and curated the media justice learning community. She has over 15 years of community organizing, media activist, and filmmaking experience. Betty has additionally worked as a labor organizer for the Chinese Staff and Workers’ Association, an immigrant rights workers center in New York City’s Chinatown. She is also co-founder of National Mobilization Against Sweatshops (NMASS), a 15 year-old multi-racial workers center. Betty is a board member for Deep Dish TV and Third World Newsreel, two media organizations that nationally distributes radical videos and films.



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