Alfredo Lopez , Co-founder, May 1st/People's Link

Alfredo co-founder and co-director of May First/People’s Link, one of the first progressive Internet Service Providers in the United States. As an activist and organizer with more than 40 years experience, Alfredo has authored six published books, and was one of the first leaders to discuss and pursue the importance of the Internet to the progressive movement.

Amy Sonnie

Amy Sonnie is the author of the ‘banned librarian,’ a blog for librarians who support social justice and activists who love their libraries.  Her young adult anthology, Revolutionary Voices, recently joined hundreds of literary classics, children’s books and young adult favorites on American Library Association’s list of Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books. Her second book, Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times, traces the untold history of poor white activists working alongside the Black Panther Party and Young Lords in the 1960s. From 2001-2007, Amy served as Associate Director of the Center for Media Justice. Today she is a writer, editor and librarian living in Northern California.

Bryan Mercer , Co-Executive Director, Media Mobilizing Project

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.

@bscottmercer

Carol Ammons , State Representative, 103rd District, US House of Representatives

Carol Ammons is serving her first term as the full­time state representative of the 103rd District, which includes Champaign Urbana. Ammons looks to bring her experiences as a grassroots community organizer for equality in education, media and technology access and civil rights to her work as a public servant in the House of Representatives. Ammons has been involved in a wide variety of community organizations, including volunteering at Courage Connections (A Woman's Fund) and her previous employment at the Urbana­Champaign Independent Media Center, Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army Food Pantry, and University YMCA.

Hillary Brooks

Hillary is a nonprofit admin geek with over two decades of experience powering social justice movements for sustainability and impact. A finance, HR and operations consultant, she also works at Mark Halpert, CPA + Associates, lending her nonprofit accounting expertise to small nonprofits. Most recently, Hillary headed administrative functions at green hub The David Brower Center in Berkeley. Prior to that, she directed finance and operations at Forward Together for five years. Initially trained in nonprofit administration at San Francisco’s Media Alliance, Hillary then worked for over a decade as an accounting and Macintosh consultant to nonprofits, small businesses, magazines, and individuals. Hillary received her B.S. at Boston University in communications research and has an M.F.A. in jazz performance from California Institute of the Arts.

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.

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.

Malkia Cyril , Executive Director

Malkia A. Cyril is founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ) and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network, a national network of community-based organizations working to ensure racial and economic justice in a digital age.  A prolific writer and public speaker, Cyril's articles and quotes-- on issues from Net Neutrality and surveillance to the communication rights of prisoners and new strategic communications approaches-- have appeared in Politico, the Huffington Post, Motherboard, Mic.com, Essence Magazine, and dozens more, including documentary films Outfoxed, Broadcast Blues, and MissRepresentation. Cyril is a Prime Movers fellow, recipient of the 2012  Donald H. McGannon Award for work to advance the roles of women and people of color in the media reform movement, and the 2015 Hugh Hefner 1st Amendment Award for framing net neutrality as a civil rights issue. Born of parents in the Black Panther Party, Cyril is now one of few leaders of color in the movement for digital rights and freedom, and a proud leader in the Black Lives Matter Network.

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.

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.