Angella Bellota , Membership Organizer

Angella Bellota leads membership education, recruitment, and convening for the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net), a project of the Center for Media Justice and the largest local-to-local media advocacy network in the United States. Prior to joining CMJ, Angella served as Field Director at the Campaign for Youth Justice working to strengthen the capacity of organizations fighting against the criminalization and over-incarceration of youth. She brings over six years of experience advancing advocacy initiatives at both the state and national levels through community organizing, convening coalitions, and managing campaigns. Angella graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a BA in Sociology before trading in the West Coast sun for Southern hospitality and a master’s degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University.  She currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Chinyere´Tutashinda , National Organizer

Educate, Motivate, Inspire - Change the world! ~ This the philosophy Chinyere Tutashinda lives by. Chinyere´ has over 15 years of  media production, communications and organizing  experience. She has worked at Youth Together for the past 6 years supporting communications strategy and helping the organization lead the way in the fight for education justice in the bay area. As a founding member of The BlackOUT Collective she has helped quickly grow it’s online and social media presence as well as support communications strategies for direct actions across the bay area. Chinyere' is committed to working for change, with a BA in Journalism and an MA in Media Activism Chinyere uses her education and dedication for the community in all that she does.

Danielle Chynoweth , Communications and Training Director

With 25 years experience as a community organizer, Danielle brings campaign, communications, organizational development and fundraising experience to CMJ. Danielle helped lead the Local Community Radio Act to victory, building a national coalition to create 1000+ new local media centers. Danielle co-founded the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center and lead its purchase of Urbana's downtown post office. She served on Urbana's City Council spearheading public arts, wireless, and broadband projects and establishing a civilian review board of police. She co-founded CU Citizens for Peace and Justice, a multiracial civil rights that won victories against jail expansion, racial profiling, and police brutality. As Development Director for Patch Adams, she developed a $12 million capital campaign and annual giving program. She served as the campaign manager for Carol Ammons for State Representative and has led successful campaigns in the Mayors and City Council races. She has presented on media in Thailand, Burma, and Italy, the United States, and as an Evans Scholar at Evergreen State College.  She holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the New School for Social Research and sculpture degree from New College. She is a queer radical momma to 5 year old Ezra Shine.

Dave Newton , Deputy Director

Dave Newton was Deputy Organizing Director of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, on staff for the last decade doing powerful grassroots organizing for environmental, social, and economic justice.  As a Kentuckian, he helped build Democracy by working with former felons to restore voting rights through storytelling, cultural events like Singing For Democracy Gospel Festivals, and powerful grassroots lobbying and leadership development. He's also worked as a union organizer with SEIU-ULTCW and as a campaigner on numerous election campaigns and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with degrees in History and Political Science. In his spare time, Dave is also a giant nerd and enjoys good science fiction books and bad zombie movies alike.

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. For decades, Malkia has strengthened the organizing and communications capacity of grassroots leaders 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 mass 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, MissRepresentation, and most recently Ava DuVernay's exciting film: 13th, released by Netflix on October 7th 2016. 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, the 2015 Hugh Hefner 1st Amendment Award for framing net neutrality as a civil rights issue, and the 2016 EFF Pioneer Award for their leadership on digital civil rights. 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.

Shilo McCabe , Administrative Coordinator

Shilo coordinates organizational operations and office administration for CMJ. She has 10 years of experience in service-based administrative and management work. 

Shilo graduated from California College of the Arts, Oakland California with a BFA in photography, she works in her own unique style of documentary photography and is involved in multiple long-term photo-ethnography projects exploring gender, body politics and personal expression. She has served on the board of LVA: Lesbians in the Visual Arts and Project Photographer for the Bay Area Women of Color Photo Project. Her art has been shown at many exhibitions across the country, and has been included in The Kinsey Institute Gallery's permanent collection as well as print publications.

Steven Renderos , Organizing Director

Steven came to CMJ from the Main Street Project, a MAG-Net anchor organization. He brings more than seven years of community organizing and training experience, and more than ten years of filmmaking and media production experience.  Prior to joining Main Street Project, Steven served as Project Coordinator of the Minnesotano Media Empowerment Project, an initiative focused on improving the quality and quantity of media coverage and representation of Latinos in Minnesota. He currently serves on the boards of Organizing Apprenticeship Project and La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles. Steven (aka DJ Ren) also hosts a show called Radio Pocho at a community radio station and spins at venues in NYC. Steven can be reached at [email protected], 510-698-3800 x411.

Turner Willman , Resource & Communications Organizer

Turner develops and implements resource generation and digital communications strategies for CMJ. Prior to joining CMJ, Turner served as the Development Assistant at Forward Together where they mobilized resources for the reproductive justice movement. In their spare time, Turner provides resources to incarcerated TGNC people and organizes against US and state-sponsored violence in the Philippines. Turner holds a BA in Environmental Science & Policy and Women & Gender Studies from Smith College.