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.
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Chinyere´ Tutashinda , National Organizer

Chinyere is the National Organizer at the Center for Media Justice. Educate, Motivate, Inspire - Change the world! ~ This is 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 its 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.
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Erin Shields , National Field Organizer, Internet Rights

Erin is the National Field Organizer for Internet Rights at CMJ. Erin joins CMJ with more than 5 years of grassroots organizing and advocacy experience in the areas of technology, affordable housing, and criminal justice. Prior to working with CMJ, she was a community organizer with Bread for the City, fighting alongside DC residents living on low incomes for equitable redevelopment without displacement. She also previously worked as a government affairs coordinator at the Internet Association on issues of net neutrality, privacy, and Internet governance. Erin recently served as the 2016-2017 co-chair of Black Youth Project 100's DC Chapter and has committed herself to the work of liberating all Black people. She earned her BA in political science from Howard University and currently lives in Washington, DC.
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Libeth Morales , Communications Director

Libeth Morales spearheads organizational, network, and external communications at the Center for Media Justice.  She brings over 7 years of communications and marketing strategy experience to her role. Prior to joining CMJ, Libeth was the Senior Communications Manager at the Entertainment Industry Foundation, where she leveraged influential voices in film and television to amplify the impact of the foundation’s various charitable initiatives, including Stand Up To Cancer. As the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants, field workers, musicians, and educators, Libeth is firmly committed to change and justice and holds a deep appreciation for art and education. Libeth earned her BA in Sociology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.  A Los Angeles native, she is an avid Dodgers fan and firm supporter of fruit stand vendors who sell cucumber with salt and lemon.
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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 more than 20 years, Malkia has built the capacity of racial and economic justice movements to win media rights, access and power in a digital age. A skilled facilitator, and passionate speaker and writer, Cyril’s articles and appearances have driven racial justice strategy on issues from the fight for an open and affordable Internet and new strategic communications approaches to the fight against mass surveillance and prison profiteers. Cyril is a Prime Movers fellow, recipient of the 2012 Donald H. McGannon Award, the 2015 Hugh Hefner 1st Amendment Award, and the 2016 EFF Pioneer Award. In addition to appearing in documentary films Outfoxed and MissRepresentation Cyril has most recently appeared Ava DuVernay's exciting film: 13th, released by Netflix on October 7th 2016. Born of parents in the Black Panther Party, Cyril is a leader in the movement for digital rights and freedom, and a proud member of the Black Lives Matter Network.
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McCrae A. Parker , Deputy Director

McCrae is Deputy Director at CMJ. A SF Bay Area native, McCrae has spent 20 years working at the intersection of digital access, media advocacy and community empowerment. His roles at local, state and national levels have ranged from educator to media policy advocate to special initiatives director. Prior to his position at CMJ, McCrae was the Managing Director of ZeroDivide where he designed and implemented capacity building and leadership development projects that leveraged digital technology in under-resourced and under-served communities for social equity and justice outcomes. McCrae is currently a Board Member for Idealware (National) and an Advisor for Public Matters, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA).
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Myaisha Hayes , National Organizer, Criminal Justice & Technology

Myaisha is the National Organizer on Criminal Justice & Technology at the Center for Media Justice. Myaisha brings several years of organizing experience with her from various national and local campaigns including President Obama's re-election campaign, Fight for $15, and the CLOSErikers Campaign. As the grandchild of a political prisoner, she is deeply committed to organizing people power that leads to radical transformative change and justice. Myaisha earned her BA in Black Studies at Occidental College and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Shilo McCabe , Administrative Coordinator

Shilo coordinates organizational operations and office administration for CMJ. She has over 16 years of experience in service-based administrative and management work.  Shilo graduated from California College of the Arts, Oakland California with a fine art photography degree.  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 was a 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 several print publications.
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Steven Renderos , Organizing Director

Steven is CMJ’s Organizing Director and came to the organization from the Main Street Project, a MAG-Net anchor member. 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.
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Turner Willman , Digital Manager

Turner Willman is the Digital Manager at Center for Media Justice where they develop and implement  digital organizing and resource generation strategies. Prior to joining CMJ, Turner mobilized resources for the reproductive justice movement as the Development Assistant at Forward Together. They have also worked with organizations in support of API women nail salon workers’ rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice. In their spare time, Turner provides support 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.
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