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.

Danielle Chynoweth , Organizing Director

With more than 20 years experience as a community organizer, Danielle helped lead the Local Community Radio Act to victory, building a national coalition to create 1000+ new local media centers.

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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.

Steven Renderos , National Organizer

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 steven@mediajustice.org, 510-698-3800 x411.
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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.
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Malkia Cyril , Executive Director

Malkia Amala Cyril grew up believing that "everyone deserves a public voice".  With a mother that worked both as an editor of the Black Panther's newspaper and as a long-time educator, Cyril recognized the power of media and culture work at an early age.  Today, Cyril is founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ) and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network, national network of 175 organization working to ensure media access, rights, and representation for marginalized communities.  A prolific writer and public speaker, Cyril's articles and quotes-- on issues from Net Neutrality to the communication rights of prisoners to new strategic communications approaches-- have appeared in Politico, the Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, and dozens more, including documentaries including Outfoxed, Broadcast Blues, and MissRepresentation. Cyril is Prime Movers fellow and in 2012 received the prestigious Donald H. McGannon Award for work to advance the roles of women and people of color in the media reform movement.  

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