Malkia Cyril, Executive Director

Malkia CyrilMalkia 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’s work to ensure the most vulnerable communities can navigate the complex media conditions of the 21st century 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

Dante Barry, Membership Organizer

dante barry headshotDante Barry has 10+ years of experience as a grassroots and online organizer within the racial justice, anti-war/violence, and student movements. Dante understands how to bridge communications and media capacity with grassroots engagement towards action and demonstrable impact. He has previously worked for a number of local electoral races in New Jersey, the Roosevelt Institute, the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, School Based Health Alliance, and the Political Development Group, LLC. As Deputy Director of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, Dante has used strategic communications, grassroots organizing, and creative technology to protect and empower young people of color from the impacts of gun violence and criminalization. A fun fact: Dante appeared in a segment on race relations panel with the Daily Show in response to the July 2013 Zimmerman verdict.

Dante can be reached at

Brandi Collins, Communications Manager

Brandi is responsible for driving organizational identity, branding, communications, and marketing for CMJ.  She has over five years experience in nonprofit strategic communications, branding, public policy advocacy, and project management.

Formerly Public Policy Associate for Safer Foundation in Illinois, Brandi has crafted state and national recommendations and statements on workforce development, community capacity building, and prisoner reentry.  These were included in reports and publications for the American Correctional Association, the Obama-Biden transition team, the Illinois Poverty Commission and Illinois Human Services Commission, among others.

Brandi earned her B.A. in History (with an emphasis on 20th century US immigration and migration) from Agnes Scott College, and her J.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.

In her spare time, Brandi likes nerding it up- she can be found watching documentaries, reading non-fiction books, tweeting indignantly, and blogging her feelings.

Brandi can be reached at, 510-698-3800 x409, and on Brandi Sink or Swim.

Steven Renderos, National Organizer

Steven RenderosSteven came to CMJ from the Main Street Project, a MAG-Net anchor organization, where Steven lead Main Street Project’s media justice and community building efforts, including the Minnesota Digital Justice Coalition and the collaborative work with MAG-Net. He brings more than seven years of community organizing and training experience, and more than ten years of filmmaking and media production experience to our organization.

Prior to joining Main Street Project, Steven served as Project Coordinator of the Minnesotano Media Empowerment Project, an initiative of the Department of Chicano Studies at the University of Minnesota 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, La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, and Center for Media Justice. Steven (aka DJ Ren) also hosts a show called Radio Pocho at a community radio station in Minneapolis and spins at various venues in town.

Steven can be reached at, 510-698-3800 x411.

Shilo McCabe, Operations Coordinator

IMG_20130707_031742Shilo coordinates organizational operations and office administration for CMJ.  She has 10 years of experience in service-based administrative and management work which, along with a deep interest in social justice and inter-sectional activism, propels her to provide strong behind-the-scenes support to the CMJ staff.

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 in the San Francisco, Seattle and New York areas and her work has been included in The Kinsey Institute Gallery’s permanent collection as well as print publications.

When she is not providing support to the CMJ staff or working on one of her many creative personal projects, she can be found sewing, playing on the beach with her family or baking cupcakes.

Shilo can be reached at shilo@mediajustice.org510-698-3800 x407


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