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.

Bryan Mercer , Co-Executive Director, Media Mobilizing Project

Bryan Mercer is a Philadelphia native and Co-Executive Director of Media Mobilizing Project, continuing the organization's commitment to strategic media and communications to build a movement of poor and working people united across color lines.


Carlton Turner

Carlton Turner works nationally as a performing artist, organizer, policy shaper, lecturer, consultant, and facilitator. He is founder of the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production and a co-founder of Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction, a Mississippi-based performance group. Carlton serves on the boards of First People’s Fund, Imagining America, the Center for Media Justice, and Project South for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide.

Jumana Musa

Jumana Musa is a human rights attorney and racial justice activist. She is currently the Sr. Privacy and National Security Counsel for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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.

Malkia Devich Cyril , Executive Director

Malkia Devich Cyril is the co-founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice -- a national hub boldly advancing racial justice, rights and dignity in a digital age. Cyril is a leader in the movement for digital rights and freedom, and in the movement for Black lives—helping to bring important technical safeguards and countermeasures to people of color fighting to reform systemic racism and violence in high-tech law enforcement. Cyril is also prolific on issues ranging from net neutrality and platform accountability to digital surveillance and the communication rights of prisoners. Their comments have been featured in publications like Politico, Motherboard, Essence Magazine, and three documentary films -- most recently the Oscar nominated film by Ava DuVernay, 13TH. Cyril is a 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, a 2013 Prime Movers fellow, winner of the 2015 Hugh Hefner 1st Amendment Award for framing net neutrality as a civil rights issue, winner of the 2016 Electronic Frontier Pioneer award, a YBCA 100 honoree, and a 2017 Root 100 honoree. In spare time, Malkia enjoys a good sci-fi novel and celebrating the life of their recently deceased spouse, Alana Devich Cyril.
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Naomi Ishisaka

Naomi Ishisaka is a longtime journalist, photographer, designer and communications professional with an emphasis on racial equity and social justice. She is the Communications Director for Social Justice Fund NW, a grassroots foundation based in Seattle.

Pia Infante , Co-Executive Director, The Whitman Institute

Pia Infante is Trustee and Co-Executive Director of TWI, an independent foundation that leverages trust based philanthropy for social, political and economic equity. Pia draws on decades of multi-sector experience as an educator, facilitator, organizational consultant, non-profit executive, business owner, writer and speaker to advocate for radically embodied leadership and #trustinpractice.


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. Sage is a long time member of Alternate ROOTS and has served in multiple capacities including staff member, strategic planning chair and board president.