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GET TO KNOW US

We have a powerful team of staff, facilitators, trainers and coaches who bring combined decades of experience organizing for, and winning, power. Our team has worked with groups at the forefront of the fights for housing, public education, healthcare, immigration, and mass liberation. Our team brings experience developing participatory, experiential trainings and can facilitate processes that support groups to make decisions and struggle well together. Take a look below for more details.

STAFF

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SHAKIYA CANTY, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
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Shakiya is a 4th generation West Philadelphian who enjoys identifying innovative approaches and improved solutions to social movement and organizational challenges. Previously, she spent 5 years serving as an organizer in Brooklyn, NY and Philadelphia, PA, where she helped leaders and coalitions to win policy changes for housing, sanitation, and transportation. She has deep interests in healing justice, the intersection of spirituality and organizing, and economic alternatives and believes that Collective Power, Love, and Imagination are the tools necessary to create the world we wish to see.

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CHRISTI CLARK, DIRECTOR
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Christi brings over twenty years of community and labor organizing experience where she developed the leadership, organization and coalitions necessary to win. Prior to founding The Organizing Center she built strong unions, won policy changes that decriminalized black and brown high school youth, and led a campaign that won $100M for affordable housing in Philly. She believes people power is the only way to win and that another world is possible.

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KRISTIN SCHWAB, WORKSHOP DIRECTOR
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Kristin is a dynamic leader and facilitator who supports political education, leadership development, and collective governance within organizations, cooperative businesses, and schools. Her involvement in intergenerational multi-racial cross-class food justice movements as a young person inspires her work today. Kristin loves supporting fellow white people to find their stake and role in our liberation movements and bringing people together around a love-filled meal. She is deeply committed to building a world where we are all free, sharing power, and living joyous lives.

Advisory Board

We are so grateful for our Advisory Board members who bring years of organizing and facilitation experience to this collective project. Their commitment to liberation for people and planet keeps us grounded and focused on our mission.

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Michelle Crentsil (she/her)

Political Director, NYSNA

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Estrella Diaz (she/her)

Senior Organizing Manager,

Center for Popular Democracy

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Arielle Klagsbrun (she/her)

Deputy Campaign Manager, ACRE

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Bryan Mercer (he/him)

Executive Director,

Movement Alliance Project

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Alison Stohr (she/her)

Chief of Staff

Councilmember Kendra Brooks

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Eboni Taggart (she/her)

Training Manager

Deep Canvassing Institute

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Noah T. Winer (he/him)

Senior Partner

Dragonfly Partners, LLC

FACILITATORS & COACHES

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David Hunt
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For over 30 years David has worked with a diverse and eclectic range of clients – from local and national non-profit community organizations and foundations to colleges, universities, social change and grassroots organizations, religious institutions, and government at all levels. His energetic, charismatic, and fun-loving spirit supports organizations to to reflect, enjoy, learn, and grow together as they resolve conflict, plan strategically and organize powerfully

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Eboni Taggart
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With over 15 years of experience in community building, Eboni has maximized the leadership skills of community members, teachers, youth, and parents to advocate for transformative systemic change on issues that impact their lives. She has also supported organizations on outreach, strategy, program management, leadership development and political education.

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Diana Waters
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Diana is a social justice educator, trainer and facilitator based in Philadelphia, PA. For over thirty years, Diana has facilitated, trained, and coached individuals and groups in  conflict resolution, experiential education, leadership development, mediation, and principled disagreement. She believes that these skills are critical for strong, empowered organizations and communities committed to fighting for justice. Supporting people in rising to mutual power across differences is her superpower and Transformative Education and storytelling are Diana’s two loves.

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MJ McClure
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Molly (also known as MJ) has worked with social justice organizations for 20 years doing facilitation, training, and organizational development. They live in Oakland, CA and spent the last 14 years at Causa Justa :: Just Cause, building people-power to challenge gentrification and criminalization. They are passionate about growing movements that can win powerful systemic change and be spaces of connection and joy. MJ loves using leadership development and political education as tools to help groups and movements thrive.

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Hiram Rivera
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Hiram has over 15 years of community organizing experience as a lead organizer and trainer working on issues of education justice, criminal and juvenile justice across the country. He currently serves as the founding director of the Community Resource Hub for Safety & Accountability. The Hub is a resource for local advocates and organizers working to address the harms of policing in the U.S. and seeking to cultivate community safety and accountability outside of the criminal legal system.

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Andrew Willis Garcés
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Andrew is a lifelong Southerner shaped and inspired by the Southern grassroots organizing tradition and also by the communities of resistance from his maternal homeland of Colombia. He founded and led Siembra NC under the Trump Administration, and has worked with dozens of unions and grassroots community organizations over the last two decades as an organizer, strategist, communications consultant and trainer. He also hosts Training for Change's Craft of Campaigns podcast. You can read some of his writing at The ForgeTruthoutWaging NonviolenceConvergenceIn These Times.

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Marta Vizueta Bohórquez
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Marta de los Ángeles Vizueta Bohórquez is a popular educator and community organizer in Washington, DC, as well as the principal and founder of Movement Matters. She brings extensive experience in working in multiracial, multi-ethnic, and multilingual contexts with grassroots communities of color, and in supporting the development of social justice organizations with deep core values and strong administrative capacities. Originally from an Ecuadorian family grounded in liberation theology, Marta began organizing in Black and first and second-generation immigrant communities in Washington in 1997.

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David Haiman
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David S. Haiman is a principal and co-founder of Movement Matters. His 25+ years of experience in movement work has led to a deep understanding of racial and economic justice, transformative facilitation techniques, and the mechanics of popular education and movement-based community organizing.  David has worked with grassroots organizations like Detroit Action, ROC-DC, and Young People for Progress to develop their member engagement structures, support strategic campaign development, and build movement oriented organizing cultures.  This work combines deep relationship building and accompaniment of individual staff members along with an understanding of how to build needed organizational infrastructure and capacity. 

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Sunyoung Strait
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Sunyoung was born in the Oakland, CA area after their parents immigrated from South Korea. After obtaining their Master’s Degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding, Sunyoung spent 12 years leading thousands of union members in campaigns all across the country to fight for better wages and working conditions. During their time in labor they led dozens of campaigns - including multiple successful strike campaigns. The pinnacle of their career was leading the largest successful nursing home strike campaign in PA history. They are currently working with leaders of the AANHPI community supporting organizations with organizing training, facilitation, leadership development, and coaching. They are currently based in Philadelphia, PA and remain passionate advocates of workers rights, racial justice, LGBTQIA+ issues, and mental health.

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Nico Amador
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Nico is a writer, popular educator and community organizer from San Diego, currently living in rural Vermont. His prior work has included efforts to fight mass incarceration, win a living wage and end a public transportation system policy that discriminated against trans and non-binary passengers in Philadelphia. As a trainer and facilitator, he’s led hundreds of workshops to promote skills and analysis among people using direct action and other grassroots strategies to create social change in the U.S. and abroad.

TRAINING COHORT

To support the growing demand for our public workshops we are piloting a Training Cohort program in 2023. Members of the cohort will be responsible for co-facilitating our 2023 workshop series in organizing conversations, leadership development, campaign strategy, and coalition building. These trainers are rooted in organizing and are ready to share their hard-earned wisdom, grow their training skills and deepen their ability to teach the organizing skills that help us win and shift power. 

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