Alix Webb, Computer Center Coordinator
Alix is a co-founder of MMP who has worked for almost two decades with grassroots community organizations working for economic justice and an end to poverty around the United States. Currently, Alix coordinates the six MMP Computer Centers, part of Philadelphia’s Freedom Rings Partnership. From 2006-2011, Alix was the Program-Manager for the Poverty Initiative in NYC and helped begin their Poverty Scholars Program. In Philadelphia, Alix has worked with welfare rights activists through the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, low-income Asian youth through the Asian Arts Initiative Youth Arts Workshop, leaders and members of local non-profits through Bread and Roses Community Funds’ Barbara Smith Community School, and college students through Swarthmore College CIVIC, among others.
Allison Erdneka Budschalow, Grassroots Fundraising Committee
A mama of color in constant pursuit of a just world that thrives of, by, and for the whole community, Allison is constantly looking for ways that organizers, activists, and change agents--especially those from low-income and communities of color--can make it on the long road to justice. One aspect that she currently focuses on is how grassroots fundraising supports radical organizing and base building, and she brings theory into practice as a member of MMP's Grassroots Fundraising Committee. She is rooted in Philly with her partner, two babes and a dog.
Amendu Evans, Executive Committee
Amendu is a member of MMP's Executive Committee, a site organizer for the MMP and Logan CDC Carlton Simmons Technology Keyspot Computer Center, and the coordinator of MMP's Labor Justice Radio. A hip-hop artist, lifetime resident of Philadelphia and fighter for the rights of all people, Amendu is also an SEIU 32BJ member and shop steward representing maintenance workers.
Audra Traynham, Computer Center Site Organizer
Audra is an SEIU 32BJ union member, leader and organizer; a mother and grandmother; and a long-time member of MMP. Audra has been a member of the Labor Committee and a co-host on MMPTV. Currently she is also the Site Organizer at the MMP and SEIU Healthcare PA Keyspot Computer Center.
Bryan Mercer, Media Rights & Access Organizer
Bryan is a Philadelphia native who began volunteering with MMP after returning home from college. As Media Rights & Access Organizer, Bryan supports MMP's network of computer centers and digital literacy trainings with community partners. Bryan also works on state and national media policy advocacy with the Media Action Grassroots Network to create a ground-up approach to securing media rights and access. Bryan received his bachelors degree from Columbia University in Anthropology and Comparative Ethnic Studies.
Carmen Cuadrado, Executive Committee
Carmen got involved in MMP through the Community Leadership Institute's fight against eminent domain abuse in North Philadelphia, and currently serves as a member of the Executive and Education Committees, focusing on MMP's human, health and religious resources and strategy. A massage therapist and Verizon retiree, Carmen is also a grandmother, a cancer survivor, and an incredible cook.
Chris Willis, Computer Center Site Organizer
Chris is a co-producer of MMPTV and the site organizer at the MMP and PSU Keyspot Computer Center. Chris also teaches ESL at the UTWA and MMP Keyspot Computer Center. A professional photographer, editor and cameraman for independent films, Chris has worked in the music industry and is trained in English and communications.
Desi Burnette, Strategic Coordinator
Desi has been involved with MMP since its inception and serves as Strategic Coordinator, focusing on organizing for all people's human rights and an end to policies that do not serve the public good. Desi was a founding member of MMP's Radio Unidad, has directed MMP's training programs, and plays a lead role in developing MMP's capacity as a bilingual (English and Spanish) organization and our work across Pennsylvania with Put People First. Desi has also worked with Prometheus Radio Project, Coalition of Immokolee Workers, and Student-Farmworker Alliance. A Bakersfield, CA native, Desi now calls Yeadon, PA home.
Hannah Sassaman, Strategic Development Consultant
Hannah is an organizer, trainer in communications and legislative planning and strategy, and member of MMP's Grassroots Fundraising Committee, who is now also working with MMP as Strategic Development Consultant. As the longtime Campaign Director at the Prometheus Radio Project
, Hannah helped lead and design the grassroots organizing and legislative strategy that resulted in the passage of the Local Community Radio Act
--a bill that will open up the FM dial to potentially thousands more community radio stations nationwide. Hannah is a member of the Board of Directors of Allied Media Projects
, an adjunct fellow at the Open Technology Institute
at the New America Foundation, the mom of incredible baby Sara Bela Sassaman Marcus, and the partner of brilliant community programmer Josh Marcus.
Kristin Campbell, Grassroots Fundraiser
Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Kristin has been a grassroots fundraiser and organizer with MMP since 2009. As Grassroots Fundraiser, Kristin implements MMP's vision for a strong and independent movement that is resourced by the people who are part of it, building MMP's Sustainer Program and creating the systems that have paved the way for 300 people to sign on as Sustainers. Before working with MMP, Kristin cut her organizing teeth building alliances between students and workers at New York University, where she received her bachelors degree, and was a founding member of the Coalition to Save the Libraries, a grassroots organization of Philadelphians who fought the closure of public libraries and won.
Luis Gauthier, Accountant
Luis was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated cum laude from Temple University with a BBA in Accounting. MMP's Accountant, Luis also works as Director of Finance and Operations for Philadelphia Student Union and is currently sitting for the CPA exams. He has held positions with several non-profit organizations in his community and worked for City of Philadelphia as an accountant and revenue auditor. Luis is the father of two little boys growing up in a society where more MMPs are needed, and is committed to making this society a better, more just and more equal place for all.
Mica Root, Education Director
Mica is an MMP co-founder currently serving as Education Director, focused on developing and integrating learning and leadership development into and out of every aspect of MMP’s organizing and operations. Mica has played a lead role in developing MMP's network and community building strategies and organizational infrastructure. Prior to MMP, Mica worked as a travel guidebook writer and editor and in the national administration of the American Friends Service Committee's immigrant rights initiative, Project Voice. She grew up in New York City, received a BA in English from Harvard University, and has lived in Philadelphia since 2002.
Milena Velis, Media Educator Organizer
Milena is an organizer, media educator and multimedia journalist. Originally from Chile, Milena calls Philadelphia home. Milena began working with MMP in 2007 as a Spanish-English interpreter and radio producer with Labor Justice Radio, and now designs and teaches media trainings and coordinates MMP’s radio programming. Before working with MMP, Milena covered local news for Al Día, a Philadelphia-based Spanish-language weekly newspaper; worked with the Prometheus Radio Project to build new community radio stations around the US; taught multimedia journalism at Temple University; and worked as an interpreter in courtroom and healthcare settings. Milena holds a B.A. in History from Swarthmore College.
Mohammad Shukur, Computer Center Site Organizer
Mohammad is Senior Vice President of the Unified Taxi Workers Alliance of PA, the Adviser of the Bangladesh Taxi Society of Philadelphia, and the site organizer at the UTWA and MMP Keyspot Computer Center. He motivates taxi drivers and others through learning, organizing and demonstrating how people can take active roles to change society. Borne in Narail, Bangladesh, Mohammad completed his Bachelor's and Master's of Business Administration at the University of Chittagong and worked for four years as a Research & Monitoring Officer in an international non-profit organization. Mohammad came to the US in 1999 and got involved with Unified Taxi Workers Alliance in 2005 and MMP shortly thereafter.
Nijmie Dzurinko, Executive Committee
Nijmie is an MMP co-founder, member of the Executive Committee, and coordinator of Put People First PA, working to build a statewide people-power movement uniting poor and working people across Pennsylvania. Nijmie is also the Training Program Coordinator at SmartMeme. Nijmie was raised in Western Pennsylvania by her steelworker grandparents, served as the Executive Director of Philadelphia Student Union from 2006-2011 and founded OneVoice in 2011. Nijmie attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with honors in 1997, and in 2005 received her Masters in Urban Studies from Temple University, where she received the prestigious University Fellowship. She has lived in West Philadelphia for sixteen years.
Phil Wider, Executive Committee
Phil is an MMP co-founder and member of the Executive Committee as well as the Communications Director at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), where he coordinates national movement media and communications. Phil has been a community and movement organizer for over twenty years, working with organizations fighting for affordable housing, welfare rights, tenant’s rights, jobs at living wages, universal healthcare and quality education. Phil is also on the board of the Philadelphia Student Union and serves as a curriculum consultant with various national anti-poverty efforts including the University of the Poor and the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary.
Rebekah Phillips, Video Organizer
Rebekah began working with MMP as a volunteer in 2008 and became MMP's Video Organizer in 2009. She coordinates video trainings and video productions in collaboration with community and labor groups at the local, state and national levels. She also organizes a growing team of volunteer members and leaders to produce MMPTV, a movement news and analysis tv show that airs online and on Philadelphia’s cable access channel, PhillyCAM. Prior to MMP, Rebekah worked as a freelance video maker and earned a BFA in Art Video from Syracuse University in 2006. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and Brigantine, NJ and has lived in Philadelphia since 2007.
Todd Wolfson, Executive Committee
Todd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University, an MMP co-founder, and chair of the Executive Committee. Trained as a socio-cultural anthropologist, Todd studies the convergence of new media, globalization and social movements and is currently finishing a manuscript entitled Cyber Left: Indymedia and the Making of 21st Century Struggle. Prior to his post at Rutgers and his work with MMP, Todd helped found a graduate employee union campaign at the University of Pennsylvania, and prior to that lived in sub-Saharan Africa for three years.
Renee McBride-Williams, Computer Center Site Organizer
A proud native of West Philadelphia, Renee has worked tirelessly throughout her life to lift up the voices of those who are not being listened to and currently does so in her role as Site Organizer at the MMP and Philadelphia Unemployment Project Keyspot Computer Center. Renee is a graduate of La Salle University and workshops at University of Pennsylvania and MIT, and has had a career in educational broadcasting and artist entertainment management. She also holds seats on the Global Roots Task Force and the Center Stage Society at Annenberg Center and operates West Philadelphia’s Community Radio Station, WPEB 88.1 FM.
Willie Colon, Computer Center Site Organizer
Site Organizer at MMP and Casa Monarca's Keyspot Computer Center, Willie is also a freelance writer and editor who lives in the Philadelphia suburbs. In addition to his experience working for a variety of newspapers, trade publications, and nonprofits, Willie has a background in community organizing that he gained from many years of work with the Community Leadership Institute (CLI) in North Philadelphia. During his years as president of the board at CLI, he worked with residents to successfully challenge the City of Philadelphia’s abuse of eminent domain laws. His favorite quote comes from author and activist Arundhati Roy: “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
Zoraida Ossa, Office Manager
Zoraida migrated to the USA from Venezuela, where she earned a degree in Linguistics and Modern Languages. She has been working with nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia area for many years in different administrative roles as well as interpreting, translating, writing, editing, designing and maintaining websites. She volunteered for MMP before becoming Office Manager.