Board of Directors
Social Movement Technologies Foundation
a 501(c)3 non-profit
Alnisa Allgood has spent 30+ years working with nonprofits and community organizations with more than 20 of those years specializing in mission-driven technologies. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Nonprofit Tech— a nonprofit technology organization working to change how nonprofits work with, learn about, and use technology. Passionate about increasing organizational capacity, strengthening social impact, and building community, she also serves on boards, city committees, and community organizations.
David Desiderato. David has been leading issue campaigns and building strong social change organizations in Connecticut and Northeast states for over three decades. At the Universal Health Care Foundation, he coordinated partners in the campaign to win quality, affordable health care, and provided training and organizational support to a wide range of groups. At Northeast Action he supported health care campaigns in six states and helped progressive leaders develop and take action. While valuing leadership development and person-to-person, relational organizing above all, he appreciates the promise and potential of social media technology to help groups expand their influence, track their progress, and win victories that improve lives.
Marc Caplan. Senior Program Officer, Proteus Fund, with responsibility for the Piper Fund which has partnered with other funders to award $16 million to money in politics organizing nationwide and launch innovative efforts to build the movement. Prior to Proteus, 25 years of issue campaign work, coalition-building, and electoral campaigns throughout New England. Directed Northeast Action, a regional support center of progressive issue and electoral organizing. Total Duke B-ball fanatic.
Ken Floryan. After spending two years in the US Army in the late 60’s, Ken Floryan graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1972, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in Political Science. Ken worked as a congressional district coordinator for the McGovern presidential campaign that year. After a long career in IT, including a stint as president and CEO of his own small software business, Ken transitioned into the field of investment management, from which he retired in 2014. Ken has been active for years as a donor and volunteer in political and public issues campaigns, particularly ones that deal with economic justice.
Ann Kempski, Board President, has spent more than 20 yeras in the labor movement in organizing, advocacy and public policy. She was the Director of Health Policy for the Service Employees International Union, and led SEIU’s federal health care reform team. She currently is the Director of Policy and Government Relations for The Permanente Federation of Kaiser Permanente.
Hannah Roditi, Executive Director. Long-time union and community organizer with a passion for redistributing power and using technology to boost organizing impact. Graduate of Harvard Business School and the AFL-CIO’s Organizing Institute. Active participant in civil disobedience actions. Avid quilter and gardener. Fluent in Spanish and French and the mother of three Guatemala-born children. www.linkedin.com/in/hannahroditi
Board of Directors
Social Movement Technologies, Inc.
a Benefit Corporation
subsidiary (part of) the non-profit, handles SMT’s union work as required by IRS
Gene Bruskin, Maryland. Recently retired as the Director and founder of the Strategic Campaigns Department at the American Federation of Teachers. 35 years in the labor movement as an activist, local union officer, union organizer and national campaign coordinator for local and national unions. Served as Jessie Jackson’s Labor Director at the National Rainbow Coalition. Campaign Director for the Justice for Smithfield Campaign organizing 5,000 NC packing house workers for the UFCW. Founder of the national organization US Labor Against the War and has been active in many international Labor Solidarity campaigns. Currently living in the Washington DC area. Gene is a poet and writer in his spare time.
Dr. Flavio Casoy, New York City. A community psychiatrist and union activist. Medical Director for Admissions at Rockland Psychiatric Center and an Attending Psychiatrist at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. Shop Steward for New York State Public Employee Federation Division 235. Previously, an elected leader in the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU-Healthcare and was a student-labor solidarity activist in undergraduate and medical schools. Also does assessments for victims of torture and discrimination seeking political asylum in the United States and has a small private practice in Manhattan. Completed both his undergraduate and medical degrees at Brown University, his residency in general adult psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and his fellowship in public psychiatry at Columbia University.
Erin Malone, New York, Board President. Communications Director for Forward Together. Seasoned communications strategist, formerly managed member communications for 1199SEIU UHWE and served as the communications coordinator at the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU. Erin has lead communications campaigns to win union recognition, secure strong union contracts, keep hospitals open, win paid sick days and living wage legislation, and provide medical relief in Haiti. Expertise in online campaigning, multi-channel strategy, mass email and constituent relationship management software, branding and graphic design. Organizing experience building union/community coalitions in the Bronx and Newark, organizing tenants at the University of California-San Diego and also as an educator fighting for access to higher education and the retention of underrepresented students. Communications trainer with degrees in advertising and communications and several years of teaching experience.
Peter Olney, San Francisco, California. Retired Director of Organizing for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Has been part of the labor movement for over 40 years, working for numerous labor unions as an organizer and negotiator. Since coming to California in 1983 has focused on building organization in the immigrant working class. Associate Director of the University of California’s Institute for Labor and Employment (ILE) 2001-2004. Masters in Business Administration from UCLA.
Hannah Roditi, Executive Director, Connecticut. Long-time union and community organizer with a passion for redistributing power and using technology to boost organizing impact. Graduate of Harvard Business School and the AFL-CIO’s Organizing Institute. Active participant in civil disobedience actions. Avid quilter and gardener. Fluent in Spanish and French and the mother of three Guatemala-born children.
Heather Booth is one of the country’s leading strategists about progressive issue campaigns and driving issues in elections. She has been an organizer for over forty years starting in the civil rights and women’s movement. She was the founding Director and is now President of the Midwest Academy, training social change leaders and organizers. She has been involved
in and managed many political campaigns and was the Training Director of the Democratic National Committee. In 2000, she was the Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund, which helped to increase African American election turnout by nearly 2 million voters. She has been a consultant to a variety of social change and political groups that have included MoveOn.org, National Council of La Raza, and Campaign for America’s Future. She was the lead consultant during the founding of the Campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. In 2008 she was the director of the Health Care Campaign for the AFL-CIO, organizing to win affordable high quality reform for all. In 2009, she directed the campaign that was successful in passing President Obama’s first budget. In 2010 she was the founding director of Americans for Financial Reform, fighting to regulate the financial industry. She was the strategic consultant to the Alliance for Citizenship, the largest immigration reform coalition and Voter Participation Center/Women Voices Women Vote. Heather lives in Washington, DC with her husband Paul.
Allen Gunner, Executive Director, Aspiration Tech. Gunner works to help NGOs, activists, foundations and software developers make more effective use of technology for social change. He is an active facilitator, contributor, advisor, and/or partner in a number of open projects, including The Tor Project, OpenReferral, Open Architecture Collaborative, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Simply Secure, and Mozilla. He is a board member of The Ruckus Society, Global Exchange, and Peer 2 Peer University, and also serves in formal advisory roles with CorpWatch, LocalizED, Ranking Digital Rights, The Center for Tech Cultivation, The Engine Room, The Everett Program, United for Iran, and The Rosetta Foundation.
Judy Hertz. Executive Director, Midwest Academy. Judy serves as a trainer at the five-day Organizing for Social Change workshop, and consults with a variety of organizations, from neighborhood organizations to state and national groups. She is co-developer and co-trainer for the Midwest Academy’s newest training session, Supervising Organizers. Worked as a community organizer in Chicago for 20 years. Was a member of the founding board of the National Organizers Alliance, a professional association for progressive community, issue, and labor organizers. She was also a founder and member of the Board of the NOA Retirement Pension Plan, a multiple employer pension plan for community organizers.
Evelyn C. Mantilla. First openly bisexual woman in the Connecticut General Assembly where she served for 10 years, and first Hispanic woman to serve as Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives. As an activist and legislator, has focused on civil rights and equality issues—particularly focusing on disenfranchised communities. Represented a low-income urban district with an overwhelming majority of Latinos/Puerto Ricans. Currently consults on communications and leadership. Born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Lives in Connecticut with her wife and two children.
Gordon Mayer, Gamaliel liaison to SMT. Development & Communications Director at the Gamaliel national network of faith-based social justice groups. Previously he served as Operations Director at National People’s Action, where he worked to strengthen and build new systems and infrastructure, and as Vice President of Community Media Workshop, a Midwest nonprofit whose mission is to diversify voices in the news and public debate, where he doubled the number of individuals the organization served annually through communications coaching conferences, and other channels. He lives in Chicago.
Blair Sandler, Ph.D. in Marxian and environmental economics, J.D. in Law with a Social Justice Concentration. Political activist with history in Latin America, and U.S. environmental justice. Teaches t’ai chi ch’uan in San Francisco. Fluent in Spanish and tech, parent of teenager.
Trina Tocco, Organizer and Campaigner, Change to Win labor coalition, focused on integration of social media tools into union organizing campaigns; also serving as Walmart global campaign coordinator for UNI Global Union (a global union federation for retail and other sectors with affiliates in the US and around the world). Currently also convening an informal network of labor and allied organizations focused on advancing the role of social media to develop more effective winnable campaigns. Has worked at International Labor Rights Forum to support efforts of unions and organizations around the world in creating a global labor solidarity movement through joint campaigns and education of consumers in the US.