Staff

Some of SMT’s staff is full-time. Other staff work on a freelance basis with SMT for 1-60 hours/month. Some are on retainer with groups we are working with on an ongoing basis; others are pulled in for quick consults in their particular area of expertise, or are available for group training. After their first 10 hours, staff join the Freelance Division of the Pacific Media Guild/Communication Workers of America which has given SMT its “Fair to Freelancers” certification.

Veronica Avila, Development Director, Illinois. Has organized to improve the workplace conditions of food service workers and commercial building cleaners with UNITE HERE and SEIU 32BJ. As part of the workers’ center movement, led the Chicago Restaurant Opportunities Centers’ (ROC) programs and fundraising, building a fiscally sound organization that doubled in size in 4 years. Awarded the Berger Marks Foundation’s Edna Award. Also worked with the Center for Frontline Retail, a retail workers’ center in New York City. Workforce Development Director for National Domestic Workers Alliance to create and implement career pathways for domestic workers. Versed in movement building, organizing, policy work, and fundraising.

RachelBowman.pngRachel Bowman, Staff Partner, Indiana. Rachel has been an online and offline organizer since 2011. She has developed expertise in the field from electoral organizing experiences in Nevada, Ohio and Iowa. She honed her social media skills with Moms Demand Action for Gunsense in America, growing a digital community of people taking real action to end the plague of gun violence. Always searching for new learning opportunities, Rachel was trained by the DCCC, OFA, and many generous progressive organizers. When she isn’t fighting on the frontlines of progressive battles, Rachel spends her time telling bad puns and watching reality television.

Noah Doughton, Staff Partner, Washington. Full stack web developer. Fluent in over 5 programming languages, successfully overseen the launch of three major from-scratch web apps, and has debugged, maintained and developed countless websites. He has a long experience in bug fixing, and is a firm believer in the notion that there’s always a new way to solve an issue, no matter the environment. Has a love-hate relationship with WordPress, and develops sardonic and existential chat bots in his free time.

Michael Everett, Staff Partner Video Production, U.K. A decade of video and audio editing. Proficient in all aspects of video and audio post production.

 
 

Brett Gerstein, Staff Partner, Washington, DC. Brett helps progressive organizations acquire and retain supporters through online advertising on Facebook, Google and YouTube. Highly experienced in analyzing metrics to help groups increase the effectiveness of their website and digital outreach. Proficient at setting up and managing Google Adwords campaigns. Has been active in a number of movements including immigrant rights and prison reform. Also a former Web Producer for Bernie Sanders. Lives in Washington, DC with his wife and daughter.

Eligerzon90x100Eli Gerzon, Staff Partner, Massachusetts. Started and co-led Massachusetts state divestment from fossil fuels campaign, gaining widespread support among legislators, towns, unions, and other groups for addressing climate change. Co-founded Jewish Climate Action Network. One of the so-called “#10PeopleOnTwitter” who stopped the Boston Olympic bid in 2015. Specializing in Twitter: strategically growing followers, getting hashtags trending, and influencing decision makers.

Evan Greer, Staff Partner, Massachusetts. Has been organizing creative, hard-hitting campaigns for over a decade, with expertise in digital strategy and online campaigns, social media outreach, engaging young people, website optimization, testing successful messaging, coalition building, group dynamics, and long-term strategy. Evan is currently the campaign manager at Fight for the Future, a cutting edge non-profit that uses innovative viral technologies to organize some of the largest online protests in internet history. Past organizing experience includes media strategist for the Tarek Mehanna Support Committee, founding continental collective member of Rising Tide North America, and coordinating a volunteer medical clinic in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. Evan has also led workshops and trainings for social change groups across North America and Europe during five years of movement-building performance tours.

hkappklotesmtbiopicsmallH Kapp-Klote, Staff Partner Digital Security, Illinois.  Has organized on and offline for the last decade, starting as a queer youth organizer in Kansas. Formerly the Digital Director for GetEQUAL, a LGBTQ organizing network, H’s online storytelling campaigns have reframed what constitutes “LGBTQ issues.” Through building a queer and trans lens for understanding immigration detention, the private prison industry, and police brutality, H’s GetEQUAL campaigns, guided by those often ignored in the LGBTQ community, drew new organizers to offline action while building LGBTQ power across movement spaces.  Before working in digital strategy, they organized educators in Maine around food insecurity and child nutrition, leading to the implementation of after-school meal programs, and conducted research on the long running anti-School of the Americas movement that helped connect its leaders with the Occupy movement.  

Emilio Lacques-Zapien, Staff Partner, California.  Emilio has been an online-offline organizer for more than a decade. With the L.A. Youth Justice Coalition Emilio organized against police brutality and towards reallocating resources to youth programming. He has run online campaigns to end school suspensions and expulsions of students of color. He served on the Board of Directors for the United States Student Association for three years, while working on issues affecting undocumented students and low-income students of color on a national level. He also served as a youth mentor with Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/chicano de Aztlan at UCLA. In his free time, Emilio plays, coaches, and writes about baseball and the Dodgers. 

Christine Miranda, Staff Partner, Washington D.C.  Christine has a diverse background in Latinx community organizing, web and graphic design, non-profit data management, digital storytelling, and social media strategy. She is an organizer with Cosecha, a decentralized movement fighting for permanent protection for all undocumented immigrants. Her field coaching and digital strategy work supported the May 1, 2017 “Day Without Immigrants” campaign and escalated actions protesting the repeal of DACA. She also developed a Snapchat strategy that has helped Cosecha reach hundreds of thousands of people through Geofilters and trending live stories. Previously, Christine was a Fulbright Scholar in Panama, assisting Afro-West Indian advocacy groups with local organizing projects and digitizing community knowledge.  

Aneta Molenda, Staff Partner, New York.  Aneta was trained as an organizer in the labor movement through the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute. Since then she’s worked as a labor organizer with the New York Taxi Drivers Alliance and at Working America, where she helped launch alt-labor organizing projects for retail workers and licensed professionals. She honed her digital skills working on projects for a number of organizing groups including Fight For $15, Planned Parenthood, and SEIU. Aneta specializes in online-to-offline recruitment pipelines and using digital tools to run distributed organizing programs. When she’s not on her computer, Aneta is likely making ceramics or rescuing kittens in Brooklyn.  

Harold Moore, Staff Partner, Washington D.C. Has been an on and offline organizer for progressive causes for the last 7 years. After leading a canvass on a congressional campaign in southern Indiana in 2006 he has worked in increasingly responsible field, data, communications and new media roles with innovative organizations including Rock the Vote, Call To Action, Obama for America, SEIU and recently the AFL-CIO where he helped lead their national member communication program. Been trained by the DCCC, Camp Wellstone, the New Organizing Institute and many others and hopes to return the favor by helping train, mentor and provide resources for the next crop of troublemakers. When not working to empower the middle class Harold likes to travel, play and watch sports and drink whiskey.

Frances Nan, Movement Support Coordinator, Pennsylvania.  Background in postsecondary education equity and inclusion, as well as campus activism. From working in college admissions, has experience expanding access to highly selective institutions––particularly for first-generation to college, low-income, and/or students of color––in collaboration with community stakeholders. Activated in college and radicalized by student protests in the wake of #BlackLivesMatter, and currently also working with Asian Americans United in Philadelphia, an organization with a history of inter- and intra-racial coalition-building. Believes in culturally responsive school culture and what bell hooks terms teaching to transgress. Has learned almost everything she knows from her students, as well as from her ma, ba, aunties, and ancestors. Offline, enjoys couchsurfing around the country, collecting stories.  

hannahHeadshot2013.jpgHannah Roditi, Executive Director, Connecticut. Long-time union (Teamsters, AFSCME, SEIU, ILGWU), community and faith-based organizer. Founded and ran a faith-based – labor coalition in CT for 10 years. Has designed and led social media training for groups from D.C. to Oakland as well as on-line trainings with up to 500 organizers, including in Spanish and bilingually for mixed language groups. Works with unions and organizing groups across the country to help them ramp up with social media to build power and win campaigns. The use of new tech tools to strengthen on-the-ground organizing and ramp up pressure on targets is a passion of Hannah’s.

Deivid Rojas, Staff Partner, Chicago. Deivid has been an online and offline organizer for union, immigration, and LGBTQ movements and organizations since 2008. He has been the Communications Director for Fight For 15 Chicago for the last five years. During this time he managed the largest city based social media accounts for the campaign, helped action footage go viral, and trended many unique hashtags. He’s worked with dozens of politicians, unions, and community groups. He has expertise in thinking through digital and communications plans that incorporate offline and field organizing, bridging social media and press, on-the-go and action-based digital strategies, and strategic account growth. Fluent Spanish speaker.

AaronSangerAaron Sanger, Staff Partner, Washington. Experienced corporate campaign strategist. Became a full-time NGO campaigner after 20+ years working as a trial lawyer, handling lawsuits successfully against companies like Exxon and Mobil (later to become ExxonMobil).  One successful campaign landed on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and was the first in a series of NGO campaigns—to protect forests, rivers and climate—that he has led and helped to develop (including stopping mega dams in Patagonia, protecting the Great Bear Rainforest and stopping Canada’s Tar Sands). With wife Michele, owns (and she manages) a small organic herbal remedies business, Living Earth Herbs.

Marie Walz, Staff Partner Graphic Design, Illinois. Freelance graphic designer and art director with experience in digital and print creative campaigns.

 

Emily Yahn, Staff Partner Graphic Design, Virginia. With 15 years experience in creative direction, art direction, and design, Emily combines conceptual and design skills for digital and print. Outside of work, she’s busy raising 2 girls in the DC area.

 

Michigan Yang, Staff Partner Graphic Design, Connecticut. More than 4 years experience designing websites, graphics, logos, brochures, newsletters, photo retouching, creating materials to help campaigns. When not working Michigan plays hockey, and billiards.

 

We’re always interested in talking with seasoned organizers with a combination of online and offline experience, as well as web developers with extensive Word Press expertise. If you think you have something to offer, contact us.