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.
Yotam Amit, Staff Partner, San Francisco, California. Started organizing offline about a decade ago in Chicago as one of the founding members of a local Palestinian rights group. Taught himself coding, data, security, and developed in-depth knowledge of a range of CRMs to better contribute to the movement primarily through Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). Passion is to help harness the powers of various tools and techniques to convert traffic spikes and untapped potential into sustained growth, without sacrificing grassroots organizing or relationships and community. When he is not at his computer, he is probably teaching martial arts in some park in the Bay – or at one of the other small schools he’s founded in New York City and Chicago.
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.
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.
Eli 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.
Nick Katkevich, Staff Partner, Rhode Island. Nick has coordinated social media for grassroots campaigns, mobilizations and direct actions since 2011. He has also organized workplaces with unions such as SEIU and the UAW and has a graduate degree in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For the past five years Nick has dedicated most of his time to the climate justice movement. Both as an on-the-ground organizer and social media coordinator. In 2014, he developed social media content and coordinated international social media coverage of the release of climate reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Nick’s online organizing work has focused on graphic design and campaign strategy, as well as using social media to pressure corporate and political targets and uplift on-the-ground organizing efforts. Nick is also a co-founder of The FANG Collective, a grassroots community organizing and direct action group based in Rhode Island.
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.
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.
Isaiah J. Poole, Staff Partner, Washington, D.C. Isaiah is a writer and media specialist. His broad range of experience includes writing op-eds, crafting email action campaigns, publishing policy reports and producing video. He was most recently the communications director of People’s Action, a nationwide federation of grassroots organizations. Before then, he led communications and research work for the Campaign for America’s Future. Poole has a three-decade-long career in journalism that includes being a Washington correspondent for Black Enterprise magazine in the early 1980s, a national political reporter for The Washington Times who covered the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 1988 campaign, and the managing editor who led the launch of the Prince George’s County, Maryland editions of The Gazette. He also helped launch the Washington Association of Black Journalists and was a founding member of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. Poole is a native Washingtonian living in the city’s Brookland neighborhood. He is married to Paul Crego, a cataloguer at the Library of Congress, and has two cats.
Hannah 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.
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.
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.