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Jeanette Lee

Executive Director

Jenny Lee is the executive director of Allied Media Projects, where she has worked in various capacities since 2006. Over this period she has led the healthy growth and evolution of the organization through facilitative leadership, innovative program design, and network cultivation. She honed the theory and practice of media-based organizing that is at the core of AMP’s work. Jenny represents AMP within city-wide and national initiatives to advance the fields of media, art, technology, and social justice. These include the 12 Recommendations for Detroit Funders initiative, PolicyLink’s Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development initiative, the City of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design application (2015), and the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition’s Detroit Future initiative (2010 - 2013). She currently serves on the leadership team of the national Art x Culture x Social Justice Network. In 2015 she was a Detroit Equity Action Lab fellow and from 2008 - 2012 she served on the national steering committee of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. Jenny graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in comparative literature in 2005. She is a mom, a dancer, and a motorcycle rider.

Mike Medow

Chief Operating Officer

Mike Medow serves as Allied Media Projects’ chief operating officer. He directs AMP’s financial operations, and overall business and communications strategy. Mike began working at AMP in 2005 while finishing his B.A. in political science at the University of Michigan. He led the process of bringing AMP and the Allied Media Conference to a new permanent home in Detroit in 2007. He continues to contribute to the production of the Allied Media Conference, including the programming of nighttime music events. In 2014, Mike designed AMP’s Sponsored Projects Program, which offers fiscal sponsorship and capacity building services to grassroots projects working at the intersections of media, art, technology, and social change.

Mike is a co-founder of the award-winning art and music production company Emergence Media as well as the experimental dance music record label, Sector 7-G Recordings. He recently completed a three-year term on the Board of Directors for FoodLab Detroit. Since 2013, Mike has been a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund and continues to engage regularly with fellowship activities. Mike is also a DJ with a healthy obsession for underground dance music, playing weekly all-vinyl sets at various events around Detroit.

Morgan Willis

Program Director, Allied Media Conference

Morgan Willis is the program director of the Allied Media Conference. She joined the AMP team in 2012 and specializes in facilitation, program management, and synthesizing diverse ideas and voices. Morgan helped grow the conference through facilitating the decentralized leadership structure of the AMC's tracks, practice spaces and network gatherings. She also led the production of publications like the How We Organize AMC zine and the Presenter Guidelines zine, and grew the base of local partners such as the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Historical Museum. She is a writer and editor of the anthology “Outside the XY: Queer, Black and Brown Masculinity.” She also consults with projects and organizations seeking to develop their creative, community and organizational strategies.

Monica Kish

Office & Accounting Manager

Monica Kish began her work in bookkeeping at Allied Media Projects in 2011 and joined the team as the office manager and accounting assistant in 2014. She received her M.B.A. from Wayne State University in 2008 and has been working in accounting for nonprofits for 14 years. She launched her business, Monica K. Kish MBA LLC, in 2010 with the goal of helping individuals and organizations with an arts / social justice mission navigate government/IRS red tape. In 2016 she closed down her business to work as the Office and Accounting Manager at AMP. She loves keeping track of sponsored projects’ finances so that they can focus their energies on achieving their missions. In her free time, Monica likes to garden, can & preserve the food she’s grown, read, swim and ride her bike.

Muna Danish

Communications Manager

Muna Danish is the communications manager at Allied Media Projects. She joined the team in 2015 and coordinates communication strategy and management of AMP’s website, social media, blog and print publications. In her role she helps expand the visibility of the Allied Media Conference and AMP’s sponsored projects. She enjoys writing, blogging, tweeting, instagramming, editing, and dabbling in design. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a B.A. in English and environmental studies. Outside of her time at AMP, she volunteers with Literary Detroit, where she helped curate the Motor Signal Reading Series. She also served as a community consultant for the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Asian Gallery Reinstallation Project in 2016. Her interests include reading, writing, moviegoing, snacking, and listening to podcasts.

Diana J. Nucera

Director of Detroit Community Technology Project

Diana Nucera, media maven and accomplished cellist, has worked in media arts for sixteen years. She attended her first Allied Media Conference in 1999 as a 17 year-old. She joined AMP’s staff in 2008 and in 2011, Diana led the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition in developing the “DiscoTech” fair, an event that demystifies, engages, and informs communities on Internet policies and technology tools. She co-authored the How To Discotech zine, a guide to producing these events. The following year, Diana worked with the Open Technology Institute to develop the Detroit Digital Stewards program, the first curriculum and training program for wireless mesh networks.

Diana has expertise in engaging multi-generational, diverse communities in exploring innovative technology solutions. In 2014 Diana founded the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), a sponsored project of AMP. Her work focuses on developing popular education materials that empower communities to use media and technology to investigate, illuminate, and develop visionary solutions to challenges. Diana is expanding community technology in Detroit through the Equitable Internet Initiative and in New York through the New America Foundation’s RISE: NYC Program. Her latest publications include the Opening Data Zine and the Teaching Community Technology Handbook. As a fan of joy and celebration, Diana is known for leading office wide rounds of applause when a friend walks into the AMP office.

Anderson Walworth

IT Manager, Detroit Community Technology Project

Anderson Walworth is the IT manager of the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), a sponsored project of AMP. He facilitates community technology training through the Digital Stewards Training Program . As part of this role, he helps build and maintain the CassCo.co mesh network and other community wireless networks around the city. He facilitates bi-weekly Detroit digital stewards community group meetings. He is a computer hardware specialist for both macs and PCs and has an interest in wireless engineering and community-owned wifi networks. He is also a member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and project manager for the development of the Detroit Music Box app.

Prior to his work at AMP, Anderson worked at several educational software development companies. His interests include music, gaming, science, robotics, virtual worlds and metaphysics.

Nathaniel Mullen III

Director, Detroit Future Schools

Nathaniel Mullen is the director of Detroit Future Schools (DFS), a sponsored project of AMP. He joined the AMP team in 2011, as part of the founding team of DFS. Nate’s work thrives at the intersection of art, education and people. For eight years, Nate has worked in classrooms, leading student media investigations which have included everything from stop motion videos about Newton's Laws to infographics on the complexities of global economics. He has a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of Detroit Public Schools. Lastly, Nate is a lover of bad jokes, cheesy graphics and Krista Tippett.

Toni Moceri

Director of Sponsored Projects

Toni Moceri manages AMP’s sponsored projects program, supporting nearly 60 sponsored projects working at the intersection of media and social justice. Toni brings almost two decades of nonprofit and public service experience to AMP. Toni has worked as a consultant focusing on leadership, public policy, small business, and community development initiatives. She also served as a Macomb County Commissioner for three terms, from 2009 - 2014. Toni has a Master of Research in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the London Consortium and completed postgraduate studies in urbanism and design at the Bauhaus Kolleg in Dessau, Germany. She’s also a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in American culture and anthropology. In 2011, she was a recipient of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship.

Nandi Comer

Administrative Associate and Bookings Manager

Nandi Comer is a poet, writer and teacher who serves as the administrative coordinator and bookings manager at Allied Media Projects. Along with the youth of Detroit Sumer’s Live Arts Media Project she attended her first AMC in 2006. Since she has participated in AMP in various capacities including a volunteer and the AMC advisory board. In 2014 and 2015 she was the AMC volunteer coordinator. She specializes in literary arts and youth education with particular interests in adolescent arts engagement. She is the former After School Program Coordinator for River Rogue Public Schools and former Community Projects Coordinator for InsideOut Literary Arts Project.

Outside of youth education and her work at AMP, Nandi is active in the Detroit literary community. She is the lead poet in Techno Poetics, an interdisciplinary performance project that draws from the history and structure of Detroit Techno in order form new pieces. She is also a big fan of Lucha Libre and is currently completing her first poetry collection about the sport titled Tapping Out.

Sophia Softky

Development Associate

Sophia Softky supports grantwriting and grassroots fundraising efforts at Allied Media Projects. She studied critical theory at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also led fundraising operations for student co-ops. Sophia has been a freelance writer and journalist for several years, and her work on popular culture and social justice has been published online, in several magazines and in one book titled Trayvon Martin, Race and American Justice: Writing Wrong. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Seraphine Collective, an inclusive community of feminist musicians in Detroit, and moonlights as a DJ under the name BEIGE. Sophia believes in disco, charcuterie, and the power of social justice organizing through arts and culture.

Tanzila Ahmed

Campaign Strategist, 18Million Rising

Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles. An electoral organizer by trade, she’s mobilized thousands of Asian American & Pacific Islanders to the polls in over seventeen different languages in the past fifteen years at various non-profit organizations, starting with founding South Asian American Voting Youth in 2004. She currently is a Campaign Strategist at the Asian American new media organizing group 18Million Rising, a sponsored project of AMP.

In 2016, Taz was honored as a White House Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. She is cohost of The #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast that has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Wired, and Buzzfeed as well as live shows recorded at South by Southwest and the White House. An avid essayist, she had a monthly column called Radical Love, was a blogger for Sepia Mutiny, has written for Truthout, The Aerogram, The Nation, Left Turn Magazine, and more. She is published in the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors (2016) poetry collection Coiled Serpent (2016) and anthology Love, Inshallah (2012). Taz curates Desi music at Mishthi Music where she co-produced Beats for Bangladesh and she annually makes #MuslimVDay Cards. Her artwork was featured in the shows Sharia Revoiced (2015), in Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s “H-1B” (2015), and Rebel Legacy: Activist Art from South Asian California (2014).

Cayden Mak

Director of 18Million Rising

Cayden Mak is Director at 18Million Rising, a digital civic engagement hub for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and a sponsored project of AMP. As part of 18MR.org's founding staff, they were an integral part of developing the organization's vision, voice, analysis, and playbook. Prior to 18MR.org, they taught intro media studies courses, organized marginalized academic labor, and contested corporate power at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. While in graduate school, they co-founded New York Students Rising, a network of student organizers working for justice and equity in public higher education in New York State. They have been helping organize the Allied Media Conference since 2012, including currently serving on the 2017 conference advisory committee. They also helped found Youngist, a young people-powered movement media network dedicated to paying its writers and publishing fearless journalism and commentary. They have completed coursework towards a Master of Fine Arts at SUNY Buffalo and earned their undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Michigan. In their spare time, they try to keep up on critical theory, play video games, and contribute to local organizing projects to solve the housing crisis and end the displacement of people of color in Oakland, CA.

Board of Directors

Organizational affiliations listed for identification purposes only.

Hannah Sassaman

Policy Director at Media Mobilizing Project

Hannah is the policy director at Media Mobilizing Project (MMP). She's currently leading a local-to-national campaign to force Comcast to pay their fair share and expand the right to communicate. She came to MMP as a trainer in communications, legislative planning and strategy, and as a longtime media justice organizer. As the 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 opened up the FM dial to thousands more community radio stations nationwide. Hannah is a member of the Board of Directors of Allied Media Projects, a trustee at the Valentine Foundation, and a board member at Fight for the Future. She is also the mom of incredible preschooler Sara Bela Sassaman Marcus, and the partner of brilliant community programmer Josh Marcus.

Emi Kane

Emi Kane's background is in community organizing and journalism. She spent years as a writer and editor, and now spends her time thinking about and building media and technology-based infrastructure and networks to support grassroots organizing and educational projects. A former National Steering Committee member for INCITE: Women and Trans People of Color Against Violence, she is part of the Media Working Group and coordinates the INCITE digital archives and oral history project. She also works with educators and activists to develop popular education tools that address the intersections between surveillance and social movements, focusing on the ways in which those issues impact communities of color, poor people, and LGBTQI communities. In her paid job, Emi works with a university and a foundation to build programs focused on technology, arts & education, and healthcare delivery. She splits her time between New York and Oakland, CA.

Sasha Costanza-Chock

Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT

Sasha Costanza-Chock is Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT. They are a scholar, activist, and media-maker who works on codesign and media justice. Sasha is Co-Principal Investigator at the MIT Center for Civic Media, creator of the MIT Codesign Studio, and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. Their most recent publication is the book Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement (MIT Press, 2014). Sasha is a board member of Allied Media Projects, a Detroit-based nonprofit that cultivates media strategies for a more just, creative, and collaborative world. They are also a worker/owner at Research Action Design, a worker-owned cooperative that uses community-led research, transformative media organizing, technology development, and collaborative design to build the power of grassroots social movements.

Garlin Gilchrist II

Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement at City of Detroit

Garlin Gilchrist is the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. His job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. Garlin graduated with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He co-founded The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. He also served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. He spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. He speaks before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Garlin lives in his hometown of Detroit with his beautiful wife Ellen and their twins Garlin III and Emily Grace.

Cézanne Charles

Director of Creative Industries at Creative Many Michigan

Cézanne Charles is director of creative industries at Creative Many Michigan. Charles directs Creative Many’s statewide programs providing the knowledge, networks and advocacy needed to help empower the practices of artists, designers and designer-makers within the state. She joined Creative Many in 2008. Charles also co-directs rootoftwo, LLC, a hybrid design studio founded with John Marshall in 1998. rootoftwo, based in metro Detroit, makes hybrid design projects, social objects, experiences and works for the public realm – typically at the scale of devices, furniture or small buildings – to encourage interaction and engagement. Their experimental objects and experiences attempt to disrupt and expose existing systems of social behavior through humor, play, interaction and participation. Recent project, Whithervanes – commissioned by The Creative Foundation for the Folkestone Triennial 2014 was featured in Wired, Dezeen, and Fast Company. Their projects create a condition where we can perceive ourselves; the here and now; and perhaps the future, differently

Alicia Alvarez

Lawyer and Professor at University of Michigan Law School

Alicia Alvarez is a lawyer and Clinical Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. She works with community organizations and social enterprises in Detroit. Alicia’s area of interest is economic justice. She has spent her entire legal career working in under-resourced communities, initially representing individuals and now representing organizations. Alicia previously directed the Community Development Clinic at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. She has also taught an asylum clinic and civil litigation clinics. Prior to teaching, she was a staff attorney at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, concentrating on housing advocacy work in the Latino communities of Chicago, and at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, working primarily on housing, family, and employment matters.

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Founders

Allied Media Projects was founded in 2002 by Joshua Breitbart, Jen Angel, and Jason Kucsma.