Move to Amend Board of Directors

 

 DANIEL LEE

Los Angeles, CA

Daniel Lee has been a member of the Move to Amend National Leadership Team since March of 2012.

An active member of Occupy Los Angeles and InterOccupy Daniel has participated in Occupy encampments across the country as well as done community organizing locally in Los Angeles.

He has also served locally on the Culver City Martin Luther King jr. Celebration Committee for the last 3 years and has been a volunteer with El Rincon Elementary, also in Culver City, for the last 7 years.

Daniel is a veteran of the United States Air Force and Air National Guard, a former student at the University of Southern California, and California State University Los Angeles and current MSW candidate at UCLA.

GEORGE FRIDAY

Gastonia, NC

George grew up in rural North Carolina in the 1960s. She holds degrees in political science, economics, and African American studies from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she graduated in 1982.

George works with grassroots community and national organizations providing leadership development and skills training ranging from strategic planning and organizing to fundraising, marketing, and community building.

Her work particularly focuses on communication, oppression, change, and the role of privilege in transforming power dynamics, fostering broad, deep economic and social justice change.

She has also served as National Field Organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and worked with the Independent Progressive Politics Network.


KAITLIN
SOPOCI-BELKNAP

Sacramento, CA

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap is National Director of Move to Amend, President of the Board of Directors of Democracy Unlimited, and a Local Democracy Fellow for the Liberty Tree Foundation. 

She has served as a member of the national Leadership Team of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s campaign to Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People’s Rights and the STORY (Strategy Training and Organizing Resources for Youth) Board of the Center for Story-Based Strategy and as a Principal with Program on Corporations Law and Democracy.

In November 2004 Kaitlin was elected to serve on the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board. She was the youngest member to serve in this position, as well as the the first woman to take this office. She was re-elected in 2008 and 2012 and served as Board President from 2012-2014.

She grew up in Santa Fe, NM, and has lived in Madison, WI, Western Massachusetts, Humboldt County, CA and Barcelona, Spain. She currently resides in Sacramento, CA.

BARBARA GERTEN

St. Paul, MN

Barbara Gerten is energized for this work through her role as ayeeyo, bebe and gramma.  The journey to this time in her life was launched from a ranch in north central Montana that included eight years of education in a one room country school. 

As an older adult with children she earned a BS in accounting from the University of MN and became a CPA.  Though this has served her well her heart work was with justice and peace organizations that included Neighbors, Inc, South St Paul Restorative Justice Council, Partnership for Education of Children in Afghanistan, US Peace Memorial Foundation, Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota Peace Team, Isuroon and Friends for a NonViolent World.

Late in 2011 she learned about Move to Amend and the obstacle to a world that valued people over the ever expanding self-serving power of wealthy people and corporations.  Since then her energy has been focused on the Saint Paul Area Move to Amend affiliate and the development of the MN State Network and other affiliates in Minnesota.


LEILA ROBERTS

Eureka, CA

Leila Roberts joined Move to Amend's National Board in April 2017. Leila previously served as the Grassroots Volunteer Coordinator (West) and Donor Relations Coordinator in July 2015. She currently serves on the Grassroots Movement Committee.

Leila is the director of the North Coast Small Business Development Center, bringing lessons learned from a 20-year career growing strong community institutions—as a grants officer, head of operations, knowledge management and learning strategist. She also volunteers with the North Coast’s True North Organizing Network and Centro del Pueblo.

Fresh out of college she served as a sexual health educator and counselor with young adults, HIV-testing clients, survivors of rape, IV drug users, and sex workers. She left to learn grassroots community engagement and social change through policy and public advocacy, providing strategic communications and fundraising for a variety of social justice groups, including the California Domestic Workers Coalition, ORAM—an organization advocating for LGBTI refugees, and the EDGE Funders Alliance.

Born and raised in North Africa to a Muslim Arab mother and Anglo-American father, Leila is proud to be the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants.

 JASON BAYLESS

San Francisco, CA

Jason Bayless is a diverse activist with a wide range of experience. Jason worked at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in a number of positions including Senior Youth Outreach Specialist, Circus Monitor, and Senior Projects Specialist. He has traveled the country documenting and reporting animal abuse and neglect within the entertainment industry, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the NYC horse drawn carriage industry.

Jason was on the Advisory Board of Food Empowerment Project, a vegan food justice organization. He currently is the President, Board of Directors with Center for Farmworker Families, non-profit organization dedicated to education, advocacy, and support for farmworker families.

He currently works with Pachamama Alliance, as the U.S. Community Development Specialist, to support volunteers and co-develop resources and trainings that strike at the root of systems and structures that keep us separated from each other and earth 

   LINDA GILLISON

Missoula, MT

 Linda has just joined the MTA Board.  Her work with MTA started in Missoula with the statewide group Montanans Move to Amend, and she has also enjoyed working on shared concerns with groups and individuals in Bozeman, Hamilton, Superior, Helena, and Great Falls, MT.

Linda is Professor Emerita of Classics from the University of Montana in Missoula.  Since retirement, she has continued activist work which she took up decades ago with Sanctuary for Salvadoran and Guatemalan refugees and the anti-nuclear movement as well as hands-on work with campaigns for school district consolidation.  She is an enthusiastic supporter of organized labor, having served on the Executive Board of the University Faculty Association (MEA/MFT and now MT Federation of Public Employees) at the University of Montana. 

Linda is a member of the MTA Labor Caucus and looks forward to working hard to strengthen and expand the alliance between MTA and organized labor.  She also looks forward to continuing discussions on development of statewide MTA organizations.


JONI ALBRECHT

Delray Beach, FL

Joni Albrecht is a pediatrician whose work, over the past 30 years, has been primarily in community health, most recently with a tribal health department. Joni joined Move to Amend a decade ago as the coordinator of the Delray Beach, Florida affiliate.

Her activism has ranged from in the late 80s as a union rep in the Bronx for the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) to, more recently, as a volunteer with Friends of Broward Detainees and local DSA activities. She is also a member of both Health Over Profit for Everyone (HOPE) and Physicians for Social Responsibility. 

She hopes to bring her experience with the devastating effects of healthcare for profit, rather than a universal right, to MTAs movement towards a true democracy.


November 2018 Board and Staff Retreat

Standing from left to right: Jason Bayless, Keyan Bliss, Joni Albrecht, Linda Gillison, Saleem Chapman, Barbara Gerten, Shelly Williams, Garrett Jennings, Leila Roberts, Jessica Munger

Sitting from left to right: Milly Harmon, Ambrosia Danu, Greg Coleridge, George Friday, Tara Ingram, Daniel Lee, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap & Annie Dog

Criteria for Move to Amend National Board Selection

Members of the executive committee should possess:

  • A commitment to MTA amendment and principles
  • A political commitment to the MTA agenda of building a broad-based mass grassroots democracy movement
  • Local organizing experience
  • Commitment to personal and organizational anti-oppression training and the ability to incorporate it into the work
  • A proven track record of consensus building
  • The ability to attend meetings and actively participate in working groups

Additional and equally important criteria include:

  • Ensuring a well-rounded executive committee which takes into account considerations of race, class, age, and gender, skills and geographic location