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.
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.
Jason Bayless (Alameda, 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.
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.
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.
Kaitlin believes in a diversity of tactics to bring about systemic social change. She has served on numerous national and local boards, helped elect many progressive candidates to office, served as a local elected official herself for 12 years on her regional Water District board, birddogged candidates and politicians, citizen lobbied Congressmembers and state officials, and been the host of a community radio station program. In the summer of 2019 she was arrested for taking part in a civil disobedience action to shut down Congress over climate collapse inaction. She and 16 other activists superglued their hands to the doors leading from Congressional office buildings to the US Capitol.
She grew up in Santa Fe, NM, and has lived in Madison, WI, Western Massachusetts, Humboldt County, CA, Lugano, Switzerland, and Barcelona, Spain. She currently resides in Sacramento, CA.
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.
Saleem Chapman (Philadelphia, PA)
Saleem Chapman joined Move to Amend in 2018 as the Legislative Coordinator. Recognized by the Environmental Leadership Program and Leadership Philadelphia, Saleem is an adept strategist known for his ability to navigate political landscapes and actively mobilizing both grassroots coalitions and policymakers.
Inspired by these experiences, Saleem was drawn to the work of Move to Amend. He sees ending the excessive influence exercised by corporations in our democracy as crucial to ultimately delivering an equitable and just society.
In 2019 he was hired by the City of Philadelphia to serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Sustainability and transitioned to serve on Move to Amend's Board.
Tara Ingram (Sacramento, CA)
Tara Ingram joined Move to Amend’s National Board in October 2017 and has served on the Grassroots Movement Committee since 2013. Previously, she was a member of the Sacramento affiliate.
Tara was born and raised in Northern California and currently lives in a rural town in the Sierra Nevada foothills. She is a psychotherapist; working people of all ages and is passionate about meeting each individual where they are and helping them find relief from their suffering. Her education was grounded in a cross-discipline curriculum which included sociology, political liberation theory, and earth-based indigenous healing models.
Move to Amend National Team
Standing from left to right: Jason Bayless, Keyan Bliss, Joni Albrecht, Linda Gillison (former board), Saleem Chapman, Barbara Gerten, Shelly Williams, Garrett Jennings (former staff), 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