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Movement Generation is driven by a Staff Collective, a Planning Committee, and participants in our program.

Brooke Anderson

MG Staff Collective Member

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Brooke fell in love with organizing through the environmental justice movement, fighting medical waste incinerators in her hometown in IL when she was just 17. She led anti-war and anti-racist organizing campaigns as a student activist, and joined the labor movement as an organizer for the Graduate Employees Organization at UIUC. She spent several years grassroots organizing for health care access at Champaign County Health Care Consumers, then spent a decade in the labor movement both as a staff organizer and an elected leader of her local. She most recently served 7 years at the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) in Oakland, where she waged campaigns for justice for hotel workers and port truck drivers, eventually serving as Deputy Director. In the course of worker rights campaigns, she saw first-hand how the rapidly accelerating ecological crisis hits workers at home and on the job, so she is excited to join MG to build the power of workers to transform the U.S. labor movement into a powerful champion for climate justice. Last year, Brooke organized 30+ unions and worker justice organizations to march together as a 300+ person Labor Contingent for Climate Justice against the Keystone XL Pipeline and Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA. She also coordinated the release of a letter from 60+ environmental and climate justice organizations to the AFL-CIO. When she’s not organizing, Brooke uses photography to tell the stories of unsung heroes/heroines in struggles for social, racial, economic, and ecological justice. Her work can be seen at Stills of Our Stories & Struggles.

Contact Brooke: brookeATmovementgeneration.org


Carla Maria Pérez

MG Staff Collective Member & MG Planning Committee Member

CarlaCarla is a dedicated mother and community organizer of Native Mezo American and Spanish heritage residing in Oakland, California. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1999 with a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies with an emphasis on Environmental Racism. She has worked on issues of environmental justice and sustainable agriculture with community groups from Yucatán, Mexico to Bay Area environmental justice communities such as Richmond, East Oakland and Bay View Hunters Point in San Francisco.

Prior to joining MG in 2007 as a Planning Committee member and co-founder of the Justice & Ecology Project, Carla spent 8 years as staff at Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) as a Leadership Training Coordinator, grassroots organizer and most recently as CBE’s Northern California Program Director. Carla is certified in Popular Education Training and Permaculture/Indigenous Permaculture Design. She was also a co-founder and organizer of the Mobilization for Climate Justice West while it was active from 2008-2011.

Today, as a member of the MG collective, Carla leads MG’s Resiliency and Permaculture work, including the Earth Skills Training Program. She is also the founder of the Healing Clinic Collective, an autonomous project housed withing MG which offers free traditional, non-industrial healing to some of the most vulnerable populations in the Bay Area.

Carla actively organizes in her neighborhood to build neighborhood relationships and security and fight gentrification, as well as within her spiritual community, convening women’s circles and leading or participating in rites of passage and healing ceremonies. Carla’s hard work is done in dedication to her daughters and to the Spirit of Creation.

Contact Carla: carlaATmovementgeneration.org


Cinthya Jeannette Muñoz Ramos

MG Planning Committee Member

cynthiaCinthya’s political involvement began in Sacramento, CA, where, as a high school student, she organized against the criminalization of young people of color by school officials and the police. She became involved in the immigrant rights movement and was instrumental in organizing the student walkouts, community forums and marches that were part of the massive immigrant rights strikes of May 1, 2006. Cinthya began work at St. Peter’s Housing Committee in 2007 as part of SOUL Summer School program for young organizers. In addition to her tenant and immigrant rights work at St. Peter’s, Cinthya has been involved in various grassroots campaigns in the Bay Area. She heads up the immigrant rights organizing at Causa Justa :: Just Cause and co-chairs ACUDIR: Alameda County United In Defense of Immigrant Rights, a coalition fighting to defend and advance rights for all immigrants. Cinthya is an alumni of the Women’s Policy Institute, and a recipient of the Fellowship for a New California.


Dave Henson

MG Planning Committee Member

dave_henson1Dave is the Executive Director of the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC). He also directs the Ecological Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems Program and co-directs the Intentional Communities Program at OAEC. With a background in environmental studies, sociology and law, Dave has worked for 30 years with many environmental organizations, including the Environmental Project on Central America, the Highlander Center, the National Toxics Campaign, and Greenpeace. He has lectured and led activist workshops around the US and in over 20 countries. Dave currently serves on the steering committees of the Wild Farm Alliance, the Genetic Engineering Action Network, Californians for GE-Free Agriculture, and the Program on Corporations, Law, and Democracy.

Contact Dave: dhensonAToaec.org


Doria Robinson

MG Planning Committee Member

doriaA third-generation resident of Richmond, CA, Doria grew up spending weekends at her grandparents’ church ranch, in Fairfield, California, tending chickens, turkeys, rabbits and hogs on its small farm with her grandmother.

Doria previously acted as the Program Manager at Urban Creeks Council in Berkeley, Coordinator and Manager for Community Stewardship Programs at the Watershed Project, and Instructional Assistant in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. She also worked at Real Food Company in San Francisco, an early proponent of organic and sustainable agriculture, and with Veritable Vegetable, a women-owned organic produce distribution company, also in San Francisco. Today, Doria is the Executive Director of Urban Tilth, a community based organization rooted in Richmond dedicated to cultivating a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. Urban Tilth hires and trains residents to work with schools, community-based organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals to develop the capacity to produce 5% of Richmond’s own food supply.

Doria holds a BA in Media and Film Production from Hampshire College as well as a BA in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University. She is a Certified Permaculture Designer, Certified Bay Friendly Gardener and a Certified Nutrition Educator. She received a Human Rights Award from the City of Richmond for her work in Environmental Education in 2013; in 2011 she was presented with a Community Resiliency Leadership Award from Bay Localize; and was awarded the Environmental Advocate of the Year for CCC and Woman of the Year for CCC in 2010. Doria currently lives in the neighborhood she grew up in in Richmond with her wonderful 11 year old twins.

Contact Doria: doriaATurbantilth.org


Ellen Choy

MG Staff Collective Member & MG Planning Committee Member

ellenEllen grew up just south of Los Angeles as the daughter and granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants.  Since graduating from UC Berkeley in ’07, she has been working to uplift and support the leadership of low-income communities of color in the fight to address climate change and build grassroots community solutions.  Out of college she began as a program associate and director of the Climate Literacy Training program with the Environmental Justice & Climate Change Initiative.  She was a core organizer with the Mobilization for Climate Justice West from 2009-2011.  She worked at various youth-led and youth-centered programs in the Bay Area, as well as helped to build a national coalition of young people of color in the US called Youth for Climate Justice.  Ellen recently worked as the Youth Program Coordinator for Mandela Marketplace, working with youth in West Oakland to increase access to healthy food in their community while working to build alternative economic models.

As a member of the MG collective, Ellen’s work centralizes in leading MG’s communications, facilitating workshops and trainings, and working on the national Our Power Campaign with a focus on local connections in Richmond, CA.  Ellen is an active member of HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans) – an anti-imperialist organization of young Koreans in diaspora in the Bay Area – as well as a community radio producer on APEX Express (KPFA) and a hiphop/soul/funk DJ.

She’s constantly reclaiming her connection to land, joining the ranks with the DJs of the movement, and staying fly in true West Coast style.

Contact Ellen: ellenATmovementgeneration.org


Gopal Dayaneni

MG Staff Collective Member & MG Planning Committee Member

gopalforwebGopal has been involved in fighting for social, economic, environmental and racial justice through organizing & campaigning, teaching, writing, speaking and direct action since the late 1980’s. Gopal is an active trainer with and serves on the boards of The Ruckus Society and the Center for Story-based Strategy (formerly smartMeme). He also serves on the advisory boards of the International Accountability Project, and Catalyst Project. Gopal works at the intersection of ecology, economy and empire.

Gopal has been a campaigner for Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition on human rights and environmental justice in the high-tech industry and the Oil Campaigner for Project Underground, a human rights and environmental rights organization which supported communities resisting oil and mining exploitation around the world. Gopal has been active in many people powered direct action movements, including the Global Justice/Anti-Globalization Movement, Direct Action to Stop the War, Mobilization for Climate Justice, Take Back the Land, and Occupy.

Gopal is the father of two young direct action junkies, Ila Sophia and Kavi Samaka Orion, and lives in an intentional community with 9 adults, 8 kids and a bunch of chickens.

Contact Gopal: gopalATmovementgeneration.org


Josh Healey

MG Staff Collective Member

Healey_headshot_blue_sittingJosh is an award-winning writer, performer, and creative activist. Fusing his distinct storytelling style with a subversive humor and fiery love for justice, Healey is a regular performer on NPR’s Snap Judgment. He has performed and led workshops at UC-Berkeley, Harvard, and over 200 colleges, high schools, and conferences across the country.

As program director for Youth Speaks, Healey spearheaded spoken word and youth empowerment programs across the Bay Area and the country. He helped coordinate two national projects that combined creative storytelling and environmental activism: Life is Living, a series of eco-equity hip-hop festivals that started in Oakland, and Brave New Voices: Speak Green, a partnership with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute that amplified the voices of the nation’s top youth poets in the green movement. A recipient of the Mario Savio Young Activist Award, Healey believes in free speech and practices it to the fullest. Beginning this year, he is excited to work with Movement Generation, using art and creativity to lift up key stories of the ecological justice movement in the Bay Area and beyond.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Healey lives in Oakland. He plays a mean game of spades.

Contact Josh: joshATmovementgeneration.org


Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan

MG Staff Co-Director & MG Planning Committee Member

Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan is Co-Director of the Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project (MG) and Co-Chair of the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) and Our Power Campaign. Since 2007, MG has been bridging the gap between our current social movement strategies and the scale of the unfolding ecological crisis. As a collective member, Michelle leads trainings, facilitates strategy sessions, and works with other groups to foster a just transition to local living economies. Michelle brings over a decade of experience pairing resilience and resistance in fostering a just food system as the founding director of the Center for Food and Justice and a Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow. She organized community groups in South Los Angeles and family farmers from across California to forge model programs and policy campaigns to shift power in the food system. She was one of the early initiators of the Farm to School movement in the U.S. Under her leadership, the Center for Food and Justice organized high school students, parents, and cafeteria workers in a campaign for healthy school food in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Michelle served as co-director of the School of Unity and Liberation from 2005-2008 before joining Movement Generation. She has a M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and grew up in Southern California. Michelle is now setting roots in Berkeley where she gardens with the extended Movement Generation family and her two lively daughters.

Contact Michelle: michelleATmovementgeneration.org


Mateo Nube

MG Staff Co-Director & MG Planning Committee Member

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Mateo was born and grew up in La Paz, Bolivia.  Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, he has worked in the labor, environmental justice and international solidarity movements.  He has spent the last decade integrating concepts of popular education into his movement work.

Mateo is one of the co-founders of the Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project. Prior to joining MG, Mateo designed and facilitated political education trainings and conducted staff development workshops for grassroots and community organizations interested in growing their organizing, advocacy, and leadership capacities. He served as the director of Urban Habitat’s Leadership Institute and served as the Northwest Coordinator of the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute.  Mateo is the son of Barbara, partner of Amanda, and fortunate father of Maya and Nilo.  He is also a member of the Latin rock band Los Nadies.

Contact Mateo: mateoATmovementgeneration.org


Sara Mersha,

MG Planning Committee Member

Sara_Mersha_300x400Sara has been Director of Grantmaking and Advocacy at Grassroots International since 2010. She works to build and maintain long-term relationships with partner organizations and social movements led by peasants, indigenous peoples, women, and youth in the Global South.  Sara also coordinates Grassroots’ advocacy work, collaborating with other US allies as part of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance and the Climate Justice Alliance. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sara has spent the majority of her life in the United States and brings years of experience connecting local community organizing (such as with Direct Action for Rights & Equality in Providence, RI) with broader movement building efforts.  Sara served as Visiting Faculty in the Ethnic Studies Department of Brown University, and entered a graduate program at Brown’s Center for Environmental Studies in 2009.  Since then, she has focused her academic and movement-building work on climate justice and food sovereignty. Sara loves spending time with her many nieces and nephews.


Quinton Sankofa, MG Staff Collective Member

Sankofa Family PicQuinton Sankofa is on a variety of MG’s training teams and helps lead the Earth Skills Program. Quinton was born in a poor, racially segregated neighborhood on the eastside of Cleveland, Ohio.  A strong work ethic with a loving and supportive family helped him navigate the challenges of racism and poverty. His love of geometry and science led him to Michigan State University, where he initially studied Civil Engineering. While there, Quinton became active in many groups, including the Multi Racial Unity Living Experience (M.R.U.L.E.), where he co-facilitated weekly discussions on race, class, and gender issues.

During an M.R.U.L.E community-building trip to Detroit he met revered community activist Grace Lee Boggs. Quinton was so inspired by the work of Grace and the Boggs Center that, despite being a junior, he switched his major to Urban Planning. His desire was to build healthy communities in solidarity with poor, marginalized, and oppressed people. After graduating from Michigan State, Quinton accepted the “Leader in Community Development” fellowship from Clark University, where he earned an M.A. in Community Development and Planning.

Determined to continue his social justice work, Quinton and his soul mate moved to Oakland: a place that has become their home away from home and the birthplace of their first child, a smart and beautiful little boy. Quinton has over 10 years of community-based social justice work, with a focus on food justice and African-centered education. He brings an array of skills to Movement Generation, including community organizing, youth leadership development, training, strategic planning, group facilitation, and fundraising.

Contact Quinton: quintonATmovementgeneration.org