Jenny Lee is the executive director of Allied Media Projects (AMP), where she has worked in various leadership roles since 2006. Over this period she has led the growth and evolution of the organization through facilitative leadership, innovative program design, resource mobilization, and network cultivation. She honed the theory and practice of media-based organizing that is at the core of AMP’s work, and has applied this organizing method to launch transformative initiatives such as the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and the 12 Recommendations for Detroit Funders. She received her education in visionary organizing from her involvement with the youth leadership organization, founded by James and Grace Lee Boggs, Detroit Summer, and the national feminist collective INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. She studied comparative literature at the University of Michigan. She is a mom, a dancer, and a motorcycle rider.
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 not-for-profit projects working at the intersections of media, art, technology, and social change.
Mike served on the Board of Directors for FoodLab Detroit from 2014-2016. Since 2013, he has been a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund and continues to engage regularly with fellowship activities. Mike is also a co-founder of the award-winning art and music production company Emergence Media as well as the experimental music record label, Sector 7-G Recordings. He holds several dj residencies around Detroit, and regularly produces events celebrating Detroit's legendary dance music culture.
Soh joined AMP in 2019 as the Office Manager. He coordinates the office needs, and supports Sponsored Projects with purchasing, merchandise shipments, and travel bookings.
Prior to joining AMP, Soh was a teaching artist at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Pewabic Pottery, and implemented production system program at Avalon International Breads. He has been serving on the Board of Education for the James & Grace Lee Boggs School, and supports local political candidates with campaign finance compliance and reporting.
Allied Media Conference
Brenda (pronouns,she/her/hers) is the CoDirector of the Allied Media Conference. As the CoDirector she will support AMP’s growth outside of Detroit by stewarding the Allied Media Seeds.She has extensive experience in art education, youth development, as well as event and exhibition production. Brenda has led community and youth centered initiatives at the Chicago Humanities Festival, Mozilla Foundation and Yollocalli Arts Reach; and serves on the Board of the Public Media Institute.
A proud Chicagoan, raised in Mexico, she enjoys living in the Southside of Chicago with her partner and dogs Conchita and Kirby. You may catch them watching cartoons and dancing to the smooth jams of the 70’s and 80’s.
Nadine Marshall is the content coordinator for the Allied Media Conference. They joined the team in 2017 and specialize in strategic planning, community engagement, and program development. Nadine graduated from Wayne State University with an MSW in 2017 and hopes to continuously engage their passion to uplift, bridge, and empower minority communities through creative platforms. They are also a poet who has appeared at TED x U of M (2016), The Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam in Columbus, OH (2016), and The National Poetry Slam Competition in Oakland, CA (2015). Among other things, Nadine is an avid collector of chapbooks / a lover of black films/music/podcasts / and a decent cook.
Sponsored Projects Program
Toni Moceri manages AMP’s sponsored projects program, supporting over 70 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 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 Summer’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 supports grantwriting and grassroots fundraising efforts at Allied Media Projects. They studied critical theory at the University of Texas at Austin, where they also led fundraising operations for student co-ops. Sophia has been a freelance writer and journalist for several years, and their 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. They are 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.
Jon Riley is the Technology Manager for Allied Media Projects. He attended his first AMC in 2013 and joined the team in 2014 as an intern with the Allied Media Conference. He has been bouncing around the network ever since, working as AMC staff, accounting assistant with AMP, and IT associate with Detroit Community Technology Project. As technology manager, he designs and implements systems that support the work of AMP and its network.
He is passionate about community technology and tech literacy and serves as the administrator of AMP's equipment rental program to further work in of these areas. He holds degrees in information science, urban planning and design, and media production. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Science and Technology Studies looking at digital cities and spatial equity.
Outside of his work at AMP, he is a multi-disciplinary designer working in time-based media, edits the design journal ASSEMBLY, and works as a researcher with Center for Ethics, Society and Computing (ESC) and Tech.Culture.Matters. research collective at the University of Michigan.
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.
Kris serves as AMPs General Counsel, and finds tax and property law interesting. Prior to joining AMP, he lead the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan as Executive Director. Kris is currently a Detroit Equity Action Lab Fellow working on deepening relationships with other social justice leaders in the region to impact greater change. When Kris is not doing this work, you’ll likely find him running.
Aisha Ruiz Tyler
Board of Directors
Organizational affiliations listed for identification purposes only.
Hannah came to MMP as a volunteer, working on grassroots fundraising, and now serves as the Policy Director of the organization. As the Campaign Director at the Prometheus Radio Project, Hannah helped lead 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 led the CAP Comcast campaign – focused on holding Comcast accountable to poor and working people in Philadelphia and beyond. Hannah helped to build the Coalition for a Just District Attorney, a groundbreaking coalition helping to co-govern policy reform to end mass incarceration with Philadelphia DIstrict Attorney Larry Krasner.
She is a recent Soros Justice Fellow focused on risk assessment algorithms in pretrial decision-making, and a nationally recognized speaker and author on these issues. Hannah is a member of the Board of Directors of Allied Media Projects and at Fight for the Future; she is a trustee at the Valentine Foundation, the mom of two great kids and the partner to a brilliant community programmer.
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 coordinates the INCITE digital archives and oral history project. She also works with educators and activists to develop popular education tools and curriculum that address the intersections between surveillance and social movements. In her paid job, Emi works with a big university and a small foundation to build programs focused on technology, arts & education, and healthcare delivery.
Sasha Costanza-Chock (pronouns: they/them or she/her) is Associate Professor of Civic Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). They are a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Faculty Affiliate with the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Center for Civic Media, and creator of the MIT Codesign Studio (codesign.mit.edu). Their work focuses on social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha’s first book, Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement was published by the MIT Press and is freely available at bit.ly/shadows-streets. Their next book, dealing with issues of Design Justice, will be published in the summer of 2019. They are a cofounder of the Design Justice Network (designjustice.org) and a board member of Allied Media Projects (AMP); AMP convenes the annual Allied Media Conference and cultivates media strategies for a more just, creative and collaborative world (alliedmedia.org).
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 and Locust Projects in Miami 2018 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.
Dr. Moya Bailey's work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion. She is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She currently curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in Digital Humanities. She is also the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler
Helixx C. Armageddon
Helixx C. Armageddon is a performance artist, lyricist, poet, and music producer. She is a founding member of The Anomolies, a gender justice hip-hop collective, which performed at the Allied Media Conference in 2008. Helixx was a Human Resources professional with over 20 years’ experience working in Media, Technology and Entertainment. Currently she is working on an experimental spoken word album and is based in New York City.
Ashley H. Mizzi
Ashley is the Director of Business Strategy and Innovation at Accounting Aid Society, holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Harvard University, and is fluent in German.
She has over a decade of experience creating financial business models and deploying programming for underestimated and wealth adverse small business owners in the areas of financial operations education, capital attainment, and loan utilization.
Ashley has received the 30 in Their Thirties (DBusiness magazine) and 2019 Most Valuable Millennial (MichiBusiness) awards. Aside from serving on the board for Allied Media Projects, Ashley is also a board member for The Howard Street Society (Mercy Education Project), a member of Detroit Goodfellows, and Junior Achievement volunteer.