Jenny Lee is the executive director of Allied Media Projects, where she has worked in various capacities since 2006. From 2002 to 2010, she was a youth organizer for the community organization Detroit Summer, under the mentorship of activist-philosopher Grace Lee Boggs. In 2009 Jenny led the process of founding the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and securing $1.8 million in federal funding for Detroit through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This funding led to the creation of the Detroit Future programs, which have trained several thousand Detroiters to use media and technology for creative community transformation efforts in schools and neighborhoods across the city. Jenny has served on the national steering committees of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence and the Arts and Culture Social Justice Network. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelors degree in comparative literature in 2005.
Mike Medow serves as Allied Media Projects’ chief operating officer. He manages finances, is active in major fundraising efforts, and has coordinated many special projects and strategic initiatives over a decade of working at AMP. 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 annual Allied Media Conference to a new permanent home in Detroit in 2007. In the years following, Mike diversified conference programming and promotional strategies that helped grow the AMC’s attendance to nearly 2,000 participants. Mike developed AMP’s Sponsored Projects program, which offers a range of capacity building services to nonprofit media, art, and technology projects.
Outside of AMP, Mike is the founder of the award-winning art and music production company Emergence Media. He serves on the board of directors of FoodLab Detroit, an organization supporting the development of triple-bottom-line food businesses in Detroit. He is a 2013 Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund. Mike collects records and regularly DJ’s around Detroit, playing all vinyl house music sets.
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. She has led the development of a growing toolkit for AMC organizers and participants including: the How We Organize the AMC zine, Presenter Guidelines zine, and the forthcoming First-timer’s Guide to the AMC. She has coordinated grassroots promotion of the AMC, activating a national network of supporters and coordinating ongoing connections through social media. Morgan designs and facilitates the annual AMC coordinator’s weekend, a 60-person convening at which each year’s conference is collaboratively designed.
In addition to her work at AMP, Morgan is part of the team at bklyn boihood, lead editor of the anthology “Outside the XY: Queer, Brown Masculinity,” and is working on her novel “Politics from Nowhere”. She also offers organizational strategy and management consultation for community-driven collectives. Before joining AMP, Morgan ran several writing programs in carceral facilities in Michigan and New York. She received her bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family, creative writing, and exploring Detroit.
Monica Kish began her work in bookkeeping at Allied Media Projects in 2011 and joined the team as the office and accounting manager 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 sort through government/IRS red tape in order to create a better world through art, activism and other transformative endeavors. She loves to read, ride her bike, and swim.
Muna Danish is the communications manager at Allied Media Projects. She joined the team in 2015 and coordinates communication strategy and management of the website, social media, and print publications. In her role she helps expand the visibility of the Allied Media Conference and AMP’s multiple sponsored projects. She has worked in communications for several years, most recently at D:hive. She enjoys writing, blogging, tweeting, instagramming, editing, and dabbling in design. She attended the University of Michigan where she studied English and environmental studies. She is a member of Literary Detroit and helps curate the Motor Signal Reading Series. Her interests include reading, writing, snacking, and listening to podcasts.
Diana J. Nucera
Diana Nucera, media maven and accomplished cellist, has worked in media arts for sixteen years. She attended the first Allied Media Conference in 1999 as a 17 year-old. She joined the AMC advisory board in 2006, and joined AMP’s staff in 2008 to produce the "How-to" track and coordinate the Hands-on Media Lab of the AMC. In 2009 she became a Co-Director of AMP. 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 an expertise in engaging multi-generational, diverse communities in exploring innovative technology solutions. Her ideas have inspired community technology movements in Detroit and around the world. Currently, Diana is the program director of the Detroit Community Technology Project, 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.
Anderson Walworth is the IT manager at Allied Media Projects. He helps coordinate the Detroit Community Technology Project where he facilitates community technology training through the Digital Stewards program. As part of this role, he built the CassCo.co mesh network and runs monthly digital stewards meetings. He is a computer hardware specialist for both macs and PCs, and is particularly interested in wireless engineering and community-owned mesh networks. He is also a member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. Prior to his work at AMP, Anderson was an educational software developer. His interests include music, science, robotics, virtual worlds and metaphysics.
Nathaniel Mullen III
Nathaniel Mullen III is the program director of Detroit Future Schools, a sponsored project of AMP. He is a proud graduate of Detroit Public Schools and the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. His work thrives at the intersection of art, design and education. For three years, Nate has worked in classrooms across Detroit, leading student media investigations which have included everything from stop motion videos about Newton's Laws to infographics on the complexities of global economics. All of these projects are the result of working closely with teachers and students to integrate digital media into the core curriculum of the classroom. Nate has been involved with DFS since its inception in 2012 and was an “original futurist” as a participant in the first round of Detroit Future Media. He previously worked as the program director of YArts at the YMCA. He loves to read and watch NBA stats.
Toni Moceri brings almost two decades of nonprofit and public sector experience to AMP. Prior to joining AMP, she worked as a consultant for Macomb Community College and helped to facilitate a multi-stakeholder, regional initiative to design and implement new community leadership degree programs. She served as a Macomb County Commissioner for three terms, during which she was the Chair of the Health & Human Services Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee. She serves on the board of directors of Leaps and Bounds Family Services and Metro Matters (formerly the Michigan Suburbs Alliance) and is a former board member of the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) and Area Agency on Aging 1-B. Moceri completed a Master of Research in Humanities and Cultural Studies at the London Consortium and postgraduate studies at the Bauhaus Kolleg in Dessau, Germany. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan. 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 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 supports grant-writing 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 around the web, in several magazines and in one book. She also sits on 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.
Board of Directors
Organizational affiliations listed for identification purposes only.
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'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 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
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 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 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.