Amendu has served as a member of MMP’s Executive Committee and MMP’s Labor Committee, a site organizer for the MMP and Logan CDC Carlton Simmons Technology Keyspot Computer Center, and the coordinator of MMP’s Labor Justice Radio. A hip-hop artist, stand-up comic, lifetime resident of Philadelphia, fighter for the rights of all people, father and grandfather, Amendu is also an SEIU 32BJ member and shop steward representing maintenance workers.
Audra is an SEIU 32BJ union member, leader and organizer; a mother and grandmother; and a long-time member of MMP. Audra has been a member of the Labor Committee and a co-host on MMPTV. She was also Site Organizer for MMP and the SEIU Healthcare PA Keyspot Computer Center.
Jamila is a Brooklyn, NY native who for nearly 20 years has been dedicated to work focused on program development and project management in nonprofit organizations. Since 2012, she has expanded her network by working in Philadelphia’s vibrant co-op community building and introducing new systems and processes for strategic business planning, developing pathways to more democratic workplaces, and helping to build cross-sector alliances. Jamila is wrapping up a graduate program in organizational dynamics and serves on the board of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance. She’s also a mom of two and lives with her husband and toddler in the Wynnfield neighborhood of West Philly.
Having grown up in poverty in New Jersey, Renee Koubiadis is deeply committed to identifying and breaking down barriers that prevent many people and families from meeting their basic needs. Renee has been an advocate and community organizer helping disempowered populations use their voices towards social change throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania for over 15 years. Renee currently serves as the Executive Director of the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ. She previously served as the statewide Advocacy Coordinator of the National Association of Social Workers – NJ Chapter (NASW-NJ) and the Assistant State Campaign Director for the Citizens’ Campaign, a New Jersey non-partisan movement of hundreds of citizens dedicated to innovative government reform and promoting citizen leadership. In her various roles over the last 15 years, Renee has educated thousands of people on issues of poverty, leadership, and civic engagement. Recently, she served as Co-chair of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Transition Team Housing Committee. In addition to her board role at MMP, she also serves on the Board of Trustees of the NJ Coalition to End Homelessness and on the Steering Committees of the Latino Action Network and the NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice. Renee is a Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey and holds an MSW from Temple University and a BASW from Rutgers University.
Shivaani Selvaraj – Board Secretary
Shivaani is an MMP co-founder and consults with Penn State University faculty on innovative uses of technology. For nearly two decades, she has been using storytelling and media production as a vehicle to connect and cohere communities struggling for what they need and to surface some of the most pressing issues we face. In the past she has curated performances and screenings by people of color artists, produced multi-media projects, documented human rights violations in the United States, and organized individuals and organizations to engage in a battle of images to end poverty. Shivaani continues to deepen her understanding of media, technology, and social change as a doctoral student in Adult Education. She brings fun, flair, and laughter to her collaborative work.
Todd Wolfson – Board President
Todd Wolfson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. Trained as a socio-cultural anthropologist, Todd’s research focuses on the convergence of technology, inequality and social change. Todd recently published Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left (2014) and edited The Great Refusal: Herbert Marcuse and Contemporary Social Movements (2017) along with dozens of peer-reviewed articles. Alongside his research, Todd is co-founder of the Media Mobilizing Project and he sits on the executive committee of 215 People’s Alliance. Most recently, Todd is co-founder and co-director of the Media, Inequality & Change (MIC) Center, which is a project of University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University.