Staff

amberAmber Marie Felton – Community School Program Coordinator

Amber Marie is a proud Philly native (Germantown!) and alumnae of the Philadelphia School District. In 2006, while attending the High School for Creative & Performing Arts, Amber Marie became a member of the Philadelphia Student Union and was first introduced to the importance of marginalized voices in social justice work. Amber Marie went on to attend Oberlin College and majored in Sociology with concentrations in both Africana and Urban Studies. The student organizing Amber Marie took part in (during both secondary and higher education) in the fight for education as a human right affirmed for Amber Marie that those most directly impacted must take the lead in the movement. This is what excited Amber Marie most about this project and working with the Media Mobilizing Project, who strongly believe that Movements begin with the telling of untold stories.

 

IMG_1853Amy Miller – Development Director

Amy Miller has over 20 years of years of grantwriting and nonprofit financial management experience.  She first got involved with MMP as a board member and began as MMP’s part-time development director in the spring of 2015.  A million years ago in the early 90s, Amy organized students, welfare recipients, homeless folks and supporters with Empty the Shelters and the Kensington Welfare Rights Union working to build a social movement to end poverty.  She grew up in a trailer in upstate New York, has a BA in International Development from American University, an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goddard College, and makes a fantastic margarita and a killer plate of nachos.

 

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Bryan Mercer – Executive Director

Bryan Mercer is a Philadelphia native who began volunteering with Media Mobilizing Project after returning home from college. Bryan is now Executive Director of MMP, using strategic media and communications to strengthen and connect communities organizing for their human rights. Bryan also works on state and national media policy advocacy as a board member of the Media Action Grassroots Network to create a ground-up approach to securing media rights and access.  Bryan received his bachelors degree from Columbia University in Anthropology and Comparative Ethnic Studies.

 

 

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Di Luong – Research and Policy Organizer

As a Technology Fellow at MMP, Di is researching the impact of risk assessment tools on the U.S. criminal justice system. She has experience as a strategist for political campaigns, nongovernmental organizations, and Federal and City Governments. She studied, worked, and volunteered in five continents, gaining political and cultural experiences in Germany, Ghana, Thailand, and China. She has presented at Making All Voices Count Global Innovation Competition and Digital Civic Participation Summit.

 

 

483564_10150685985044413_920965889_nHannah Sassaman – Policy Director

Hannah is a nationally recognized organizer for media justice.  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 leads the CAP Comcast campaign – focused on holding Comcast accountable to poor and working people in Philadelphia and beyond. 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 incredible children Sara Bela Sassaman Marcus and Abigail Rose Sassaman Marcus, and the partner of brilliant community programmer Josh Marcus.

 


img_1858Helyx Chase Scearce Horwitz – Tech Manager and Production Assistant

Helyx Chase Scearce Horwitz volunteered for MMP for the first time in 2010 and joined staff in 2014. Helyx is a independent video artist and activist who is passionate about storytelling as a means to draw connections.  Their video art is built by, about, and for televisions and computers. They are the former Philadelphia Coordinator of the Transgender Oral History Project. Helyx holds a B.A. from Hampshire College where they studied Video, Activism and Youth Development.

 

 

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Milena Velis – Media Production Director

Milena trains and supports MMP movement media makers, and coordinates the production of MMP news reports, documentary projects, and other media telling the untold stories of everyday people building a movement for our human rights. Milena has worked as a local news reporter for Al Día, a Philadelphia-based Spanish-language weekly newspaper. She has also worked with the Prometheus Radio Project to build community radio stations around the US. Milena has also taught multimedia journalism at Temple University and worked as a Spanish-English interpreter in courtroom, community, and healthcare settings. Originally from Chile, Milena calls Philadelphia home. Milena holds a B.A. in History from Swarthmore College.

 

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Sean Brown – N.J. Media Organizer

Sean Matthew Brown is the son of a public school teacher and Camden, NJ native. He lived in Camden until he was 8 and moved back when he was 20 to serve the city. He grew up in the Baptist church and served as a youth leader. He graduated from Pennsauken High School in 2000. Sean served in AmeriCorps VISTA in Camden (2005-2006) and New Orleans (2007). In Camden, he worked at CamConnect doing community outreach, sharing the data and reports with community organizations and the residents of the city. Sean is the founder and volunteer director Young Urban Leaders, an organization that supports leadership development for young adults. He received his BA is Urban Studies in 2010 and Master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration on Community Development at Rutgers University in 2015. The youngest ever to be appointed, Sean served on the Camden school board 2010-2013.  One day, he hopes to release his urban folk album.

 

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T.C. Owens – N.J. Media Organizer

T.C. Owens is a folklorist and videographer. Since 2008, he has worked collaboratively to document, preserve and present the vital community traditions of working communities. While at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, he worked on Eatala: A Life in Klezmer, about klezmer drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts. He holds an MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. His master’s thesis documents cultural impacts and collective responses of resistance to the natural gas industry in Northeast Pennsylvania. As a media organizer with the Media Mobilizing Project, he recently co-produced Building a Sandcastle: A Broken Promise to Atlantic City, a short documentary that tells the stories of the casino workers who remain after the wave of casino closures and layoffs in 2014.