Ben Felker-Quinn – Philly SUN Media Organizer
Ben started volunteering with MMP’s Voices From Our Public Schools in the summer of 2015. Ben grew up in a cement town in the Lehigh Valley and got his own education in regional public schools. Afterward, he studied literature and Russian culture at Hampshire College in Massachusetts and in Russia. Ben believes that sharing our stories with each other should bring us to read the world more critically. He has worked with the oral history archive at the Civic Media Center in Florida, and he has actively participated in solidarity movements with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and anti-prison organizations in Philadelphia. In the spring of 2016, he was a part of MMP’s Media Fellows Program and helped to produce this video calling for community control in Philadelphia public schools. Recently, a book containing his translations of Russian poets in the Leningrad Siege was published. He is currently enrolled in an education program at Goddard College.
Bryan Mercer – Executive Director
Bryan, a long-time staff member of Media Mobilizing Project, has served as Executive Director since 2013. He has led a number of major programs areas, including a collaboration with nearly two-dozen partner organizations to create Keyspots, a city-wide digital literacy program to broaden internet access. Bryan is committed to using strategic media and communications to strengthen and connect communities organizing for their human rights, and he frequently leads trainings and workshops to share practices for media in organizing. Bryan also works on state and national media policy advocacy, and serves as a board member of the Center for Media Justice, which is committed to a ground-up approach to securing media rights and access. Bryan received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in Anthropology and Comparative Ethnic Studies.
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.
Hannah Sassaman – Policy Director
Helyx Chase Scearce Horwitz – Tech Manager
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.
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.
Pep Marie – PhillySUN Program Coordinator
Pep 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, Pep Marie became a member of the Philadelphia Student Union and was first introduced to the importance of marginalized voices in social justice work. Pep Marie went on to attend Oberlin College and majored in Sociology with concentrations in both Africana and Urban Studies. The student organizing Pep Marie took part in (during both secondary and higher education) in the fight for education as a human right affirmed for Pep Marie that those most directly impacted must take the lead in the movement. This commitment to building leaders in and around our schools to lead the work is what excites Pep Marie most about this project and working with the Media Mobilizing Project.
T.C. Owens – Production and Partnerships Coordinator