BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Avery Bizzell is the Program Director at the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO), a national training institute building the next generation of organizers. He became politicized during his freshman year at Morehouse College, organizing Sodexo campus workers at Morehouse and across the city of Atlanta in the Clean Up Sodexo Campaign. Avery has a strong passion organizing. While a student, was the state co-coordinator for Black Youth Vote! Georgia. Since then, he has organized around issues ranging from education justice to labor to criminal justice and police brutality. Avery believes that the movement for social justice must be led by the people most impacted, by building leadership their leadership. Avery is a strategist and valued movement organizer and coordinator. In his role at CTWO, he oversees and directs the programmatic vision of the organization
Parrish Brown is the sustainable community schools resource coordinator at the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization to coordinate programs and resources for students as well as parents at Dyett High School. He has been involved in many social struggles for equality in terms of education, youth employment, transportation, and violence prevention. At the age of 14, he was involved in getting a law passed called Public Act 1225, which provided over 24 million dollars in summer jobs in the state of Illinois. From the ages of 15-20, he was one of the frontline youth to keep Walter H. Dyett High school remaining as a public neighborhood high school. Also, he is currently involved in BYP100. BYP100 is an organization of black youth from the ages of 18-35, committed to liberating all black lives through a Black queer feminist lense. He sits as the BYP100 Chicago chapter C4 Board representative. As a C4 board representative, he is responsible for creating fundraising initiatives, building leadership, and supporting the expansion of membership in the Chicago chapter. Parrish Brown obtained his Associate’s degree at Harold Washington College in 2017. He is currently in his senior year at the University of Illinois at Chicago majoring in Urban Studies and minoring in Public Policy.
Brooke A. Butler
Brooke A. Butler is an organizer, reproductive justice advocate and political strategist with experience in both political and issue based advocacy campaigns. She has worked on electoral campaigns in Ohio, South Carolina, and at the federal level, managed a digital program at a national sexual and reproductive health and rights organization, and currently leads a federal legislative campaign to increase investments in child care funding. In addition to organizing with BYP100, Brooke is the Movement Building Director for the DC Abortion Fund.
Ryan Fielder is a radical, Black queer organizer who hails from the Motor City. Currently, they serve as the Manager of Drop-In Center Operations and Outreach at a Detroit-based LGBTQ+ youth organization, Ruth Ellis Center. Ryan’s work surrounds addressing the immediate and long-term needs of runaway and homeless LGBTQ+ youth of color in Detroit. Beginning in September, 2019, Ryan will be shifting the focus of their work at the Ruth Ellis Center to specifically LGBTQ+ sexual and reproductive health education. In addition to their work with the Ruth Ellis Center, Ryan is also an organizer with the Detroit chapter of BYP100. ‘Green Light Black Futures’ is BYP100 Detroit’s current campaign against the hyper-surveillance system “Project Green Light” and facial recognition technology. Concurrently, Ryan also serves as the Detroit representative of BYP100’s 501c4 Board of Directors. Ryan is a graduate of Marygrove College where they received their Bachelors of Music in Voice Performance in 2016. Additionally, Ryan will be attending the University of Michigan in fall of 2019 to pursue a Masters of Social Work.
Mercedes is the Texas State Coordinator for Local Progress Texas, a project of the Center for Popular Democracy. She is based in Dallas, Texas and works closely with community organizations throughout the Lone Star State to push progressive policy solutions with local elected progressives. Mercedes is an experienced and respected voice on political strategy, racial justice advocacy, effective progressive leadership training, grassroots organizing, and public policy. She serves as a C4 National board member with BYP100, a member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people. She is a strategist with the Electoral Justice Project, a national table with the Movement for Black Lives (Black Lives Matter), centering electoral politics and organizing tactics for Black communities.
Katrina L. Rogers
Katrina L. Rogers is the Founder and Principal of Kalaro Media, a communications firm specializing in helping create social change. Her professional commitment is to providing political strategy, political communications, digital media development, media and public relations and branding for progressive causes, campaigns and candidates. She has worked on reproductive justice, criminal justice reform, healthcare reform, environmental justice, fighting for livable wages and improved working conditions, affordable housing, political and voter education, ending money bail and the criminalization of poverty.
Katrina is also a Facilitator with the James Lawson Institute and has been in leadership with BYP100, the Radical Communicators Network, Young Democrats of America, New Leaders Council, Truman National Security Project and the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College.
C.C. is a freedom fighter who honed her organizing skills in Durham, NC. In the position of North Carolina State Lead organizer for NDWA's We Dream in Black program, C.C. recruits and builds the membership of the local We DiB chapter, invests in the leadership development of members by building their organizing skills and tools, conducts workforce and skills-based trainings for members, and engages members in strategic campaigns to win protections and improvements at the workplace and in their lives. Before NDWA, C.C. was an engaged community organizer in Durham, working around the issues of mass incarceration, racial, and gender justice. In 2016, C.C. helped launch and became one of the co-chairs of the Black Youth Project 100 Durham chapter. C.C. dedicates and owes much of her drive to the relentless Black womyn and femme fighters before her and around her. C.C. is also a dancer and performer and has studied modern dance and forms of the African Diaspora since she was little.