global messaging programme

2022 participants

Nicole Carty

Nicole Carty

U.S.A.
She/Her

Nicole Carty is a movement and strategist, campaigner, and trainer from Atlanta, Georgia. Nicole has over a decade of experience studying and supporting movements to further racial, gender, and economic justice. As a movement practitioner in Occupy Wall Street and the Movement for Black Lives, and has trained hundreds of organizers in the strategies and methods of Civil Resistance as a core team member at Momentum. She is currently developing a movement campaign to bring about Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations in the United States and make America a place where equality and justice are real.

Tobita Chow

U.S.A
He/Him

Tobita Chow is the founding Director of Justice Is Global, a special project of People’s Action to build a just and sustainable global economy and defeat right-wing nationalism. He is a leading progressive strategist regarding the emerging great power rivalry between the US and China. Prior to founding Justice Is Global in 2019 he was a leader in community organizing in Chicago where he cofounded The People’s Lobby. He has a Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a Masters of Arts from an uncompleted PhD program at the University of Chicago.

Auska Ovando

Chile
She/Her

Auska manages communications at the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), crafting narratives and strategies that help transform the dominant economic system through human rights. She has worked for over 10 years in communications for systemic change, in the non-profit, media, and political sectors in Latin America. She holds an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics from University College London, and a BA in Journalism (Universidad Católica de Chile).

Nadia Hasan

U.K.
She/Her

Nadia is a communications officer at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) where she leads on the press side of campaigns for migrant rights. Outside of work, Nadia spends time organising with her local anti-raids group, and is also learning to sew (very slowly!).  Prior to JCWI, Nadia worked as an organiser for a small anti-racism charity, in campaigns at an international NGO, and in philanthropy. Before working full-time in the charity sector, Nadia lived and studied in the UK, Jordan, Palestine and France.

Nicole Pichardo

Dominican Republic
She/Her

Nicole is a passionate citizen, human rights defender, and a militant at one of her country's few independent political parties. Majoring in International Business and Digital Marketing, she has worked in the fields of international logistics, advertising and film. As a volunteer, she has managed to contribute to some of her country's important issues, such as the fight against forms of  discrimination, institutional corruption and total abortion ban. As she currently enters the world of progressive political communication strategy, she is a team member of a congressman who won its candidacy by constructing the right message. She is a headstrong person who finds motivation in the power of collective and diverse work.

Roger Harding

U.K.
He/Him

Roger helps run RECLAIM, the Manchester, UK-based working-class youth organising and campaigns organisation. After being raised by a single mum in a council house, Roger began his formal career fighting for social justice at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation before becoming director of communications, policy and campaigns at Shelter, Britain’s leading housing and homelessness organisation. He is vice-chair of Victim Support, and a member of the Mayor of London's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group.

Anika Fassia

U.S.A.
She/Her

Anika is the Co-Executive Director of We Make the Future (WMTF). WMTF launched in early 2021 to combine strategic communications and coalition building to implement race forward narratives that motivate our base and persuade the middle for wins that allow all our communities to thrive. Anika leads WMTF’s strategic direction and engagements in partnership with researchers, content creators, labor and community based organizations to bridge narrative and practice through creative implementation. Prior to leading WMTF, Anika was the Outreach and Training Director of Race Class Narrative Action where she led partnerships with organizations spanning seven Midwestern states. Prior to joining Race Class Narrative Action, she managed the inception of the Race Class Narrative with creators, Anat Shenker-Osorio, Ian Haney López and Heather McGhee at Demos.

David Kitching

Ireland
He/Him

David advises NGOs and civil society organisations on how to improve their advocacy strategies. He uses hope-based communications, direct political engagement, message-testing and policy research to advance causes ranging from health inequality, housing and homelessness to human rights, disability and migration. He is also a lifelong voluntary campaigner, currently serving as chair of the Irish Labour Party’s international unit and a member of its central council. He has been a grassroots activist on many campaigns including for reproductive rights, educational access, economic justice, and on numerous election teams.

Eli Day

U.S.A.
He/Him

Eli is a Detroiter. He’s most grateful for his city’s people, and their fierce determination to survive and build a more beautiful world -- both across the many corners of the city they love and beyond them. He's both a freelance journalist and writer, and serves as the Communications Director for We the People Michigan, an organization building multiracial, working class power.

Jeralyn Cave

U.S.A.
She/Her

Jeralyn is the Assistant Director of Communications for SEIU’s Racial Justice Center. There, she develops and coordinates SEIU’s racial justice communication strategies and provides media and capacity building support to local unions and national campaigns. Jeralyn is passionate about education justice, voting rights, policing and the decriminalization of Black childhood.

José Muñoz

U.S.A.
He/Him

José is the Deputy Communications Manager for United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led network in the nation. José Alonso ensures that the voice and strategy of immigrant youth and families are heard across the country through engaging the media, shaping news stories, developing narrative and message as well as training directly impacted people to express themselves through the media.

Reiny Cohen

U.S.A
She/Her

As Director of the Fuse Communications Hub, Reiny is responsible for legislative communications strategy and building communications capacity in Washington's progressive movement. Previously, Reiny worked in affordable housing policy advocacy at the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, has worked on legislative and electoral campaigns, and was director of the Institute for a Democratic Future, a fellowship program for young, progressive politicos. Before politics, Reiny spent 15 years on-air in the Seattle radio market. She and her wife live in Seattle, and in the before-times could be found around town running, tipping drag queens, and singing karaoke at pretty much every opportunity.

Zainab Chaudary

U.S.A.
She/Her

Zainab currently serves as Communications Director for the Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice, where she promotes an understanding of climate change through the lens of racial and gender justice and equity. She brings over a decade of communications experience from her work in political, progressive, and social justice spaces. Prior to the Hive Fund, she founded Big Canvas PR: a media relations consulting agency designed to combine authenticity with strategy. Zainab has applied her media relations, message testing, training, and crisis communications work to a range of issues, including advancing women of color in politics, bolstering immigrant rights, combating Islamophobia, curbing government surveillance, and closing Guantanamo Bay.

Ernest Britt

U.S.A.
He/Him

Ernest is committed to building a better world for the Black women and queer folks who paved the way. He has worked on several high-profile Democratic campaigns as a writer, creative, and digital organizer, including Elizabeth Warren for President and Stacey Abrams for Governor, as well as races in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and his home state of Florida. Now, Ernest is proud to serve as a senior campaign manager at Color Of Change. As a member of the criminal justice team, he's continuing the fight to defend Black lives and invest in Black futures, hold corporations accountable for their role in mass incarceration, and win meaningful criminal justice reform at this critical moment.

Anna Castro

U.S.A.
Any pronouns

Anna is a Communications Consultant and former Manager of Solidarity Is at the Building Movement Project. At their previous role, Anna generated tools, trainings, and resources to facilitate transformative solidarity practices for movement building organizations and activists who are invested in meaningful social change. In 2020, Anna launched the Solidarity Semester and Power Up Internship Program which provides youth activists with paid opportunities within the nonprofit sector and the mentorship and professional development skills to nurture and sustain their community or campus organizing efforts.

Hoda Baraka

Egypt
She/Her

Egyptian communications specialist, organisational consultant, writer and photographer. Hoda is the co-founder of Align, a new consultancy helping organisations find alignment through strategy, support, facilitation and coaching. Her career has focused mostly on using written, spoken and visual mediums in support of environmental causes, both in the Arab World and globally.

Rachita Taneja

Asia: India
She/They

Rachita is a political cartoonist and campaigner based in India. She runs a feminist webcomic called Sanitary Panels that comments on society, culture, politics, and current affairs. She is cofounder and board member of the Internet Freedom Foundation, working for the digital and civil rights of all Indians.

Sarah Durieux

France
She/Her

Sarah is an expert, trainer and organizer. She specializes in citizen mobilization, community organizing, campaign strategy, advocacy and influence. She launched and led Change.org in France, the world's largest platform for citizen mobilization and trained hundreds of individuals and organisations for effective collective action. She is co-founder of the “Rencontre des Justices” and was selected by the Obama Foundation among 35 European leaders to follow. Her podcast "Le coeur et le poing" explores, through the voices of friends, families and colleagues of activists what make people take action.

Sho Walker-Konno

Netherlands
He/Him

Sho is a communications coach for activists based in Amsterdam, originally from London. He's coached activists in 70+ countries: from Filipino farmer collectives, to trans groups in the Balkans, to Sudanese dissidents. He typically advises international organisations on their comms support and then work directly with the activist groups they support. The other way he tries to help the movement is making accessible resources like a “Bluffer’s guide to framing” and a “comms for activists” YouTube series.

Anastasia Bezverkha

Ukraine
She/Her

Anastasia is a media activist and a communications specialist from Ukraine. She has a PhD in Mass Communications, in her thesis she examined the media perceptions of the Ukrainian Muslim minority - the Crimean tatars. For years she's worked as an independent expert in media and communications, providing training and mentorship for NGOs, primarily one which work in the sphere of public health, human rights and drug policy.

Ashley Fairbanks

U.S.A.
She/Her

Ashley is an Anishinaabe designer, writer, and narrative strategist. She is currently the creative director for the 100% Campaign, a coalition working to transition Minnesota to a sustainable future. For over two decades, Ashley has worked on issue and electoral campaigns at every level, including as Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Communications Director and Creative Director for Julian Castro. She’s done branding for over 70 campaigns, and loves to marry narrative strategy with art and design that advances our fight for a more just and collaborative world. She lives with her partner and 10 year-old in San Antonio, Texas.

Sofie Jenkinson

She/Her

Sofie is Head of Communications and News at the New Economics Foundation and a Trustee of Rethinking Economics. Sofie was previously Head of News and Digital at the Institute for Public Policy Research and has a decade of experience in communications across research and social change organisations. In her current role Sofie leads on work with the media to maximise the impact of analysis, ideas and stories and co-leads the Communications team, which crafts the messages that help land ideas and argue for change, houses creative outputs such as the NEF Zine and Podcast and brings NEF’s campaigns alive.

Anat Shenker-Osorio

U.S.A (Project team)
She/Her

Host of the Words to Win By podcast and Principal of ASO Communications, Anat Shenker-Osorio examines why certain messages falter where others deliver. She has led research for new messaging on issues ranging from freedom to join together in union to clean energy and from immigrant rights to reforming criminal justice. Anat's original approach through priming experiments, task-based testing and online dial surveys has led to progressive electoral and policy victories across the globe.

Her writing and research is profiled in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Boston Globe, Salon, The Guardian and Grist among others. She is the  author of Don't Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense About the Economy.

Anthony Torres

U.S.A. (Project team)
He/Him

Originally from Long Island, New York and currently living in Brooklyn, Anthony Torres is focused on building political power for movements aimed at deepening democracy while tackling our crisis of climate change, social inequality, and rising authoritarianism.

Anthony is the Director of Collaboration at ASO Communications, where he leads on building strategic partnerships and projects with movement allies. He is also currently co-creating a new movement project for truth and reconciliation in America, and most recently served as the Communications and Political Director for By the People, the grassroots national campaign to impeach and remove Trump.‍

Jillian Marcellus

U.S.A. (Project team)
They/Them

Jillian Marcellus crafts narratives to realize the future we deserve. They believe in messaging grounded in long-term vision and communications strategies based in transformative media organizing.

Prior to joining ASO Communications, they served as Director of Communications at Transgender Law Center (TLC), the largest national trans-led organization doing what it takes to keep transgender people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation. In five years at TLC, they focused on authentic, effective, and ethical storytelling to expand public narratives around gender and center the leadership and experiences of trans people of color. With a multiracial cohort of nonbinary leaders across the country, they led a first-of-its-kind research project to explore new messaging frameworks for gender.

Funmibi Ogunlesi

Funmibi Ogunlesi

U.K. (Project team)
She/Her

Funmibi supports the Communications Hub and the Spokesperson Network. She has a BSc in Sociology from The University of Bristol and previously interned at policy network company Apolitical. She is interested in using media to talk about environmental justice, racial injustice and colonialism with specific focus on Nigeria and other countries in the South.

Dora Meade

Dora Meade

U.K. (Project team)
Sher/Her

Dora heads up the framing and narrative work at Neon. She's experienced in working with campaigners, spokespeople and coalitions to develop framing strategies and authentic, powerful messaging. She has a particular interest in finding the rights words to advocate for a new economic system. Formerly Network Lead at the PIRC and Lead Organiser at Positive Money, she is an associate at the Future Narratives Lab and co-author of Framing the Economy.