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Board of Directors

Samantha Calamari has been working in the new media and education sectors for over 10 years. She has worked with media activism and education organizations like Media Alliance and Youth Radio and as a videographer, editor and teacher. Most recently, she has been working in educational publishing and e-learning, developing and producing online and mobile learning platforms and tools. She also works as a freelance producer and editor on independent video projects. She is a former MA staff member and has been on the board since 2006.

Al Kielwasser - (Chair) has been involved in media activism generally and with Media Alliance in particular for a number of years. He is also a communication researcher and consultant and has taught media studies at San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco. His primary interests include media issues that intersect with queer activism and economic justice/poverty rights.

Phavia Kujichagulia is a veteran activist and cultural artist who has worked with a number of grass-roots organizations, community groups, and political campaigns for social justice. In 2000 she assisted with the development of diversity materials for Ralph Naderís Green Party Presidential campaign, significantly increasing urban youth-voter turnout. During the 1980s, she advocated for prison reform and sat on the board of the Williams James Prison Association. Kujichagulia also helped establish the Jericho [Prison Abolition] Movement in the Oakland Bay Area which grew into a national organization currently based in New York. For more than 16 years, Phavia Kujichagulia was Resident Literary Artist at DVI and San Quentin Prisons. She is the author of "Recognizing & Resolving Racism: A Resource and Reference Guide for Humane Beings". A former professor of Ethnomusicology and African Civilizations at Stanford University and World College West, she was recognized as one of the "Kings & Queens of Black Consciousness' along with Dr. Cornel West, Sonia Sanchez and Amiri Baraka. Kujichagulia began working with Media Alliance in 2008.

Oriana Saportas has been a community organizer for the nonprofit ACORN in Los Angeles County and a labor organizer for the SEIU. She has been active in public access television in both San Francisco and Berkeley and sits on the board of Berkeley Community Media. She has also worked at KPFA-FM. Oriana wants to help connect nonprofits and social justice organizations with community media resources and tools and bring them into the movement for communications democracy.

Renee Yang-Geesler is a community media activist and producer. As the co-director of the First Voice Media Action program, Renee has been involved in bringing women and people of color into media and works in partnership with Pacifica station KPFA and other community media outlets, locally and nationally. Renee currently manages an 18-month program that provides comprehensive media skills trains using audio and video. She was also a contributing producer for Crossing East, the first Asian-American history series on public radio, which won a Peabody Award - and currently produces the weekly Full Circle public affairs program on KPFA.

Staff

Executive Director,(510) 684-6853 (cellular)
Tracy Rosenberg
tracy@media-alliance.org

Tracy Rosenberg has worked as Media Alliance's Executive Director since 2007. She has organized and advocated for a free, accountable and accessible media system, focusing on the protection and sustainability of alternative media outlets monitored the mainstream media for accuracy and fair representation and facilitated the training of numerous nonprofit organizations and citizen's groups in effective communications. She blogs on media policy at the Huffington Post and is published frequently in newspapers and blogs around the country. She currently sits on the boards of the  the Alliance for Community Media Western Region and serves on the anchor committee of the Media Action Grassroots Network.

Information Coordinator,
Phavia Kujichagulia
jobfile@media-alliance.org
Phavia Kujichagulia is a veteran activist and cultural artist who has worked with a number of grass-roots organizations, community groups, and political campaigns for social justice. In 2000 she assisted with the development of diversity materials for Ralph Naderís Green Party Presidential campaign, significantly increasing urban youth-voter turnout. During the 1980s, she advocated for prison reform and sat on the board of the Williams James Prison Association. Kujichagulia also helped establish the Jericho [Prison Abolition] Movement in the Oakland Bay Area which grew into a national organization currently based in New York. For more than 16 years, Phavia Kujichagulia was Resident Literary Artist at DVI and San Quentin Prisons. She is the author of "Recognizing & Resolving Racism: A Resource and Reference Guide for Humane Beings". A former professor of Ethnomusicology and African Civilizations at Stanford University and World College West, she was recognized as one of the "Kings & Queens of Black Consciousness' along with Dr. Cornel West, Sonia Sanchez and Amiri Baraka. Kujichagulia began working with Media Alliance in 2008.


Volunteer/Intern
Teresita Bautista
information@media-alliance.org
Terry Bautista is an educator, advocate and activist in the SF Bay Area who has served underserved immigrant and bilingual communities as an ESL trainer, consultant on community resources, organizational development, strategic planning and medical interpreting. She is also a small business owner specializing in indigenous arts and culture and sells textiles and crafts from Asia and Southeast Asia. She has served on multiple boards of directors of agencies that target the elderly, youth leadership development, language access, bilingual services and affordable housing.






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