Anthonine Pierre, Lead Community Organizer
As BMC’s Lead Organizer, Anthonine works to bring people together and transform the capacity for social and political change in Central Brooklyn. Since 2011, she has been working on this transformation through BMC’s parent organizing, police accountability, anti-street harassment and grassroots fundraising campaigns.
Prior to working at BMC, Anthonine was at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office where she was the community liaison responsible for Central and West Harlem. She has also held youth organizing positions with the Children’s Defense Fund and Prospect Park Alliance. Anthonine currently sits on the boards of Families for Freedom, the Advocacy Institute and the New York Social Justice Political Action Committee, and is a 2015 participant of Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD). Anthonine is a lifelong Brooklynite, foodie and enthusiasm enthusiast. When she’s not working at BMC, she’s usually looking for the Wiz with her friends the Lion, the Tin Man & the Scarecrow. Contact Anthonine at [email protected]
Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director
Prior to coming on staff at the Brooklyn Movement Center, Mark was on the Faculty of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and was most recently the field organizer for the MOVE NY campaign. A Central Brooklyn native, Mark Winston Griffith is the former Executive Director and Senior Fellow for Economic Justice at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, and the former co-director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project. In the early nineties he co-founded the Central Brooklyn Partnership and Central Brooklyn Federal Credit Union. He currently serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union, Center for an Urban Future, the Center for Working Families, Little Sun People and Free Speech TV. Mark loves spending time with his family, running the streets of New York like a steeplechase, and describing how he acquired the 18 inch scar that runs the length of his spine. Contact Mark at [email protected].
Z Bell, Membership Organizer
Z Bell believes in the power of redefinition and visioning as a means towards self-love, community care and freedom. They are extremely excited by the opportunity to coordinate leadership development work with the amazing staff and membership at Brooklyn Movement Center!
Most recently, Z worked as a Fellow with the TransJustice program of Audre Lorde Project. While there, they focused on community-based safety and survival systems as well as creating and providing leadership development and political education opportunities for queer, transgender and gender-non-conforming people of color (QT*PoC). Further, they have trained as a Fellow in the Academy for Leadership and Action with the National LGBTQ Taskforce and done oral history and labor work with the United Food and Commercial Workers through the OURWalmart campaign. They have worked across many movements with the intent to lift up and center the experiences, needs and voices of QT*PoC.
Z recently graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Sociology. Unapologetically Black, fat, disabled, (gender)queer and still here, you’ll most likely catch them wearing headphones and nodding in time to the latest indie hip-hop.
Veralyn Williams, Communications Organizer
Veralyn Williams is an award-winning Journalist who has been tackling questions on identity, social norms, and community since she picked up her first microphone 10 years ago. Prior to coming to BMC, Veralyn spent 6 years as a Multimedia Freelance Journalist, producing and reporting stories for WNYC’s Radio Rookies. Her work has also been featured on NPR, Bedsider.org, WBAI, BronxNet Television, and on her personal blog, VeralynMedia.com. Veralyn is a Board Member and Co-Founder of Telem Center for the African Child, a nonprofit providing cultural, educational and recreational programs for children of African descent to explore and celebrate their heritage. Born in Sierra Leone and raised in the Bronx, Veralyn found her way to BMC’s doors after moving to Crown Heights in 2012… and she never left. Through all of her endeavors she aims to give a voice to perspectives that are often forgotten or marginalized in the media. Contact Veralyn at [email protected]