Anthonine Pierre, Community Organizer
As BMC’s Lead Organizer, Anthonine looks to bring people together to make Central Brooklyn a smaller (and better!) place. 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. Prior to that, Anthonine was a youth organizer with the Children’s Defense Fund and Prospect Park Alliance.
She’s 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]
Veralyn Williams, Communications Organizer
Since graduating from Hunter College in 2008, Veralyn has worked as a Multimedia Journalist in New York City, on a mission to tell stories often lost in mainstream media. Prior to coming to BMC, Veralyn has produced and reported for WNYC’s Radio Rookies, WBAI’s Rise Up Radio, Bedsider, Black Enterprise, BronxNet Television, and The Museum for African Art. Her independent work can be found at VeralynMedia.com, and she serves on the board of Telem Center for the African Child, a nonprofit providing underserved children of African descent an opportunity to celebrate their cultural heritage.
Born in Sierra Leone and raised in the Bronx, Veralyn found her way to BMC’s doors after moving to Crown Heights last year… and she never left. She is excited and ready to power the movement with other Central Brooklyn residents! Contact Veralyn 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]
Harvir Kaur, Food Justice Organizer
Harvir Kaur graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in political science in 2011. She has worked on several social justice projects, including an analysis of the barriers to low-income people’s access to dental health care services, interviews with detainees in the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) to evaluate health care services inside the jail, and documentation of the collateral consequences of charging youth as adults. She was awarded the Abell Award in Urban Policy for her paper “State of Emergency: Providing Oral Health Care Services to Low-Income and Medicaid Populations in Baltimore City.” In 2011-2012, Harvir worked as a Bill Emerson Fellow through the Congressional Hunger Center in Jackson, MS analyzing food insecurity issues faced by senior citizens and in Washington, DC analyzing issues in addressing the racial wealth gap in the United States.