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].
V Plotkin, Community Safety Organizer
V is a budding activist and radical thinker, with an all consuming passion for social justice and change. As a current undergraduate at the University of California Santa Cruz, they major in Community Studies; an interdisciplinary major that merges frameworks of Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, Feminism, Sociology, and Anthropology. They’re most inspired by issues affecting queer and lower income people of color, including issues of food justice and sovereignty, systemic and systematic racism, LGBTQ+ rights, and gentrification. With their time at BMC, they will put into practice all the studies and theory they’ve learned, and work in the organization’s No Disrespect campaign and PAW group. They will also work as a facilitator for outreach and membership organizing. They are extremely excited to contribute to the important work being done at BMC!
As a native Californian, they’re ecstatic to see the city of New York for the very first time! Most likely, they’ll be in a local coffee shop sipping on a mocha or wandering the city streets looking for where “it’s all happening.”