BMC Staff

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 him at [email protected].

Anthonine Pierre, Deputy Director

As the Deputy Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC), Anthonine oversees BMC’s organizing, operations & communications efforts.

Anthonine’s Central Brooklyn organizing work has included co-founding No Disrespect, BMC’s abolitionist anti-street harassment collective, and supporting the family of Saheed Vassell, a Crown Heights resident killed by NYPD officers in 2018. Repping BMC in the police accountability coalition Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), Anthonine has led on several citywide campaigns, including #DefundNYPD, passing the Right to Know Act & the Justice for Eric Garner campaign. 

Anthonine joined BMC in 2011 with a steady resume in public policy, government relations and youth leadership development. Her passion for organizing is grounded in her Haitian immigrant upbringing in Giuliani-era New York City and her love of Octavia Butler. When she’s not trying to move dope people together towards the afrofuture, you can find her biking around her native Flatbush with her husband, Jeffrey. Contact her at [email protected].

Michael Higgins, Senior Housing and Sustainability Organizer

Michael is BMC’s Housing and Sustainability organizer. Previously he was a member turned organizer at Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) and later Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC), working on public housing and resiliency issues in Gowanus. He is also a member of the Social Justice Tours collective, where he provides walking experiences on gentrification, city politics and environmental justice in Brooklyn. In his past capacity, he was also an active leader in the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN).

When he is not working, he likes to study foreign languages, international social movements and land use policy, lift weights and check out new vegetarian spots. You can contact him at [email protected].

Shaquana Boykin, Food Sovereignty Organizer

Shaquana Boykin has many years of experience working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector. Shaquana was an Urban Farm Educator and Manager at Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Cooperation (NEBHDCO). She is a native Brooklynite who has lived in Fort Greene since 2009. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts at CUNY’s Kingsborough Community College & earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology.

At a young age of 16, she began volunteering at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and organizing with ACORN as a Canvass Field Manager. Shaquana is a certified Brooklyn Urban Gardener (BUG) and received the 2013 Natural Leader award through Children & Nature network. She graduated from Public Allies New York & the Center for Neighborhood Leadership Community Organizing Apprenticeship in June 2015. In that role, she organized around tenant rights with the Flatbush Tenant Coalition together where they won a new Brooklyn Housing Court building that will better serve the community.

Before coming to Brooklyn Movement Center, her last position was as Myrtle Avenue’s Mayor Office Engagement Coordinator for Ingersoll Houses. There, she led a group of 20 residents and 10+ agencies & CBOs under the Mayor’s Action Plan (MAP) launched in 2014. Her role was to lead residents & partners through a planning process to improve safety at Ingersoll Houses. Additionally, she is community leader with OYUnited, a Bike Share Advocate, the Chair of Programming as a Board member of Fort Greene Park Conversancy, and serves on Public Allies Alumni Board & Children & Nature Network Young Leaders Advisory Committee.

You can contact her at [email protected].

Shatia Strother, Coordinator, Black Freedom Project

Shatia (Tia) Strother is the Project Coordinator for the New York state-wide Black Freedom Project and the former Program Coordinator of Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE). Her first real introduction to social justice organizing and advocacy began in 2011 with the founding of 462 Halsey Community Garden in her native ‘hood of Bed-Stuy and joining the efforts to form the Black-led Central Brooklyn Food Coop. Since then, Tia Strother has been a leader in the housing, environmental and food justice movements both locally and nationally.

When she’s not running around fighting the powers that be, her time is spent writing and live story-telling, gardening, collecting dead animals and annoying her family with unfinished DIY projects strewn across the house. Tia Strother remains in her native Bed-Stuy blocks away from her childhood family home, living with her partner and their 4 children.

You can reach her at [email protected].

Raina Kennedy, Food Sovereignty Organizer


Raina is the organizer for the Central Brooklyn Food Co-Op and is passionate about food justice, cooperatives and fresh produce. In addition to working for the CBFC, she is a Store Coordinator at the Greene Hill Food Co-Op and is a graduate of the Masters program in Food Studies at NYU, where she is focusing on community food systems. Prior to working at BMC, Raina held a variety of jobs in the food industry, from barista to bookkeeper. Raina loves cooking and growing plants, and also occasionally does things unrelated to food (but not often). Reach out to Raina at [email protected].