National Leadership Team

Move to Amend's Board of Directors (known internally as the Executive Committee) is made up of representatives of the founding and most active national organizations as well as a few individuals selected at large. Currently the Executive Committee is acting as the decision-making and administrative body of Move to Amend.

 Move to Amend Executive Committee Members

David Cobb

Eureka, CA

David Cobb is a Principal with the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy. He is a lawyer and political activist. David has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He truly believes we must use ALL the tools in the toolbox to effect the systemic social change we so desperately need.

David was born in San Leon, Texas and worked as a laborer before going to college. He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1993 and maintained a successful private law practice in Houston for several years before devoting himself to full time activism to achieve real democracy in the United States.

In 2002 David ran for Attorney General of Texas, pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that repeatedly violate health, safety and environmental laws. He did not win the office, but the Green Party of Texas grew dramatically during his campaign from four local chapters to twenty-six. In 2004, he ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket and successfully campaigned for the Ohio recount. He is also National Projects Director for Democracy Unlimited.

Daniel Lee

Los Angeles, CA

Daniel Lee has been a member of the Move to Amend National Leadership Team since March of 2012.

An active member of Occupy Los Angeles and InterOccupy Daniel has participated in Occupy encampments across the country as well as done community organizing locally in Los Angeles.

He has also served locally on the Culver City Martin Luther King jr. Celebration Committee for the last 3 years and has been a volunteer with El Rincon Elementary, also in Culver City, for the last 7 years.

Daniel is a veteran of the United States Air Force and Air National Guard, a former student at the University of Southern California, and California State University Los Angeles and current MSW candidate at UCLA.

Edgard Franks

Bellingham, WA

Edgar Franks is from Bellingham, WA. He serves as the Civic Engagement Program Coordinator at Community to Community Development, working to engage supporters and develop a strategy that ensures the needs of the Farm Worker community are represented. Community to Community works on issues of Food Sovereignty through the lens of Farm Workers, with the goal of creating a politically conscious inter-sectional base that is fighting to end Patriarchy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism and creating a local solidarity economy. Edgar currently represents Community to Community on the National Planning Committee for the US Social Forum and on the Pacific Northwest Social Forum Outreach Work Group. He is committed to the work of Move to Amend of ending corporate person-hood and envisioning on what a new Constitution looks like.

Egberto Willies

Kingwood, TX

Egberto Willies is a political activist, author, political blogger, business owner, software developer, web designer, and mechanical engineer in Kingwood, TX.

Egberto is:

• Author of “As I See It: Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing Doom”
• Political Blogger at EgbertoWillies.com
• Political Writer at Addicting Info

Coffee Party USA Vice President & Board of Directors
• Move To Amend (MTA) Coalition Executive Committee member
• BeYourGoverment Board Of Director
• CNN iReporter with over a million page views.
     o 2nd Annual CNN iReport Spirit Award Honoree
     o CNN iReport Pundit of the Week
• HuffPost Live frequent contributor
• Host of Radio Shows “Politics Done Right” & “Move To Amend Reports“ (cohost))
• Kingwood Area Democrats president
• Harris County Democratic Party Communication Committee Chairman
• Texas Precinct 758 Chair

George Friday

Gastonia, NC

George grew up in rural North Carolina in the 1960s. She holds degrees in political science, economics, and African American studies from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she graduated in 1982.

George works with grassroots community and national organizations providing leadership development and skills training ranging from strategic planning and organizing to fundraising, marketing, and community building.

Her work particularly focuses on communication, oppression, change, and the role of privilege in transforming power dynamics, fostering broad, deep economic and social justice change.

She also serves as national field organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and works with the Independent Progressive Politics Network.

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

Eureka, CA

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap is Executive Director of Democracy Unlimited and the National Director of Move to Amend. She grew up in Santa Fe, NM and came to Humboldt County in 2001 by way of Western Massachusetts where she was studying education and community at Hampshire College.

She served as a member of the national Leadership Team of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s campaign to Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People’s Rights and the STORY (Strategy Training and Organizing Resources for Youth) Board of the SmartMeme Project. She is also a Principal with Program on Corporations Law and Democracy and Local Democracy Fellow for the Liberty Tree Foundation.

In November 2004 Kaitlin was elected to serve on the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board. She is the youngest member to serve in this position, as well as the the first woman to take this office. She was re-elected in 2008 and now serves as Board President.

Kaitlin serves as the National Director for Move to Amend. She oversees the national field organizing operations for the campaign, the affiliate support program and provides internship program supervision.

Keyan Bliss

Fishers, IN

Keyan Bliss is Move to Amend's Media Liaison and a member of Move to Amend's National Leadership Team (Board of Directors) since November 2014. He is Executive Producer of Move to Amend's online radio program, Move to Amend Reports. He is a graduate of Indiana University.

Inspired to join Move to Amend by his brother’s participation within the Occupy movement and student power movement, Keyan first joined Move to Amend in 2013 as an Intern.

Keyan sees Move to Amend's goal of ending corporate personhood and money as protected speech to be a crucial first step towards serious reform within American society. Once the “We the People” Amendment is adopted into the Constitution, he hopes to expand constitutional reform to include a new bill of rights to expand the protection of civil liberties to all human beings without distinction.

 

Jerome Scott

Atlanta, GA

Jerome Scott, a labor organizer in the auto plants of Detroit in the1960s-70s, and a community organizer, popular educator and author in the South since the 1970s, was a founding member and former director of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide in Atlanta, GA.

He serves on the National Planning Committee of the U.S. Social Forum, is active in Grassroots Global Justice and other social justice movement organizations, including the League of Revolutionaries for a New America.

He is author/co-author of numerous chapters and articles on race, class, movement building and the revolutionary process, and is a contributing editor to four popular education toolkits including The Roots of Terror and Today's Globalization. He was co-recipient of the American Sociological Association’s 2004 Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology.

Laura Bonham

Coalville, UT

Laura Bonham is a political and community organizer who has served as the Vice President of the Coalville Area Business Association and as the Chairperson of the Coalville City Planning Commission in Coalville, Utah.

She co-founded the Utah Democratic Progressive Caucus and served as its chair for four years. In 2004, she co-founded Progressive Democrats of America where she served as the deputy director and communications coordinator until December 2011.

Laura ran for Utah state representative three times, once as a Green and twice as a Democrat, and now serves on the national steering committee of the Justice Party and as a member of the Move to Amend national team. 


Virginia Rasmussen

Alfred, NY

Virginia Rasmussen joined Move to Amend's National Leadership Team in 2014. Virginia is a principal with the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD) and worked with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in its national campaign to “Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People’s Rights.”  She taught chemistry and environmental studies at Alfred University in Alfred, NY, and served as Education Director at the New Alchemy Institute in Falmouth, MA.  

 
Presently, Virginia is active in FrackBustersNY, committed to making hydrofracking and related activities criminal acts in New York State through the passage of NY Public Law #1. 

Executive Committee Planning Meeting in California (November 2014)

Bottom row, left to right: Jessica Munger (Staff), Keyan Bliss, Laura Bonham, George Friday, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Jerome Scott
Top row, left to right: Virginia Rasmussen, Johannes Epke (Staff), Daniel Lee, David Cobb, Egberto Willies
Not Pictured: Edgar Franks

Criteria for Move to Amend Executive Committee Selection

Members of the executive committee should possess:

  • A commitment to MTA amendment and principles
  • A political commitment to the MTA agenda of building a broad-based mass grassroots democracy movement
  • Local organizing experience
  • Commitment to personal and organizational anti-oppression training and the ability to incorporate it into the work
  • A proven track record of consensus building
  • The ability to attend meetings and actively participate in working groups

Additional and equally important criteria include:

  • Ensuring a well-rounded executive committee which takes into account considerations of race, class, age, and gender, skills and geographic location