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

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.

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 has also served as National Field Organizer for the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and worked with the Independent Progressive Politics Network.

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

Sacramento, CA

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap is National Director of Move to Amend, President of the Board of Directors of Democracy Unlimited, and a Local Democracy Fellow for the Liberty Tree Foundation. 

She has 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 Center for Story-Based Strategy and as a Principal with Program on Corporations Law and Democracy.

In November 2004 Kaitlin was elected to serve on the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board. She was 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 2012 and served as Board President from 2012-2014.

She grew up in Santa Fe, NM, and has lived in Madison, WI, Western Massachusetts, Humboldt County, CA and Barcelona, Spain. She currently resides in Sacramento, CA.

 

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. 

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