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

Ashley Sanders

Salt Lake City, UT

Ashley Sanders is a long-time community activist from Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in English.

Ashley works for Peaceful Uprising, a climate justice organization in Salt Lake, and is fighting to stop the first tar sands mine in the country that is slated to begin operations in Southeastern Utah.

Ashley helped to organize Occupy DC Freedom Plaza and was involved in Occupy Salt Lake. Ashley is one of the people interviewed in the award-winning film, "American Autumn: An OccuDoc", a documentary about the Occupy movement.

Ashley's passion is creating community spaces for discussion and collaboration, and she spends her free time doing freelance writing and (recently!) storytelling.

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.

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.

 

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.

Maria Agosto

Gulfport, FL

Maria Magdalena Agosto is a long-time political activist who currently works with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC), a coalition of organizations committed to uniting the poor to abolish poverty.

A native NuYoRican, her work on the Nacionalista movement has been placed in the Puerto Rican National Archives.

Agosto helped bring Latino Studies to Williams College, from which she graduated with a BA in English/women’s studies in 1995, and was an original founder of the Gulfport Urban Village, an experiment in intentional community.

She has been active in the local Occupy movements of Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Time Bank, Gaia’s Guardians, and is a member of the Florida Green Party.

Nancy Price

Davis, CA

Nancy Price has been associated with the Alliance for Democracy since the founding convention in 1996, and is currently Co-Chair and also Western Coordinator of the "Defending Water for Life" Campaign. She helped launch the Tapestry of the Commons Project and writes for Justice Rising,, AfD's Quarterly Newsletter.

She is on the Leadership Team of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom's Save the Water Campaign. Nancy also helped launch the Water Allies Network in the U.S., convening the working group on Clean Water - Healthy Communities with a focus the Precautionary Principle.

As a graduate student in Chinese art history and Ancient Near Eastern archeology, she studied the production and political function of artifacts and the rise of early states and empires. This is the background for Nancy's current interest in trade, water and the commons, politics and democracy.

Since 1973, Nancy has lived in Davis, CA where over the years she and a clutch of community activists have labored to create and maintain a livable community. 

Pamela Brown

Brooklyn, NY

Pamela Brown was a founding member of the Occupy Student Debt Campaign and Strike Debt. 

She has been involved in campaigns and writing projects including the student debt pledge of refusal, the Debt Resistors Operations Manual, the Rolling Jubilee, and Shouldering the Costs - a public service report on debt and Hurricane Sandy.

Pam is a weekly columnist for Tidal Magazine and an organizer with People's Investigation of Wall Street. She holds her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Dartmouth College, a Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School, and is currently a doctoral student in Sociology at The New School for Social Research. 

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. 

Richard Monje

Chicago, IL

Richard Monje, A Vice President of Workers United/SEIU, a union in the forefront of the fight against the attack on workers in the Midwest, known for the organization of low-wage workers.

His political awakening came when he was shot by sheriffs following the Chicano Moratorium. Richard has organized with the Texas Farm workers, I.B.E.W., Steelworkers and Workers United. He helped create the union’s leadership school where rank and file members take part in creating the political roadmap for the union.

Long active in the fight for immigrant rights, Richard’s latest endeavor is with the “Move to Amend” organization working to change the constitution to declare corporations are not people.

Executive Committee Planning Meeting in Florida (December 2012)

Bottom row, left to right: Nancy Price, Egberto, Willies, Ashley Sanders, Laura Bonham
Top row, left to right: David Cobb, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, George Friday, Daniel Lee, Jerome Scott
Not Pictured: Pamela Brown, Maria Agosto, Richard Monje

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