For more than ten years, Shanelle has helped social justice activists, organizations, and campaigns inspire action through storytelling and communications. From the Sierra Club, to the ACLU, to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, she’s worked alongside political influencers and change-makers to make sense of today’s most pressing issues and to harness grassroots power for good. From the newsroom to the front lines, Shanelle has experienced the good and the bad of communications strategies for social change. Having worked on deeply entrenched issues at the national and local levels—including abortion, welfare, and LGBTQ rights— she knows firsthand how crucial it is to tell and present stories with integrity in order to make a meaningful impact. Shanelle knows social change communications work doesn’t happen in a vacuum. People’s deeply held beliefs are at the root of this work. Political persuasion, or moving people from one political ideology to another, is only successful when your ideas connect with and make sense to a variety of people. She believes to build the world we want to live in, we have to listen, strategize, and experiment. To help people with less power and visibility access more opportunities to state our established truth and use the media to reach and organize people with shared experiences, Shanelle developed Channel Black, an immersive training program that prepares progressive spokespeople to make critical, real-time interventions on racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and power in the United States through the media. In 2016, she also founded the Radical Communicators Network (RadComms), an association of 700 social impact communications professionals working across geography, discipline, and issue area to organize people into social movements and to demonstrate, through communications, how everyday people create conditions that make life better for all of us, not just the elite few. In the fall of 2017, Shanelle joined The New School, a University in Manhattan as its inaugural Activist in Residence. Today, she is faculty there in the social justice scholarship program. She holds a degree in Journalism and New and Online Media from the Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University.

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Tim Buckingham

I currently live in Lexington Kentucky with my partner, Amy, our daughter Joleigh, our son Hagan, and our dog Ellie. I joined KFTC staff as a Communication Associate in 2007. I am primarily involved in materials and message production with a leg immersed in grassroots fundraising. I have MA in Critical Media Studies from the University of Kentucky. I’m active in local community organizing around equal access to transportation. I’m a founding member of the amazing Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop (thebrokespoke.org).

Tori Cress

Tori Cress is an Anishinaabe mother of two, from Beausoleil First Nation on Christian Island, Ontario, Canada. Tori has been organizing Idle No More events around Ontario since the rise of the Idle No More movement in November 2012. Tori works part-time for Idle No More in an administrative role and spends much of the rest of her time volunteering for Idle No More and Defenders of the Land. She works with others on the Idle No More communications team and the development committee. Tori also drives a taxi cab in small town Midland to help fund grassroots work locally.

Sidney Fang

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Sydney is the daughter of Chinese immigrants and refugees. She is the Communications Associate at Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). Prior to APEN, she served as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the United Way of King County in Seattle and at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement in Washington, D.C.. Sydney’s communications expertise comes from her time as a Communications Intern with Grassroots Change and her experience as a spokesperson on issues of campus diversity. Sydney graduated in 2012 from the UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Public Health and a Public Policy minor. She began her activist career as a student leader in multicultural campus coalitions, where she focused on recruitment and retention efforts for underrepresented Asian Pacific Islanders and served as a student senator. Sydney has also organized Chinese home care workers and served as a City of Berkeley Community Health Commissioner. She was a Public Policy International Affairs Fellow and a Bridges to Health Academy Associate at the Greenlining Institute. In her spare time, Sydney runs Lake Merritt, cooks Chinese food, and does neighborhood organizing against displacement.

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