All of us here at Groundswell are thrilled to welcome and introduce you to two new members of our Groundswell team. Amaka Okechukwu (a core member of our GS2015 planning team) will be joining Sarah Loose as one of our Co-Coordinators! Maggie Von Vogt has come on board as Groundswell's new Blog Coordinator.
Amaka Okechukwu is an Oakland-bred researcher, writer, and educator residing in Brooklyn. She has used oral history methods (often with public programming) to collect histories of radical student organizing in New York City, as well as stories from women of color organizers, and Black Brooklyn residents' experiences of gentrification. She is interested in developing storytelling projects among contemporary freedom and resistance movements in the Black community and archiving processes that honor, preserve, and make these stories accessible to the public. She recently completed a PhD in Sociology at New York University. She is also a lover of short story collections, fly jewelry and accessories, and 90's R&B ad-libs.
Maggie Von Vogt is an independent media maker and educator from Maine and has been based in El Salvador for the past seven years. In El Salvador her work has been focused on participatory video and community media making on environmental issues, community organization, and historical memory.
We also want to say a very special thank you to Groundswell co-founder, Alisa Del Tufo, who has served as a Groundswell Co-Coordinator since 2011. We're so glad that Alisa will continue to bring her creativity and wisdom to the Groundswell community as a member of our Core Working Group and as point person for our Online Learning working group.