About Us

Our Mission

Movement Alliance Project works to build a healthy movement ecosystem where organizations succeed in making transformational social change. We collaborate with organizations and alliances to develop strategy, collectivize the administrative capacity emerging projects need, and convene groups to deepen the interconnection and solidarity within and across sectors of organizing.

Movement ecosystem: noun. 1. the individuals, campaigns, organizations and other institutions that play various and distinct roles in a movement – a large-scale and sustained mobilization around a common issue. 2. the relationship and interactions between the individuals, campaigns, organizations and other institutions within a movement.

Our Vision

We believe a thriving Philly social movement ecosystem, ready and positioned to build the conditions for liberation in our home town, and participate in that process around the world, is necessary and possible.

We are working to support the health and success of that movement in Philly. A movement ecosystem able to overcome fragmentation to move together in cohesion, through trust and principled struggle, and access the courage to take grounded and strategic risks. Doing so, with the leadership of Black and Brown working class people in Philly, alongside the work of our national and global social movements.

Through serving our local movement ecosystem we seek to make more possible the leadership of local movements to win a transformed society where every human being has enough not just to survive but to thrive. That means transforming material conditions for Black, brown, poor, and working people of all ages and genders to reflect the care, well being, and dignity all people deserve.

 

Our History

For over 15 years, Movement Alliance Project has been bringing organizations in Philadelphia together around a shared vision of change. In 2005, when our cofounders created the Media Mobilizing Project, that vision was shaped by a need for independent media and we convened a network of community media makers and community organizers to use new media tools aligned on the importance of documenting and telling untold stories. From this foundation our work expanded into shifting the structural inequities in corporate communications and media systems taking on giants like Comcast.

Our role has evolved over the years as we built relationships with organizations across the city and taken on new fights in other arenas. We also started providing fiscal sponsorship to new and growing organizations in the movement ecosystem and mobilizing resources to ensure philanthropy invests in the most powerful and needed projects and strategies. Throughout it all, we’ve always worked hard to convene organizations into coalitions and strategic alliances that have made powerful impacts in the city.

After nearly two decades of wearing many hats, we decided in 2020 to make our core strengths more central to our work by changing our name to Movement Alliance Project. After a pivotal restructuring in 2021, we are scaling up those efforts with a clearer purpose and multi-faceted strategy to support and build movement infrastructure in Philadelphia.

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A’Brianna Morgan

Strategic Alliance Coordinator

A’Brianna is MAP’s Strategic Alliance Coordinator. As someone directly impacted by over-policing and housing instability, she cares deeply about building community power to redistribute wealth and to build trauma-informed institutions that can better provide for and protect Black and queer and poor folks. Coming from an organizing background, A’Brianna has years of experience building and supporting coalitions centered around interrupting mass incarceration and cycles of poverty and violence.

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Bryan Mercer

Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Bryan leads MAP’s leadership team and is responsible for the organization’s strategy, management and development. Since joining the staff of MAP in 2009 Bryan has led a number of projects to connect and amplify the work of community organizations, develop community leaders, and build infrastructure to advance economic and racial justice.

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Clarise McCants

Director of Strategic Alliances

Clarise McCants heads the Movement Collaborations Team at MAP and helps lead our work building narrative power that strengthens communities’ ability to make lasting change. This includes supporting our campaigns and coalition work with narrative strategy, powerful content creation, and amplification.

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Jacob Winterstein

Director of Operations & Finance

Jacob works to ensure that our internal structures and processes support our staff, support our mission and strengthen our work. Jacob also coordinates our sponsored projects program and manages Movement Alliance Project’s finance team.

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Melissa MacNair

Senior Finance Manager

Melissa MacNair is the Senior Finance Manager. She maintains the financial records for both the core organization and the sponsored projects. Melissa is working on developing new systems to nurture MAP’s growth. Her core values include providing financial resources to burgeoning community projects and evaluating equity practices within standard business and financial practices.

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Rose White

Rose White (she/her) is the Finance Manager, handling day-to-day payments and receipts for MAP’s staff and the Sponsored Projects. Rose grew up in Greensboro, NC, …

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Zoraida Ossa

Operations Manager

Zoraida is often the first point of contact between MAP, our sponsored projects, PHQ members and outside groups. She manages our physical office space, The People’s Headquarters and plays key roles in MAP’s finances and operations.

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Board

Jamila Medley – President

Erika Owens – Secretary

Sam Reed – Treasurer

Yessenia Gutierrez

Renee Koubiadis

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