Meet our Core Team
Nicole is a Campaign Manager at SumOfUs and a Lead Trainer and Core team member at Momentum. She is a movement builder who was deeply involved in Occupy Wall Street and has played critical roles in the Movement for Black Lives. Previously Nicole was Programming Director at The Other 98% where she helped grow the organization’s social media reach into the millions.
Maria Fernanda Cabello
Maria (Mafe) is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico and has been an organizer in the immigrants rights movement since 2009. She started organizing in Texas where she fought to keep in-state tuition for undocumented students and continued her organizing work in the campaigns for DACA and DAPA that expanded the rights of undocumented immigrants.She also directed the "I'm a Dream Voter" project, the first ever undocumented-led civic engagement effort in the 2012 and 2014 electoral cycles. She is currently a volunteer organizer with Cosecha, a new non-violent popular movement aimed at winning permanent protection, dignity, and respect, for all immigrants.
Alexandra got her start in student organizing at the University of Oregon in 2010 fighting tuition hikes, against the privatization of her university and for student autonomy/shared governance. In 2012 she was a lead student in the Oregon Student Association (OSA) VoteORVote Campaign. She was a 2013-2014 Young People For (YP4) fellow, the Programming Director for the 2013 National Student Power Convergence and an organizer for the Oregon Working Families Party. She recently left her role as the president of USSA (2014-2016). Now based in DC she likes to spend her free time painting, drinking coffee and with Beyoncé.
Will is the Development Director of Momentum. He was raised in Michigan and now lives in Philadelphia. He has been a member of the youth climate movement since 2008, and in 2010 co-founded the first fossil fuel divestment campaign at Swarthmore College. He is a co-founder and former Development Director of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network.
Cicia Lee is the National Coordinator of Momentum. She is also a member of a team organizing young Christians committed to contemplative practice, storytelling, and noncooperation. She worked for several years as a designer, and is currently finding ways to integrate design process with movement-building work. Previously, Cicia worked for the Massachusetts Communities Action Network, the MA branch of the PICO National Network. She graduated from Wellesley College, where she spent her time reading radical Asian-American authors, and studying feminist economics and political philosophy.
Miski is an organizer and writer based in Minneapolis, MN where they work as a Communications Strategist for the Black Lives Matter Global Network and a leader with the local Black Lives Matter--Minneapolis chapter. They are a graduate of the University of Minnesota where they studied Political Science and African and African-American Studies, and also serve as a core team member of Momentum. As a Black, African, immigrant queer person, Miski is committed to working to create a world in which Black life is protected and our collective liberation is realized.
Lissy has been organizing in Massachusetts since 2010 and joined the Ayni Institute in 2015. She supports Momentum's evolving curriculum and core team as the Ayni Representative. When she is not on google hangouts, she is hatching plans with IfNotNow and writing poems.
Seth Woody is the lead coordinator of a new project using Momentum principles to frontload a movement of young Christians. After encountering Momentum for the first time in Jan of 2015, he has become a dedicated “evangelist” of the new discipline of momentum-based organizing. He is passionate about building victorious movements that hold true to the human needs for love, justice, and joy.
We are indebted to the Momentum Founding Team and former core members, who paved the way for us. We honor and acknowledge their work in building Momentum.
Paul Engler, Co-Founder
Carlos Saavedra, Co-Founder
Mirja "Mimi" Hitzemann