2015 BMC Board Election

BMC's board of directors is currently made up of 9 Active Members,* four of whom were elected in 2013 for a two year term that expires this year. Three of the four board members up for re-election have decided to run again, and two additional members have decided to run for the board. Read their bios below before the 2015 Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 12.

The nominations committee, made up of one general member, two board members and one staff person, recommends members for election to the board.

2015 BMC Board Nominees

In addition to the recommendation made by the nominating committee, nominations can also be taken from the floor at the Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, September 12 at Stuyvesant Mansion (375 Stuyvesant Avenue) from 11am-3pm (RSVP here).

Monifa Akinwole-Bandele**

Monifa Akinwole-Bandele is a blogger, human rights activist, community engagement consultant, and a co-founder and coordinator for 10 years of the Black August Hip Hop Project, an international activist/artist alliance, with ties in Cuba, South Africa, Tanzania, Venezuela and Brazil. Black August is one of the many programs of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM). As an activist with MXGM, Monifa works on issues of police brutality and political prisoners. Monifa currently serves as the food and economic security campaign director for MomsRising.org, an organization of more than one million members, and the senior training advisor for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation(NCBCP). Prior to joining NCBCP she led a national campaign to expand voting rights to people with felony convictions in 15 states as the national field director for the Brennan Center for Justice Right to Vote Campaign (RTV) expanding voting rights to more than 250,000 people.

A little known fact about Monifa is that her first husband was the artist formerly know as Prince!

Sheena Brown 

Sheena Brown serves as the Development Director at ColorofChange.org and leads the organization’s efforts to strengthen its relationships with supporters and donors to secure the financial sustainability of the organization.

Sheena has over 12 years of experience as a Management & Capacity Building Consultant to community-based organizations and philanthropic institutions. Prior to joining CoC, Sheena held senior development roles at progressive social change organizations such as New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and Third Wave Foundation. 

Sheena volunteers her talents and time to a number of organizations in New York City and Jamaica, West Indies.  She has dedicated her career, which spans over 20 years, to strengthening the progressive non profit infrastructure through her partnerships with organizations that are primarily led by and serve communities of color, young people and women.

Sheena was raised in New England and received her B.A. in Political Science & Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  She claims Brooklyn as her home and headquarters.

Maurice Mitchell**

Maurice is currently supporting the burgeoning movement for Black Lives that grew from the courageous actions of leaders in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown Jr. He is supporting emerging and preexisting organizations and grassroots leaders dedicated to the issues of state violence, anti-black racism, domestic militarism, and the extra-judicial killing of Black people by police and vigilantes.

Most recently, Maurice held a position as the coordinator of the New York State Civic Engagement Table, a hub for progressive, grassroots organizations to collaborate and use technology to win social justice. Maurice previously served as the downstate organizing director for Citizen Action of New York. Maurice also spent seven years at the Long Island Progressive Coalition organizing a number of electoral and issue-based campaigns.

While studying at Howard University he led organizing efforts against police brutality, and divestment from private prisons and founded the local Amnesty International Chapter. Maurice has also been a member of Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s people’s self-defense campaign and Critical Resistance‘s New York Chapter.

Michael Paone**

Although he grew up in Boston, Michael Paone is now a shamelessly proud resident of Crown Heights.  He currently works as a Brooklyn Field Organizer for Nextdoor, a social media platform to bring neighbors together.  Prior to this, he was the lead community organizer with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger where he coordinated grassroots policy campaigns for food and economic justice. In past lives, Michael served a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA developing and organizing social service agencies and faith-based programs in Central Brooklyn, in addition to working with college and high school students to foster personal growth and learn contemplative practices.  In his fun time, Michael can be found meditating on his rooftop late at night or showing you ways to improve your posture.

Britney D. Whaley 

Britney D. Whaley has varied experience working in government relations, nonprofit management and electoral politics. She served on President Obama’s reelection campaign in the battleground state of Virginia and continued to work on and manage local races in Virginia and New York. 

Britney is currently the New York City Political Director for the Working Families Party (WFP), New York’s progressive political party. In her capacity at WFP, she is responsible for managing the NYC political program, recruiting candidates for the WFP Progressive Candidate Pipeline Project, and overseeing candidate vetting and endorsements. Most recently, she played an instrumental role in helping WFP and allied organizations make history by electing Diana Richardson to the New York State Assembly on the WFP line only. 

Britney served on the Board of Directors of the National Black Graduate Student Association, is a founding member of Capital Cause, and a graduate of the New Leaders Council Fellowship and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale. 

Britney earned her B.A. from Howard University, where she authored an award winning journal article on the ideological foundation of black politics. She then earned her MPP from George Mason University. 

Britney is a proud Nevadan who loves good southern food and thoughtful greeting cards.




*Only Active Members are eligible to vote and run for the board. Solidarity Members are not eligible. Find out the difference here and contact Anthonine at apierre@brooklynmovementcenter.org if you have questions about your membership.

** Running for re-election.

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