Executive Director / Co-founder
Bill has a total of 31 years of community organizing experience, and is co-founder and Director of the Harriet Tubman Center which specializes in recruiting and training entry-level organizers and has a statewide network of grassroots organizations. Bill's work was featured in an LA Times article. Click here to read the article. In 2013, Bill was named one of the Skillman Foundation's Tenacious 10. Click here to watch the video.
Prior to founding the Harriet Tubman Center, Bill was the Director of Community Partnerships at Southwest Solutions in SW Detroit (2008-2012) where he initiated Tubman's YOUTH VOICE and Our Kids Come First projects. From 2003-2008, he was Mid-East Regional Director for the Gamaliel Foundation, working with 17 community organizing projects in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York. In 1993, he founded the Jeremiah Project in Southwest Detroit and Downriver and in 1996 he created the MOSES organization, a large three county urban/suburban faith based community organization in Metro Detroit, which he directed until 2004. He has conducted many leadership trainings and workshops for community organizers, students and community leaders at the local, state, national and international levels.
Bill speaks Spanish fluently and has traveled extensively in Central America and India, and conducted trainings in community organizers in Europe through ECON, the European Community Organizing Network. His education includes a BA from Univ. Detroit, an MA (English Literature) from Boston College and a Masters of Divinity from Loyola Chicago.
Director of Statewide Organizing
Luke Allen grew up in the small town of Bear Lake, in rural northwest Michigan. He attended Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste Marie Michigan where he ran Track and Field and studied Political Science and Evolutionary Psychology.
Graduating in 2009, he comes to the Tubman Center after a year of service with City Year Detroit, where he led a team of 8 young adults who tutored and mentored students full time in a middle school on the east side of Detroit. In his spare time, he enjoys running, watching and participating in sports, reading, and jumping off of things into water.
Lead Community Organizer - engageD / Manager of Leadership & Training Programs
Dione Novais Rocha is an Organizer for Rebuilding Civil Society in Detroit and manages Training and Leadership Development for the Harriet Tubman Center for Organizing. Dione has over 6 years experience in labor organizing. She has worked on campaigns from Alaska to Florida and a large number of states in between, coordinating the planning and implementation of campaign strategies and tactics with staff and labor leaders to win fairness in the workplace. Dione is a native of Brazil, where her passion for social movements originated. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, with an emphasis in radio and TV production. Dione enjoys swimming, riding her bike at the park, listening to music, dancing, traveling, meeting diverse people and learning about them.
Lead Community Organizer - YOUTH VOICE
Kayla Mason was born in Los Angeles, CA and began community organizing in high school. She was a youth peer organizer at the Los Angeles Community Coalition and in 2005 helped pass a resolution that brought college opportunities to thousands of South LA students. Kayla received her Bachelors in Sociology at California State University-Dominguez Hills and worked as a student organizer for the California Faculty Association advocating to stop fee increases at CSU campuses. In 2010, Kayla was a fellow for AmeriCorps Public Allies of Los Angeles and served at Community Development Technologies where she facilitated youth leadership trainings and co-created the youth group Speak Up.
In December 2011 Kayla received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor as a Community-Based Initiative scholar. She completed her field placement at the Harriet Tubman Center working with YOUTH VOICE and was promoted to the lead organizer for YOUTH VOICE.
Lead Community Organizer - Metro Coalition of Congregations
Justin is the Lead Community Organizer for the Metro Coalition of Congregations. He has worked on organizing campaigns in Michigan and in Florida, and he spent two years in Tegucigalpa, Honduras teaching high school level History, Economics and American Government. He is originally from the Grand Rapids area, and he received his Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. In his free time he likes to play sports - especially football - and travel.
Community Organizer - YOUTH VOICE
Raymon Winans, being born and raised in the city of Detroit, has transformed pain from personal tragedy into motivation and determination to reduce youth violence and increase education through love and experience. He is an activist, community organizer and mentor who uses his passion, energy and love of youth to empower, mentor and educate Detroit’s young people. Raymon, also known as Ray, is currently pursuing his degree in Mental Health. He is also a full-time organizer working with communities to address the school to prison pipeline, youth violence and literacy issues.
Community Organizer - Metro Coalition of Congregations
Shauna has spent the her first 10 years of her career working with churches leading service and justice initiatives in partnership with local non-profits and community leaders. Starting to work in community organizing with the Metro Coalition of Congregations has been a natural transition and fit because of her experience and passion for community service, development and equality.
Shauna and her family moved from Colorado to Detroit in the summer of 2012 and enjoy frequenting Eastern Market, getting to know their neighbors and spending time outdoors as much as possible.
Regional Organizer - Calhoun County
Ginger Dowdle grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan and attended Kellogg Community College. In 2001, she obtained a certificate in transportation relocation and then in 2009 she also received certificates in: Front line Services and Customer Relations.
Before joining Tubman, Ginger began grassroots organizing as a member of the Woman’s Co-op in Battle Creek, Michigan. She still continues to organize and volunteer with the Woman’s Co-op because she believes everyone, including her, must get involved to make the world better.
Ginger also enjoys spending time with her family especially her son. All of her organizing and volunteering is to show her son that people must get involved to make the world a better place with the motto “one person, one place at a time.”
Regional Organizer - Lansing
Pete DaSilva has worked in organizing across the country. He started organizing in Baltimore in 1974, continued in Seattle in 1975. Continued in Newark in 1985. Continued in Davenport in 1989. Continued in PA in 1997. Continued in NY in 2005. Then organized in OH in 2010. Now Pete is working as a Regional Organizer in the Greater Lansing area with Harriet Tubman Center.
Regional Organizer - Flint/Saginaw
Arthur (Rick) Carter is the Executive Director for Flint Area Congregations Together, FACT. Nonpartisan, interfaith and intercultural, FACT has been in existence since 2007 and has grown to twenty faith congregations and six strategic partners. It has an overall mission of improving the quality of life for families and their neighborhoods in the Flint region. FACT intentionally draws congregations from diverse faith and racial backgrounds to be reflective of the expanse of the community. FACT is a proud member of the People Improving Communities through Organizing, PICO, National Network.
Prior to joining the PICO Network, Rick enjoyed a successful career in two industries. For almost twenty years, he worked for Hurley Medical Center. Rick also spent about fourteen years at General Motors Corporation. Rick has been a member or chair of more than fifteen local boards, such as the Hamilton Clinic, Boy Scouts, Community Coalition, Knights of Columbus, Community Development Corporation, Metro Housing Partnership and African American Advisory Committee of the Chamber.
Rick has a BS in Psychology and a Master in Industrial Relations from Purdue University. He has also taken executive development programs at Harvard and Cornell Universities in Healthcare. He is originally from Kokomo, Indiana and has three adult children.
Kristopher Banks was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, where he earned his bachelors degree in Public Relations. After graduation Kristopher’s passion for politics and progressive causes landed him a job in Lansing. After years of developing his skills as a community organizer, graphic and digital media designer on political campaigns he decided it was time to return to Detroit.
In July of 2013, he decided to move back to the city full time to be apart of the transformation happening in Detroit. He readily accepted a position with the Harriett Tubman Center. Kristopher has a strong passion for connecting traditional grassroots organizing with new media technologies. He provides training to organizations and activist looking to expand their work to social media.
Outside of organizing work Kristopher volunteers with several organizations and spends time becoming a part-time Detroit foodie, exploring Detroit restaurants new and old.
Program Assisstant - YOUTH VOICE
Amy grew up in Livonia, about twenty minutes outside of the city. She attends the University of Michigan-Dearborn and is working to obtain her bachelors degree in Urban and Regional Studies. There she is also a member of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority. She has volunteered with many different organizations within Detroit such as Greening of Detroit, Gleaners, and United Way.
Amy has always known that she has wanted to work with the youth. After taking classes in community organizing she realized that she wanted to make a difference by empowering the youth to become leaders in their community. In her spare time she likes to watch movies, listen to music, practice piano, and travel.
Danny is a proud Michigan native and a resident of Detroit. He attended Loyola University Chicago where he studied Economics and International Studies. He has worked with various nonprofits in Chicago, Detroit, and West Virginia. He is excited to work at an organization with an explicit focus on Detroit and Michigan. As the Development Manager, Danny oversees our fundraising efforts including grant management and individual donor communication.
David P. Anderson is an ex-journalist living and working in Detroit. He studied English at Penn State. After getting laid off from the newspaper industry in 2009, he switched to non-profit work and is not looking back.
David is the Communications Coordinator at the Harriet Tubman Center. He tells the stories of the many Tubman affiliates and the leaders they empower. As a foreseen but unintended consequence of this, he writes press releases, newsletters and takes pictures.
He makes long-format lo-fi documentary music about mountains. He bikes to work.
Though she was born in Oregon and has family ties to Virginia, Maureen has spent the majority of her life in Redford Township, on the western border of Detroit. Her passion is her family, she is married to her best friend and, without a doubt, knows that being a mom has been the greatest gift she has ever been given, and now she is a Grammie. Since the minute her children started pre-school, she has been involved with public school and has volunteered countless hours from pre-school through high school. She has been very active with the school board, parent organizations and fundraising for the school district. She has worked with her daughters closely at Redford Interfaith Relief to help feed and clothe the community. They are part of a new Church Plant in Dearborn Heights, Redeemer Community Church, which they are hoping to launch in September 2013. Maureen is excited to be part of The Harriet Tubman Center. She brings many years of experience in office management and human resources, and looks forward to being an asset to the growth of the center and helping all the organizers she works with.
Organizing Fellow - engageD
Omari Hall is a young, passionate organizer brought on by The Harriet Tubman Center to be the lead organizer for The Michigan Election Coalition's Election Protection Campaign. As a lifelong Detroiter, Omari attend Detroit Public Schools, until high school when he went on to Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School. From there he attended Oberlin College, where he received degrees in History, specializing in African-American Studies, and Music Technology.
Since his work with the Election Protection Campaign, Omari has joined the Civil Society Detroit team, dedicated to building a team of institutional leaders, united to work for a better Detroit.
Outside of his organizing work, Omari is passionate musician specializing in Electronic and Hip-hop production. He also has a profound interested in exploring the progressive potential for Hip-hop as a tool for teaching in both urban and suburban communities.
Born in Highland Park and raised in Detroit, she is an avid about being a part of the exhilarating future of Detroit. Louisa graduated from Cass Tech High School and has been working within the non-profit sector since 2003. As a devoted parent of three teenagers, she is heavily invested in preserving and promoting the vibrant culture and potential success of Detroit. Louisa’s professional background is in data management, event management and project coordinating for various non-profit business associations and community organizations.
Currently, she is attending Wayne State University to obtain her degree in Psychology/Social Work. Her goal is to be an adolescent therapist, where she can employ both her passion for art and self-healing into an empowerment tool to help young people. Louisa is a performance poet, a serious comic book fan, and greatly involved in volunteer work across the Detroit