Chitra Aiyar, Executive Director, Sadie Nash Leadership Project
Susu Attar, Artist and USC Innovation Lab Fellow
Vee Bravo, Fork Films
Sevonna Brown, Assistant Executive Director, Black Women’s Blueprint
Sophia Chang, Writer and Former Hip-Hop Business Manager
Aimee Cox, Associate Professor, Yale University
Dr. Camea Davis, National Director, Youth Poet Laureate Program, Urban Word
Monica Dennis, Co-Director, Move to End Violence
dream hampton, Filmmaker and Writer
YK Hong, Anti-Oppression Trainer
Imara Jones, News Analyst and Host, The Last Sip
Octavia Y. Lewis, Community Ambassador, Amida Care
Kierna Mayo, Writer and Editor; Former Editor-in-Chief of Ebony Magazine
Justino Mora, Founder, UndocuMedia; Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
Doris Quintanilla, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Melanin Collective
Lillian Rivera, Executive Director, Hetrick-Martin Institute: New Jersey
Dinean Robinson, Vice President of Communications, Multiplying Good
Zainab Salbi, Author and Media Commentator; Founder, Women for Women International
Rashid Shabazz, Chief Marketing and Storytelling Officer, Color of Change
Mona Sinha, Board Member, Breakthrough
Joanne N. Smith, Founder and Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity
Ishita Srivastava, Director of Culture Change, Caring Across Generations
Taté Walker, Mniconjou Lakota and Citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe; Communications Director of Tribal School District
Frequently Asked Questions
At Breakthrough, we are committed to amplifying voices from marginalized communities, recognizing how structural inequalities, harmful social norms and a lack of authentic and positive media representation go hand in hand. In this political moment, we could not think of a community more worthy of uplifting than girls and nonbinary youth of color.
A documentary and photography series will be at the project’s core. We will also support her.stories participants to build innovative multimedia skills, and partner with local organizations to hold workshops, arts showcases, and other community events.
Our partners represent diverse communities of color, and ground the her.stories project in the lived experiences, community organizing work, and cultural heritage of these communities. In 2020 - 2022, Breakthrough will host a series of Community Conversations, which will be co-designed and co-facilitated by our partners.
We will also support her.stories participants to learn more about mediamaking, and access mentorship opportunities so they can continue innovating and storytelling, long after the project ends.
Through our community partnerships, we aim to increase the visibility of grassroots organizations committed to social justice and the arts, helping to ensure their longevity.
We hope this work will not only lead to increased public dialogue about the issues affecting girls’ lives, but also inspire more radically inclusive social policies, and bring additional resources to marginalized communities.
While currently focused on the United States, we are open to expanding her.stories to other regions, beginning in India, where Breakthrough also works.
Creative Director, she/her/hers
Moni is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker known for her work on Red Table Talk. Her original series, Friends We Love, has screened at The Brooklyn and Bronx Museums. She advocates for broad media representation and enjoys empowering others to share their stories. In addition to directing Breakthrough's creative products, she runs Nuyorktricity Productions in Los Angeles.
Partnerships Director, she/her/hers
Priya is a feminist storyteller and partnership builder with a passion for strengthening the diversity and inclusivity of activist spaces. She leads Breakthrough's creative partnerships across the U.S. and globally, and advises on impact strategy. Priya is trained in feminist approaches to program evaluation and learning. She is Co-Editor of Women's Wire, an online activist community.
Darnell L. Moore
Creative Advisor, he/him/his
Darnell is an award-winning activist and a leader in the Movement for Black Lives. He has spent the last two decades working in the fields of education, youth programming, community development and media. He hosted Mic's digital series, The Movement, and directed and produced a four-part documentary series on the history of Black LGBT life in Atlanta for CASSIUS. Darnell is co-managing editor of The Feminist Wire and the author of No Ashes in the Fire.
Alisha Tené Bunting
Creative Manager, she/her/hers
Alisha is a New York city-based producer, filmmaker, graphic designer, and game developer. Alisha conceptualizes and designs multimedia campaigns for Breakthrough with a focus on creating compelling experiences. She aims to illuminate immersive experiences for viewers. Alisha is a passionate learner, teacher, and muser of life.
Creative Associate, they/them/their
Ren is a New York City-based graphic designer, media producer, and media representation theorist, focusing on queer and gender theory. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, they moved to NYC to pursue a degree in Graphic Design & Media Production from Marymount Manhattan College. Ren is a creative associate at Breakthrough U.S., doing everything from post-production to graphic design.
Program Manager, she/her/hers
Mary is Breakthrough's Program Manager, coordinating communications, partnerships, community engagement, and project management. A native Wisconsinite, Mary holds a BA in Journalism from Baruch College and an MA in Communications from NYU.