Announcing Move to End Violence’s New Co-Director
We are thrilled to announce that Monica Dennis is joining Priscilla Hung as Co-Director of Move to End Violence, a program of the NoVo Foundation.
Over the course of last year, we have been intentionally moving towards a shared leadership model throughout Move to End Violence (MEV). We are inspired by the many social justice organizations who have adopted a co-director model, especially in a time of troubling national leadership that goes against our values of liberation, equity, interdependence, and radical love. This is a pivotal time for us to restructure and re-orient ourselves toward a new world and bringing Monica Dennis onto the team helps us stand firmly grounded in this.
Monica is a Black feminist and lifelong advocate for racial and gender justice and equity, with her work across movements spanning three decades. As a cross-movement capacity builder and strategist, her work focuses on addressing and healing from the cumulative impact of state-sanctioned violence on communities of color.
Monica’s approach to organizing and movement building is shaped by the history of her people, those with whom she shares community, and her journey as a survivor. As a seventh-generation descendant of rural Black Southerners and a native of the South Bronx, she learned how her communities utilize culture, history, collaboration and innovation to resource themselves despite systemic oppression.
Most recently, Monica assisted in organizing the Black Lives Matter Ride to Ferguson in the wake of Mike Brown’s tragic murder and she participated in the development of the Black Lives Matter Network. She supports the Safety Beyond Policing and #SwipeItForward campaigns and the Say Her Name, Every Black Girl and #MeToo movements. She is deeply proud of her contribution as the co-founder of S.O.W. Leadership Development Institute, as well as her work with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, CoreAlign and CoLab. Please visit our website to learn more about her.
Move to End Violence has been working with Monica since 2014. She first joined the faculty with Rachael Ibrahim as a racial equity and liberation facilitator. Our strong history and experience with Monica, coupled with the depth of her expertise and the leadership she has already brought to the program, made her the obvious choice.
We are excited to see what this powerful co-leadership of women of color will bring. Priscilla joined the staff of MEV as Deputy Director in 2015 and was promoted to Co-Director earlier this year. Prior to joining MEV, she was the Program Director at Community Partners in Los Angeles, CA, where she provided capacity-building, peer learning, and knowledge sharing for strategic initiatives, in partnership with grantmakers, and for their fiscally-sponsored projects. Prior to Community Partners, Priscilla was Executive Director of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT). We believe that her skills and experiences with capacity-building for movement-building, social justice philanthropy, and managing organizational transitions are an ideal complement to Monica’s background and expertise. Together they will build the MEV program that is needed in these times – one that is proactive, responsive, agile, and resilient.
Monica officially joins the staff on July 30th and will continue as a core faculty member of MEV. Please join us in welcoming Monica in this new role and be on the look-out for an upcoming blog by Priscilla and Monica as they share more about hopes for MEV moving forward!