Executive Director – Oakland, CA
Christine is an organizer, strategist, and public speaker. She has 20 years of experience in social justice sectors including environmental health and justice, youth organizing, and labor. Currently, she is the executive director at the Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS), where imagination builds power. CSS offers training and strategic support to social justice organizations and networks to use the power of narrative to change the story on the issues that matter most. She received a BA in Linguistics from Stanford University, with a concentration in language and power. She is also proud to serve on the Leadership Sangha (Board) of the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA.
Partnerships Associate – Shelton, WA
Hannah learned a thirst for justice from her parents, a high school history teacher and a labor advocate. Her upbringing in an a — typical Mormon household as a queer white woman was formative, though it's a lifelong project to unearth all the implications of that. She is the Partnerships Associate with CSS, and spends the rest of her time organizing with a poor people's organization in logging country in Washington State. She is deeply committed to shifting ownership from the hands of the few to the hands of the many, particularly in this time of rising discontent and rising crisis. She spends other parts of her time building things, playing music, and fermenting vegetables.
Admin Associate – Oakland, CA
Monet is an activist, sociologist and health coach. She has dedicated her life to changing the narrative around health and wellness that has formed under capitalism. She earned her B.A. in sociology at the University of California Berkeley. Now she works with CSS as an admin associate working behind the scenes. She spends the rest of her time with Open Source Wellness combatting health disparities to change the story of health in the United States.
Communications Manager – Eugene, OR
Angus Maguire is Communications Manager at Center for Story-based Strategy. Parent, designer, organizer, facilitator, communications strategist – but master of none – Angus believes deeply in our collective capacity to self-govern. He is also a true believer in story-based strategy, using it for everything from eldercare and parenting, to direct action planning and organizing for an end to whiteness. Angus was previously a Communications Organizer with SEIU Local 49. He’s spent the last eighteen years creating visual communications with movements for collective liberation across the country. When he’s not on the road with CSS, you can find Angus at home with his family in Eugene, Oregon, organizing to build power with homeless and precariously-housed communities.
Development Manager – Jersey City, NJ
Nadia currently serves as the Development Manager for the Center for Story-based Strategy. She has been shaped by her involvement with organizations like NESRI, Race Forward, The Laundromat Project, Paper Tiger TV, and Deep Dish TV. A multi-hyphenate media maker and educator, she listens, dreams, and creates from a city that sleeps on the Hudson.
Innovation Director – Reno, NV
Felicia is currently the Innovation Director for CSS. She most recently served as CSS' Communications Director and was previously the United Workers Congress Communications Strategist. Her previous organizing & member support experience includes work for The ACLU of Southern California, the California-No on Prop 21 campaign, Californians For Justice, UC Santa Barbara External Vice President of Statewide Affairs, and Chair of the National Queer Students of Color Caucus/board member of the U.S. Student Association (USSA). Felicia holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to her work in strategic communications, she taught middle & high school social studies for twelve years in the Los Angeles Unified School District where she was also an active union leader and chapter chair for United Teachers of Los Angeles.
Bernice Julie Shaw
Strategic Partnerships Director – Oakland, CA
Bernice was born and raised in Los Angeles and transitioned to working for the Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS) following on her prior work building & scaling small businesses. She brings over 6 years of organizational management experience to CSS, and is deeply dedicated to the importance of culture-shift in creating social change. Bernice holds a political commitment to anti-oppression and liberation via the arts. In her free time, she enjoys playing the jazz flute and eating Chinese food. Bernice is based in Oakland, CA.
Managing Director – Minneapolis, MN
Megan Swoboda is committed to collective liberation, with over a decade of experience working in social and environmental justice organizations, in addition to organizing and direct action outside of the nonprofit sphere. Megan served as the Co-Director of The Ruckus Society, a group dedicated to building the direct action arm of the movements for environmental and social justice, where she served on staff from 2006-2014, and worked with Julia Butterfly Hill at Circle of Life from 2004-2006. She completed the Challenging White Supremacy program in 2005, and Movement Generation's Liberation Permaculture course for social justice activists in 2010. Megan is currently the Managing Director at the Center for Story-based Strategy, a grant advisor for The Pollination Project, a Ruckus network member, a volunteer with Catalyst Project and mentor for the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training Program, and a trumpet player with the Brass Liberation Orchestra.
Operations Coordinator – Oakland, CA
Born and raised in Oakland, Ratema Uch received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies from UC Berkeley. She has been involved in social justice work since high school as a youth member for organizations such as AYPAL, Forward Together, and The Spot Youth Center and has continued organizing with Southeast Asian communities at Berkeley. Ratema was a fellow with Seeding Change Fellowship for Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) to further her skills and leadership in Asian American movement building in the summer of 2015. Today, Ratema is excited to explore new leadership roles in social change movements in the Bay Area and work with Center for Story-based Strategy.