Community Change’s communications fellows program has proven to be a visionary approach to building power and leaders among our communities – the power to be the ones to tell their truths and be heard. One of the key avenues to power that we articulate as an organization is that impacted communities must lead in the changes and policies that affect them and that they are the best people to develop and implement strategies and compel the support of the powerful to bring about real change. But it is not enough that we prioritize impacted people in our campaigns and programmatic work; they must be the key voices who speak in our communications work as well.
Our fellows are single moms struggling to get by, immigrants raised in this country as undocumented children, parents struggling with child care and individuals battling generational poverty, among others. We raise the voices and experiences of impacted people – no matter the color of their skin, where they were born or how much money they make – to change the narrative of what it means to get by in this society. They are the authentic messengers who provide context to the news of the day and challenge policies and ideas that don’t take into account the real lives of people.
Jeremiah Chapman | Communications Fellow
Jeremiah Chapman is a North Carolina-based activist who focuses on raising the voices of people fighting for equality. Jeremiah honed his skills as a photographer, videographer and graphic designer while a staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives. His latest video project, Tundra, will focus on the lives of people in marginalized communities, immigrants and how protecting the safety net will help all families thrive.
View Jeremiah’s work here.
- Wendi C. Thomas
Stephanie Land | Writing Fellow
Stephanie is mom to two beautiful girls and their shelter dog, Bodhi. She has worked as a house cleaner and landscaper to make ends meet and now works as a freelance writer whose work has been featured on The Guardian, Vox, DAME, Mamalode, Salon, Narrative.ly and Literary Mama. She lives in Missoula, Montana. Click here to read some of Stephanie’s work.
Darryl Lorenzo Wellington
Darryl Lorenzo Wellington | Writing Fellow
Darryl worked as a parking lot attendant in Savannah, Ga, before switching careers in his late 30’s. Since becoming a freelance writer, he has covered post-Katrina New Orleans, poverty exploitation in the plasma industry, and the Charleston massacre. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Click here to read some of Darryl’s work.
Thomas Kennedy | Writing Fellow
Born in Argentina, Thomas Kennedy came to the United States with his parents at the age of ten, first living in New Jersey before settling down in Miami. After living as an undocumented immigrant for over a decade and seeing the daily struggles his parents overcame in their daily lives in order to have a better life, Thomas became involved in student activism and immigration reform advocacy. He is currently an International Relations student at Florida International University and works with the Florida-based immigrant’s rights organizations United Families and the Florida Immigrant Coalition. Click here to read some of Thomas’s work.
Sharisse Tracey | Communications Fellow
Sharisse Tracey is an Army wife in upstate New York, mother of four, educator and writer whose work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon and Essence.Her life story has been featured in an off Broadway play, NOT SOMEONE LIKE ME, which chronicles five stories of sexual assault survivors. She’s is an activist focused on domestic violence, sexual assault, autism awareness, military families and equality in education. Click here to read some of Sharisse’s work.
Christen Hill | Communications Fellow
Christen Hill is a multimedia journalist and video storyteller with a focus on issues of race, social justice and culture. Christen graduated with a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Tennessee and has worked in Washington, DC as a video producer and writer. She is currently a communications graduate student at Georgetown University.
Mikka Macdonald | Communications Fellow
Mikka Macdonald is a writer who focuses on social justice issues. She is a communications professional in Washington, D.C. who has worked on twelve state and local political campaigns. She recently published an academic article in the Princeton Journal of Asian American Studies (Unfound), in which she examined the personal consequences of American public policy on Japanese Americans during World War II through her family’s experiences. Her writing has also appeared on AspenInstitute.org and DCist.com.
Nissa D. Tzun
Nissa D. Tzun | Communications Fellow
Nissa D. Tzun is a Center for Community Change communications fellow. She is media artist, educator, community organizer, and the founder of the Forced Trajectory Project, an award-winning, long-term documentary project illuminating the narratives of families impacted by police murder, established in 2009. In 2014 she assisted in forming Families United 4 Justice, a nationwide collective of families impacted by police murder, organizing for collective and political power. Currently, Nissa works for the Journalism & Media Studies Department at UNLV, and is pursuing her Master’s in Social Work.
Catherine Bugayong | Communications Fellow
Catherine Bugayong is a Center for Community Change video communications fellow. Cat is a filmmaker, Trader Joe’s enthusiast and Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory student. She is no stranger to CCC, first joining the Center for Community Change Action in 2016 working as an organizer to get out the vote among Latinx voters. Then she joined the communications team working on multimedia. She is based in D.C.