Erin Heaney serves as Interim Co-Director for SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice. She is an organizer and trainer who has helped build local and state power for racial, economic and environmental justice. Erin was the Executive Director of the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York in Buffalo, New York from 2009-2015. She grew up and lives in Buffalo.
Heather Cronk serves as Interim Co-Director for SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice. Heather comes out of LGBTQ organizing work, serving as managing director and then co-director of GetEQUAL for six years. Prior to her work with GetEQUAL, Heather was the Chief Operating Officer at the New Organizing Institute, and previously worked with organizations such as mySociety in the U.K., and with Idealist.org in the U.S.A native of Lexington, KY, Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion/philosophy from Berry College in Rome, GA, and a Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest University Divinity School in Winston-Salem, NC.
The Leadership Team (LT) is the programmatic and decision-making body of SURJ. This team is responsible for making decisions about the ongoing development, broad programmatic vision and fiscal oversight of SURJ.
- Carla Wallace, Louisville SURJ
- Pam McMichael, Highlander Center
- Meta Mendel Reyes, Berea College, Board member, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and Highlander Center
- JLove Calderon, JLove & M1 Productions
- Sean O'Neill, CARW
- Murphy Mitchell, SURJ Seattle
- Jeff Ordower, MORE
- Jessica Campbell, Rural Organizing project
- Sam Hamlin, former SURJ staff
The Accountability Council is designed to engage leaders of color who offer feedback and counsel on SURJ's strategy, organizing and political direction.
- Rev. Jennifer Bailey, Faith Matters Network
- Bill Fletcher Jr. , Author and Organizer
- Rachel LaForest, Right to the City
- Maurice Mitchell, Blackbird/Ferguson Action
- Denise Perry, BOLD - Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity
- Bree Newsome, Ignite NC
- Janis Roshuval, United Methodist Women Racial Justice Commission
- Rashad Robinson, Color of Change
Our team of connectors are all people who use their platform - whether that is as an artist, speaker, author, organizer, etc - to help further the mission of SURJ, engaging more white people in our shared work for racial justice.
- Paul Kivel
- JLove Calderon
- Lisa Albrecht
- Debby Irving
- Tim Wise
- Naomi Wallace
- Jynx Houston
- Chris Crass
- Jessica Ronald
- Greg Tichenor
- Betsy Lamb
- Jake Dockter
- Shelly Tochluk
- M1 from Dead Prez
- Rev. Osagyefo Sekou
- Michael Skolnick
- Mab Segrest
- Sally Kohn
- Paul Gorski
- Robin DiAngelo
- Jamie Utt
- Zillah Eisenstein
- Paula Ioanide
- Laura Whitehorn
Our logo was created by Ricardo Levins Morales, an artist by trade, a healer by temperament and a troublemaker by necessity. His art and writing both grow out of his relationships with communities and movements in struggle for a more livable world. He also offers support and reflection for organizers and others facing the dilemmas of trying to create a future out of materials from the past. His art can be viewed and purchased at RLM Art Studio.