Coaches

Never before has there been a pool of movement-building talent brought together in one network. The Rhize Coaching Corps drives our model of sustainability and scale. We bring together the most experienced and knowledgeable movement-builders, organizers, and advisors who work with Catalysts around the world. They coach Catalysts through a clear approach using the foundational strategies of movement-building while Catalysts adapt these learnings to their local context.


 
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Althea Middleton-Detzner

Althea Middleton-Detzner is a facilitator, trainer, pedagogist, and strategist in the field of civil resistance and more broadly international affairs in peacebuilding. She is passionate about working with people to build community and strengthen our ecosystems. She currently works as a Curriculum Development Specialist with the United States Institute of Peace and as a Senior Advisor for Education and Field Learning at International Center on Nonviolent Conflict where she has contributed to core programmatic and educational initiatives for 10 years. She recently co-founded Focus Forward, a facilitation and change management consultancy.

She has completed the basic and intermediate level trainings with Center for Story-Based Strategy (formally SmartMeme), the Social Action Training with Training for Change, is Level I certified in Kingian Nonviolence from the University of Rhode Island International Nonviolence Summer Institute and is a member of an Advanced Kingian Nonviolence Trainers Network. 

 

Ann-sofie jespersen

Ann-Sofie is a social justice organiser and strategist based in Cairo. She has been working with movements in the Middle East, Europe, USA and West Africa for over a decade. Ann-Sofie spent 2 and a half years creating global connections for activists at ActionAid. Before that she was the co-founder of The Middle East Expedition that facilitated youth driven creative projects in politics in the Middle East before the Arab Spring.  She is currently working with the World Bank in Cairo. She has a Masters in International Development and Business Studies from Roskilde University.

 

Belinda Rodriguez

Belinda Rodriguez has been fighting for climate justice since 2011, initially becoming engaged in the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. She has organized to oppose tar sands and hydraulic fracturing development with a number of groups in New York City and worked to develop young leadership in the climate justice movement with 350.org, the Energy Action Coalition, the Responsible Endowments Coalition and the New Economy Coalition. Belinda is a co-founder and core member of the Momentum Training Team, a project she and her colleagues started in February 2014 to support a community of organizers committed to building popular social movements. They have trained 130+ organizers to date, including leaders from the Dream Defenders, the Divestment Student Network, 350.org, the United States Student Association, If Not Now and more. 

 

Daniel may

Daniel May began his organizing career building tenant unions in the South Bronx before moving to Los Angeles to found, with other organizers, One LA - IAF, the Los Angeles affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation. While in Los Angeles, Daniel led campaigns to uncover police profiling and abuse of undocumented immigrants in Maywood, CA and spearheaded the IAF's outreach to the LA Jewish community. He then served as Political Director for the Service Employee International Union's Campaign to Improve Assisted Living. From 2010-2014 he was Director of J Street U, overseeing its growth from 6 campus chapters to over 60. He has a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is currently a PhD candidate in Religion, Ethics and Politics at Princeton University.

 

Elandria Williams

Elandria has been a community organizer since the age of 14, when she started organizing around educational justice in Tennessee. She's the daughter of two SNCC civil rights activists and is now a director at the Highlander Center – the same institute that trained Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. At Highlander, Elandria trains and coaches all types of movements, but particularly those around economic and environmental justice.

 

Erin Mazursky

Before starting Rhize, Erin worked at Purpose, a social enterprise that incubates and launches global social movements. Prior to this, Erin worked for President Obama’s 2008 election campaign and went on to serve as the Youth Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she helped author the first global policy on youth development and made youth a central part of the Agency’s broader development efforts. Erin began her career as a youth advocate as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of STAND, a leading organization in the anti-genocide advocacy movement that became one of the largest student organizations in the country, with over 800 high school and college chapters nationwide.

 

Julie Roberts-Phung

Julie is the President of Empower Together Consulting which provides strategic research and coalition building for organizations and career and leadership coaching for individuals. She worked with ACORN for almost a decade, helping to build a statewide organization that organized and mobilized thousands of families and won campaigns to raise taxes on millionaires. She has also built online organizing strategies for education non-profits, and worked with MoveOn.org and Green For All supporting local movement leaders.

 

Kenneth Chomba

Kenneth is  an alumnus of the Amani Institute SIM Program Alumni 2014 and Strathmore University. He has been involved in designing and implementing organizing projects (food, education and health projects), recruiting, training and coaching organizers at Tatua, the Kenyan poverty alleviation organization he co-founded.

 

Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan

Founder of Activista - The Gambia, a youth-led network that runs social justice campaigns nationally. Lamin is now the coordinator of Activista-  Kenya, heading up their tax justice and land reform campaigns. Lamin was one of Rhize's first Catalysts and is now coaching others. 

 

Sarah david heydemann

Sarah David Heydemann is an organizer, a first follower, and a believer in people power and great strategy. She has spent the last decade working for economic justice with labor centers, workers centers, and unions on domestic and international campaigns. Most recently she worked with international student visa holders in their fight against exploitative conditions at McDonald's. She is currently in law school, learning to become a movement lawyer who can help build power for workers by using law as a tool alongside organizing.

 

Søren Warburg

Søren Warburg is a human rights campaigner, activist and strategic organiser and has been working with grassroots activists in over 25 countries worldwide for the last decade, mainly in the global south. He has been a peace guard in Palestine, percussionist in Havana and orange farmer in Greece. He holds a masters in Political Science from university of Copenhagen with focus on civil disobedience and democratic legitimacy. The last 4 years he has been international coordinator for Activista - ActionAid's global youth campaigning network and is currently managing the Beautiful Rising project, following trends of movements and doing analysis of creative activism and campaigning. He is a dad of two, Rosa Luxemburg lover, and lives in Copenhagen Denmark.

 

Tom Allen

Tom is a Phnom Penh based campaigner and mobiliser with over a decade's experience working with grassroots activists around the world. Currently Head of Campaigns for ActionAid International, he has lots of experience working with youth movements, especially Activista the ActionAid youth campaigning network. He previously campaigned on climate change; for the independence of West Papua; and for accountability within the extractives industry. Coming up for two decades worth of experience in trouble-making and radical activism.

 

Trinh Nguyen

Trinh is an organizer for Viet Tan, a grassroots pro-democracy organization at the core of the resistance movement in Vietnam. She is an evangelist for crypto and creative technology in activism work. Born in Vietnam, raised in Texas, educated in Washington, DC and Boston, Trinh is currently based in Vancouver. She has a decade of training and campaign experience in reproductive justice, anti gender-based violence, and digital activism.

 

Ivan Marovic

Ivan Marovic is one of the founders of Otpor, the student resistance movement that played a critical role in the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. After the successful democratic transition in Serbia, Marovic began consulting with various pro-democracy groups worldwide and became one of the leading trainers in the field of strategic nonviolent conflict.He also worked on People Power, a video game that teaches activists how to use nonviolent action in their struggle for social change. Marovic holds a BSc in process engineering from Belgrade University and an MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.