Cutting-Edge Strategy, Training, and Media Relations for Organizations Building a Better WorldMeet Our Team
Cutting-Edge Strategy, Training, and Media Relations for Organizations Building a Better WorldMeet Our Team
Alexa’s work is driven by a passion for storytelling, a commitment to social justice, and an understanding that the two are intimately connected. Before joining Megaphone, Alexa led communications at Voice of Witness, a nonprofit dedicated to amplifying the voices of people impacted by injustice. During her time at VOW, Alexa coordinated the national releases of two oral history anthologies addressing criminal justice, migration, and displacement in the U.S., as well as a field guide on storytelling for social justice.
Alexa began her career on the social impact team at Allison + Partners, where she represented a variety of public health and environmental organizations, including the Goldman Environmental Prize, California Tobacco Control Program, Impossible Foods, and Dignity Health. Alexa grew up in Los Angeles and holds a degree in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.
Aprill O. Turner is a public relations professional with a wealth of experience working with non-profit clients in the areas of political and communication strategy, message development, media training, crisis communications, thought leadership, and public affairs.
She has worked on Capitol Hill in several media capacities, including Press Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Deputy Press Secretary to Congressman Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts and Communications Director to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy of New York. She has led media strategy for several local, Congressional and Senatorial campaigns.
Aprill also founded Turner Communications, LLC, which focuses on cause-related organizations and campaigns. She has worked with organizations such as the Campaign for Youth Justice, The National Association of Black Journalists, Education Post, The Children's Dental Health Project, The National Black MBA Association, Resilience Force, The NAACP, The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Medgar Evers Center for Law and Social Justice.
Turner holds a bachelor's degree in legal communications from Howard University and a master’s degree in political communication and fundraising from The George Washington University. She is currently completing her dissertation for a Ph.D. in strategic communications at Regent University. She also teaches public relations and communications courses at Montgomery College and Trinity University.
Cabot has over three years of progressive public relations experience, having gotten their start post-grad at Revolution Messaging in 2016. They’ve worked on a range of issues with a particular focus on worker’s rights, Wall Street accountability, health care, racial justice, and environmental justice, and have helped amplify important fights such as the continued struggle to hold Amazon accountable and the push for a better Green New Deal. They’ve booked clients on high-profile news sources like Hill TV, Bloomberg Radio, and CNN, and have written and placed op-eds in a variety of national sources including PopSugar, Blavity, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. At the same time, they greatly value the power of local news and remain dedicated to amplifying community organizing through local TV, radio, and print media.
Cabot grew up in rural North Carolina, and is a proud graduate of Emerson College in Boston. Having seen firsthand as an openly queer person from the rural Bible Belt that the stories of real people have the power to authentically move our country forward, they’re deeply committed to continuing to uplift voices and issues not traditionally heard in the media.
Catalina Velasquez is the President and founder of Consult Catalina, a premier strategic policy, communications and diversity firm.
Fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian, Catalina is an alumnus of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she majored in International Politics: International Law, Norms, & Institutions with a Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Her thesis was titled "Immigrant Women: the Documented, the Undocumented, and the Invisible; The Female Face of Immigration."
Catalina has extended consulting and speaking engagement services for over a decade, and she recently finished her latest contract with People for the American Way leading their youth arm: Young People For (YP4). In this position, she created a policy shop and a public affairs communications department as well as restructure their training curriculum to meet the most cutting edge needs of an interconnected world and global economy. Among many of the organizations that Catalina has worked and consulted on strategic messaging and policy are the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, D.C. Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, the AFL-CIO, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
Jacqueline Lara is a Senior Director at Megaphone Strategies and prides herself on advocating for unheard voices of the community. She has worked in progressive public relations for more than a decade and was a contributing writer covering the intersection of arts and social justice for Adobe’s 99U, Adobe Create Magazine, i-D Magazine, OkayAfrica, and mater mea. Jacqueline’s distinctive approach has resulted in broadcast and print coverage that includes op-eds and interviews in The New York Times, CNN.com International, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Code Switch,” Salon.com, ESSENCE Magazine, Advocate.com, and Communication Arts Magazine. She got her start at Fenton Communications, and has provided strategic media support to She the People, Community Voices Heard, Working Films, Living Cities, New American Leaders, and Collective PAC. She is a proud graduate of University of Maryland, an alumni of the Urban Bush Women's Summer Leadership Intensive, and 2017 alumni of THREAD at Yale: Storytelling in Modern Media.
Kenrya Rankin is an award-winning author, journalist and editorial consultant who creates and shapes dynamic, high-impact content that amplifies the lived experiences, advocacy and work of people of color and shifts the narrative around who deserves liberation, justice, joy, and dignity in America. A 20-year veteran in the editorial space, Kenrya's insight has been tapped by leading media outlets such as the New York Times, the Huffington Post and ThinkProgress, and her work has been published in dozens of outlets and translated into 21 languages. She's also the author of five books, including How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance and Anti-Racism: Powerful Voices, Inspiring Ideas. Kenrya earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from Howard University and her master's degree in publishing from New York University. She is a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio, and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
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Kira Goldenberg has more than a decade of journalism and communications experience, specializing in op-eds. She has worked at The Guardian, the Columbia Journalism Review, and Massive Science, and with LPAC, Out Leadership, and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, among others. She is a volunteer mentor-editor for the Op-Ed Project.
Louie Tan Vital is a Filpina American poet, community organizer, and graduate of the Master of Public Administration program at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. She has recently worked for the Washington State House of Representatives and the United States House of Representatives. At the intersections of migration, diasporic trauma, and bodily politics, Louie has dedicated her life to fighting for racially-equitable public policy and harnessing performance arts as a means for political activism. Her words have appeared in TVW, the Smithsonian, The Filipino Channel, Yahoo News, and various news and radio outlets in America and the Philippines.
Louie also gives workshops, lectures, and speeches on race in public policy, culturally-competent civic engagement, diasporic narratives, and combating anti-blackness racism in the Asian Pacific Islander community. You can find her poetry in TAYO Literary Magazine. Ultimately, Louie seeks to uplift all marginalized communities through political advocacy and eventually elected office while remaining true to herself, her community, and her ancestors.
Molly founded Megaphone in 2016 with Van Jones, and now co-leads the firm as a Managing Partner. She has led winning communications efforts for dozens of state and national social justice organizations and political campaigns.
Molly specializes in transforming big progressive ideas into a practical reality and unknown voices into national names through storytelling, narrative benchmarks, and targeted media campaigning. She is an alum of FitzGibbon Media, PCCC, 350.org, and numerous local and national Democratic campaigns including Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential race. Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, she got her start as a community organizer on LGBTQ rights.
Murshed Zaheed is one of the top hybrid legislative, policy, and digital strategists in American politics. Prior to leading Megaphone, he served as the Political Director of CREDO Mobile – a social change-oriented corporation renowned for being a progressive powerhouse of activism and philanthropy.
Murshed’s years of experience as a senior leadership aide in Congress include his position as Director of New Media for then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He has worked and consulted for top nonprofit organizations, corporations, and national campaigns creating winning multi-channel grassroots advocacy campaigns and communications programs. He was also a member of Gov. Howard Dean’s groundbreaking digital team during his 2003–2004 presidential campaign. Murshed has a B.A. in political science from UCLA and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He is a member of the bars in Washington D.C. and in Massachusetts.
Nicholas is passionate about amplifying activists working on critical issues like LGBTQ+ rights, immigrant justice, racial equity, and disability justice. Their background is in student organizing and they began working at the intersection of activism and communications with the University of North Carolina's Center for Social Justice. They also serve on the boards of the East Coast Asian American Student Union and Act to Change, two nonprofits focused on empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander youth.
Megaphone Strategies is a not-for-profit social justice media strategy firm. We offer cutting edge strategy, training, digital, and media relations services to high-impact social justice organizations and individuals. Our mission is to use PR as a tool to diversify the media and politics, and to provide services based on ability to change the world, not ability to pay.
We are run by and for the movement, profits are reinvested into the movement to provide services to up-and-coming groups who couldn’t traditionally afford our work.
Megaphone provides traditional cutting-edge media relations, strategy, training and digital services to causes doing high-impact work for social justice.
We provide strategic guidance and coaching to help you break through, get noticed, and win campaigns. From big picture storytelling to profile building, campaigning to messaging, and digital to political strategy -- we help you identify goals, strategies, and tactics to win.
Megaphone Strategies will work with you to build your story and share it with the media. We help connect the stories that matter to people who want to tell them. We work to connect our clients and spokespeople with the top media outlets and influencers across media platforms.
Media training can ensure you and your spokespeople are ready to make the most of big media moments. We tailor our training to meet the unique needs of the movement moment and your organization, and can scale them for distributed networks or big moments. Training topics range from how to break through in a tough news cycle to interview tips, oped writing, and beyond.
We offer professional development media coaching services to Executive Directors and communications staffers to maximize their ability to make an impact through media.
We provide media relations, media logistics, ad buys, and strategy for big actions, movement moments, and social justice convenings.
From email to social media, we ensure your message gets out across all communications channels in an integrated way.
We partner with high-impact groups working to build a better world, and provide them with cutting-edge PR, digital, legislative, strategy, training, and media coaching services.
We are a mission-first organization, and choose our clients based on their ability to change the world, not ability to pay.