Meet our incredible team


Branden Snyder, Executive Director -

Born and raised on Detroit's East Side, Branden has been involved in electoral and community organizing projects throughout the United States for 10 years. As both campaign manager and community organizer, Branden's campaigns feature an emphasis in the use of public narrative and people-powered public policy. Previously, Branden was the Deputy Organizing Director in charge of Youth Voting for the Hillary For Michigan 2016 presidential campaign as well as the Director of Organizing for Michigan United -a coalition of faith, labor & civic organizations in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Branden’s commitment to democracy, racial and economic justice is fueled in great part by his experiences as a Detroiter and that of other Detroiters who have endured poverty and the criminal justice system. He believes in the power of bringing our communities together and challenging leaders to go from victims to victors by engaging the systems and policies that impact our lives. Branden is a graduate of the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor with a degree in Political Science and Afro-American studies with a minor in Urban Community Studies. 
Twitter: @bsneezy313


Roslyn Ogburn, Membership Engagement & Neighborhood Organizer -

Roslyn M. Ogburn, a Dedicated Detroiter, and mother of five has been involved in her community since 2003 in a number of roles.  First, as a Parent Leader for United Children & Families Head Start’s Parent Board and later as a Parent Trainer for the Detroit Parent Network, Roslyn’s passion for her community and interest in policy steered her toward volunteering on political campaigns. In 2014, she worked as a Canvass Lead for Rebecca M. Thompson for State Representative campaign and working her way up to being a Regional Field Director for the Michigan For All  SuperPAC during the 2014 Gubernatorial race. This desire to motivate her to serve her community led her to establish Nexus Detroit - an organization that helps provide food and support to needy families within her neighborhood. As a faithful member of Greater Burnette Baptist Church,  Roslyn is a fighter and a people person committed to creating real change for all of Detroit’s families.


Davonte Johnson, Admin/Youth Organizing Intern -

Born and raised in the city of Detroit, "Tae" is currently a Junior at East English Village Preparatory Academy. Tae is a tenacious teen striving for change and equity for all Detroit residents as a member of the GJN Young Justice team. He refuses to compromise and stand by while injustices are happening. As the Youth Organizing Intern, Tae is leading our Education and Youth Justice campaign along with high schoolers throughout the city.


Rashad Buni, Abolition Organizer -

Rashad Jamal Buni (they/them/he/him) is a native Detroiter who is incredibly passionate in technology, social justice, and the intersection of both. Rashad leads our Abolition campaigns, which calls for the dismantlement of pervasive system of incarceration and capitalism. Rashad graduated from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering in the summer of 2014. After moving back to their home city, and becoming more aware of the plethora of systemic violence experienced by Black people there, they were compelled to join the Movement for Black Lives the following summer. Rashad soon joined the Detroit chapter of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) in 2016, and worked on campaigns fighting the displacement and water shutoffs in Black Detroit. In addition to working in direct action organizing, Rashad aspires to utilize their background in engineering to develop software that empowers activists and community organizers, like projects under Platform Cooperativism.


Hailing from the Westside of Detroit, Lawrielle is passionate about social justice and making Detroit a place for 
Lawrielle is a two time graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in English and Masters of Social Work in Community Organization. Lawrielle has a background in student organizing, union organizing, as well as organizing for a Black Queer Future with BYP100 Detroit. She is a digital organizer and communications professional that helps tell the narratives of Detroiters and connects their individual stories into the greater struggle for justice in Detroit. 

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