ACRE
Action Center on Race and the Economy

Staff

The ACRE Team

Co-Executive Director

Maurice BP-Weeks

Maurice is the Co-Executive Director of ACRE. He works with community organizations and labor unions on campaigns to go on offense against Wall Street to beat back their destruction of communities of color. He was previously the Campaign Director of the ReFund America Project and worked as the Wall Street Accountability and Housing Justice campaigner at the Center for Popular Democracy before that. Maurice serves on the Advisory Council of Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD). He graduated from Swarthmore College.
Twitter: @mo87mo87

 

Co-Executive Director

Saqib Bhatti

Saqib is the Co-Executive Director of ACRE. He works on campaigns to win racial and economic justice by taking on the financial institutions that are responsible for extracting wealth and resources from communities of color and poor people in order to further enrich themselves. Coming from an immigrant Muslim family from Pakistan, Saqib’s first foray into organizing was as part of the student anti-war movement following 9/11. After college he spent 10 years working on corporate social responsibility campaigns with the Culinary Workers Union (UNITE HERE) in Las Vegas and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). He was awarded a Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship in 2013, which he used to launch the ReFund America Project, a predecessor organization to ACRE. Saqib serves on the boards of the Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund, the Midwest Academy, and Political Research Associates, and is on the Advisory Council of Community Labor United in Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale University.
Twitter: @snbhatti

 

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SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST

Brittany Alston

Brittany is a Senior Researcher at ACRE. She believes in using research to build power in poor communities and communities of color. Before joining ACRE, Brittany worked as a policy analyst at DC Fiscal Policy Institute and worked as a union researcher with UNITE HERE and HPAE. Her prior research advocated for responsible and transparent development in cities and examined the role of unionization in raising the standard of living for workers in low-income communities. Brittany holds a B.A. in urban policy and planning from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in city planning from University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.

Twitter: BrittanyA___



 

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executive assistant

Jamee Burbridge

Jamee’ is the Executive Assistant at ACRE. Jamee' is an advocate for social justice on multiple fronts in her hometown. As the Executive Assistant, Jamee' leads the coordination of ACRE's scheduling, project management and operational support. Jamee’ believes that it is always the unforeseen that produces marvelousness.


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Digital organizer

Kimberly Flores

Kim is the Digital Organizer at ACRE. She believes in online organizing as a powerful tool for change. Prior to joining the ACRE team, Kim was the Digital Deputy at Movement Voter Project, working to strengthen their digital presence with grassroots organizations before and after the 2018 midterm elections. She has also worked as the Digital Manager at TaskForce, Shella Films, and Brave New Films, working on a variety of campaigns from equity in public education and health advocacy, to criminal justice reform, income inequality, and taking on the military industrial complex. She has a BA in Film and Digital Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz. 



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research analyst

Alyxandra Goodwin

Alyx is a Research Analyst at ACRE. She is a multi-talented activist who has worked as a journalist and serves as the Co-Chair of the Chicago chapter of BYP100. She maintains a personal blog, Young Black and Woke, where she blogs about the Movement for Black Lives and her role in it.

Twitter: @FREEwrites_



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Senior Research Analyst

Sofia Lopez

Sofia is a Senior Research Analyst whose work focuses on the ways Wall Street promotes extractive development in communities of color and makes it all but impossible for working families to afford decent housing. Previously Sofia worked at the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders where she oversaw programming to support asset-building non-profits in 40 states and D.C. Sofia has a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College.


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Senior Research Analyst

Jessica Quiason

Jessica Quiason is a Senior Research Analyst at ACRE. She uses research to help build campaigns that interrogate concentrations of power and dismantle systems that oppress people of color and low income people. She is proud to have worked at 1199SEIU and the Alliance for a Greater New York, and alongside labor unions, progressive coalitions, and think tanks as a consultant, supporting organizing campaigns and progressive political reform at the city and state level. She also loves to cook for others as she strongly believes fostering community and solidarity is easiest when food is involved


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RESEARCH DIRECTOR

Carrie Sloan

Carrie is the Research Director at ACRE and the ReFund America Project. She works on campaigns to restore the balance of economic power from Wall Street to Main Street. Prior to that, she spent more than 10 years working in the labor movement as a strategic researcher for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and a rank and file member of the United Auto Workers (UAW). She holds a master’s degree from the University of California at San Diego.


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Senior Communications Strategist

Tia Oso

Tia Oso is a transformational organizer and strategist. A community engagement professional specializing in social change initiatives. She currently serves as Senior Communications Strategist at the Action Center on Race & the Economy. Tia's work centers around using narrative and culture to build people power and transform policy. A dynamic and experienced social justice leader, Tia has organized for over 10 years, leading campaigns to mobilize thousands of advocates for various issues in the public interest including racial justice, public art and arts education, immigrant and refugee rights, prison abolition, voting rights, access and engagement, economic equity and gentrification, equity in the tech industry, human rights, and international solidarity. With her depth of experience, Ms. Oso is a sought-after thought leader and change maker on issues of social justice both in the U.S. and internationally. Tia regularly speaks, writes, and appears in radio, television, film and print media in the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean. Tia is a firm believer in the power of everyday people to enact change in their communities.