Mike Cannon was hired in July 2014 as SOCM's Middle Tennessee organizer after serving as an at-large rep on SOCM's Board for nearly a year. He brings about 10 years of organizing experience with him including work on electoral campaigns, housing rights, and with unions. He grew up in Smyrna, Tenn., and earned a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from Middle Tennessee State University where, as a student activist, he was active in efforts to fight against budget cuts to higher education. After working in Cincinnati for three years, Mike moved back to Tennessee in 2012 and currently lives in Nashville. He enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and travelling. Email: email@example.com
Linda Cowan joined the SOCM staff in 1993 as the Finance and Office Manager. As of January 1, 2014, she is serving as SOCM's interim Executive Director. The passion of SOCM’s incredible members keeps her motivated. Linda grew up a Navy brat, the oldest of seven children, and moved to East Tennessee when her father retired in 1974. She is the proud aunt of six nieces and four nephews who work really hard to keep her young. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Alyssa joined SOCM in July 2014 as the East Tennessee Organizer. She has been working on sustainability issues since 2008 in various sectors including higher education, local government planning departments, and non-profits. Originally from Florida, Alyssa grew up in Western North Carolina and recently relocated to Knoxville after earning a dual master's degree from Virginia Tech in both urban and regional Planning and public administration. While at VT, she worked at the schools' Office of Energy and Sustainability where she promoted campus sustainability, engaged students and faculty/staff on campus-wide initiatives, and tracked progress toward campus sustainability goals. Her interest in sustainability, environmental justice work, and planning began while she was working toward an associate's degree in architectural technology, specifically sustainable architecture, and piqued even more as she pursued a bachelor's degree in environmental studies at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Alyssa lives in Knoxville with her husband Michael and their cat and dog. Email: email@example.com
Casey became the Communications Director in September 2011 after three years as the Communications Manager for a health insurance broker. She came to Knoxville in 2002 from Alexandria, Va., to attend the University of Tennessee where she received her B.S. in sport management with minors in business administration and journalism/electronic media. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations while working as a graduate assistant with the UT Lady Vols Media Relations office. Casey serves as the Treasurer for Slow Food Tennessee Valley, is an associate member of the Knoxville/Knox County Food Policy Council, and is on the Friends of the Library membership committee. She enjoys live music, cooking, volunteering, and all the fun things Knoxville has to offer. Casey lives with her partner Ben and their two dogs. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Wright took the role of Development Assistant in August 2014 after nearly three years as SOCM's Middle Tennessee Organizer. He has spent the last 13 years working on issues of social, economic, and racial justice in rural and urban communities in Arkansas and Tennessee. He was a local pastor in the United Methodist Church in the Arkansas Conference from 2003 to 2008, where he helped develop food assistance, literacy, and civic participation programs in response to the needs of low-income families and immigrants. He's worked as a community organizer for grassroots organizations of immigrants and people with disabilities and has experience campaigning against social injustices such as racial profiling and discrimination in housing. Brad holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Arkansas and recently completed his Master's in History from Middle Tennessee State University, with an emphasis on the history of social movements. He lives in Smyrna with his wife Alicia, and they share three children, a beagle, and a black cat that brings good luck.
Ebony joined SOCM as a part-time organizer with the Jackson Chapter in Fall 2013. Though she is new to the SOCM staff, she participated in some of the Jackson Chapter activities when the Chapter formed in 2008. She has a strong organizing background and was formerly a staff member at Tennesseans for Fair Taxation. She received her Bachelor's degree in Marketing Management from the University of Memphis and is currently working on her Master's in Arts of Liberal Studies. One of her many passions is working with people with disabilities and she serves on the Board for the Down Syndrome Association of West Tennessee. Ebony lives in her native Jackson with her daughter. Email: email@example.com