The National Coordinating Committee is a governing entity that maintains a level of accountability between the Million Hoodies NYC national office and Million Hoodies national network. Coordinated by a chairperson, National Coordinating Committee members meet 4 times a year with the Executive Director to help advise strategic direction for the growth of the network. National Coordinating Committee members are committed to the stability, overall growth, and expansion of the network.
The 2016-2017 National Coordinating Committee:
Henry Gonzalez, Cornell University chapter
Born and raised in New York City, Henry Gonzalez is a Dominican-American spoken word poet, essayist, and community organizer. At age 15, the effects of the Great Recession pushed his family to move into the conservative suburbs of Northern Virginia. From that point on, his art has been incubated in the DC Slam Circuit and NYC Spoken Word scene, having performed at venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The National Portrait Gallery, and The Kennedy Center. Deeply influenced by Jazz and Hip-hop, he tries to infuse his poetry with heavy rhythms and emotion. He has recently finished his time at Deep Springs College in California, a two-year program for 28 students who form a self-governing community, operate a cattle ranch, and study liberal arts, while living in an isolated desert valley. He is now a student of Anthropology and Africana at Cornell University
Samantha Johnson, New York City chapter
Serving over 5,000 residents yearly through programing, workshops and special events for youth, teen and adults through the Ingersoll Community Center, Samantha Johnson has begun to create a name in Fort Greene since 2010. Through her partnerships with families and community stakeholders within the Fort Greene community and across New York, Samantha Johnson has connected community member to a multitude of services to strengthen family and community relations. Samantha’s passion is that she takes pride in community, youth development and social justice and feels that there are no limits to what a person should have access to. She is an active member of The NYC Chapter of Million Hoodies for Justice, NAACP and has partnered with SOS (Save our Streets). Ms. Johnson is an active member of Brooklyn Community Board No. 2 Youth Education and Cultural arts Committee and a proud graduate of The New School University. She is presently working on her masters for Social Work in Community Organizing at Hunter College.
Nhawndie Smith, Greensboro chapter
Nhawndie is a community organizer in North Carolina. They currently do work around building black leadership through community education, advocacy work, and direct action. Their work is centered on education accessibility, queer and trans justice, and the decriminalization of people of color.
Christine Zetino, University of California, Riverside chapter
Christine Zetino identifies as a Afro-Salvadorean ancestrally indigenously rooted young scholar, community organizer, and aspiring poet and philosopher who was born and raised in California in the suburbs of South Central, Los Angeles. The love her grandmother had in cultivating, harvesting, and taking care of the land influenced Ms. Zetino’s love for the people and the importance of growing our own food. She strives for Black Liberation and understands the importance of community building. Ms. Zetino was involved in the 2013 Unión Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios Study Abroad Program, where young philosophers and herself connected with local students and faculty from the university and participated in seminars that focused on the history of El Salvador, national identity, and the sociological, economic, and political aspects of the national reality. She is member of the B.I.G org which is located in Los Angeles and focuses on mental health such autism awareness. Zetino works to help, build, strategize, and organize members in communities that are disadvantaged and as also stresses the importance of defining ourselves. She is an active member of The Riverside Chapter of Million Hoodies for Justice where she firmly fights for Black liberation, in creating leaders through political education, collective healing spaces, and critical community building, and the dismantling of anything that enables us from being our organic selves. She is currently a student of Political Science Law and Society with a minor in Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside.