Cat Brooks (Executive Director) has been engaged in the struggle against state violence for well over a decade. After losing her father at the age of eight to the Nevada Penitentiary System, she continued to witness the ways in which law enforcement brutalized Black and Brown communities. In 2009, after years of organizing around a myriad of social justice issues, Cat became deeply involved in the struggle for justice for Oscar Grant which unbeknownst to her would change her life forever. Since that time, Cat has worked on the frontlines of resisting state violence, including co-founding The Anti Police-Terror Project whose mission is to rapidly respond to - and ultimately eradicate - police violence from communities of color. APTP has trained thousands of people in their rapid response model which is currently being implemented across the state of California and the country.
Patrisse Cullors (Strategic Advisor) is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Cofounder of Black Lives Matter and founder of Dignity and Power Now, she is also a performance artist, popular public speaker, and a New York Times bestselling author. Patrisse Cullors has always been traveling on the path to freedom. Growing up with several of her loved ones experiencing incarceration and brutality at the hands of the state and coming out as queer at an early age, she has since worked tirelessly promoting law enforcement accountability across the world while focusing on addressing trauma and building on the resilience and health of the communities most affected.
Melina Abdullah - BLM - Los Angeles is Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles and immediate past campus president and current Council for Affirmative Action Chair for the California Faculty Association (the faculty union). Dr. Abdullah earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Political Science and her B.A. from Howard University in African-American Studies. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission in 2014 and is a recognized expert on race relations. Melina serves on the leadership team for #BlackLivesMatter and is committed to ending state-sponsored and police violence towards all people, and especially Black people. She has been particularly active in the resistance movement that emerged following the killings of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown in California as well as in Ferguson, Missouri. Professor Abdullah emerged as a national leader in the effort to advance ethnic studies.
Theresa Smith, Founder and Executive Director of LEAN (Law Enforcement Accountability Network) is the mother of Cesar Cruz who was killed by five Anaheim Police Officers on December 11, 2009. She has worked with community to get a Police Oversight Board in Anaheim and was instrumental in supporting the passage of AB 953 which mandates police departments collect data on racial profiling.