@samswey, 25, is a data scientist and policy analyst who works with communities of color to fight systemic racism through cutting-edge policies and strategies. Previously, Sam worked at PolicyLink, where he connected a national network of 61 Promise Neighborhoods communities to research-based strategies to build cradle-to-career systems of support for low-income families. He has also helped city leaders, youth activists and community organizations develop citywide agendas to achieve quality education, health, and justice for young black men. Sam grew up in Orlando, FL, and has been involved in community organizing and advocacy since he was in high school. He graduated from Stanford University in 2012, where he studied how race and racism impact the U.S. political system.

@nettaaaaaaaa, 25, is a resident of St. Louis who has been documenting the events in Ferguson on Twitter. She is Co-Editor of the #Ferguson Protester Newsletter. Before the death of Mike Brown, Netta volunteered with a girls group, called the Sophia Project, in the city of Saint Louis. The group focuses on helping teenage girls navigate through life. Her essay “When I close my eyes at night, I see people running from tear gas” was published in Ebony Magazine on September 9, 2014.  Since then, Elzie has been one of the youth activist voices that has taken the message of resistance internationally to media outlets like Aljazeera.com, The Feminist Wire,  the Wallstreet Journal, GlobalGrind.com and Huffingtonpost.com.

@deray, 29, is the Senior Director of Human Capital with Minneapolis Public Schools and is a Teach For America alum, having taught 6th grade math in NYC. He has been documenting the events of Ferguson via twitter (@deray) and is the Founder and Co-Editor of the Ferguson Protestor Newsletter. He is an activist, organizer, and educator focusing primarily on issues impacting children, youth, and families. He previously worked for the Harlem Children’s Zone and TNTP, opened an academic enrichment center in West Baltimore, and with Baltimore City Public Schools leading systemic human capital change.

@MsPackyetti, 30, is a St. Louis native who works on issues of educational equity, quality teaching and youth leadership development, with a focus on culturally responsive leadership in marginalized communities. She has been an elementary teacher and policy advocate and expert in Washington, DC, and currently runs an education non-profit in St. Louis. In Ferguson and beyond, she has been an active protestor and activist for issues of racial and social equity. Since August 2014, she has supported organizing work including the #Ferguson Protestor Newsletter and Open Letters, and the #FergusonFireside conference calls.  In 2014, Brittany helped bring community voice to the Ferguson Commission and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing as an appointee to each. She's been named one of TIME Magazine's 12 New Faces of Black Leadership.