Celeste is a strategist and trainer who cut her teeth organizing in the Blackbelt, with 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement. She's been active ever since, working around issues of labor, electoral justice and policing. She is currently the NDWA Director of Black Organizing, where she launched “We Dream in Black,” a multi-state initiative that increases the leadership capacity of Black workers organizing for respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections. Piloted in New York and Georgia, the program has since expanded to seven states. Celeste oversees chapter development, leadership development, and the campaign strategy. She recently co-published a multi-media report "Pay, Professionalism and Respect" focused on Black domestic workers in the South, in partnership with IPS. Before joining NDWA Celeste was the lead organizer at Youth Together, in Bay Area, CA, managing director of the Black Arts and Cultural Center in Selma, AL and national assistant trainer director at the League of Young Voters.
Currently, Celeste serves as a founding director of the Blackout Collective, a training organization with a mission to train 20,000 Black direct action strategist and practitioners by 2021. She is a strategic Advisor to Me Too, where she is designing the field program, in partnership with her long time mentor Tarana Burke. She is a Public Allies Alumni and the 2010 Tides Foundation Racial Justice Fellow. A nomadic New Yorker, she spends a majority of her free time on the road facilitating and building movement infrastructure as an active member of Movement for Black Lives. When she's not on the road you'll find her nestled in her NYC apartment, creating art while on conference calls.
Women, Black Groups Mark 5 Years of Arizona Immigration Law
NBC News [04/22/2015]
Meet the Badass Activist Collective Bringing Direct Action Back to Black Communities
St. Louis-area police, protesters brace for more protests
USA Today [10/13/2014]
Blackout Collective obstructs BART trains on Black Friday in protest of police killings
San Francisco Bay View [12/01/2014]
Redeeming the Dream
The Tides Blog [04/06/2011]
Impeach the PresidentIt's been a historic political year for the hip-hop generation, but will they rock the vote on Nov. 2?