2023-2025 Advisory Circle
Press On’s advisory circle reviews our recent programmatic work and offers feedback for improvement and feedback about things going well that should continue; gives feedback about our alignment with our mission, values, and guiding principles; and creates a shared analysis of the political and media landscapes and what interventions are needed.
Members meet four times a year, once at the beginning of each quarter, and commit to a two-year term. The advisory circle consists of past participants, past staff members & collaborators, stakeholder convening participants, Southern movement journalists, and Southern movement organizers.
Clarissa Brooks (they/she) is a former community organizer from Charlotte, North Carolina and alumna of Spelman College. Her dedication to black liberatory work began as a student organizer fighting against racialized sexual violence. Currently based in Atlanta, as a freelance journalist Brooks has written for various publications on a variety of topics from profiles over upcoming artists like Florida rapper Saucy Santana for Rolling Stone to an investigative report on the passing of 19-year-old activist Oluwatoyin Salau for Harpers Bazaar. She now serves as editor at Reckon News.
Nicki Faircloth (she/her) is a nonprofit director, board member, storyteller and communications consultant, assisting nonprofits, foundations and government agencies. She serves as a Prismatic Artist Resident through the Cypress Fund and is a member of Cohort II of the UNC Native Leadership Institute. She is a co-founder of Indi/visible, an organization focused on using culture and the arts to promote healing for friends and family of MMIW. Additionally she is a sister of Sigma Omicron Epsilon, an enrolled member of the Skaroreh Katenuaka Nation (Tuscarora) and resides in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Kési Felton (pronounced “Casey,” she/her) is a writer from Acworth, GA. Through storytelling, her goal is to learn how to best leverage digital platforms to tell impactful stories that translate to lasting communities in real life. She is the founder and publisher of Better to Speak, a Black youth-led community media platform working to transform silence into language and action.
DaLyah Jones (she/her) was born and raised behind the “Pine Curtain” of rural Deep East Texas. She serves as the program officer for Borealis Philanthropy’s Racial Equity in Journalism Fund. She is the former Director of Engagement and staff writer for the watchdog magazine Texas Observer. She’s also a former board member and Freedomways Fellow with movement journalism – journalism in service of liberation – collective Press On. DaLyah’s work in news and storytelling has been aimed at providing coverage to and by historically disadvantaged communities in Texas, especially in the rural regions. Her past work can be found at NPR, Texas Monthly, NBC Think, OkayPlayer, Texas Highways Magazine and more.
Serena Sonoma (she/they) is a writer by way of North Carolina who focuses on intersectional feminism from an LGBTQ+ lens, specifically in its relation to cissexism and transmisogyny. Her work has appeared in Vox, Out, Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and various other news publications.
Nada Merghani (she/they) is an award-winning movement journalist, digital communications expert, unapologetic Scorpio, and a Type 1 Diabetic living in Durham, North Carolina. As a Nubian person born in Sudan, they are deeply committed to the values of Pan-Africanism and think all people of African descent deserve the right to find connection and solidarity amongst each other as we all fight for our collective liberation. They are also a proud HBCU student currently navigating their last semester at N.C. Central University! 🦅 Nada believes in a world where journalism is accessible and used to help explain the murky and complex parts of the world in a way that’s simple enough for all to understand. Storytelling is their passion, and they believe in journalism as one of the most important and effective forms of storytelling we have at our disposal. They have been published in a variety of local and statewide outlets, interned at WUNC and PBS NC, and are currently employed as the Digital Infrastructure Coordinator for the Southern Vision Alliance. When they are not working or studying Nada can be found cooking for their friends, swimming, rewatching old Real Housewives of Atlanta clips with their cat, or loudly (and badly) singing along to Beyonce songs.