MEET THE TEAM
Marissa Jenae Johnson
Co-Founder & Content Director
Marissa is a Seattle-based writer, entrepreneur, speaker, and organizer working at the intersections of politics, Blackness, womanhood, and Christianity. She has previously organized within the Black Lives Matter movement, and with high school and college students who want to organize within their academic institutions.
Marissa controversially reached the national stage when she helped take over a Seattle rally for 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. She’s been featured on platforms such as MSNBC, Fox News, BBC, Vice News, and and NY Mag, and her work has been talked about by nearly every major media outlet in the country.
Marissa has been compared to ISIS in a campaign ad tweeted by Donald Trump himself, and also dragged rapper Killer Mike in a take down that was covered by Complex Magazine. Her work stretches from the unconventional and controversial to the mundane, but her influence is felt by many. Marissa is also currently working on a book documenting her radicalization in the Black Lives Matter Movement. She was also recently named to Essence Magazine's list of 100 Woke Women & a 2017 Voice of The Year for Impact by BlogHer with her partner Leslie Mac.
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Leslie is a Brooklyn-born activist, organizer, and writer. Her work is dedicated to Black lives and liberation. She founded the Ferguson Response Network as a means of connecting activists nationwide, and is a Founding Lead Organizer for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU).
Leslie helped organize multiple high profile national actions/events, including the National Movement of Silence (NMOS 14) in Philadelphia, the Movement for Black Lives Convening, Women’s Freedom Conference, #ReclaimMLK & #MLKSitIn. Her overall focus as an organizer is to provide both resources and structural support for Black Women millennials who are the leaders she has been waiting for her whole life.
She speaks nationally about the intersection of social media and social justice as well as facilitating movement organizing conversations around the country. She serves as Social Media Lead for Justice League NYC and Communications Lead for the Deep Abiding Love Project out of St. Louis, MO. She was also recently named to Essence Magazine's list of 100 Woke Women & a 2017 Voice of The Year for Impact by BlogHer with her partner Marissa Jenae Johnson.
Asa is a graduate of Kean University, having earned a BA in Psychology. She has over 10 years experience working and volunteering in the fields of social services, market research, and digital advertising.
Currently, Asa is a freelance writer and social media manager, focusing most of her attention on destigmatizing mental illness and mental health advocacy. In her free time she volunteers at a local nonprofit working to end homelessness in the Jersey Shore area.
Asa handles social media, #PinCollective engagement and promotional projects for Safety Pin Box.
Director - SPBLive & Executive Assistant
Paige is a Minneapolis-based organizer, project manager, writer, photographer, and consultant dedicated to issues around intersectionality, feminism, Islamophobia, and the Black diaspora.
In both her professional and community work, Paige addresses anti-blackness, policing, gentrification, anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies, and violence against womxn locally and nationally, relating them to broader global liberation struggles.
When not holding it down for SPB, Paige is organizing in the Twin Cities, at her sewing machine, or throwing down in the kitchen.
Paige handles the crazy schedules of Marissa & Leslie and also runs #SPBLive - in person Safety Pin Box Workshops & Events.
Director of Marketing & Development
Jasmine Banks is a queer Black feminist. She is an Arkansas-based activist, licensed professional therapist, and national digital organizer. Jasmine is the co-founder of "Now We Rise," the digital collective which serves as a rapid response network for online actions that center Black Liberation. She is also a Kairos Fellow with NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Jasmine's work is in the intersections of reproductive justice, mental health, and sexuality. She teaches and speaks nationally in addition to facilitating workshops on radical self-care, anti-oppression strategies, and maternal health. She is passionate about de-stigmatizing mental illness, challenging the ways in which our relationships and intimate spaces have been colonized, and finding ways to be best friends with Sky from Black Ink Crew. Her most recent accomplishments include staging a direct action against the anti-Black CEO of the non-profit she used to work for, resulting in a win that shuddered the entire organization.
Before movement work, Jasmine worked in the corporate world as social media influencer, Chief Marketing Officer, and conference planner. She uses the skills developed from those roles to create effective strategies for Safety Pin Box.
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