The Board

Ina M. Solomon is an educator and activist who has lived, worked and organized in Brooklyn, NY for more than 20 years.

As a member of the activist organization the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), Ina helped lead and organize many of its programs.  For over 10 years, Ina co-lead MXGM’s Youth Committee where she co-wrote a curriculum for high school students called, The Institute. The Institute was designed to teach students how to engage the medium of film to identify and document issues within their community.  In collaboration with Girls for Gender Equity, the Youth Committee produced, Hey Shorty! Street Harassment in New York City.  Ina also co-ran the weekly New Afrikan Scouts program, the youth arm of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement for children ages 6-18.

Ina also helped coordinate MXGM’s Black August Hip-Hop project, an international alliance of artists and activists organized around the global struggle for human rights.  She served as a member of Cop Watch, a program supported by a coalition of activists across New York City that directly confronts and addresses issues of police brutality.

In 2014, Ina turned her organizing efforts towards food justice and access.  She joined the Central Brooklyn Food Cooperative where she currently serves as a member of the Board and co-chair of the Business and Strategy Committee.

Murray Cox is a Bedford-Stuyvesant based community artist and activist using data, media and technology for social change.

As a photojournalist working on social justice issues, Murray has documented food security in Venezuela in his project “Cooperativa Aracal, and has been working on a long-term project in Bedford-Stuyvesant examining relationships to Food.

In February 2015, he created Inside Airbnb , an activist project that uses data to examine the impact of Airbnb on residential housing in neighborhoods in New York City and throughout the world.

Other projects Murray has led have been the production of Oral Histories for a Memorial project of the Hattie Carthan Community Garden, one of the largest People of Color led community gardens in New York City; and with Divas for Social Justice and local girls and women, the production of “My Sister’s Keeper“, an App that allows young girls to receive loving affirmations and answers about the questions they ask themselves growing up.

Murray is also Co-Secretary of his Block Association.

Mark Winston Griffith is the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center. Prior to coming on staff at the Brooklyn Movement Center, Mark was on the Faculty of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and was most recently the field organizer for the MOVE NY campaign.

A Central Brooklyn native, Mark Winston Griffith is the former Executive Director and Senior Fellow for Economic Justice at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, and the former co-director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project. In the early nineties he co-founded the Central Brooklyn Partnership and Central Brooklyn Federal Credit Union.  Along with being a CBFC board member, he currently serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union, Center for an Urban Future, the Center for Working Families, Little Sun People and Free Speech TV.

El Layla Johnson, LMSW (they/them) is a social worker, youth worker, bike mechanic and hypnotherapist in training raised in Lummi Nation Territory, commonly called Washington State.

 El earned their B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Washington in 2011. After college, El worked for the Major Taylor Project, a Black-led initiative to connect Black and brown youth to bikes, riding, mechanical skills and mentorship. Still in Seattle in the mid 2010’s, El worked as a communications consultant for some of the city’s major institutions, including The Woodland Park Zoo, The Burke Museum and the Bullitt Foundation. When November 2016 happened El was moved to deepen their meditation practice, quit consulting and move to New York where, in 2019, they earned their Masters in Social Work from Hunter College.

 Since moving to Brooklyn three years ago, El is guided by the lessons their life has taught them thus far: that the “choices” we make regarding our health are to too great an extent predetermined by the ways social systems shape our physical space; that relationships are the building-blocks of change; and that sovereignty, above all, is what needs fighting for. It is with great honor that El labors alongside CBFC’s Board and other Members on this project which feeds us all mind, body and soul.