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Erin “Maz” Mazursky is an activist, organizer, movement strategist, writer and progressive leader with over eighteen years of experience building and working alongside some of the most critical social movements of our time. Maz has supported close to 30 movements in 25 countries including movements for gender equality in Uganda and India, democracy in Zimbabwe, Sudan and Thailand, youth representation in Albania, land rights in the Philippines, and climate change in Colombia. She has built networks and organizations that have supported over ten thousand activists worldwide. Maz currently serves as the Interim Director at Families Belong Together, part of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), where she runs national campaigns to end family separation in the U.S. immigration system in all forms. Prior to joining NDWA, Maz founded and served as Executive Director of Rhize, a global organization that supports emerging social movements through coaching, education and forging peer learning and solidarity networks. Before starting Rhize, Maz worked in and around movement spaces with organizations such as the Alliance for Youth Movements, Purpose, Save Darfur Coalition, AmeriCorps VISTA, Hollaback!, and Breakthrough. She worked on Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and went on to serve in the Obama Administration as the first Youth Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Maz began her career as a youth activist as a co-founder and Executive Director of STAND, a leading organization in the anti-genocide advocacy movement that became one of the largest student organizations in the country. She has published articles in publications like the Waging Nonviolence, The Hill, and Foreign Policy and served as a Practitioner-in-Residence at the Sie Center for International Security and Policy at the University of Denver and as a fellow at the Fletcher Summer Institute for Civil Resistance. She is a proud Brooklynite, where she lives with her wife and toddler, serves on her community board, and supports local organizing efforts for racial and economic justice.