Denise Marika is an artist whose work focuses on the human condition and includes: installation, performance, experimental and documentary video and photography in the field of social practice. As a university professor and Fulbright Specialist, Denise extended her teaching to Nepal and Sri Lanka, where she created and led workshops in the use of video as a tool for social research and advocacy. In the last decade, she has produced and shot documentary videos for non-profit organizations in the fields of healthcare, education, disability, and human rights. She founded MFSA as a platform for collaboration and support of grassroots projects worldwide.
A seasoned nonprofit executive, Anuradha Desai is deeply committed to social change and equitable society. For more than 30 years, she has built, managed and grown numerous nonprofits and served on the board of regional and international organizations, including Oxfam America and Grassroots International. Currently, Anuradha is the SVP for External Relations at EdVestors, a school improvement organization, based in Boston and serves on the board of Action Aid USA. Previously, she served as the first Executive Director of International Center for Conciliation (ICfC), as the Executive Director of Organizational Development at Citizen Schools, and in various leadership roles at Oxfam America for over a decade
Erik Marika-Rich is an editor and experimental filmmaker whose work has screened at the Manchester and Oxford international film festivals, as well as galleries across the Northeast. He has edited everything from documentary features about opera singers to surrealist music videos where model trains emerge from rockers’ mouths. He has taught video to teenagers from low-income households through New York City’s recreational centers, promoting media literacy and helping them to create a cable access TV show where their voices could be heard.
For years, Desta has been traversing the globe, immersing herself in different cultures, learning from diverse communities, and exploring the socioeconomic issues that shape human health and experience. As a Registered Nurse and public health advocate, Desta approaches health as a social justice issue and focuses on caring for the most vulnerable individuals and communities. Desta enjoys teaching patients and practitioners alike. She believes that education is the origin of all personal and professional growth and is key to developing a more just and compassionate society.