Marcie Boyd (Secretary)
Steve Deasy (Treasurer)
Huayra Forster is a Reconnecting Native from Huancayo, Peru. In her time as Volunteer Peer Support Specialist she has learned better active listening which is essential for better understanding behind the emotional body of music personified. She self defines as a spirit walker and has found contemplation of many songs through her walking. She is an adamant volunteer with many organizations in the DC Metro area and around the U.S.A., 'Turtle Island. She is an engaged participant in many musical groups such as the DC Labor Chorus and the Black Workers Center Chorus as well as a street busker who jams with other traveler street performers. She is involved internationally with artists of 'Condor Nation,' and meditates on principles of community in her daily life. She is happy to be on board with the People's Music Network and looks forward to co-organizing future events for 2022.
Tobie Hoffman lives in Philadelphia where she is a member of songwriting and song circle groups. She writes songs that touch on relationships with friends and family, news and issues of the day, and the life of her spiritual community. She uses music and dance in her work as an ESL teacher and as a performer with the Philadelphia Area songwriters Alliance (PASA), Headlong Dance Theater, Movement Midrash, Dance Theater Seattle, and Fanchon Shur. As a member of PMN for over 15 years, she is energized by the sharing of inspiring music that can be used for social action. At Gatherings, you can usually see her dancing at the back of the room or during a workshop.
Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He is a founding member of PMN. Since 1977, he has often served on the Steering Committee, and currently, he serves as the treasurer. He received the 2017 Phil Ochs Award, in recognition of his music and activism for social and political justice in the spirit of Phil Ochs, and the 2014 Joe Hill Award, a lifetime achievement award for excellence in the field of labor culture. He is a founding member of AFM Local 1000, the North American Traveling Musicians Union. He is also an active member of IU 630 of the Industrial Workers of the World.
Rebecca Pomerantz has attended PMN Gatherings since 1991, and helped plan several of them. Among her contributions to the Network are collaborating on developing content for PMN's youtube channel and raising funds for Accessibility at Gatherings. She sings in PMN choruses and she leads round singing -- both at PMN workshops and in her own local community. Her particular interest is teaching rounds to build community and move people into action. Her own activism focuses on immigration issues. She was a Steering Committee member of Adult Educators Interested in Organizing a Union (AEIOU), and currently works with Mothers Out Front, mobilizing for a livable climate.StormLindsey Wilson
Erland Zygmuntowicz (Chair)
Ben Grosscup has been serving as Executive Director of the People's Music Network since 2013. He is involved in organizing PMN’s regional gatherings, program development, outreach, fundraising, and membership development. He works to build the Network by engaging an ever broader and more diverse membership. Ben first joined PMN in 2005 while still in college. Over the years, he has sought the mentorship and support of fellow members to develop his own craft as an activist folksinger. He uses the power of song to amplify and accentuate the ideas and values of the transformative social movements he’s part of. In addition to his work on behalf of PMN, he also brings his music to rallies, picket lines, conferences, and house concerts.