re:power is excited to welcome Mercedes Fulbright as its new Director of Civic Engagement Programs. In this role, Mercedes will manage a portfolio of civic engagement programs—including campaign management and public leadership—to train and support field organizers, campaign leaders, and candidates.
An experienced and respected voice on political strategy, racial justice advocacy, grassroots, and electoral organizing, and public policy, Mercedes is a Southern Queer organizer, political strategist, and DJ. She formally led the Texas Working Families Party as Organizing Director. Based in Dallas, she is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
“Mercedes is a leader with deep ties to the movement and civic engagement spaces,” said Karundi Williams, re:power’s Executive Director. “We are excited to have found in her a leader who not only understands the challenges facing so many of our communities but who has rich experience in building coalitions and mobilizing activists in those same communities.”
re:power’s Civic Engagement training and support focus on campaign preparedness for electoral campaigners and for candidates ready to run for public office, as well as training individuals on managing campaigns and working on local and federal campaigns. Mercedes will be tasked with building upon existing civic engagement offerings while also developing innovative and impactful ways for participants to grow their skills, reflect, build community and receive peer-to-peer learning and support as re:power alumni.
During the 2020 summer uprisings, Mercedes co-founded a formation of organizations and emerging organizers called In Defense of Black Lives Dallas. She helped to elect a Democratic Socialist from Texas to Congress during the 2022 Democratic Primary as Texas WFP’s Organizing Director. She also established the Texas chapter of Local Progress, a national network of progressive municipal elected officials, as the Texas State Coordinator.
Mercedes is also a political strategist and founding table member of the Electoral Justice Project with the Movement for Black Lives. Outside of political organizing and movement building, Mercedes is a DJ under the moniker ‘Saint Cedes’.
You can follow her on both Twitter for political hot takes and on Spotify for her custom playlists to energize your spirit and the movement @SaintCedes.