Ayinde Merrill Ayinde Merrill

Program Coordinator

Born and raised in the vibrant city of Camden, Ayinde fell in love with artistry at a young age. He’s an active member of the Philly poetry scene and curates Black art and performance showcases throughout South Jersey. Ayinde studied drums at Settlement Music School and earned a degree in Africana Studies with honors from Rutgers University. He is also the founder of Watu Moja, a nonprofit organization dedicated to relationship building and vital development efforts in the global Afrikan community. As an anime and music enthusiast, his must-watch and must-listen lists are always full.

Michael Zier with paper stuck in his face Michael Zier

Executive Director

Michael is a Camden resident with family roots in the Midwest and an extensive resume in community organizing, grassroots development, and philosophy, including work with The American Red Cross, The Center for Environmental Transformation, AmeriCorps VISTA, PeaceCorps, and UrbanPromise.  He’s a musician at heart who loves Russian and French literature, learning from others’ lived experiences, and cooking for friends.  He is also a painfully incompetent dancer.