Our Team

Eric Morrison-Smith – Executive Director

Eric Morrison-Smith is the Executive Director for the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color (ABMoC). He formerly was the Policy Director for the Alliance and supported the network’s operations and communications. As the Executive Director, Eric works to center directly-impacted people and grassroots organizations to translate their vision and aspirations into structural change and works with network partners to build power to abolish systems of oppression and transform the material conditions of Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color.

Eric has worked at PolicyLink, San Diego Workforce Partnership, and RISE San Diego, where he focused on strategy, communications, and youth organizing for policy and system change efforts. He currently sits on the boards of Mid City-CAN and Center for Policy Initiatives and the Policy and Advocacy Committee for Catalyst San Diego. In his free time, he loves to read, work out, cook/eat good food, and will watch anything and everything comics-related.

Sybil Grant – Deputy Director

Sybil is the Deputy Director of the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color team, working with youth and community leaders to remove barriers to opportunity and enact policies that advance racial, gender, and economic justice.  Sybil also helps to lead our work to end cycles of violence by centering healing, community-based prevention and divesting from punishment systems. With more than 15 years of experience working on electoral, labor, and issue campaigns, Sybil is passionate about transforming our schools, health, justice, and economic systems through community-led solutions.  She lives in Los Angeles and welcomes all conversations about dogs, plants, and why LA is not a desert.

Gustavo López – Research Director

Gustavo leads the research, evaluation, and data work for the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color (ABMoC). Prior to joining ABMoC, Gustavo led the research agenda for the Southern Border Communities Coalition of Alliance San Diego, focusing on migration and border policies. He guided the development and launch of the Border Lens data portal, which aggregates economic and demographic data on the border region. Gustavo also worked as a research analyst at the Pew Research Center where he focused on demographic and survey research. He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from Purdue University, and a master’s of public policy degree from UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. He lives in San Diego and enjoys running, adding to his growing collection of plants, and baking.

Laura Baeza – Policy & Organizing Manager

Laura is the Policy and Organizing Manager for ABMoC. Laura has been a part of the ABMoC network for many years through her previous role at Mid-City CAN, where she organized youth. Most recently, Laura worked with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial County and helped to pass the PrOTECT ordinance, Measure B, and focused on engaging Central San Diego Leadership engagement and statewide policing and education equity campaigns.

Laura also has deep experience working on grassroots and labor campaigns, including organizing fast-food workers in the Fight for $15 and handling worker grievances and contract negotiations with AFSCME and Multnomah County workers.

Laura is a Chula Vista native who has spent most of her childhood living in Tijuana, Mexico as a cross-border student. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from UCLA, and in her free time, Laura loves to travel to Mexico, read, watch Shark Tank, and walk around SD with her family and pup Mia.

Jordan Thierry – Consultant

Jordan Thierry is the Founder and Creative Director of Dream Chase Media LLC, a multimedia production company that uses culture, creativity and community as inspirations for compelling storytelling. His first feature film, THE BLACK FATHERHOOD PROJECT received wide community acclaim for its breakdown on the history of the Black family. Jordan is a graduate of University of Oregon and Howard University, and has worked as an educator, philanthropic consultant, lobbyist, and independent filmmaker.  He is a proud board member of the Los Angeles Black Worker Center and author of A KIDS BOOK ABOUT SYSTEMIC RACISM