Ann League, Executive DirectorAnn League, Executive Director of SOCM

Ann joined the SOCM staff as Executive Director in January 2015.  Ann originally joined SOCM as a member in 2001 fighting the destructive MTR site on Zeb Mountain. She served a term as Vice-President of the SOCM Board before becoming a SOCM organizer in 2009, where she staffed a number of chapters and committees.

She was born in Seneca, S.C., and moved to Tennessee when she was seventeen. Ann holds an Associate’s degree in AutoCAD Technology.


Linda Cowan, Director of Finance, Development and OperationsLinda Cowan, Director of Finance, Development and Operations

Linda joined the SOCM staff in 1993 as the Office and Finance Manager. Since then she has served in a variety of positions that have culminated in her current job. SOCM has stretched her, challenged her, and afforded her with opportunities for immeasurable growth. The passion and dedication of SOCM’s membership is what keeps her motivated and willing to step up along side members when needed.

As a Navy brat, Linda experienced a variety of cultures while living up and down the east and west coasts. She is the oldest of seven siblings and is the proud aunt of six nieces and four nephews who work really hard to keep her young.


Adam Hughes, East Tennessee Community Organizer

Adam Hughes, East TN OrganizerAdam Hughes joined the SOCM staff in November 2014 as the East Tennessee Organizer.  He currently lives in Knoxville, where he serves on the board of the Birdhouse Neighborhood Center. 

Prior to joining SOCM, he was active in organizing against strip-mining, opposing the funding of mountaintop removal with Hands off Appalachia and training new organizers on the Mountain Justice camp planning collective.  Adam studied economics and music at Brandeis University, where he was elected a Student Representative to the Board of Trustees.  While at Brandeis, he co-founded Innermost Labs, LLC to design mobile applications for non-profit groups.


Caroline Ford, Middle Tennessee Community Organizer Caroline Ford, Middle Tennessee Community Organizer

Caroline Ford joined the SOCM’s staff in July 2018 as the Middle Tennessee Organizer. Prior to that, they were a member and then chair of Rutherford County’s SOCM Chapter.

Before joining our staff, Caroline was an organizer for Women’s March Tennessee and the Tennessee Anti-Racist Network. Previously they were involved in organizing around food insecurity, homelessness, income inequality, and environmental issues.