Ann League, Executive Director

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.  She lives in Knoxville and enjoys spending time with her spouse equivalent, Jeff, and their rescued dogs.

Email: ann@socm.org

Linda 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.

Email: linda@socm.org

Mike Cannon, Community Organizer in Middle Tennessee

Mike joined the SOCM staff in July 2014 as SOCM’s Middle Tennessee organizer after serving as an at-large rep on SOCM’s Board for nearly a year. He brings about 10 years of organizing experience with him including work on electoral campaigns, housing rights, and with unions. He grew up in Smyrna, Tenn., and earned a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from Middle Tennessee State University where, as a student activist, he was active in efforts to fight against budget cuts to higher education. After working in Cincinnati for three years, Mike moved back to Tennessee in 2012 and currently lives in Nashville. He enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and travelling.

Email: mike@socm.org

Rosa Ponce
Rosa Ponce, Social Justice Community Organizer

Rosa joined the SOCM staff in July 2016 as our Social Justice Committee (SJC) Community Organizer . She and her daughter, Alessandra (‘Ale’), joined SOCM as members in August 2015. Rosa served as co-chair of the SJC and has played a leading role in the movement to defend K-12 public education across Tennessee. She has lived in Clarksville since 2001 and is active with other social justice causes, such as immigrant rights, the labor movement, and food justice. Rosa enjoys spending time with Ale on the road, discovering new places, ideas, and cuisine!

Email: rosa@socm.org

Adam Hughes, East Tennessee Community Organizer

Adam 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.

Email: adam@socm.org