Mia Birdsong is a family and community visionary who has spent more than 20 years fighting for the self-determination and pointing out the brilliant adaptations, of everyday people. She’s currently working on How We Show Up, a book about the ways we build expansive and supportive family and community. She is a Senior Fellow at the Economic Security Project, where she is expanding the current guaranteed income movement to include perspectives and leadership from communities experiencing economic and racial injustice. Previously, Mia was Co-Director of Family Story, where she worked to update this nation’s outdated, narrow idea of the family in America. Before that, she was Vice President of the Family Independence Initiative, an organization that leverages the power of data and stories to illuminate and accelerate the initiative low-income families take to improve their lives.
Mia’s 2015 TED talk, “The Story We Tell About Poverty Isn’t True,” has been viewed over 1.6 million times already. She publishes widely and speaks at universities and conferences across the country. She lives and dreams big in Oakland, California.