Founder & Executive Director
Nate Howard is a professional speaker, poet, educator, and social entrepreneur. In May 2013, Nate made the front page of the LA Times for sparking a movement against racial profiling after 79 LAPD officers shut down his event at USC. Realizing someone was attempting to tell his story, he founded Movement BE, a non-profit organization that conducts workshops to help young people discover their story. With the motto of “tell your story before they do,” Movement BE has directly impacted thousands of students across the country and even the world. Nate was selected on the inaugural NBCBLK28 list as on of the top 28 black leaders in the nation under 28 years old. He was later featured on the Today Show as one of the "Best and Brightest: Game Changers Making History." Most recently Nate was honored in his hometown of San Diego as the " Young Entrepreneur of the Year."
Nate’s belief is that we should focus our activism on education, empowering youth to create change so that the movement is proactive and sustainable. Seeing poetry as a means of self-expression, he challenges school systems to see its use as vital for the development of youth, giving them the courage to find their story to challenge the status quo. Nate has recorded his poetry on songs with artists Ty Dolla Sign, Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Cornel West.
Nate is a graduate of the University of Southern California. His biggest inspirations are Martin Luther King Jr. and Maya Angelou.
Director of Programs & Events
Veronica Middlebrooks is a community organizer and health and wellness coach from Chicago, Illinois. Having studied biology and community leadership and public service at Iowa State University, Veronica has combined her talents to design and plan programs and events for Movement BE around equity for all youth.
In June 2018, she planned the inaugural BE the Voice Celebration at the San Diego Central Library featuring keynote speaker and actor O'shea Jackson Jr. A sold-out venue with special performances from Movement BE youth, Veronica has creatively expanded Movement BE's development efforts through volunteers and in-kind donations. She also helped solidify the California Wellness Foundation as a major support through her ongoing efforts to promote Movement BE.
Veronica is a huge advocate of holistic health and often advocates to youth the importance of living a healthy life.