Kindred Motes

As Digital Strategy Director, Kindred directed operations for all of Vera’s digital and social media accounts, digital marketing and campaign strategies, digital partnerships, and short-form editorial content on He also managed the planning and execution of long-term and strategic growth initiatives for digital networks, using day-to-day activities to inform, develop, and execute a robust growth strategy. As part of this work, he worked with Vera senior leadership, advising on opportunities for digital engagement, helping plan high-impact events, and directing efforts to leverage key social influencers to call attention to Vera’s work through strategic partnerships. This has led to his speaking on panels at SXSW and Sundance Film Festival, and to interviews with civil and human rights advocates Kerry Kennedy and DeRay Mckesson, among others.

Kindred also led social media for the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge and served on the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Young Leaders program, which amplifies the work of young human rights defenders around the world, since 2017. In 2019, he joined the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Alabama.

Prior to joining Vera, Kindred developed and launched campaigns and strategic communications related to human rights for the Control Arms Secretariat, working with member organizations Oxfam and Amnesty International at the United Nations to coordinate global media outreach. He also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to develop and execute new communications and social media strategies.

In August of 2019, Kindred received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Birmingham-Southern College for his work on behalf of civil and human rights.

He holds a BA in English from Birmingham-Southern College and an MA in international relations with honors from the University of Essex in Britain.