Kindred Motes

As Director of Digital Strategy, Kindred leads operations for all of Vera’s social media accounts and short-form editorial and breaking news content on He also manages 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 advises Vera senior leadership on opportunities for digital engagement, helps plan high-impact events, and directs efforts to leverage key social influencers to call attention to Vera’s work.

In addition to his work for Vera, he leads social media for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge. He also serves 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.  

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.

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.