Mia Birdsong is a senior fellow at the Economic Security Project. She was formerly the Co-Director of Family Story. She has spent more than 20 years fighting for the self-determination, and pointing out the brilliant adaptations, of everyday people. Most recently, she was the Vice President of the Family Independence Initiative (FII). Under her leadership the organization expanded and achieved national recognition. Through FII, she created and curated the Torchlight Prize, an award for groups of everyday people working together to strengthen their own communities.