Justin Wedes is an educator, social entrepreneur and community activist based in Detroit, Michigan. He is the CEO and Founder of The Liberati Group, a creative digital agency specializing in grassroots advocacy and crowdfunding campaigns for non-profits, cause-based organizations and small businesses.
A graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Physics and Linguistics with High Honors, Justin has taught formerly truant and low-income youth in subjects ranging from science to media literacy and social justice activism. A founding member of the New York City General Assembly (NYCGA) – the group that brought you Occupy Wall Street – Justin continues his education activism with the Grassroots Education Movement and Class Size Matters. In 2012 he co-founded the Paul Robeson Freedom School in Brooklyn, NY.
In 2014, Justin returned to his native Detroit to co-found the Detroit Water Brigade, a non-profit advocacy and rapid relief organization responding to the city’s aggressive water shutoff program. In May, 2015, he left the leadership of this group to spin off a new community organization, Detroit Workers and Builders, which trains and employs Detroiters fixing Detroit’s blighted homes, public buildings and infrastructure.
In his (fleeting) spare time, Justin enjoys biking, running, chess, and playing the ’77 Fender Rhodes stage piano to his heart’s delight.
“A young rebel.” -Stephen Colbert