DYV is led by Kirk Noden, a veteran community organizer who has successfully built community organizations in Chicago, Birmingham UK, and Ohio. These organizations have addressed issues including improving education, ending gun violence, securing fair and affordable housing, and raising the wages of retail workers. Kirk currently serves on the boards of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, a statewide grassroots power organization; Policy Matters Ohio, one of the state’s premier progressive think tanks; and the Safety and Justice Action PAC which focuses on electing progressive prosecutors across the country. Currently, Kirk directs a set of movement aligned and owned LLCs and can be found occasionally working the bar at The Battleground social justice taproom and Mexican Kitchen in Kent.
Adam Keck is the head brewer and owner of Modern Methods Brewery with his wife, Sarah. Adam began his organizing career working on the 2008 Obama campaign, then joining the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative as community organizer. Over four years, he led campaigns to end human trafficking and address ongoing blight and housing conditions. Adam left to pursue a business career with the idea of opening his own craft brewery in Warren OH. In 2018, the brewery opened and Adam and Modern Methods partnered with DYV to produce our first set of beers in 2019.