Executive Director

James co-founded Rights & Democracy after serving as the Executive Director at the Vermont Workers’ Center for over 15 years. He has extensive experience in running grassroots legislative advocacy campaigns, labor and community organizing. He can be reached at

Director of Programming and Policy

Kate is a feminist social and political theory scholar, specializing in family policy, participatory democracy, and human rights, as well as a having a background in labor and community organizing and nonprofit management. Working for Rights & Democracy gives her the opportunity to put all of these passions and skills to use in helping to build a more just and sustainable future. You can reach her at

Director of Strategic Development

Jaime worked as a community organizer in NH and VT for over ten years, leading campaigns for living wages, healthcare reform, affordable housing, labor and LGBTQ rights, and addressing systemic racism. She has worked in NH as Director for Working Families Win,, and led a campaign that defeated the radical right in the State House. Jaime helped found the Monadnock Live Free and Equal Coalition for LGBTQ rights, the Monadnock International Film Festival, and the Monadnock Food Co-op. You can reach her at

Political Engagement Coordinator

Elise was born and raised in Hardwick, Vermont. She graduated from UVM in 2014, where she studied History and Secondary Education. After college, she served as an AmeriCorps member organizing community service opportunities for middle and high school students in Essex Junction. She began working with Rights & Democracy in August 2015 organizing in communities across the state, and played a key role in organizing the Women’s March on Montpelier in January of 2017. At roughly 20,000 attendees, the march was the one of the biggest rallies in Vermont history. This past winter, Elise managed Carina Driscoll’s campaign for Mayor of Burlington. You can reach her at

Lead Organizer

As a Grassroots Organizer for Rights and Democracy, Emma works to lift up the voices of Vermonters by training, building empowerment, and educating. A UVM grad, her background is in agriculture and food justice issues, but she has also worked on issues surrounding climate and energy. In her free time she likes to sing songs, spend time with plants, and crack puns. You can reach her at

Program Director, Jobs, Justice Climate Campaign

Johanna found her roots in the environmental justice movement while working for Greenpeace USA in 2009. For more than a decade she has worked as a grassroots trainer, street medic, campaign director, and policy expert with grassroots, regional, & national organizations. She has a passion for working with impacted residents and empowering communities to build a just transition & climate resilient future. In 2015 she earned her Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School to better integrate legal & policy tactics into grassroots campaigns. She serves on several boards of trustees and consults as a trainer & facilitator for environmental justice causes. You can reach her at

Director of Community Engagement

Chuck Pizer is RAD’s Director of Community Engagement. Prior to RAD, he worked as the Community Engagement Director for Vermont PBS for six years. During that time he rapidly expanded its partners – and presence – throughout all fourteen counties of the state. Chuck was also elected by his colleagues across the country as the Chair of the National Educational Telecommunications Associations (NETA) Community Engagement Council. He has also served as the Development Director for the Humane Society of Chittenden County. Chuck has strong legislative policy experience, and has been involved in dozens of campaigns in Illinois, Virginia and Vermont. You can reach him at

Communications Director

Shay grew up in the Northeast Kingdom and as a writer and publisher has worked to give voice to people organizing on a variety of issues, from labor, LGBTQ and disability rights to the environmental justice and anti-war movements, and more. A graduate of Bennington College, he has served on the boards of the Vermont Press Association, the Peace & Justice Center, the Keep BT Local Coop, Burlington Friends of Education, and was a founding board member of RAD. You can reach him at