James_Haslam.jpg JAMES HASLAM, 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.

Maria.jpg MARIA ROSA FITZSIMMONS, Organizing Director

Maria is a native of the south side of Chicago. She has been organizing since her first year at Fordham University, where she studied economics and theology, and led a number of student organizing efforts. She has organized communities in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Chicago on a number of issues including access to public housing, immigrant rights, economic democracy, and racial justice. She is a member of the national people's action national training team.

Isaac_Grimm.JPG ISAAC GRIMM, Political Engagement Director

Since RAD's inception, Isaac has worked as the canvass director, lead organizer and now political engagement director. He worked as co-canvass director with the Working Families Party and organizer for SEIU helping thousands of adjunct faculty form a union. A UVM grad and former Vermont Workers’ Center intern, he also worked as a high school social studies teacher in Colombia for 5 years.

Anthony.jpg ANTHONY PROCIK, Lead Organizer

Anthony grew up in the Chicagoland area and graduated from Northland College. While living on the south shore of Lake Superior, they were organizing with grassroots and grasstops groups to prevent legislation permitting mountain top removal, open pit mining, concentrated animal feeding operations, the Illiana Tollway and the Keystone XL Pipeline. An AmeriCorps VISTA position at Southern New Hampshire University brought them to Manchester, where they began political organizing with presidential and issue campaigns in New Hampshire.

Kathy.jpg KATHY STAUB, Field Representative

Kathy is a lifelong resident of Manchester, NH. She has been a public education advocate for over 15 years and served two terms on the Manchester School Board.


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