See our RAD Institute (c3) board members at rights-democracy.org/board
Sharlene was born in Keene, NH and has lived in New Hampshire her whole life. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and later worked at the US Postal Service-where she retired recently after roughly 30 years. For approximately 22 years she was a steward for the NPMHU (National Postal Mail Handler Union), and served on the NH AFL CIO Executive Board for about 20 years. During her time with the NH AFL-CIO, I experienced and learned a tremendous amount about politics, social justice and reform, and grassroots organizing. She stepped down from the board after her retirement, and I has been looking for a place to land and continue fighting the good fight. She heard about RAD from other union activists, and more than a year ago she started to volunteer, as well as attend events and meetings for Rights & Democracy. The principles that RAD extols are precisely the same as the principles a union works to promote. (2020-2021)
Scott has been a lifelong activist for social and economic justice starting with the civil rights and anti-war movements. He is a founding member of RAD, Facilitator of the Vermont Leadership Committee and is on the Movement Politics Committee, and Treasurer of the Vermont Political Revolution PAC. He is the founder of Vermont Acts, to get money out of politics, and has been active in the Vermont Workers Center, Castleton Indivisibles, and the Rutland Area NAACP. He also serves as the Rutland County Treasurer & State Committeeman for the Vermont Democratic Party. He is a Data Scientist and a member of the Analyst Institute, a clearinghouse for evidence on voter contact and engagement programs that makes evidence-based recommendations to the progressive community. His commitment to fighting for social, economic and environmental justice is informed by a grandmother who fled czarist Russia because of persecution for her union organizing and his own Quaker upbringing. (2020-2021)
Eric is an engineer who has been working in the non-profit world for over two decades to empower young people through STEM programs. He has seen the challenges that a growing organization can face, and he wishes to share his experience to help RAD continue to grow and fulfill its critical mission. He is a firm believer in the mission and values of RAD, and has already been volunteering with RAD since 2017 and serving on the board since 2018.
Andru was a candidate for governor in NH in the 2020 Primary, championing education funding equity, responding to climate change and addressing income inequality. He has served two terms as a NH Executive Councilor. He has a 40 year career as a trial lawyer representing clients mostly in business and employment cases, but also working hard on social equity matters involving school funding and capital punishment. He lives in East Concord, NH.
Ed is a South Florida native who has been in the Granite State for close to two years, building people power in young and marginalized communities. Ed works as an Organizer with Rise! in the Upper Valley. Ed is passionate about empowering, educating, and mobilizing marginalized people to redesign the structures that were created to exclude black people, and people of color. Ed graduated from Florida A&M University in 2018.
Jubilee has been a RAD member leader in Vermont for several years. She has used her lived experience to fight to #RaisetheWage and enact PFMLI for all working Vermonters. She serves on RAD’s VT Leadership Committee and Movement Politics Committee, as well as her County organizing team. As a service coordinator for housing insecure folks at the John Graham Shelter, she is committed to creating a fair and just society where all can thrive.
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Jo has been a RAD Member for 5 years, has served on numerous boards and committees, and is Trustee and Development Committee Chair for the Vermont Arts Council. Jo helped organize March for Our Lives, the Let Equality Bloom Festival, and the VT Women’s March 2019 and 2020. She was an At-Large Delegate, DNC for Bernie Sanders 2016, a dedicated Bernie volunteer, a 2020 Alumni of Emerge Vermont, and a 2020 VT State Rep candidate.
Mia has been a member and leader in the Bennington chapter of Rights & Democracy chapter since 2016. She serves on the chapter’s water and the racial justice work groups, which have led to significant movement and change in the community. Mia is committed to finding and supporting progressive political candidates. It is important to me to contribute my time and effort toward bettering the lives of others by working for social, political and economic change. (2020-2021)
During the 2016 elections Griffin pressured presidential candidates to take stronger stances on climate through birddogging, banner drops, and disruptions. While working for 350 Action in the 2016 primaries, Griffin learned how to engage with candidates in order to change the national narrative. During his time at 350NH he’s learned an incredible amount about what it takes to organize community volunteers. Similar to RAD, 350NH is an organization driven by volunteers. He’s learned how to craft a strategy that incorporates the broad range of ideas volunteers bring to the table. (2020-2021)
Jeetan works as an Employment & Training Counselor with the Association of Africans living in Vermont (AALV, Inc). Before this, Jeetan managed and owned Nepali Kitchen of Essex Junction. Jeetan has also worked with the UN Sustainable Development Goals project, Spectrum Youth & Family Services, the Burlington Community & Economic Development Office, and served as Commissioner of Burlington’s Parks & Recreation Department.
Barbara grew up on a small dairy farm in rural Michigan, had a long Telecommunications career, and now owns a small berry farm, Solar Haven Farm LLC. Since moving to Vermont in 2008, Barbara has been active on many fronts, where those most impacted are often unable to fight back, including litigating on behalf of a syrup producer, exposing Vermont Gas’ deceptive marketing, advocating for healthcare reform, and fighting to keep rural schools opened.
Sherry is a progressive activist and educator working in the Seacoast area of NH. Her professional focus is race and history in the U.S., particularly the colonial era and the Civil Rights movement, and she has done a significant amount of anti-racist study and practice. She will serve her final term in the NH House of Representatives in the 20-22 term.
Kristen comes to RAD through the New Hampshire Progress Alliance, which she co-founded in 2017. NHPA made some of its early investments RAD as a way to strengthen NH’s progressive political infrastructure. As she’s continued to serve on NHPA’s board, she has been drawn to RAD’s vision and commitment to organizing and mobilizing at the grassroots level and officially joined RAD in 2019. She hopes to bring to a working role on RAD’s board: skills from a career as a writer and communicator; board experience on community nonprofits and advocacy organizations in New Hampshire and Washington State; strategic understanding of community organizing. She moved to NH in 1995 when she married writer, editor, and Granite State native Jim Collins; they have two school-age children. In 2012 they relocated to Seattle but return regularly to New Hampshire for work and family. (2020-2021)
Alyssa is a licensed clinical social worker and long time mental health and social justice activist in New England. As a New Hampshire native and a Vermont resident, Alyssa has roots in both states. She brings a wealth of experience with and knowledge of the culture and climate of both Vermont and New Hampshire.