Leadership Committee

LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

Mark King

MARK KING

Mark was born into a Union family; democracy in the workplace has colored his approach to life. He received a BA in Labor Studies (studying the Political Economy of Labor and Labor History) from the National Labor College, a school run by the AFL-CIO. He has a Masters in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management earned at George Mason University. He has been active in his Local and at the state level of AFT-NH. He is a NH AFL-CIO District Coordinator, a volunteer position that, with other activists enables efforts across the state to stand up for working people and their families. He served as a Labor surrogate for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, and was elected as a pledged Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He is currently serving his second term as a NH State Representative from Nashua Ward 6.

Bonnie Wright

BONNIE WRIGHT

Bonnie is a wife, mother, grandmother and former small business owner from Salem, NH. She has supported Rights & Democracy as a Leadership Committee member from early in our inception, on top of the many roles she takes in serving her home community. Bonnie currently serves as Vice Chair of the Salem Zoning Board of Adjustment, Secretary of the Salem Democratic Town Committee, At Large member on the Executive Committee of the Rockingham County Democrats and President of the Salem NH Farmers Market. She has also run as a State Rep Candidate in Rockingham 8 the past two election cycles, and plans to run again in 2020.

Marcia Garber

MARCIA GARBER

Marcia is a nurse, wife, mom, and rebel living in Manchester, NH. “My liberation depends on your liberation”. Honored and privileged to do the “work”.

Sebastian Fuentes

SEBASTIAN FUENTES

Sebastian, an immigrant from Peru, landed in NH right after 9/11. During those hard times, Sebastian started to understand the meaning of being an American and what it represents. In 2016 he became a U.S Citizen and started to being passionate about issues that affect him directly like Immigration and Racism. By studying those issues Sebastian realized all other issues were interconnected. Criminal Justice, Economic Justice are some of them. He joined the Occupy Inauguration Team with the Equality Coalition out of Philadelphia protesting the Donald Trump Inauguration in D.C. Came back to Northern NH and together with a group of local progressive activists they started a Community group called For the People by the People. They organized rallies and marches across northern NH.  Sebastian also volunteers for the ACLU and goes around to give an Ask an Immigrant Anything discussion where people of all areas ask questions regarding his personal experience. He joined Rights & Democracy because they were the only organization to went up to the North Country and listened. RAD has the tools and the people to truly give us a voice.

Eric Rasmussen

ERIC RASMUSSEN

Eric is an engineer with over two decades of experience working in the non-profit world on STEM-related programs. He began his involvement in politics in 2015, as a volunteer for Bernie Sanders, and has continued to answer the call since then. He now volunteers for Rights & Democracy, serves as the vice-chair on his town Democratic Committee, and coordinates with nearby towns and candidates as part of the D38 Democratic Alliance. Eric’s goals are not just to champion progressive candidates and policies, but to strengthen and/or reform the institutions that serve as gatekeepers to electability and legislation. also Eric also serves as an At-Large member of the Rights & Democracy Project’s Board of Directors.

Jim Murphy

JIM MURPHY

Jim was one of the founding members of Monadnock Progressive Alliance and he is on the Leadership Team. He is a retired Oncology Nurse and formed the MPA Healthcare subgroup. This group has put special emphasis on promoting Medicare for All. He has been active to help organize MPA/RAD events such as The Medicaid for All Forum at KSC, Building a Progressive Movement with Nina Turner at KSC and RAD Membership Assembly and MPA Power Summit 2018. He is a photographer and has documented and shared many MPA/RAD events.

ANDREA POLIZOS

Andrea is a retired middle school science teacher, a founding member of the Monadnock Progressive Alliance (MPA), a member of the MPA Leadership Team, and the Harrisville Community Action Group. She says: “I am new to the political scene. Along with millions of others, I began a period of soul searching and newfound civic engagement following the 2016 elections. Over the past year, I have found my voice and the courage to use it. With grit and passion, I take a new step out of my comfort zone everyday, knowing that every action is necessary to create the just world that I truly believe is possible. I am excited to work with the RAD leadership to continue to build and strengthen grassroots advocacy towards a true democracy.”

Kerry Clock

KERRY CLOCK

Kerry is a retired educator who has been involved in political causes since his opposition to the Vietnam War and his support of the civil rights movement in the ‘60’s’. As a former local president, NEA-NH Vice President, NEA-NH Director and NEA Board member in Washington, DC, he has led efforts to support and defend public education. Kerry participated in the preliminary efforts to organize a New Hampshire RAD chapter and currently serves as RAD NH’s registered grassroots lobbyist in the State House. Kerry also serves as an At-Large member of the Rights & Democracy Project’s Board of Directors.

Griffin Sinclair Wingate

GRIFFIN SINCLAR WINGATE

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. Griffin also serves as an At-Large member of the Rights & Democracy Project’s Board of Directors.

Tim Smith

TIM SMITH

Tim is a State Representative from Manchester Ward 10. Growing up, part of an impoverished family that moved around quite a bit, Tim lived in extreme poverty until the age of ten. He lived in NH, ME, FL, and MA before his mother finally settled in Milford New Hampshire where Tim lived until graduating high school. As a young adult, Tim worked full time while attending college, as well as flying lessons, during his off-hours, and was the first person in several generations of his family to graduate college. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in management at the end of 2007. His career is in the field of Information Technology. During his professional career he has worked for a variety of high-tech companies here in New Hampshire such as Degree Controls, Barlo Signs, and AdvantEdge, as well as in the non-profit sector. In his personal time he studies economics (and is a member of the American Economic Association), aviation, and world history, as well as enjoying various hobbies such as sport shooting and board games.

Jodi Newell

JODI NEWELL

Jodi lives in Keene with her two little boys and her pup, Buddy. She’s blessed to have a job that she enjoys at a homeless shelter in Massachusetts and devotes as much time as she can to advancing progressive candidates & policies.

JAN SCHAFFER

Jan works for the national AFL-CIO. She is currently the Governance, Organizational and Leadership Development Coordinator for the Northeast. She works with State Federations, Central Labor Bodies and affiliated unions to assist with planning, governance, leadership development and training. From 1989 through 1997 Schaffer was the Political Director for the New Hampshire AFL-CIO. In the 1980s Schaffer was an organizer for the United Auto Workers (UAW) Technical, Office and Professional Workers Department, primarily organizing workers in the academic sector. She has been a member of the United Auto Workers and the American Federation of Teachers. Currently, she is a member of the Communication Workers. She lives in Warner, NH.

Amy Hathaway

AMY HATHAWAY

Amy is the co-chair of the Rights & Democracy Project’s Board of Directors. She comes to this work with early experiences with activism at home. She grew up in a liberal Quaker Meeting in CT, and observed her mother’s deep involvement in the Sanctuary movement of the 1970’s and 80’s. She moved to New Hampshire in 1980 to attend a small Quaker school built on active and intentional community, focused on integrating farming, communal living and progressive education. She has been inspired by RAD and has grown into a leadership role over the last two years, and she is excited to continue my learning as an organizer and be an active part of making decisions that feed RAD’s vision and goals. Above all, she values building community and collaboration.

ANNE DICICCO

Bio & photo coming soon!

Adrian George

ADRIAN GEORGE

As a member of the Unitarian Universalist church of Nashua Social Justice Committee, Adrian has been involved in many issues impacting our community such as health care, ending homelessness, voter registration drives, public ownership of water and Community Outreach funding drives.  He was one of the original founding members of the New Hampshire Faithfull Democracy (now the Unitarian Universalist Action Network), a 501c3 committed to organizing the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Committees throughout the state to advocate for passing legislation such as Freedom to Marry, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards.

LauraLynch

LAURA LYNCH

Laura is a wife, mother and Nana of 12 with another on the way. Laura and her husband Ken bought their retirement home and moved to Temple in 2014 only to find out that a fossil fuel company wanted to build an 80,000 HP Compressor station near her new home.  Working together with many pipeline committees they were able to stop this project. In 2015 she met Anthony Prozik and joined Rights & Democracy and has been a member since. Laura is on the national leadership board of March On/Wearemarchon.org  She started March On NH and with many friends put together the 2018 Together We Rise Women’s Rally. She worked alongside many organizations to put together the 2019 3rd Annual NH Women’s Rally. Beyond RAD she is a member of the NH Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Temple Renewable Energy Committee, the Temple Democrats and the Hillsborough County Democratic Committee.