Board of Directors - Rights and Democracy

Board of Directors

See our RAD Education Fund (c3) board members here -
Alison_Nihart.jpg ALISON NIHART, Co-Chair (VT)

Alison began volunteering with Rights & Democracy about a year and a half ago. She now serves as the chair of the Addison County Organizing Team, where she is helping to build RAD's organizing capacity in her town and neighboring communities. She is also a member of the Vermont Leadership Committee, where she has been involved in the development of RAD's proposed structure, as well as building the Vermont Movement Politics plan for endorsing and supporting candidates in 2018. She is passionate about building accessible and transparent systems that facilitate broad democratic participation in our work, and enjoy the process of figuring out how to design and maintain those systems. (2019)

Kerry_Clock.jpg KERRY CLOCK , At-Large (NH)

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. (2019)

Mark_Hughes.jpg MARK HUGHES , Interim Treasurer (VT)

Mark is the co-founder and executive director of Justice For All, a grassroots organization committed to advancing racial justice within Vermont’s criminal justice system through advocacy, education and relationship building. In 2017, Justice For All anchored the Racial Justice Reform Coalition (30 organizations) and successfully facilitated the passage of H.308 (Act 54), one of the most progressive racial justice bills in Vermont history! He recently helped launch a Vermont chapter of the New Poor People's Campaign; A National Call for a Moral Revival. (2019)

Barbarina.jpg BARBARINA HYERDAHL, At-Large (VT)

Barbarina is a long standing activist and funder particularly focused on how citizens and government can work collaboratively to address today’s vexing societal problems—from tackling climate change to systemic racism to growing inequality. She believes government is not the “problem” but the “prize,” especially when it helps ensure the wellbeing of all citizens, provides education and creates opportunity for all, builds and maintains necessary infrastructure, and acts as a bulwark against corporations that would rig the economy. In the era of “big money” in politics, she believes citizens must be deeply engaged in “big organizing,” and working to un-rig the economy and government at all levels.. (2019)

Griffin_SinclairWingate.jpg GRIFFIN SINCLAIR-WINGATE, Interim Secretary (NH)

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. (2019)

Andrew_Tripp.jpg ANDREW TRIPP, At-Large (VT)

Andrew has spent much of the last 30 years involved in the struggle for a more just society. From demonstrations against US support of Apartheid South Africa and wars in Central America in the 80’s, to his first job in politics organizing to try and defeat the passage of NAFTA in 1993, to the anti-WTO demonstrations of the 90’s, to organizing unions for most of the last 20 years. His professional life has been as a Union, Community, and Civil Rights Organizer, nationally and in Vermont. For 20 years, in 28 States and four countries, he has organized unions, negotiated contracts, run strikes, built and run organizations and campaigns, worked to elect candidates, and passed legislation. (2019)


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