Board of Directors - Rights and Democracy

Board of Directors

See our RAD Education Fund (c3) board members here - rights-democracy.org/board
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)

Jade_Fitzgerald.jpg JADE ANN FITZGERALD, Treasurer (NH)

Jade is a long time technology professional with a background in computer security and data analytics; and is a cloud engineer at the moment. She finds her hobby in volunteer work having co-founded both DrawnCon Incorporated and Lunar Solis Corp; both of which are educational 501(c)(3) organizations in support of Animation and the Arts. She has additionally spent time volunteering as an EMT, and began her political organizing with Bernie Sanders NH campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2016. She believes in the people's ability to influence the government they live in, and will assist that fight in any way she can. (2018)

Victoria_Parmele.jpg VICTORIA PARMELE, Secretary (NH)

Victoria has a background in land use planning and environmental protection, and for as long as she can remember have focused on the need for a more sustainable society. She is currently the Chair of Strafford Regional Planning Commission, an organization that focuses on planning for the future of the region, in the areas of transportation, environmental protection, housing, employment, education, healthcare, etc. She has contributed to RAD by attending leadership meetings and attending/working on events; making financial contributions; developing Legislative Tracking for the 2017 Legislative session; starting to disperse information to RAD members on the Free State Project; and helping to evaluate/rethink where RAD is headed in New Hampshire. (2019)

Mari_Cordes.jpg MARI CORDES, At-Large (VT)

Mari is a registered nurse and union and community social justice activist. She is the former local president of Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals. She co-led on a number of policy issues such as an effort to remove discriminatory health insurance practices for transgender individuals, to strengthen public and regulatory oversight of not-for-profit hospital assets, and in the effort to establish publicly funded health care with no barriers to access for all Vermonters. Her first academic degree was in Natural Resource Management, Economics and Policy, and has served on the 350VT board. She lives off the grid in the mountains with her husband David. (2018)

Mark_Hughes.jpg MARK HUGHES , At-Large (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)

Griffin_SinclairWingate.jpg GRIFFIN SINCLAIR-WINGATE, At-Large (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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