Staff - Rights and Democracy


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. He can be reached at

kate_logan.jpg KATE LOGAN, Director of Programming and Policy

Kate is a feminist social and political theory scholar, specializing in family policy, participatory democracy, and human rights, as well as a having a background in labor and community organizing and nonprofit management. Working for Rights & Democracy gives her the opportunity to put all of these passions and skills to use in helping to build a more just and sustainable future. You can reach her at

HilaryViens.jpg HILARY VIENS, Operations Director

Hilary is a clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience working with non-profits. Before devoting her time to RAD, Hilary served as Director of Programs and Assistant Director with several non-profits on the East Coast. Hilary provides national consulting services on capacity building related to infrastructure development as well as HIV prevention, and is an experienced federal grants reviewer. You can reach her at

Jaime_Contois_Head_Shot_3.12.jpg JAIME CONTOIS, Director of Strategic Development

Jaime worked as a community organizer in NH and VT for over ten years, leading campaigns for living wages, healthcare reform, affordable housing, labor and LGBTQ rights, and addressing systemic racism. She has worked in NH as Director for Working Families Win,, and led a campaign that defeated the radical right in the State House. Jaime helped found the Monadnock Live Free and Equal Coalition for LGBTQ rights, the Monadnock International Film Festival, and the Monadnock Food Co-op. You can reach her at

Greaves.jpg ELISE GREAVES, Political Engagement Coordinator

Elise was born and raised in Hardwick, Vermont. She graduated from UVM in 2014, where she studied History and Secondary Education. After college, she served as an AmeriCorps member organizing community service opportunities for middle and high school students in Essex Junction. She began working with Rights & Democracy in August 2015 organizing in communities across the state, and played a key role in organizing the Women's March on Montpelier in January of 2017. At roughly 20,000 attendees, the march was the one of the biggest rallies in Vermont history. This past winter, Elise managed Carina Driscoll's campaign for Mayor of Burlington. You can reach her at

Johanna.png JOHANNA DE GRAFFENREID, Program Director, Jobs, Justice Climate Campaign

Johanna found her roots in the environmental justice movement while working for Greenpeace USA in 2009. For more than a decade she has worked as a grassroots trainer, street medic, campaign director, and policy expert with grassroots, regional, & national organizations. She has a passion for working with impacted residents and empowering communities to build a just transition & climate resilient future. In 2015 she earned her Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School to better integrate legal & policy tactics into grassroots campaigns. She serves on several boards of trustees and consults as a trainer & facilitator for environmental justice causes. You can reach her at

Shay_Totten.jpg SHAY TOTTEN, Communications Director

Shay grew up in the Northeast Kingdom and as a writer and publisher has worked to give voice to people organizing on a variety of issues, from labor, LGBTQ and disability rights to the environmental justice and anti-war movements, and more. A graduate of Bennington College, he has served on the boards of the Vermont Press Association, the Peace & Justice Center, the Keep BT Local Coop, Burlington Friends of Education, and was a founding board member of RAD. You can reach him at

  • Aly Johnson-Kurts
    published this page in About 2015-09-29 17:17:08 -0400


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