Leadership Committee

LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

ALLIE BREYER
Montpelier, VT

Bio forthcoming

Kienan Christianson Profile

KIENAN CHRISTIANSON
Burlington, VT

Bio forthcoming

DAVID ELLENBOGEN
Montpelier, VT

David is an original member of the leadership committee and has interests in progressive politics dating back to the campaign of Eugene McCarthy. He serves on the board of Local Motion, Vermont’s statewide bicycle/pedestrian organization and on the Executive Committee of the Vermont Sierra Club, where he continues to serve on both their energy and political committees. For over 30 years he has taught and written texts in college mathematics, and more recently he completed a Certificate of Graduate Study in Ecological Economics at UVM’s Gund Institute. He lives in an award-winning, net-zero, home in Calais and in his spare time he enjoys hiking and volunteering with the Green Mountain Club, bicycling, and playing jazz piano.

SCOTT GARREN
Rutland, VT

Scott is a lifelong activist for social and economic justice starting with the civil rights and anti-war movements. Scott is a founding member of RAD and is on the Movement Politics Committee, chair of the Clean Elections issue committee, and Treasurer of the Vermont Political Revolution PAC. He is the founder of Vermont Acts, to get money out of politics. He is active in Vermont Workers Center, Castleton Indivisibles, and the Rutland Area NAACP. He serves as the Rutland County Treasurer & State Committeeman for the Vermont Democratic Party. He is a Data Scientist and is 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. He is also a trustee at Spring Lake Ranch.

TRAVEN LEYSHON
Middlesex, VT

Traven has been a long time supporter of independent working class political action. He currently serves as Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator for the Vermont State Labor Council (AFL-CIO), as President of the Green Mountain Labor Council, and as a member of the Vermont Workers Center. He hosts a weekly radio program, Equal Time, on WDEV that focuses primarily on questions of social, economic and climate justice. (2018)

JUBILEE MCGILL
Bridport, VT

Jubilee is the Co-Chair of the RAD Board and 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..

ALISON NIHART
Middlebury, VT

Alison is a former co-chair of the Rights & Democracy Board of Directors and began volunteering with Rights & Democracy in 2016. She has been involved in RAD’s Addison County Organizing Team, and been involved in the development of RAD’s governing structure, as well as building the Vermont Movement Politics plan for endorsing and supporting candidates. 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.

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BRENDA SIEGEL
Brattleboro, VT

Bio forthcoming

JIM VIRES
Bennington, VT

Jim is an author and partner in the independent publishing house, Branch Hill Publications. A long time activist, Jim has organized factory workers to form a union, took the front lines during WTO Seattle, and trained protestors in non-violent confrontational tactics for MoveOn.org in conjunction with Occupy Boston. Politically Jim is the Vice-Chair of the Bennington Democratic Committee. He worked as an educational facilitator for MoveOn in the lead up to the 2012 elections, and organized canvasses in Bennington County for the 2016 election cycle. As an active member of RAD Bennington, Jim organizes RAD membership canvasses, works to bring prominence to restorative justice issues, is working to affect political change on a local level, seeks the renewal of a Bennington County Drug Court, and works to train and empower activists in leading the next battles forward.

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TANYA VYHOVSKY
Essex Junction, VT

Tanya is an organizer, advocate, social worker and state representative for Chittenden 8-1. Tanya began her advocacy work on the Health Care is a Human Right campaign, has worked professionally developing mental health choices for Vermonters developing the Vermont Support Line, and later realized the power of her advocacy in the political arena. Tanya loves to decompress from the stress of this work by hiking with her dog Laika, gardening, knitting, and cooking and baking with our many delicious local ingredients.

SCOTT WEATHERS
Stowe, VT

Bio forthcoming

ANN ZIMMERMAN
Brattleboro, VT

Bio forthcoming