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, as well as a background in labor and community organizing. He can be reached at

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

Organizing Director

Dan Fingas joined RAD after spending the past 5 years as the Organizing Director for the Long Island Progressive Coalition, a regional community organization committed to fighting for social, racial, and economic justice.  Dan started his career organizing in Michigan. There he worked as a political and internal organizer for the Michigan Laborers District Council, as the Hospital Organizing Coordinator for SEIU Healthcare Michigan, as a Community Organizer for Michigan Organizing Project, and in several political organizing roles, including as a Campaign Manager for State Senate. Dan is a 2004 graduate of Albion College and has been married to wife Mo Lynch since 2015. You can reach Dan at

Regional Organizer

Liz comes to Rights & Democracy with 17 years experience teaching World Language and culture at the secondary and college levels. She has been involved in local elections and resistance organizing in Rutland County for the past four years. She is passionate about social justice issues and joins RAD as a regional organizer in Rutland and Bennington counties to build the movement. Her email is

Regional Organizer

Betsy is the regional organizer for Chittenden and Addison counties in Vermont. She is a recent University of Vermont grad and spent her time there studying Burlington’s housing crisis and got involved in local electoral and issue-based campaigns through campus and community organizing. Betsy lives in Burlington’s Old North End and is dedicated to housing, climate, and racial justice in her community. Her email is

Digital Engagement Coordinator

For over a decade, Fronsy designed and implemented climate education and advocacy programs for environmental nonprofits in New York City. During her time in New York, she was active in local politics and community organizing around local housing, immigration, and environmental justice issues. Fronsy received her Master’s in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute, where she focused on climate justice, labor issues, and policy advocacy. Since moving to Vermont, Fronsy has worked with racial justice organizing groups in Windham County. You can reach her at

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

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 environmental justice. He was a founding board member of RAD. You can reach him at