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Team

Paul Getsos

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Paul is an experienced organizer who has worked on economic, racial, and climate justice issues over the course of his organizing career. He has experience building organizations, winning campaigns that have delivered concrete improvements in people’s lives, and is the author of the book, Tools for Radical Democracy – Community Power Building Campaign.

Dave Bushaw

REGIONAL ORGANIZER

Dave is a rural organizer who has worked with unions, on Get Out the Vote campaigns, and most recently with Senator Sanders’ presidential campaign. He’s also a resident of the region and, as proprietor of Solidarity Fields, one of the youngest first generation farmers in the country.

Micayla Ter Wee

REGIONAL ORGANIZER

An Iowa native, she is currently living in South Dakota. In addition to organizing college students for reproductive rights and education, she’s also helped organize around local and regional issues both at home and farther afield. She was part of the effort to win South Dakota’s first local mask mandate in response to Covid-19; she’s organized meetings between community members and elected officials in South Dakota, Iowa, and Utah; and she has organized to provide basic services for local immigrant and refugee populations.

Matthew Montelongo

DEVELOPMENT

Matthew Montelongo is a professional freelance writer and development consultant. With more than two decades of experience he has helped dozens of non- and for-profit projects fine-tune their messaging, draft internal and external communications, and secure millions of dollars in funding.

Nemo C

LEAD DIGITAL ORGANIZER

Nemo is an artist, mover, and digital organizer with experience guiding progressive organizations adopting digital organizing tactics and tools, including implementation, training, social media, and paid ads. Nemo has worked in food and environmental justice, tenant rights, anti-corruption, music for social justice, and electoral organizing.

Olivia Thomas

REGIONAL ORGANIZER

Olivia graduated from Fort Lewis College with degrees in political science and Spanish. She’s run 2 city council campaigns in Durango, Colorado and most recently managed HD 59 State Representative Barbara McLachlan’s winning campaign. She’s lived in Colombia and Mexico working with Indigenous communities reclaiming their land and migrant folks heading North. She plans on returning to Colombia before settling back down in the US to continue organizing and abolition work.

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