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 – How to Organize for Power in Your Community.

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. Dave is an Iowa resident who, as proprietor of Solidarity Fields, is one of the youngest first generation farmers in the country.

Micayla Ter Wee

REGIONAL ORGANIZER

An Iowa native, Micayla has organized college students for reproductive rights and education and helped organize around local and regional issues across the midwest and farther afield. She was part of the effort to win South Dakota’s first local mask mandate in response to Covid-19; she 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

WRITING / DEVELOPMENT

Matthew 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

DIGITAL ORGANIZER

Nemo is an artist and digital strategist with experience working with progressive organizations developing digital programs, implementing and training on digital tactics and tools and everything in between from web design to data management to ads. Nemo has worked in food and environmental justice, tenant rights, anti-corruption, music for social justice, and electoral organizing. He also holds two degrees in Mathematics and is a Music Producer.

Nick Espinosa

DIGITAL ORGANIZER

Nick has over a decade of experience in digital and community organizing with social movements, progressive organizations and elected officials. Specializing in integrating online and offline strategies, he has led the base building and list building efforts of some of the foremost organizations and elected officials fighting for racial and economic justice. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College.

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.

Steve Klemz

REGIONAL ORGANIZER

As a pastor and organizer, Steve passionately embraces radical hospitality to include and empower all people to participate in a just and equitable society. He founded a community organization in St. Louis to address poverty and red lining. Steve is an experienced organizer with immigration challenges, advocating for fair and humane immigration reform at the local and national level. Leadership in parish ministry, facilitating anti-racism classes, serving as guest professor at Tumaini University, Tanzania, and immersions in Cuernavaca, Ciudad Juarez and El Paso have shaped and informed his vision of radical hospitality. 

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