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.

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 DIRECTOR

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

Micayla Ter Wee

NATIONAL 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.

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.

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.

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.

Ruby Engelhart

REGIONAL ORGANIZER

Ruby graduated from Black Hills State University with a degree in Political Science. He has successfully co-run two statewide voter registration campaigns in South Dakota called SDVote! and SD+3. He has also directed a restorative justice program in Lawrence County called Thompson Diversion. Ruby eventually plans on returning to school to practice Law.

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