Who We Are

Class Action Staff, Board & Consultants

Nicole Brown, Associate Trainer

Nicole Brown is a trainer and facilitator from New York City who began her affiliation with Class Action as an intern. She got her start in social justice work on her college campus as a student org leader and mentor to new students. After graduation, she worked as a Community Organizing Fellow and as a database trainer for adults at several social service and advocacy nonprofits in throughout New York. Nicole is currently located in Washington, DC pursuing her Master’s in Education and Human Development at The George Washington University, School of Education.. Location: Washington, D.C. 

Chuck Collins, Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Study and Board Member

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy (IPS) and directs IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including “99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It” (2012) and  “Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity” (New Press, 2005). He coordinates a national effort to preserve the federal estate tax, our nations only tax on inherited wealth. He co-authored with Bill Gates Sr., Wealth and Our Commonwealth, a case for taxing inherited fortunes. In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. In 1997, he co-founded Responsible Wealth, a project of UFE to bring together business leaders and investors to publicly speak out against economic policies and corporate practices that worsen economic inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005. Location: Boston, MA

Theo Yang Copley, Associate Trainer

theo headshotTheo Yang Copley is a blogger, facilitator and fundraising consultant. She has worked with many social justice organizations including the Astraea Foundation, Asians and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. She has done trainings on social justice philanthropy, the wealth divide, philanthropy in communities of color and the racial wealth divide. Theo is a longtime member of Resource Generation and a member of their Alumni Organizing Committee. She attended St. Paul’s School and Oberlin College. Locations: New York, NY & San Francisco Bay Area

Pamela Freeman, Curriculum Developer and Associate Trainer

Pamela Freeman, co-author of Created Equal, is a long time social activist. She has spent the last 30 years working on issues of social justice, nationally and internationally in variety of settings. She is the founder of the Philadelphia Black Women’s Health Project which advocates round health issues for Black women. She is a graduate of the School of Playback Theater, and the co-founder of Playback for Change a local improves company that focus on diversity issues. She also was a consultant/trainer for Spirit in Action, an organization that provides training around diversity and class issues for social activists. She is a social worker by training and has taught cultural diversity at Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Social Research. Pamela also works as a therapist. Location: Philadelphia, PA

Holly Fulton

Holly Fulton has been a communication skills & diversity trainer and a French & ESL teacher in France, California,Massachusetts and Colorado. She lives in Concord, CA, with her husband, Bill Peebles, and gives talks and facilitates discussions after screenings of Traces of the Trade, a documentary film she participatedin which addresses the history of the slave trade, white privilege, reparations, and the need for more awareness about our nation’s history. Holly is active in music and theatre, and does volunteer work for Challenge Day, a company that provides high schools across the country with experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth, and full expression.  She does pet partner work in health care settings with her Golden Retriever, Cali. She is on the Community Practice Board and Chair of the Youth Committee of “Coming to the Table”, a national community that addresses healing from the legacy of slavery. Location: San Francisco Bay Area

Anita Garcia Morales, Associate TrainerAnita

Anita Garcia Morales grew up in a migrant farmworker family. She received her BA and Teaching Degree from the University of Washington.  She taught in Seattle Public Schools for over 20 years and is currently an Instructional Services Coach for Social Studies and Race & Equity. Anita is also a Courage & Renewal Facilitator and a Positive Discipline Associate reaching out to mostly immigrant Latino families. The common thread that runs through all that Anita does is her focus on social justice and equity.   She has co-facilitated many class and classism workshops for varied organizations in the Seattle area. Location: Seattle, WA

Diana González, Associate Trainer

diana1Diana González, M.A., an educational trainer, consultant, and coach. She creates powerful learning environments and assists others in designing inclusive learning environments and experiences for social change. She has worked in restorative justice, mediation centers, and public and private schools. Whether the topic is about creating inclusive teams, how to unionize, exploring class/classism, gender beyond the binary, or how to have a rocking meeting, she brings seriousness and dedication to it all.. Location: Burlington, VT

Zoe Greenberg, Filmmaker and Trainer

Zoe is the writer/director/producer of “Enough: A Kid’s Perspective”, an 11-minute documentary film that explores issues of wealth, poverty, and what is “enough” through interviews with Philadelphia kids. She made the film when she was twelve; she is now a senior at Yale. After the film was made, she teamed up with Felice Yeskel and co-led workshops for both kids and adults about the film and the issues it raises. Her work garnered her the 2007 Princeton Prize for Race Relations in the city of Philadelphia. She has been featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Jewish Exponent, and some other places too. She has presented to local teachers at the Multi-Cultural Resource Center in Philadelphia, as well as co-leading a workshop at the National Association of Independent Schools.  Location: Philadelphia, PA & New Haven, CT

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, Board President and Senior Trainer

Jerry grew up in La Habana, Cuba until his family moved in 1961 to Queens, New York City, when he was eight years old. Since then he has lived on the bridge of identity between middle class and working class Latino and white, heterosexual and gay, Catholic and Atheist/Buddhist. Jerry has worked as a trainer and consultant with the Institute for Peaceable Communities, the Center for Peaceable Schools, the National Coalition Building Institute, and the Association for Resident Controlled Housing. Currently he teaches Compassionate/Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and dynamic self-governance (Sociocracy). He served on the Board of United for a Fair Economy for a number of years before becoming a founding Board member of Class Action. He served as Class Action’s Interim Executive Director from February to September of 2010. Location: Western Mass

Phyllis Labanowski, Curriculum Developer and Senior Trainer

Phyllis Labanowski, co-author of Created Equal, is a stepmother, grandmother, godmother, and aunt-so she takes our future seriously. She suffered 12 years of bad teachers growing up in the public schools of rural, up-state New York-so she became a teacher. She was raised in a racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, working class, Polish family-so she became an activist. As a result of hearing the collective visions of activists and organizers nation-wide and the role of artists in those visions, she went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston at age 50. Now she is a graphic messenger supporting people and organizations that are doing good work in the world and is also working on contemporary public ceremony through Water Dances and Land Rituals. Location: Western Mass

Jennifer Ladd, Co-Founder and Senior Trainer

Jenny in blueJennifer Ladd, Ed.D. of Jennifer Ladd Consulting, is a philanthropic advisor as well as fundraising coach and group facilitator. She co- founded Class Action with Felice Yeskel. In her consulting work, she is dedicated to creating resilient community by helping resources move where they are most needed. She uses theater and play, as well as traditional tools and practices to help organizations and individuals achieve their goals. See www.jenniferladd.net for more information. Location: Western Mass

Fisher Lavell, Associate Trainer

fisherFisher is a working-class writer and counselor. Her chapter, “On the Road to Find Out; Advice for Working Class Mothers Returning to School” appeared in The Illusion of Inclusion; Women in Post-secondary Education. She has worked as a counselor for many years, often with Canadian Indigenous people. Fisher writes working-class social commentary and delivers workshops on using social class awareness to work more effectively with people of all backgrounds. At the Working Class Studies conference in Chicago, she presented on using social class awareness to work more authentically and effectively in counseling. In Madison, her paper will address Working-class Ways of Working With Families. Fisher also writes fiction and had the great good fortune of being on the Writing from the Margins panel at the Manitoba Writing Symposium. She is a mother and a grandmother. Location: Manitoba, Canada

Betsy Leondar-Wright, Program Director & Senior Trainer

Betsy new photo squareBetsy grew up in an upper-middle-class family in a mixed-class New Jersey suburb. A long-time activist for economic justice, she was the Communications Director for nine years at United for a Fair Economy,where she co-authored “The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the US Racial Wealth Divide” (2006). Since writing the book “Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists” (2005), Betsy has led  hundreds of workshops all over the US on classism, cross-class alliance building, and economic inequality. She is currently working on turning her sociology PhD dissertation, “Missing Class: How Seeing Class Cultures Can Strengthen Social Movement Groups,” into a book. Location: Boston, MA

Shane Lloyd, Associate Trainer

ShaneL_PhotoShane Lloyd received his Bachelors of Science degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his Master of Public Health degree at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. During his graduate studies, Shane investigated the impact of reactions to race on the mental health status of U.S. citizens, particularly racial/ethnic minorities. Shane serves as the Assistant Director for Brown University’s Third World Center. In this capacity, he oversees several programs including: a social justice pre-orientation program, a mentoring program and a peer counseling program. He has nearly 10 years of higher education experience including residential experience in Boston, Australia and Greece. Location: Providence, RI

Adj Marshall, Associate Trainer

Headshot of Adj Marshall, authorAdj was the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college, earning her B.A. while supporting her brothers’ pursuits of their associate degrees. Her experience of growing up as a member of a chronically poor, and often homeless, single-parent family contributed immensely to her work as a service-learning educator and advocate for educational socioeconomic justice. Adj has piloted college success initiatives for low-income first-generation students with College Visions and Class Action. She currently lives in Minneapolis and coordinates volunteers for Saint Paul’s Community Action Partnership, giving voice to the issues of low-income communities. As an artist, Adj brings a creative mindset to her facilitation style. Her graduate studies at Brown University in Public Humanities focused on the role of arts in social-justice change-making movements and education. Check out her Classism Exposed blog piece hereLocation: Minneapolis, MN

Christopher McMullen, Associate Trainer

ChristopherMcMullenChristopher is a seasoned facilitator, educator, and consultant with over fifteen years experience working on group development, cross-group collaboration, and social justice.  Building on a core of anti-oppression and empowerment approaches, Christopher has worked with youth and adults from different class, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds across North America, Ireland, and South Asia.  Christopher currently teaches mediation to graduate and undergraduate students in New York City.

Denise Moorehead, Associate Trainer

denise2Denise Moorehead is a marketing and communications strategist, equally adept at managing and performing all aspects of strategic communications work – from traditional and social media to print and digital communications to branding and vendor management. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, where she has combined her passion and talent for communications work, with a lifelong commitment to advance the common good. Denise is the principal at Moorehead Creative Solutions. She also currently provides communications leadership for the BUILD Initiative, a fiscally-sponsored program of Third Sector New England. She previously served as director of education and outreach at TSNE, where she was responsible for external relations. Before joining TSNE, Denise Moorehead served in various management capacities at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee as well as in higher education, government, a business association and print media. Ms. Moorehead has served on numerous boards of trustees and advisory committees. She recently won election to the Framingham Town Meeting. She founded the Saratoga County Chapter of the NAACP and SEAD, an organization fostering diversity within the region. She is a graduate of and board member of Leadership MetroWest and a member of the MetroWest Nonprofit Network Program Committee.

Nell Myhand, Associate Trainer

NelsonPhotoNell is a facilitator and trainer on social justice and diversity issues who offers an alliance building model and over two decades of experience working to address interpersonal, community and institutional violence. Based in Oakland, Nell has produced and co-led workshops and trainings for youth, non-profit staff and community leaders throughout California and across the country. Nell’s work focuses on challenging economic inequality as the common root of racism, sexism, homophobia/heterosexism and other forms of oppression. Nell has presented internationally on the fight for recognition and a wage for women’s unpaid caring work. Myhand co-authored Young Women’s Lives: Building Self-awareness for Life, a group curriculum for self-development and Making Allies, Making Friends: A Middle School Making the Peace Program. Location: San Francisco Bay Area

Liz Padgett, Associate Trainer

lizbioLiz Padgett was raised in a professional middle class family in a small town in upstate New York. Their interest in social justice and activism began in 1999 when their anarchist reading group became an activist organization for high school students. Since then, organized primarily with low-income and working class people around various justice issues, including counter recruitment in Syracuse City Schools with the Military Alternatives Education Project and Syracuse Peace Council in Syracuse, NY. Liz is committed to combating racism and classism on an institutional level. In addition with her work with Class Action, Liz works as a community organizer in Boston, MA building power in immigrant communities and fighting for affordable housing, a livable wage, and respect and dignity at work.. Location: Boston, MA

 Anne Phillips, Outreach & Development Director & Associate Trainer

Anne was raised in a modest working and middle-class neighborhood outside of the Twin Cities. She and her siblings were all first generation college students, as her parents – whom each earned two year associate degrees -made a pact that all 3 of their kids would get more education than they did. She was initially inspired to work for social change by Paul Wellstone, who ran his first grassroots senatorial campaign during her high school years. College brought Anne to the University of Texas, where she earned a B.S. in Communication Studies. It was also at UT where Anne became an activist, influenced by some great lefty professors. She became involved with fair pay for campus service staff, anti-sweatshop, and anti-globalization movements of the late 90s. Anne went on to become a community organizer and then fundraiser on behalf of many different causes including the environment, reproductive rights, worker rights and healthcare. Location: Boston, MA

Alan Preston, MBA, Senior Trainer

Alan Preston, MBA, grew up with the advantages of class, race, and gender and is committed to using his privilege to challenge growing economic inequality. Alan has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership and currently works as the Managing Director for Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project. Before joining Real Change in the Fall of 2009, Alan served as the Northwest Organizer for an initiative called Wealth for the Common Good, mobilizing high-income earners in support of progressive tax policies. Alan has also designed and facilitated programs around class, wealth and leadership for progressive foundations, giving circles, churches and nonprofit organizations. Alan holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in political science from Haverford College. Location: Seattle, WA

Rachel Rybaczuk, Associate Trainer

Rachel Rybaczuk grew up in a racially diverse, economically poor urban neighborhood. As a first-generation college student at a wealthy, predominantly white school, issues of class and race became the guiding forces of her experience. Since then she has addressed issues of inequality as a community organizer, activist, trainer, and consultant for non-profit organizations, educational institutions, community groups, and social service agencies. She has facilitated many workshops and trainings about class, race, gender and sexuality as well as intersections between identities, oppression, and privilege to diverse audiences. Location: Western Mass

Rose Sackey-Milligan, Associate Trainer

Rose Sackey-Milligan, Ph.D. is a socio-cultural anthropologist with thirteen years experience in social change philanthropy. She is the former Director of Programs of the Peace Development Fund and director of the Social Justice Program at the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. As co-director of c-Integral, Inc. Rose shares responsibility for planning and designing programs for social justice workers interested in exploring an integral approach to activist well-being and the integration of spiritual practice with social action. She recently joined the staff of MassHumanities as a Program Officer responsible for grantmaking and oversight of the foundation’s Literature and Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care program. Location: Western Mass

Maynard Seider, Board Member and Anthology Editor

Maynard is a sociologist who recently retired after teaching 32 years at the state college in North Adams, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  He just completed his first documentary, “Farewell to Factory Towns?,” which argues that a new “New Deal” is needed to revive former industrial communities, like North Adams.  A longtime Class Action board member, he occasionally blogs on Classism Exposed.

Davey Shlasko, Associate Trainer

davey diagDavey Shlasko is a consultant, facilitator and educator who helps professionals, community members and students build their skills and understanding around topics like class & classism, class culture, cross-class communication, trans*/gender issues and more. For more information visit www.thinkagaintraining.com. Location: San Francisco Bay Area

 

Tanya O. Williams, Senior Trainer

Tanya-WilliamsTanya O. Williams, Deputy Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement at Union Theological Seminary, was born and raised in Houston, Texas by working-class African American Southern parents.  Tanya first encountered experiences with racism and classism when she was bused to the predominately white, public Poe Elementary School in a wealthy part of Houston where she also attended junior high and high school. After attending college and working in higher education student affairs, Tanya returned to school to study Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts where she completed her doctorate. Her dissertation is on internalized racism and a path to liberation for African Americans. In addition to working with Class Action, Tanya  has served as a Lead Facilitator with LeaderShape, a national organization committed to creating leaders with integrity, for 16 years. Location: New York, NY

Felice Yeskel, Co-Founder

 Class Action was co-founded by the late, great Felice Yeskel.

Sadly, Felice passed away in January of 2011.