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Staff, Consultants & Interns

Denise Moorehead, Blog Editor & Communications Consultantdenise2

Born into a lower middle class family, Denise was raised in Western Massachusetts as an only child for 11 years. Her parents, both “strivers” increased their educational and earning power in conjunction with opportunities previously unavailable to African-Americans thanks to the civil rights movement. They were able to offer Denise dance and instrument lessons, summer camp, French camp and more. As a young child, she was often in the company of upper middle class children in these settings and working class and lower middle children in her neighborhood. Her parents prepared her to fit in with all groups. Today, Denise is a marketing, communications and training strategist working with nonprofits and small businesses as the principal of Moorehead Creative Solutions. She recently cofounded UU Class Conversations, which provides training and organizing support to Unitarian Universalist congregations and organizations working to make the denomination more class-inclusive.

annebwAnne Phillips, Executive Director

Anne has working-class roots and was raised modest working and lower middle class neighborhood outside of the Twin Cities with the benefit of a great public school district. Anne and her two siblings were all first generation college students, as her parents made a pact that their kids would get more education than they did (even if it took each of them 6 or 7 years). 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 she 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. Her passions (in no particular order) include bicycling, swimming, building community, racial justice and her 2 grey cats.

Davey Shlasko, Staffing the Mission Project Coordinator

Davey 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. Davey earned an M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Davey has published writing on queer pedagogy, classism, trans movement building, and how to be a trans ally. Recent pieces include this Classism Exposed blog piece on trans people and socioeconomic class, and the Trans* Ally Workbook. Davey has been writing and teaching about social justice issues since 2000. For more information visit thinkagaintraining.com.

Board Members

Chuck Collins, Treasurer

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (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 nation’s 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

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Gita Gulati-Partee founded and leads OpenSource Leadership Strategies, Inc., a North Carolina-based national consulting practice that amplifies the work of social justice groups as both units and agents of structural change. OpenSource researches, designs, and evaluates racial and social justice efforts, as well as builds capacity of organizations, movements, and leaders to advance racial and social justice. Gita brings expertise in structural power and equity, organizational and movement strategy, adaptive leadership and change, organization and network development, systems change advocacy and asset-based methods of inquiry and engagement. She has published on racial equity, advocacy, philanthropy, nonprofit management, and education. She was a 2001-2003 William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations and she is currently a National Fellow on Racial Equity and Healing in the first class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network.

Betsy Leondar-Wright, Board PresidentBetsy author headshot color

Betsy grew up in an upper-middle-class family in a mixed-class New Jersey suburb. Her book, “Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures” (Cornell University Press, 2014), grew out of her PhD dissertation research on 25 social justice groups. She is an assistant professor of sociology at Lasell College. 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 “Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists” (2005), Betsy has led over 200 workshops all over the US on classism, cross-class alliance building, class cultures, the racial wealth divide, and economic inequality.

Shane Lloyd, Board Vice-PresidentShaneL_Photo

Shane currently works as the Assistant Director of Yale University’s historic Afro-American Cultural Center (known affectionately as the House). In the role, he provides culturally-affirming programming and intercultural education for Yale’s campus with a particular focus on the experiences and histories of the Black community at Yale and beyond. His portfolio includes supporting the Afro-American Cultural Center Peer Liaison Program, outreach programming for Black Graduate and Professional Students, advising of the House’s resident groups, and coordinating intercultural programming with critical identity-based centers on Yale’s campus. Shane holds board memberships with Class Action, the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, and the Associate Board of the New England Region of the Anti-Defamation League. Shane earned his MPH at Brown University and his BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University.

Susan Ostrander, Clerk140204_13242_ostrander027-2

Susan Ostrander is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Tufts University. She has served on boards of several nonprofits devoted to social and economic justice. She is an experienced researcher, teacher, and practitioner on issues of social justice philanthropy, nonprofit organization, and community organizing. Susan has published five books and numerous articles on these topics including a 1995 book about Haymarket People’s Fund; a 2013 book documenting grassroots participation and urban democracy among a diverse population in Somerville, MA; and several articles over the years offering more progressive alternatives to class elite models of donor-centered philanthropy.

Aba Taylor

Aba Taylor has been involved in social justice work for over 15 years supporting immigrants, people affected by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQI advocacy, women’s rights, and racial and economic justice movements. Having worked for the United Nations, African Services Committee, Lambda Legal, Liberty Hill Foundation, ACT-UP and a host of other civil rights, social justice and cultural organizations committed to uplifting myriad communities. Taylor has also worked as a consultant for multiple community-based organizations, as a freelance writer for several cultural magazines and served on a number of boards. Prior to joining WMCN, Taylor was the deputy director of the Astraea Foundation.Taylor has lived, worked and traveled in South and East Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, Central America, and North America. In addition to her career as a nonprofit professional, she is an avid supporter and participant of engaging arts, culture and creative expression as a means for social change. Taylor received her Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York City, a Master’s degree in Intercultural Service and Nonprofit Management from the School of International Training and is a Rockwood Leadership Institute Alumni.

Jane Van Galen

Jane Van Galen was a first-generation college student from rural Wisconsin. After college, she lived and taught children in poverty in Southern Appalachia and then in Raleigh North Carolina. She did her Ph.D. in the Social Foundations of Education at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. At the University of Washington Bothell, Jane teaches about social justice in education, especially about how formal schooling both opens and constrains opportunity. She co-edited two books on social class and education: Late to Class: Social Class and Schooling in the New Economy, and Trajectories: The Social and Educational Mobility of Education Scholars from Poor and Working Class Backgrounds. She blogs at EducationandClass.com and is launching a project with Class Action to facilitate digital storytelling workshops with first generation students.

Tanya O. Williams

My mission is to provide and create spaces in relationships, conversations, communities for all people to feel seen and appreciated for their authentic selves.  I believe that educating and working toward equity, as well as creating spaces of justice and communication all grow out of that desire.  Born and raised working class in Houston, Texas, I currently live in New York City and lead Authentic Coaching and Consulting. I have over 20 years of diversity, inclusion, and social justice teaching, programming and facilitation experience in higher education including professional roles at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. I hold a doctorate (Ed.D) in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and my dissertation focused on internalized oppression and process toward liberation. I also hold an MS in Educational Administration and BA in Journalism and English from Texas A&M University.

Zoë Williams

Zoë Williams has an 18 year history as a community organizer in Denver, CO. They have worked on a broad range of issues including economic, racial, gender, health, disability, and LGBTQ justice. Zoë is also an experienced facilitator, popular education curriculum writer, and organizing trainer. Zoë is working-class, disabled, and a parent. In addition to organizing, Zoë is passionate about Harry Potter, gardening, and herbalism.

Trainers & Facilitators

Nicole Brown, Associate Trainer

Nicole Brown is a Class Action trainer who first became involved in 2006 as an intern while studying at Mt. Holyoke College.  She went on to work in New York City at nonprofits as a Facilitator and Adult Educator, and was involved in community organizing while at Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) and the Working Families Party (WFP).  Nicole currently resides in Washington, DC where she recently finished her Master’s in Education Policy. She is an Associate at The Democracy Collaborative, a think tank focused on reshaping the U.S. economic system to be one that is more equitable, inclusive and sustainable through promoting transformative asset-based and wealth building strategies within disinvested communities. Location: Washington, D.C.


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

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (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 Trainertheo headshot

Theo 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


Yarrow Durbin, Associate Trainer

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After nearly 50 years as a social justice activist and 20 years as a high school teacher and  professional developer in schools , Yarrow has been teaching and leading learning experiences for adults and youth for over 30 years in a wide variety of settings. She work with individuals, small and large groups who are committed to making a positive difference for children, families and our community, whether it be in education, human services, not-for-profits, government or socially oriented businesses. She has a  Masters Degree from the University of Washington in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as certification as a Courage & Renewal® facilitator, Integral®Coach, Certified Polarity Management® trainer, Immunity to Change® consultant and coach, and is certified to administer  several powerful feedback instruments ( EQ in Action® – emotional intelligence in the workplace)®  and the Leadership Circle Profile.She is also a student and teacher-in-training in the Diamond Approach, a spiritual school founded in principles of modern psychology. She is the founder of her business – Courage Work. Location: Seattle, WA

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


Anita Garcia Morales, Senior 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 Trainerdiana1

Diana 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, Associate Trainer

Zoe is the writer/director/producer of “Enough: A Kid’s Perspective”, an 11-minute Greenberg,Zoedocumentary film that explores issues of wealth, poverty, and what is “enough” through interviews with Philadelphia kids. She has led workshops for students and communities across the country, including at the National Association of Independent Schools, and the Multicultural Resource Center of Philadelphia. Her work garnered her the 2007 Princeton Prize for Race Relations in the city of Philadelphia. She recently graduated from Yale and now works as an investigative reporter for RH Reality Check, a site that focuses on reproductive health and justice. Location: New York, NY

 


Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, 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 Associate 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 TrainerJenny in blue

Jennifer 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 Trainerfisher

Fisher 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, Senior Trainer Betsy author headshot color

Betsy grew up in an upper-middle-class family in a mixed-class New Jersey suburb. She is assistant professor of sociology at Lasell College. Her new book, “Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures” (Cornell University Press, 2014), grew out of her PhD dissertation research on 25 social justice groups. 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 “Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists” (2005), Betsy has led over 200 workshops all over the US on classism, cross-class alliance building, class cultures, the racial wealth divide, and economic inequality. Location: Boston, MA


Steve Lew, Associate Trainerstevelew

Steve is a Senior Project Director for CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and works with organizations in creating strategic plans, fund development plans and board development plans. At CompassPoint, he co-created and manages the Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color, an 8 month training and coaching series offered in collaboration with the Grassroots Fundraising Journal. He brings 15 years of training and consulting experience to each of his projects, along with a decade of hands-on experience in managing nonprofits. Steve also raises money as a board member of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training and as a volunteer with the Chinese Progressive Association in San Francisco. Location: San Francisco Bay Area


Shane Lloyd, Senior TrainerShaneL_Photo

Shane Lloyd currently works as the Assistant Director of Yale University’s historic Afro-American Cultural Center. In the role, Shane provides culturally-affirming programming and intercultural education for Yale’s campus with a particular focus on the experiences and histories of the Black community. Prior to Yale, Shane worked as the Assistant Director for First Year and Sophomore Programs at Brown University’s Brown Center for Students of Color. Shane coordinated programming for prospective, first and second-year students of color to have a positive impact on their matriculation, transition to college, retention, and academic and co-curricular success. In addition to being a senior trainer, he also serves as the board vice president for Class Action. Shane also serves on the boards of the Center for Mediation and Collaboration – Rhode Island and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. Shane earned his MPH at Brown University and his BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University. Location: New Haven, CT


Adj Marshall, Associate TrainerHeadshot of Adj Marshall, author

Adj 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. Her graduate studies at Brown University focused on the role of arts in social-justice change-making movements and education. Check out her Classism Exposed blog piece here. Location: Brattleboro, VT.


Melody Martinez, Associate Trainerfullsizerender-3

Melody is the first-generation daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. She grew up in a working-class family in a predominantly white, upper-middle class town outside of Boston. A longtime vegan, she began strengthening her facilitation skills in leadership roles with grassroots animal rights organizations engaged with other social justice movements. Melody is also a licensed veterinary technician and spent the larger part of a decade working in various veterinary settings. A career change led her to Oregon, where she became involved with fundraising and grantmaking in support of local grassroots organizing and where she worked for Oregon Food Bank to deliver equitable food distribution programming. As Equity Director at Oregon Environmental Council, she oversees programmatic work with a focus on creating meaningful, sustainable outcomes for historically underserved communities and develops and delivers trainings that address race and equity in the environmental justice movement. Melody is also a volunteer facilitator with Resolutions Northwest and Social Justice Fund NW and the Social Media Manager for My Dog is My Home – organizations that embody her values for a future without racism, classism, or discrimination in housing and social services. Location: Portland, OR


Christopher McMullen, Associate TrainerChristopherMcMullen

Christopher 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. Locations: Montreal, New York & Boston


Denise Moorehead, Associate Trainerdenise2

Born into a lower middle class family, Denise Moorehead was raised in Western Massachusetts as an only child for 11 years. Her parents, both “strivers” increased their educational and earning power in conjunction with opportunities previously unavailable to African-Americans thanks to the civil rights movement. They were able to offer Denise dance and instrument lessons, summer camp, French camp and more. As a young child, she was often in the company of upper middle class children in these settings and working class and lower middle children in her neighborhood. Her parents prepared her to fit in with all groups. Today, Denise is a marketing, communications and training strategist working with nonprofits and small businesses as the principal of Moorehead Creative Solutions. She recently cofounded UU Class Conversations, which provides training and organizing support to Unitarian Universalist congregations and organizations working to make the denomination more class-inclusive. Location: Boston, MA


Nell Myhand, Associate TrainerNelsonPhoto

Nell 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 Trainerlizbio

Liz 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 is co-founder of Deep Abiding Love, a collective dedicated to providing training and resources for activists, organizers, rabble rousers, and trouble makers of all kinds. Location: Toronto, ON


Joanie Parker, Associate TrainerJoanie

Joanie grew up in Pittsburgh, the hometown of her parents, with a father who was raised owning class and a mother raised working class. Throughout her life, she was always trying to figure out why some people were left out and others weren’t in society. She decided to become an elementary school teacher to provide an environment where children could feel good about themselves. From there she was trained as a machine operator and worked in a factory for 10 years and was very involved with her union. Over the past 30 years, she has worked in the labor movement and has been actively involved in work to end racism. Currently, she is coordinating a Mentoring Program through the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD). She is also committed to working with individuals and groups on the effects of our class backgrounds and how we can actively work to end classism.  Location: Boston, MA

 


annebwAnne Phillips, Executive Director

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, Senior Traineralanpreston

Alan Preston, grew up with the advantages of class, race, and gender and is committed to using his privilege to work for social justice. Alan has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership and currently works as the Director of Programs and Equity 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


Davey Shlasko, Associate Trainerdavey diag

Davey 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. Davey earned an M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Davey has published writing on queer pedagogy, classism, trans movement building, and how to be a trans ally. Recent pieces include this Classism Exposed blog piece on trans people and socioeconomic class, and the Trans* Ally Workbook. Davey has been writing and teaching about social justice issues since 2000. For more information visit thinkagaintraining.com. Location: Brattleboro, VT


Sarah Tran, Associate Trainer

Sarah Tran was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, by Vietnamese parents who came to the United States as refugees. During her earliest years, the family was solidly working-class as her parents worked hard to support their children while sponsoring relatives from Vietnam to come to the US. By the time she was four, there were ten people living in their little house. When her parents advanced in their careers, they were able to move out into a larger home, becoming the only family of color in a predominantly white neighborhood. Sarah grew up experiencing racism and sexism throughout grade school and struggled with becoming a class “straddler” as her family’s socioeconomic status changed. These experiences ground and guide Sarah‘s work today as the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Assistance Center – an organization dedicated to building capacity, resources, and leadership in communities of color and other marginalized communities. Location: Seattle, WA

Tanya O. Williams, Senior Trainer

My mission is to provide and create spaces in relationships, conversations, communities for all people to feel seen and appreciated for their authentic selves.  I believe that educating and working toward equity, as well as creating spaces of justice and communication all grow out of that desire.  Born and raised working class in Houston, Texas, I currently live in New York City and lead Authentic Coaching and Consulting. I have over 20 years of diversity, inclusion, and social justice teaching, programming and facilitation experience in higher education including professional roles at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. I hold a doctorate (Ed.D) in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and my dissertation focused on internalized oppression and process toward liberation. I also hold an MS in Educational Administration and BA in Journalism and English from Texas A&M University. Location: New York, NY

Remembering Felice Yeskel, Class Action Co-Founder

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

Sadly, Felice passed away in January of 2011.
You can learn more about Felice’s amazing life by purchasing the DVD A Life Well Loved in the Class Action store.

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