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Staff

Political Coordinator

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Brahvan Ranga (he/him)

Political Coordinator

Brahvan joined For the Many as the Political Coordinator in March 2021. In this role, he works with our partner organizations to help lead our legislative campaigns, develops relationships with elected leaders and their staffs, and works with candidates and volunteers in order to elect progressive champions to office. Brahvan’s passion for organizing stems from his immigrant parents and the values instilled in him by their story: a deep sense of gratitude for the sacrifices made by countless others to afford us this moment, and an understanding that each of us, regardless of where we come from or what we look like, are part of an deeply interconnected community. He believes that when people come together, rooted in these common values, we can transform established systems and build a better world. When he’s not fighting to do just that, Brahvan can be found with friends and family, reading, or spending time outdoors.

Managing Director

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Caitlin Munchick (she/her)

Managing Director

Caitlin strengthens our grassroots fundraising program, creates informative and exciting communications, develops a dedicated team of interns and volunteers, and generally keeps the office running. Caitlin fell in love with the everyday work of the office, particularly grassroots fundraising, over the two-and-a-half years she volunteered with For the Many before coming on as a full-time staff person in June 2017. She believes that behind-the-scenes work is critical to building the long-term strength and sustainability of grassroots organizations so that they are able to win meaningful change. Caitlin is driven by the love of her family and friends, the vision of a new and different world, the inspiring victories won by people who come together to fight, and a lot of coffee too.

Distributed Organizer

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Diana Kingsbury (she/her)

Distributed Organizer

Diana Kingsbury is the Distributed Organizer, focused on organizing folks outside the local area. Before this, Diana organized with Citizen Action of New York around educational and housing justice, and deep canvassed voters in Georgia around economic self-interest for the 2021 Senate runoff. She was a field organizer for Bernie 2020 in Iowa, Utah, and Wyoming, and a distributed organizer on the first national deep canvassing program with People’s Action. She’s been an active member of her county’s tenants union in northern California where she’s from. Before full-time organizing, she worked on economic and social justice at think tanks and Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office in Washington, DC. She got started at Santa Rosa Junior College working with Black Student Union and MEChA before transferring to UC Berkeley to study social welfare. When not organizing, she loves watching movies and shows, playing games, talking with friends and family; walking with her dog Yoshi; drawing; listening to podcasts and music; and dancing.

Ulster County Organizer

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Diana Lopez (she/her)

Ulster County Organizer

Diana became our Ulster County organizer after working to establish our membership base in Kingston as a member-leader. Diana has lived in Kingston for 22 years, ever since her family emigrated from Oaxaca, Mexico. Diana was politicized by her experiences of racism, xenophobia, and misogyny as an undocumented girl and then DACA recipient growing up in the Hudson Valley. She got her formal start in organizing as a Community Health Promoter with Planned Parenthood, where she developed the fundamental skills of outreach and education. After attending one of our training series, Diana played a central role in expanding our membership in Kingston, facilitating regular meetings, and planning our Families Belong Together march — the biggest Kingston has ever seen, according to its Mayor. Diana believes in the power of the people and is excited to grow the organization’s membership and the movement for immigration, racial, and gender justice. Diana is a proud wife and mother to three beautiful children, who she hopes will continue to build on her work for justice. 

Dutchess County Organizer

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Jairo Perez (he/him)

Dutchess County Organizer

Jairo is For the Many’s Dutchess Community Organizer. He was born in Puebla, Mexico and he has lived in Middletown, New York in the Hudson Valley for 23 years. Jairo has seen the problems undocumented people face firsthand through the struggles of his parents and his own experience as a DACA recipient. The fear of deportation, of coming home to parents who were taken away, of being alone in a country with a younger brother to take care of — those fears plagued his mind. But Jairo turned those fears into action. He saw that if we come together and fight, we can pass transformative legislation like Green Light NY which allows undocumented folks to easily get driver’s licenses. Every day, he’s motivated to fight for a better future, not just for himself or his family, but for all. In his free time, Jairo likes to ride motorcycles, go hiking, study the cosmos (astrophysics), watch and play football (he’s a West Ham United supporter).

Donor Organizer

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James Boyd (he/him)

Donor Organizer

James joined For the Many as a Donor Organizer in July 2021 after volunteering as a grassroots fundraiser for five years. As a member of the Donor Organizing team, he coordinates our bi-annual fundraising drives and supports our volunteer Fundraising Team Leader program. Born and raised in Massachusetts, James moved to the Poughkeepsie to attend college and quickly fell in love with the work of fundraising for social change. He finds joy developing relationships with folks of all ages and backgrounds who are excited about building power to transform New York State. Prior to For the Many, he worked as a Development Associate for a youth organization and an intern for a community education program. Having spent the past two years in New York City, James is excited to be back in the Hudson Valley and relearning all it has to offer.

Executive Director

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Jonathan Bix (he/him)

Executive Director

Jonathan is our Executive Director and a co-founder of For the Many. After graduating from Vassar College in 2014, he became one of the organization’s first paid staff members. Jonathan has helped grow Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson into a multi-issue, bilingual organization, and he guides its continued development. He loves strategy, project management, coffee, and mornings. He is inspired by the millions of people around the world—past and the present—who have struggled for a better society, and he is driven by the belief that the arc of the moral universe bends only where groups of organized people make it.

Organizing Director

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Justin Nemon (they/them)

Organizing Director

Justin Nemon is the Organizing Director at For the Many. They hail from Asheville, NC; which, due to an explosion of tourism and collusion between city hall and corporate developers, became one of the most gentrified and over-policed cities in the US over the course of Justin’s adolescence. After 5 years of working in local politics to slow some of the worst excesses of the tourism economy, they went on to work on a couple of Congressional races and as the Des Moines Regional Field Director for Bernie Sanders during the 2020 Democratic primary. Justin is driven by the countless heart-wrenching conversations they’ve had over the course of years of canvassing and phonebanking about the systemic injustices millions of Americans face every single day — and they believe that the only way out is by building an organized multiracial working class. They now live in Poughkeepsie, and when they’re not working they can be found getting into passionate debates with their cat about meal sizes, religiously listening to history podcasts, and cooking the same 3 meals with rotating sets of vegetables.

Administrative Coordinator

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Lissa Vanderbeck (she/they)

Administrative Coordinator

Lissa became the Administrative Coordinator with years of experience supporting social justice organizations behind the scenes. Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, she’s so proud to be contributing to her home community as a member of this powerful team. She fell in love with the work of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson while participating in a grassroots fundraising drive, and has been hooked ever since. Her path has taken her through many types of work and life experience, from urban gardening with the food justice organization People’s Grocery in Oakland, vegetable farming at Soul Fire Farm, helping to run a social justice retreat center in the Hudson Valley, founding the NYC chapter of the anti-racist political education group White Noise Collective, and most recently, traveling to Poland to connect with her family’s homeland. If you want to make her smile, take her on a trip to the ocean, or invite her to your favorite dance party!

Student Organizer

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Molly Dolman (she/her)

Student Organizer

Molly started out at For the Many as an intern while attending college in the Hudson Valley. For the Many became an instant family that she simply could not leave…so she didn’t! When she graduated college in May 2020, Molly joined staff as the campus organizer to organize For the Many's student base. She is inspired every day by all the young people she works with who are willing to do the uncomfortable and (sometimes) mundane work of organizing to win the world that we all deserve! It is so easy to feel defeated by the powerful oppressive systems that we live under, but working as part of a collective at For the Many has made Molly believe in the regular folks who dare to envision something different — and who will put in the work to win it! Other than an undying love for For the Many, Molly’s passions include trashy British reality TV, sandwiches, and human geography.

Lead Donor Organizer

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Paul Mersfelder (he/him)

Lead Donor Organizer

A long-time donor, volunteer, and fundraising team leader, Paul joined our staff after playing a big role in our grassroots fundraising work. Paul identifies For the Many as a political home where he’s experienced how he can be most effective, as a white person with class privilege, in taking action and exercising leadership in a movement for justice. He believes that folks with social privilege have a stake in ending oppression, and a responsibility to harness their power with passion and accountability to the communities who experience the most harm. Paul is driven by the fact that there is enough for everyone and is excited to partner with more allies knowing that transformational change is possible when we all come together. If you want to know more about how, email Paul! He also welcomes cat GIFs and tips on your favorite hiking spot.

Newburgh Organizer

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Rene Mejia Jr. (he/him)

Newburgh Organizer

Rene is our Newburgh organizer. As a member-leader, Rene played a crucial role in our Newburgh work: building our membership, organizing a forum with 650 attendees, and winning our 5th Municipal ID. Rene grew up in Newburgh with an immigrant family and a constant fear of being separated from them. As an interpreter for the Poughkeepsie School District, and then a case manager with Family Services, Rene saw that same fear in the children he worked with. Now, as a community organizer, Rene is fighting to make sure that no one has to grow up in fear of their families being deported. Rene’s side passions are trying new food and seeing opera and broadway shows!

Distributed Organizer

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Rosemary DaCruz (they/them)

Distributed Organizer

Rosemary joined the team as the Distributed Organizer in August 2021. Growing up, they watched their mother struggle everyday to make ends meet in the face of stagnant wages and housing instability. Realizing that their story was not unique, they were driven to fight for social change to make a better world alongside millions of people fighting against the same inequalities. As a first-generation graduate from Marist College, they fell in love with the Hudson Valley through several years of working in local politics and student engagement. They’re inspired everyday by an ever-growing collection of stories from community conversations and a passion to bring us together to create a better world. When they’re not working, they can be found exploring New York with their fiancée Lillyanna or petting stray cats.

Orange County Organizer

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Vanessa Cid (she/her)

Orange County Organizer

Vanessa joined our staff as our Volunteer Organizer at the age of 21 after having previously been a member-leader in the organization, playing a critical role in our municipal ID campaign in Middletown. She’s a former alderman of Middletown’s Fourth Ward, a position she held as a working college student. While Vanessa was born and raised in the Hudson Valley, her roots are Mexican, and her mother’s leadership within local community organizing inspired Vanessa to take an active role in social change work. Vanessa is fighting for an end to racism and a world where immigrants no longer have to live in the shadows. She is also a talented musician and once placed second in a New York State flute competition in the third grade.

Advisory Board

Advisory Board Member

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Lisa Owens

Advisory Board Member

Lisa brings more than 25 years of experience in building local grassroots organizations and national movements for social, racial, and economic justice. She began organizing in the mid 1980s as a young person in the Roxbury based group, Free My People, fighting against systemic racism in the police department and in the schools. Since then, she has maintained her commitment to Black liberation and grassroots power building in communities of color. She previously served as the Executive Director of City Life/Vida Urbana, a prominent housing justice group that is nationally recognized for organizing communities against displacement and building collective power for systemic change. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of mytown, a nationally recognized youth development organization.

Advisory Board Member

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Margaret Kwateng

Advisory Board Member

Margaret Kwateng is the National Green New Deal Organizer at Grassroots Global Justice, where she is working with members to build toward a regenerative feminist economy. Prior to joining GGJ, Margaret worked for years as a community and labor organizer in working class communities of color and with rank and file nurses. In 2014, she co-founded Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a multi-issue community organization in upstate New York. As a former member of GGJ’s sister alliance, Right to the City, Margaret’s became plugged into GGJ activities such as the CJA conference in 2015, the ITR People’s Caravan in 2016, as well as local and broader actions throughout 2017. She currently lives in Brooklyn, where she was born and raised, though her time in the Hudson Valley led her to an unexpected appreciation of the outdoors and uncommon CSA vegetables.

Advisory Board Member

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Raphael Randall

Advisory Board Member

Rapheal Randall is the Executive Director of Youth United for Change (YUC). He has received both a Bachelor of Science in Design (Concentration: Industrial Design – 2006) from The Ohio State University, and a Master of City and Regional Planning (Concentration: Community and Economic Development – 2012) from the University of Pennsylvania. Before taking the helm at YUC in 2014, he worked as a product designer for Michael Graves Design Group (Princeton, NJ); and later became an urban planner and designer with Interface Studio LLC (Philadelphia), developing community plans for nonprofits and neighborhood groups throughout North Philadelphia. During his tenure at Interface, he also took part in local anti-displacement and minimum wage organizing campaigns, utilizing his skills as a community planner in these fights.

Advisory Board Member

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Sandra Oxford

Advisory Board Member

Born in Manhattan and raised in Queens, Sandra intentionally raised her two sons Zachary and Desmond in the rural communities of Ulster and Sullivan counties, where she has lived for the past 29 years of her life. Her roots as a community organizer, educator, and trainer were nurtured in the Mid-Hudson/Catskill region. Sandra is currently the Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation. She is always ready to assist new up and coming progressive leaders take their rightful place in electoral politics.