Fighting for a U.S. federal budget that prioritizes peace, economic security and shared prosperity
Heidi Garrett-Peltier is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on the employment impacts of public and private investments, particularly in the realm of clean-energy programs. Heidi has written and contributed to a number of reports on the clean energy economy. She has also written about the employment effects of defense spending with co-author Robert Pollin, consulted with the U.S. Department of Energy on federal energy programs and is an active member of the Center for Popular Economics. Heidi holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Miriam Pemberton is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, writing and speaking on demilitarization issues for its Foreign Policy In Focus project. She leads a group that produces the annual “Unified Security Budget for the United States.” Other recent publications include "The Budgets Compared: Military vs. Climate Security." Formerly she was editor, researcher and finally director of the National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament. Miriam holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Jenny Daniell is an attorney and mediator at the Law and Mediation office of Jenny Daniell located in Amherst, Massachusetts. Jenny also serves as a board member for the Media Education Foundation, and is on the steering committee of Climate Action Now, a member of the leadership team of Mass Power Forward, and is chair of the Climate Action Now Legislative Committee. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and of Northeastern University School of Law. Jenny has served as legal observer and legal advisor for several political campaigns. She is a recipient of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts David Burres Civil Liberties Award.
Preston Smith is an Associate Professor of Politics and Chair of Africana Studies at Mount Holyoke College. He is the author of Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis: Housing Policy in Postwar Chicago and co-author of Renewing Black Intellectual History: Ideological and Material Foundations in Black American Thought. His research interests include African-American politics, black intellectual history, neoliberal urban political economy, African immigration, and community development. At Mount Holyoke he has served as coordinator of the Community-Based Learning (CBL) program where he helped to create the Puerto Rican Studies Faculty-Community Seminar. Preston has served on the boards of the Housing Discrimination Project, National Council of the Labor Party, Holyoke Community Land Trust, and New England Public Radio (NEPR). Preston received his BA in history from Howard University and his PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Patricia Jackson is the Chief of Staff for the Advancement Division at Dartmouth College where she works with the senior vice president to staff the President, Provost and board members on their advancement work. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of College and Foundation Partnerships at the Fullbridge Program in Cambridge. Patricia previously served as vice president for development at Smith College where she managed all fundraising initiatives and executive education, and served as an ex officio member of the Smith College Alumnae Association Board of Directors. Patricia has over 30 years of advancement experience, including Dartmouth College, CASE, Wheaton, Mount Holyoke, Claremont McKenna and Scripps colleges. She holds an MBA with an emphasis in economics of non-profits from the Drucker School of Management at The Claremont Graduate University.
Paul Kawika Martin is Peace Action’s organizing and political director and has worked with numerous Environmental, Peace, Animal Rights and Human Rights organizations including Greenpeace and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). Paul worked with a Clinton Presidential Commission and spent a year campaigning in twenty countries on Greenpeace ships including the Rainbow Warrior. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Jen is currently the Issues Campaign Director for the Working Families Organization. Building off the successful model of the Working Families Party in NY and CT, Working Families aims to build, support, and coordinate effective and powerful state-level Independent Political Organizations committed to making our political process work for working class, middle class, and poor people so that we can achieve a society that is fair and sustainable and lives up to the full promise of democracy. Jen leads campaign planning and support for Working Families Organization’s local and state issue campaign work. Prior to that, Jen was the Minimum Wage Campaign Coordinator at the National Employment Law Project where she supported campaigns to raise the minimum wage at the local, state and federal levels. For 15 years, Jen worked in the national office of ACORN, including ten years as the director of ACORN’s Living Wage Resource Center, which served as a clearinghouse for the national living wage movement and provided direct organizing support for the campaigns driving the effort.
Kim Klein is an internationally known fundraising trainer and has worked in all aspects of fundraising: as staff, as volunteer, as board member, and as consultant. She is best known for adapting traditional fundraising techniques, particularly major donor campaigns, to the needs of organizations with small budgets working for social justice.
For the past five years, she worked on a project called “Nonprofits Talking Taxes” which encourages nonprofit staff and board members to understand and advocate for fair and just tax policy, focusing on the role of taxes in addressing income inequality. Kim believes that the nonprofit sector has a critical role to play in the creation and maintenance of a democratic society.
The author of five books, Kim’s most recent, Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times, won the 2010 McAdam Book Award. Her classic text, Fundraising for Social Change, now in its sixth edition, is widely used in the field and in university degree programs. She has provided training and consultation in all 50 United States, five Canadian provinces and 21 other countries. She teaches at UC Berkeley in School of Social Welfare. She also serves on the board of the California Association of Nonprofits and on the Advisory Board of Nonprofit VOTE.
Lorna Peterson is Executive Director, Emerita, of Five Colleges, Inc. She has served on a number of community boards including the University of Massachusetts Friends of the Fine Arts Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and the United Way of Hampshire County. In addition to serving as a member of the Board of the National Priorities Project, Lorna is also on the Board of the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts and the Foundation Board of Greenfield Community College and serves as chair of Leah Ryan’s Fund for Emerging Women Writers. She holds a doctorate in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Yale University and has taught in several women’s studies programs at the Five Colleges.
Ericka Taylor is the Executive Director of the DC Fair Budget Coalition, which advocates for budget and policy initiatives that address poverty and human needs in the District of Columbia. Immediately prior, she served as the Development Director for The Other 98%, a netroots organization dedicated to ending the corporate control of the U.S. political system. Ericka has spent the bulk of her career working for social justice organizations including ACORN, Tenants and Workers United, and Youth Action. She was also a member of the program staff at the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington DC, and the co-chair of the People of Color Caucus of the National Network of Grantmakers. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors or Steering Committees of the National Organizers Alliance, Progressive Technology Project, Youth Education Alliance, and DC Jobs with Justice. Ericka has a B.A. in English from Cornell University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction from Eastern Washington University.