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  • Justin Nick | Eastern Shore Organizer

    Justin Nick | Eastern Shore Organizer

    Justin grew up in Southeast Maryland. He attended Albright College in Reading, PA for undergrad and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC for his Masters in Divinity w ...

  • Elisabeth Chaves | Climate Equity Policy Fellow

    Elisabeth Chaves | Climate Equity Policy Fellow

    Before becoming Virginia Organizing’s first Climate Equity Policy Fellow in 2022, Elisabeth was a member of the New River Valley chapter for four years. She first moved to Blacksbu ...

  • Karen Valdez | Harrisonburg/ Rockingham County Organizer

    Karen Valdez | Harrisonburg/ Rockingham County Organizer

    Karen became the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Organizer in the summer of 2022. Before that she had lived in Rockingham County for 13 years. Karen comes from a Hispanic/Latino household, ...

  • Terran Young | Wise County Organizer

    Terran Young | Wise County Organizer

    Terran became the Wise County Organizer in 2022. She spent her early childhood in Wise County, moved to Middletown, Ohio, and then returned home as a young adult after college. She ...

Eric Olson-Getty | Director of Programs

Eric Olson-Getty | Director of Programs

Eric Olson-Getty grew up in Vermont and came to Virginia via North Carolina in 2014. He moved to Harrisonburg when his wife got a new job, but arrived looking for opportunities to ...

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Jorge Mendez | Fredericksburg Organizer

Jorge Mendez | Fredericksburg Organizer

  Jorge Mendez joined Virginia Organizing as the Fredericksburg Organizer in June of 2019. He grew up in El Salvador, where he began to work for human rights and political an ...

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Rosemary Gould | Director of Communications

Rosemary Gould | Director of Communications

Rosemary joined Virginia Organizing in May, 2017 as the Director of Communications. She grew up near Chicago but has lived in Charlottesville since 1989 when she came here to be a ...

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Tony Jones | Suffolk Organizer

Tony Jones | Suffolk Organizer

Tony Jones joined Virginia Organizing when the Portsmouth Chapter was just getting started. He became the Suffolk Organizer in April of 2018. A native of Portsmouth, Tony knows fi ...

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Meghan McNamara | Portsmouth/Norfolk Organizer

Meghan McNamara | Portsmouth/Norfolk Organizer

Meghan McNamara is a community and labor organizer who joined Virginia Organizing in January 2016. Prior to joining the organization, Meghan worked on various social justice campa ...

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Ben Thacker-Gwaltney | Database Manager

Ben Thacker-Gwaltney | Database Manager

Ben Thacker-Gwaltney is the Database Manager for Virginia Organizing.  A native Virginian, Ben began working as an organizer in 1998 with the Lynchburg and Amherst County Vir ...

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Laura Ramirez | Director of Finance and Administration

Laura Ramirez | Director of Finance and Administration

Laura Ramirez began working at Virginia Organizing in 1998 and is responsible for the financial management of the organization; administration of benefits and insurance policies; ...

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Sally Bastian | Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator

Sally Bastian | Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator

Sally Bastian began working with Virginia Organizing in 2006, as the Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator. In the past she has worked in education, housing, and in community develop ...

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Brian Johns | Executive Director

Brian Johns | Executive Director

Brian Johns currently serves as the executive director of Virginia Organizing. He first came to Virginia Organizing as an intern in 2000 and then worked as a community organizer f ...

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Nik Belanger | Organizing Director

Nik Belanger | Organizing Director

Nik Belanger serves as the Organizing Director of Virginia Organizing. In 2010, Nik joined the staff of Virginia Organizing as the Southside Organizer and worked to build local ch ...

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