The Representative Council (RC) was established in December 2017 and is composed of elected members from every Massachusetts local affiliate, caucus, and two unaffiliated representatives. The purpose of the Representative Council is to foster member, affiliate and caucus collaboration and set priorities and policies guiding the political program and direction of Our Revolution Massachusetts (ORMA).
The following members were elected as the ORMA Coordinating Committee on February 4, 2017 to provide the leadership direction of Our Revolution Massachusetts.
Representative Council Members (in alphabetic order):
Abida Adnan (Amherst) Our Revolution Amherst
Abida immigrated to the U.S. in 1994 and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. She considers herself a multicultural, global citizen influenced by the cultures of Japan (where she grew up), South Asia (where her parents grew up), and the Middle East. She attended Smith College in the early 80s as an international student, not knowing then that she would one day return to Western Massachusetts to raise a family, work at her alma mater to advance women’s leadership, serve her town and join a revolution! Abida believes that the future of our home state and country lies in seeking the full participation of all members of society.
Committees: served on the Transition Team and Elections, currently on the Inclusion & Program working groups.
Passionate Issue: Creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds and from underrepresented communities to participate in political activism.
Chris Braiotta (Medford) Our Revolution Medford
is a software engineer who has worked in higher ed since 1995. Relatively new to long term organizing, he got tired of waiting for the candidates and movements he longed for simply to appear.
Committees: TBD Served on the Transition Team and Elections
Bob Burke (Newton) Our Revolution Newton
has been a progressive activist since Adlai Stevenson’s 1956 Presidential campaign and active with many state and local progressive, environmental and labor candidates in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Virginia. He was co-chair of Bernie’s Newton campaign, a member of “Veterans for Bernie Sanders”, organized volunteers and carpools to every New England state and fully supported the Senator’s passionate campaign.
Bob served in the Navy as the Ship’s Intelligence Officer on the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt. He later worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. where he wrote technical documents and organized public outreach programs in support of air pollution control and climate change initiatives. He’s an elected member of the Newton Highlands Area Council which works with city and state officials on issues affecting small businesses, affordable housing, transportation, historic preservation and low income and elderly services.
Passionate Issue: environmental justice, worker rights, citizen activism, single payer, reversing gross income inequality & overturning disastrous trade deals
Kevin Costa (Fall River) Our Revolution Greater Fall River
Kevin is a politics and economics analyst for Radio France International’s Portuguese language service that provides in-depth coverage and analysis of American politics for multiple audiences in Europe, Africa, and Brazil. His areas of foci are the financial crisis, the great recession, the restructuring of the global financial infrastructure, the crisis of the Euro, the crisis in Ukraine, American healthcare policy, and post-Ferguson race relations.
He regularly serves on panels at the annual meetings of the New England, Northeastern, and American Political Science Associations, and on an ad hoc basis at other academic conferences at home and abroad. Kevin served as a member of the Our Revolution Massachusetts Interim Coordinating Committee (ICC) and as the ICC Representative to the Transition Team. He is also a member of the Our Revolution Rhode Island Executive Board.
Antonio deAndrade (town) ORMA Randolph
Paul DePalo (Worcester) Greater Worcester Our Revolution
Paul is hopeful that ORMA will be a coordinating body that supports, empowers, and is responsive to affiliates while maintaining a common standard for participating in ORMA. Paul recruited delegates for the 2017 Democratic Platform Convention convention and is a co-founder for Greater Worcester Our Revolution. A former teacher and now a child advocate attorney, he sits on Worcester’s Planning Board and is a candidate for Governor’s Council in 7th District.
Committees: TBD. Served on the Transition Team Coordinating Committee
Vicki Dzindzichashvili (Boston) Our Revolution Boston
I am a 29-year old higher education administrator based in East Boston. Before joining Our Revolution, I worked as a professional fundraiser raising money for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, the Democratic party’s campaign committees, and various charitable organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Environmental Defense Fund. I currently serve on the board of the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts and am a graduate of UMass Boston, where I attended as a non-traditional student after taking five years off due to the high cost of college in America. In addition to individual policy areas, I am interested in pushing the Democratic Party to the left by building a progressive base in Massachusetts, and recruiting & supporting progressive candidates for public office.
Passionate Issue: Electoral politics, voting rights, and defending public higher education
Enid Eckstein ( Boston) Jamaica Plain Progressives
Enid Eckstein is a long time union and community activist. She started her union career working for Chrysler in Detroit as a member of the UAW and later with the AFL-CIO in Washington, DC. Enid spent most of her adult career working in various capacities with SEIU including as Vice President responsible for hospitals and nursing homes in the union’s jurisdiction. Since leaving 1199 SEIU, Enid has worked as a consultant to the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, coordinating a campaign to prepare public sector unions for an attack by the US Supreme Court this spring and has been active building a community coalition to campaign for greater hospital accountability. For the last two years, Enid has been active with JP Progressives, supported Bernie and traveled to New Hampshire multiple times to canvass and then to campaign against Trump. She led the Raise UP signature collection effort in JP, and worked to build support for the criminal justice reform legislation and Safe Communities Act. She works closely with the Massachusetts Community Action Network, a statewide grouping of local faith based coalitions active on criminal justice reform.
Passionate Issue: social justice
Bill Gardiner (Arlington) Our Revolution Arlington
Bill is an organizer who has worked both in local communities and inside major institutions to bring about change. As the co-director for the Department for Faith in Action at the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston, he worked with congregations across the country on developing effective social justice programs. He is a co-facilitator for Ending Mass Incarceration Together (EMIT), a member of the Steering Committee for the Mystic LGBTQ Youth Support Network, an associate member of the Arlington Democratic Town Committee and a Unitarian Universalist minister. His activism and social justice work led him to partner with congregations in Washington DC, Nashville, Tennessee, and Philadelphia, PA and he has trained others in a Crossroads Anti-racism Organizing and Training program. Over the last year as America finds itself in a difficult and dangerous time, Bill was empowered by the passion and vision of ORMA to fight back and move our country toward a progressive future.
Passionate Issue: Reform of the criminal injustice system
J. Michael Gilbreath (Wayland) Our Revolution Metro West
is married with two adult children and a graduate of Boston University School of Education and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, he is employed with Brandeis University as a senior administrator. Michael is an amateur genealogist, family historian, mediocre guitar player, and long-time Deadhead who believes it takes a community to raise a revolution.
Michael began his political life at age 7 silk-screening “Freedom Now” T-shirts in 1959. He licked envelopes for the United Farm Workers in 1967, got “Clean for Gene” in 1968, co-coordinated Roslindale for Mel King Mayoral campaign in 1983, volunteered for Jesse Jackson in 1984 & 1988 and provided weekly food deliveries to Occupy Boston in 2013. An active member of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) since 2007, he joined the PDA “Run Bernie Run” campaign in 2014 and organized the first MetroWest Sanders for President event in June 2015. Michael was a Sanders Delegate and “whip” during the 2016 convention and is a member of the MA Democratic State Committee.
Committees: served on the Interim Coordinating Committee, the Finance and Legal team, and is ORMA’s designated Liaison to OR National and served on the Elections Implementation Committee following the Ratification Congress.
Passionate Issue: Economic Inequality sustained by Racism and Corporate control of our economic & political structures
Don Green (Reading) Unaffiliated Rep
Don is retired after 30+ years as a Family Medicine physician in Reading. He’s been married for 45 years and has 3 grown daughters. As a member of the PNHP, the largest physician organization advocating single payer, Dr. Green has given testimony on SP at the State House, grand rounds at Winchester Hospital, attended PNHP training sessions, and served on Reading’s Health Insurance task force. He participated in SP Lobby Day at the State House sponsored by Health-Care Now. He was a past Chairman of the Reading Board of Health, and established the Family Practice Department at Winchester Hospital. He founded a management organization to oversee best practices for health insurance contracts.
Dr. Green’s active political life began with Howard Dean’s run for President and has worked on many campaigns since then. After joining the Reading Democratic Town Committee, he was elected to the State Conventions several times and was an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2012 and 2016 (Bernie Alternate). Dr Green was at the first meeting in Westport when Our Revolution Massachusetts was just an idea and he’s an active ORMA member.
Committees: Communications, Bylaws
Passionate Issue: Single Payer Health Insurance, Voter participation in elections
Liz King (Brighton) Progressive Coalition of Allston Brighton
Liz is a retired nurse and recent activist. In the last few years her job included convincing health insurers to pay her hospital for services rendered and thus experienced the inherently adversarial relationship of the current health care environment. She is passionate about international trade justice and works with Greater Boston Trade Justice, GBTJ, formerly No-TPP-Boston. Currently GBTJ is working to improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for all 3 NAFTA countries.
Passionate Issue: justice in international trade
Nichole Mossalam (Malden) Our Revolution Malden
As an activist in her faith community for over a decade, Nichole recently became more involved in political activism. She’s worked tirelessly on the front lines to combat Islamaphobia in her community and served as a member of the pilot working group on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), attending the White House summit in Feb. 2015. Nicole is currently the Administrative Director of the Malden Islamic Center, Ex. Director of the New England Islamic Speaker’s Bureau, a board member for the New England Muslim Festival, an advisory board member for the Council of American Islamic Relations MA chapter (CAIR-MA), and a member of ORMA’s Representative Council for Malden’s local affiliate.
Committees: Ethics Task Force
Passionate Issue: building bridges and fighting for the rights of working-class families
Liz Reardon (Weymouth) Unaffiliated
Liz has been volunteering in non-profit leadership positions since 2005, organizing local and international community service projects to “save the world”. After the tragedy of Travyon Martin’s death in 2012, Liz changed her priorities and begun to focus on the social injustices at home through political action. After many rallies/marches, and volunteering for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, Our Revolution National sent her a text message about her local caucus in February 2017. Once she figured out what a caucus was, she became a delegate for the last Democratic state convention and “whipped” for her senate district to help pass the historically progressive platform for the state party. She now serves as the Vice Chair of South Shore Young Democrats to help move the party in a more progressive direction, coordinates the South Shore chapter of We the People MA to overturn Citizens United, and is an Associate Member of the Weymouth Democratic Town Committee working on local campaigns in her town. Her “day job” consists of managing Health Information Technology projects for a locally-based non-profit.
Committees: TBD Currently serves on the Endorsement Task Force
Passionate Issue: Racial Equality
Jeannette Rivera (Chicopee) Our Revolution Chicopee
Has been active in community work since her teens. She was VP for the Youth of Westfield Spanish American Association (Y.O.W!) program, YMCA Leaders program, helped to prepare first generation and academically at risk high school students for college through Holyoke Community Colleges Upward Bounds program. She attended UMASS Amherst with a focus on Anthropology, Gender and Indigenous studies. She participated in ALANA Affairs, a multicultural and educational support agency, which served the needs of African, Latinx, Asian/ Pacific Islander, and Native American students. Bernie Sanders reignited her hope for a just political system and after protesting the DNC in Philly, she has campaigned, raised funds, canvassed and phone banked for progressive candidates. She followed her new political passions and joined ORMA, aspiring to create a political system that enhances the voices of the marginalized, raises political consciousness and promotes a progressive agenda.
Committees: Served as an unaffiliated member on the Transition Team and the TT Structure committee. Served on ORMA’s Elections Implementation Committee after our Ratification Congress. Currently serves on the Inclusion committee and is an Interim Co-Chair of the RC
Passionate Issue: Racial Justice and Women’s Rights
Solomon Steen (Cambridge) Our Revolution Cambridge
I am a 29-year-old activist who is principally interested in creating change through electoral politics and legislative advocacy. In 2008, I volunteered in Northern Virginia for Barack Obama and Tom Perriello. In 2016, I volunteered for Bernie Sanders in Beijing as a member of Democrats Abroad, ultimately attending the 2016 Democratic National Convention as a delegate alternate for the Sanders campaign. I then returned to Massachusetts and have been exploring options for affecting policy change on the local and state level, and pushing our federal Congressional delegation in a more progressive direction, as well as pushing the DNC to adopt more comprehensive party reforms.
Passionate Issue: Immigration, voting rights, anti-corruption
Nancy Stenberg (Easthampton) Our Revolution Northampton
is thinking about becoming a socialist. My activist passions lean towards economic justice, education equity, single payer, and safe patient limits, especially with regards to women’s health. My pet peeves are the Oxford comma, following the rules of the road, and properly citing your sources. I’m a member of Greater Northampton Our Revolution, Pioneer Valley DSA, WMASS Medicare for All, Massachusetts Democratic State Committee, Easthampton Democratic Committee and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. I have two grown children, one grandson, and I love to travel. I love my job working for the Massachusetts Nurses Association. I am passionate about Our Revolution and the challenge to transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families. Our Revolution will reclaim democracy for the working people of our country, harness the transformative energy of the “political revolution” and support a new generation of progressive leaders while empowering millions to fight for progressive change and elevate the political consciousness.
Committees: Civic Engagement
Passionate Issue: Just one? For now, passing the Safe Patient Limits Ballot Initiative in Nov. 2018
Bruce Taub (Orleans) Our Revolution Cape Cod & Islands
is the 77 year old RC rep from Cape Cod. He was born in the Bronx, failed out of college, was in the US Army and lives in Orleans. Attorney Taub went to law school at night, raised 2 children, and has 4 grandchildren. He is descended from African Moorish Palestinian Jews and completed his dissertation in the Brandeis Anthropology Dept based on research he conducted while living in a Muslim peasant village in Bosnia in 1964. He taught anthropology and research methods at the State U of NY and lived on a back to the land farming commune where he learned “the need to know” principle; it ties in exquisitely with trust.
Attorney Taub lobbied against the owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station and the state, tried and lost murder cases and won modest victories against herbicidal toxin application companies and defended civil disobedience protesters. He cares about the environment, indigenous people and supported the fighters at Pine Ridge in ‘73 and spent a week at Standing Rock in 2016. He’s been to Israel and Palestine in the occupied territories 4 times and dares to think he has good ideas and experiences to share and that he wants heard.
Passionate Issue: Peace, anti-racism work and eliminating the school to prison pipeline
Rand Wilson (Somerville) Our Revolution Somerville
has worked as a union organizer and labor communicator since the late 1970s. In addition to staff positions with several national and local unions, Wilson was the founding director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice. Inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 primary campaign, Wilson volunteered as national coordinator for Labor for Bernie, a network of six national unions, over 100 local unions and nearly 50,000 union activists. He was elected a Massachusetts “Sanders delegate” to the Democratic National Convention in July 2016 and an Our Revolution delegate to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention in June 2017. Today he is helping to build Our Revolution (the Sanders’ campaign successor organization) at the state and local level in Massachusetts, while organizing Labor for Our Revolution to unite unions
and other worker organizations to continue the political revolution. He is President of the Center for Labor Education and Research, and is on the board of directors of the ICA Group, the Local Enterprise Assistance Fund and the Center for the Study of Public Policy. Currently, he is Organizing & Communications Director at SEIU Local 888.
Committees: Currently the Interim Co-Chair of the RC
Passionate Issue: Labor Rights, good jobs
Garret Whitney (Concord) Our Revolution Concord Area
Ferd Wulkan (Montague) Franklin County CPR (Continuing the Political Revolution)
is a long-time labor activist whose activism began in the anti-war and anti-racism struggles of the 1960’s. His passion has been linking the labor movement with other progressive movements for social justice. Working part-time for the Professional Staff Union at UMass Amherst, he is actively involved with Educators for a Democratic Union in the Mass. Teachers Association and MassDivest, the campaign to divest the state pension fund from fossil fuels. He is one of the founders of the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts, has lived in Montague for more than 20 years, and makes sure to find time for travel, the outdoors and competitive tiddlywinks.
He is on the Coordinating Committee of Franklin County CPR (Continuing the Political Revolution) and on its Climate Crisis Task Force.
Passionate Issue: social justice