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 ORMA Coordinating Committee (CC) provides the leadership direction of Our Revolution Massachusetts. As of January 2019, there are four members, as the Representative Council is in transition. The current committee includes:
Representative Council Members (in alphabetic order):
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.
Jaime Budden (Randolph) ORMA Randolph
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
Jordan Weinstein (Arlington) Our Revolution Arlington
Passionate Issue: TBD
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
Liz Reardon (Weymouth) Our Revolution Weymouth: Leading the Wey
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: Electoral Issues and Tech Committees; Co-chair of Coordinating Committee and Representative Council
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
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
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: Served as Interim Co-Chair of the RC
Passionate Issue: Labor Rights, good jobs
Garret Whitney (Concord) Our Revolution Concord Area