Representative Council Biographies

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 March 2019, there are five members. Email the Coordinating Committee. The current committee includes:

Henry Wortis – Co-chair
Kevin Costa – Co-chair
J. Michael Gilbreath
Alex Crowley
Judith Conrad

Representative Council Members (in alphabetic order):


Robin Bergman (Arlington) Our Revolution Arlington

Committees: TBD
Passionate Issue
TBD


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.   

Committees: TBD
Passionate Issue:
environmental justice, worker rights, citizen activism, single payer, reversing gross income inequality & overturning disastrous trade deals


Judith Conrad (Fall River) Working Poor Caucus

Lifelong musician, performer on harpsichord, clavichord and piano, church organist choir-director, piano teacher, keyboard technician specializing in historical tunings, also plays keyboard in jazz bands and trombone in community bands, gives piano lessons, whatever it takes. She is longtime secretary of the Fall River Democratic City Committee and chair of her ward, was active in the nuclear freeze movement in the 1980’s and was president of the Greater Fall River Committee for Peace and Justice. She is the originator of the conceit “Clavichordists for World Peace”, on the board of the Historic Keyboard Society of North America and is also involved in the Fall River Symphony Society, the New England Wildflower Society, Native Seeds/Search and the Great Bear Foundation.

Committees: Electoral Issues, Communications and Coordinating Committee
Passionate Issue: Peace, Environment and the Arts


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.

Committees: TBD
Passionate Issue:


Alex Crowley (Weymouth) Youth Caucus

Alex Crowley is a young passionate politically active member of the Political Revolution. His focus is on voter rights and youth representation. Alex is an a proud Eagle Scout who was taught and raised learning about the importance of civic engagement and the most important rule in the Scout Law; to be trustworthy, he hopes to pass on those ideals to our future generations. Alex is a part of the Executive Board of South Shore Young Dems, an Associate Member of the Weymouth Democratic Town Committee, a member of the MassDems Youth Subcommittee, a member of Voter Choice MA (RCV), a member of the OR Weymouth Affiliate and much more. He looks forward to continuing to bring a voice to the the RC on behalf of young progressives.

Committees: FAST and Coordinating Committee
Passionate Issue


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 structural racism and corporate control of our economic & political structures


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.   

Committees: TBD
Passionate Issue


David Greenberg (Franklin County) FCCPR

David has been active in progressive politics since his college days. He’s done union organizing in Boston and Amherst and co-founded WiredWest to bring high-speed connectivity to Western Mass. He also co-founded Pioneer Valley for Bernie, which has since morphed into FCCPR. “After four years of Trump, we clearly have our work cut out for us. I am heartened by the wonderful folks who have joined FCCPR, and I am convinced that we will make a difference.” David is part of FCCPR’s Climate Action Task Force and liaison to ORMA and Indivisible-MA.

Committees: TBD
Passionate Issue
Climate Action


Larry Rich (Somerville) Our Revolution Somerville

Lawrence (Larry) Rich has lived in Somerville for over 35 years and, with his wife, raised 3 children in the city. He is currently retired from engineering, manufacturing, and business careers but keeps busy with real estate development and management with interests in a low carbon footprint and in affordable housing.

He is currently on the steering committee of Our Revolution Somerville (ORS). He was an alternate delegate for Bob Massie (for Governor) at the State Democratic Convention. In addition has worked on campaigns for Mark Niedergang for Alderman at Large, for Pat Jehlen for state senator, for Jill Stein for governor, for Bob Massie and Elizabeth Warren for Senator and for Bernie Sanders for President. He supported the ORSomerville slate of Aldermen, a living wage for the Clarendon Hill Development, the Community Benefits Agreement for Union Square and the PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) negotiations with Tufts University. He has represented ORS at the Climate Coalition of Somerville and sat on a City of Somerville Climate Forward working group; He is a member of the Social Action Committee at Temple B’nai Brith and participates in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO); he is on the steering committee of the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur, is a member of the New Hampshire Rebellion (to get money out of politics), a member of Voter Choice (for ranked choice voting), a member of SCATV and a former member of the board of the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS).

Committees: Pending
Passionate Issue


Garret Whitney (Concord) Our Revolution Concord Area

CommitteesTBD
Passionate Issue:


Henry Wortis (Cambridge) Our Revolution Cambridge

I was born into a family of left-wing NYC activists and began producing my first leaflets in high school in the late 1940s. I was chair of one of the few Marxist political groups on a college campus in the early 50s. The self-destruction of the pro-Soviet left in the mid-fifties left me and others adrift. By the 60s, the Cuban Revolution, the Civil Rights movement, the war against imperialism in Vietnam and the new left brought me to life again. In Boston in the 70s and early 80s I did some work around housing and hospital work but my main interest was in Angry Arts, a small collective that for 14 years showed monthly film shows. After another quiet period Bernie showed me and thousands of others how we could create a political revolution. I make my living as an academic scientist.

Committees: Coordinating Committee
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