Ryan Smith, Co-President
"I joined PA in 2009 because I was interested in being more engaged in the political life of Durham and supporting PA’s progressive vision."
Magan Thigpen, Co-President
"I am committed to ensuring that all children have access to a high-quality public education."
Marion Johnson, Vice-President
"I hate bullies. Without a strong and vocal community organization like PA, low-income and minority Durham residents get bullied by all kinds of parties, from indifferent property developers to an overly aggressive police force."
Eric Boven, Treasurer
"My service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member fostered a life-long interest in education, civic engagement, and community service."
Alexana Garcia, Secretary
"Community is important to me, and I want to do my part to serve my community. I believe in PA's progressive vision for Durham and am committed to moving us towards equity and inclusion for all.
"I came to the People's Alliance as a board member after being involved with work that the PA education team has been doing to defend and transform public education in the face of ongoing budget cuts and privatization."
"I joined PA in 1990 to fight for public schools."
Josephine Kerr Davis
"Change does not happen every election. It happens every day. I can no longer stand by and rest the changes that I want to see in my community at the feet of others. It is my responsibility to get involved with like-minded individuals that are changing my community. There is no time like the current time to be a voice for change. As a member of the People’s Alliance, I have had the opportunity to see how the members work tirelessly to address the needs of the Durham community."
"I am concerned about the intersectionality between the courts and schools and stopping the flow of youth into the juvenile and criminal justice systems through the school-to-prison pipeline. This is part of what motivated me to join the People’s Alliance Education Team and ultimately the Board."
"I joined PA because I believe that Durham's citizens care about their community and I want to make sure that they always have a voice."
"Durham is my home – so I am naturally interested in doing everything I can to make it the kind of place that I want to live in: a place that is open and welcoming, equitable and inclusive for folks of all ages, races, backgrounds, cultures."
"PA answers the call to be Durham's progressive voice - daily, weekly, monthly - for public education, affordable housing, living wages, LGBTQ rights and more. I know PA needs me to be there too."
"I joined People's Alliance days after moving to Durham because I wanted to support PA's role in the community as an influential advocate for social and economic justice."
"I want to support organizing, education and mobilization in Durham to build a community that is inclusive, fair and decent for all who live here. The People's Alliance has been at the forefront of that work, and I want to support that continued movement toward justice."
"PA is a consistent, progressive force in our community. I'm proud to be part of this vital work."