Meet Your PA Board




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



Vernetta Alston
"The work of the People's Alliance is critical to a strong future for Durham as a city and a community."

John Davis
"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."

Gann Herman
"I joined PA in 1990 to fight for public schools."

Dabney Hopkins

Josephine Kerr Davis

Amanda Maris

Marcus Morrow

Sondra Stein
"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."

Sara Terry
"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."

Tommie Watson

Michael Young
"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."



L'Tanya Durante

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