Meet Your PA Board

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Officers

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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."

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Magan Thigpen, Co-President
"I am committed to ensuring that all children have access to a high-quality public education."

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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."  

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Eric Boven, Treasurer
"My service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member fostered a life-long interest in education, civic engagement, and community service."

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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. 

Members

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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."

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

Dabney Hopkins

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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."

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Amanda Maris
"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."

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Marcus Morrow
"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."

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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."

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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."

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Tommie Watson
"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."

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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."

  

Staff

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L'Tanya Durante
"PA is a consistent, progressive force in our community. I'm proud to be part of this vital work."

 

Board_RSmith_updated.jpg 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."
Board_MThigpen.jpg Magan Thigpen, Co-President
"I am committed to ensuring that all children have access to a high-quality public education."
Board_MJohnson.jpg 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."
Board_EBoven.jpg Eric Boven, Treasurer
"My service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member fostered a life-long interest in education, civic engagement, and community service."

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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."

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