Retake Our Democracy Leadership Structure

Retake Our Democracy has many moving parts, many teams operating independently or in coordination. To ensure that the organization remains focused on its primary goals and implements strategies effectively, it has created the following organizational structure.

Board of Directors. Our Board reviews the budget, ensures compliance with legal, IRS and Secretary of State guidelines, and evaluates the effectiveness of leadership. In the event a director is hired, the Board would hire the Director and evaluate his effectiveness.

Leadership Team. The Leadership Team is comprised of Julia Berman, Esther Kovari, Jennifer Johnson, Sara Hume, Cecile Lipworth, Roxanne Barber and Paul Gibson. Each of the members of the team carry responsibility for coordinating strategies being advanced by Retake. The team meets alternate weeks and is staging a half-day retreat in August 2017.

Advisory Team.  The Advisory Team does not meet formally, but is comprised of a growing number of advocacy and community service organizations who serve as thought partners to our work, challenging our thinking, suggesting new directions and working in partnership with us. Among key advisors: Somos Un Pueblo Unido, Chainbreaker Collective, New Energy Economy, Earth Care, and Santa Fe Dreamers.  Through ongoing dialog with these groups, Retake ensures our efforts are respectful of the work that others are doing and ensures alignment and effective coordination among organizations with shared values and goals. 

Action Teams. Action Teams are formed to allow local activists opportunities to develop actions that support the strategic direction of Retake Our Democracy. Currently there are action teams in relation to Community Conversations Canvassing; Activist Research; Roundhouse Advocacy; and House Parties.

The Majority. The majority are most of us who know we are not getting what we need and realize that our voices are not being heard, but have little time to devote to activism. The most important goal of Retake Our Democracy is to engage the majority, provide concise information that penetrates mainstream media’s stranglehold on what we know, and provide easy ways for the majority to advocate effectively on their behalf.