James_Haslam.jpg JAMES HASLAM, Executive Director

James co-founded Rights & Democracy after serving as the Executive Director at the Vermont Workers’ Center for over 15 years. He has extensive experience in running grassroots legislative advocacy campaigns, labor and community organizing. You can reach him at

Isaac_Grimm.jpeg ISAAC GRIMM, Political Engagement Director

Since RAD's inception, Isaac has worked as the lead organizer and canvass director. He worked as co-canvass director with the Working Families Party and organizer for SEIU helping thousands of adjunct faculty form a union. A University of Vermont (UVM) grad and former Vermont Workers’ Center intern, he also worked as a high school social studies teacher in Colombia for 5 years. You can reach him at

kate_logan.jpg KATE LOGAN, Director of Programming and Policy

Kate is a feminist social and political theory scholar, specializing in family policy, participatory democracy, and human rights, as well as a having a background in labor and community organizing and nonprofit management. Working for Rights & Democracy gives her the opportunity to put all of these passions and skills to use in helping to build a more just and sustainable future. You can reach her at

emma.jpeg EMMA SCHOENBERG, Grassroots Organizer

As a Grassroots Organizer for Rights and Democracy, Emma works to lift up the voices of Vermonters by training, building empowerment, and educating. A UVM grad, her background is in agriculture and food justice issues, but she has also worked on issues surrounding climate and energy. In her free time she likes to sing songs, spend time with plants, and crack puns. You can reach her at

Shay_Totten.jpg SHAY TOTTEN, Communications Director

Shay grew up in the Northeast Kingdom and as a writer and publisher has worked to give voice to people organizing on a variety of issues, from labor, LGBTQ and disability rights to the environmental justice and anti-war movements, and more. A graduate of Bennington College, he has served on the boards of the Vermont Press Association, the Peace & Justice Center, the Keep BT Local Coop, Burlington Friends of Education, and was a founding board member of RAD. You can reach him at