Staff & Board

Meet our team!

Our Staff

Executive Director

Kaji Reyes | he/him
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Kaji works collectively with our staff and board to manage the well-being of Durham For All (D4A) through organizational and leadership development, fundraising, and long-term visioning. Kaji is fiercely committed to relationships with those around him. He strives to be nurtured and nudged by his people and to be in struggle to find a path towards our collective liberation. 

At heart, Kaji is a QTPOC (Queer Trans Person of Color) desert rat from Tucson, Arizona. He found his way to Durham by way of the economic crisis of 2008. Kaji has ten years of experience across a gamut of community organizing issues and knows the critical role electoral organizing plays in building grassroots political power that lasts. His previous role was as the Leadership Development Director for PowerUp NC, where he developed training curriculum and organized field plans for directors and organizers across the state. He has been a member of D4A since its founding in 2016.


Community Organizer 

Shanise Hamilton | she/her
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Shanise recruits, trains, and manages member leaders and volunteers for D4A’s campaign organizing and voter engagement work. This includes running phone banks, text banks, canvassing, and Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) events, as well as developing members to build the political power of people of color and poor & working-class people. Shanise kicked off her organizing with D4A during our 2018 Decriminalize Durham campaign and is committed to the strategy of electing progressives into office who are aligned with our vision and values. She is dedicated to raising the voices and lived experiences of those most affected by systems of oppression.

Shanise is a native of Durham, North Carolina, and she deeply thanks this community for equipping her with the tools to thrive even when the cards were stacked against her. She comes from a background in media and was graced with the opportunity to share her story of finding power on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts. After teaching media to children in New York, Shanise returned home to build power with her community through D4A. Shanise is a lover of music and all things Black, and she is the proud mother of Shah Alexander.


Community Organizer 

Ociele Hawkins | she/her
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Ociele recruits, trains, and manages member leaders and volunteers for D4A’s campaign organizing and voter engagement work. This includes running phone banks, text banks, canvassing, and Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) events, as well as developing members to build the political power of people of color and poor & working-class people. Because Ociele has experienced the far right’s strategic use of poverty and racism to prevent us from building a powerful multiracial, cross-class movement, she is committed to D4A’s plan of bringing all of us together to fight for what we deserve—to live dignified lives.

Ociele is a Black non-binary butch queen from South Philadelphia. She has organized high school students around education justice, led intensive electoral canvassing operations, and fought against gentrification for affordable housing in her childhood neighborhood. She loves the art of interviewing, basketball, and movies that make her cry.


Interim Deputy Director

Anthony J. Maglione | he/him
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Anthony is one of the 2016 founding members of D4A and has helped develop the organizational systems, structures, and support for our staff and members to deepen our leadership and impact. He currently manages campaign organizing, communications, operations, and finances. Anthony is grateful for how D4A is an invitation to deepen in personal transformation and leadership while building a political home and community that fights for all of us.

Anthony has over a decade of experience in local social justice work, including student-worker campus organizing, census and redistricting mobilization, care management within community health centers, youth instruction and leadership development, and electoral organizing. He loves: cooking meals his Puerto Rican abuela and southern Italian nonna taught him, being a trickster, and receiving daily reminders from kiddos and nature about the many delights of life.


Data & Digital Organizer (Fellowship)

Nahid Soltanzadeh | they/them
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Nahid manages our data systems and leads our digital organizing efforts to better integrate our data-driven electoral work with our relational organizing work both online and offline. Their obsession with stories and narratives as powerful forces for dismantling oppressive systems fuels their passion for digital organizing, cultural campaigning, and healing justice.

Nahid is a queer nonbinary immigrant from Tehran, Iran. After moving around the east coast for a while, they found a political home in Durham For All as a member leader soon after they moved to Durham. A Kairos Fellowship alum, Nahid has worked as a digital organizer at the intersections of tech justice, militarism, policing and surveillance, systemic Islamophobia, and prison industrial complex. Before arriving at digital organizing, they have been a teacher, an online facilitator, an educational consultant, a babysitter, a caregiver, and a poet.


Operations & Finance Manager

Luke Hirst  |  they/them
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Luke manages our operational and financial systems to keep our organization running smoothly and to open up more space for our team to thrive. They are excited about the work D4A does to form relationships across race and class and advocate for concrete change.

Luke came to Durham for love in 2006 and found so much more love than they expected. Their background includes nonprofit accounting, serving on electoral campaign teams, documenting local LGBTQ+ history, organizing for immigrant rights, and finding many different ways to build community. You can usually find them hanging out with their dog and cat.

Our Board

Mel Norton, Co-Chair (she/her)

Justine Oller, Co-Chair (she/her)

David Roswell, Treasurer (he/him)

Dove Kent (she/her)

 


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