Staff & Board
Meet our team!
Kaji Reyes | he/him/his
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.
Bennett Carpenter | they/them/theirs
Bennett leads and supervises the design, implementation, and learning for our campaigns, organizing model, and base-building approach. They are deeply excited about D4A because they are committed to developing grassroots organizing models that grow our movements to the size and scale we need to win lasting political power for our people.
Bennett comes from a background in labor organizing and academia. They were a founding member of the Duke Graduate Students Union and pursued graduate research around race, class, and social movements. They are an avid board gamer, banjo player, and kayaker.
Shanise Hamilton | she/her/hers
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.
Ociele Hawkins | she/her/hers
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.
Communications & Operations Manager
Anthony J. Maglione | he/him/his
Anthony is one of the 2016 founding members of D4A and has developed the organizational systems, structures, and support for our staff and members to deepen our leadership and impact. He oversees communications, operations, finances, and digital organizing, and he supports organizational & leadership development, fundraising, and campaign organizing. 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 organizing, census and redistricting mobilization, community health center care management, youth instruction and leadership development, and electoral organizing. He loves cooking meals his Abuela and Nonna taught him, being a trickster, and receiving delightful reminders from kiddos about the abundance of joy in the world.
Digital Organizing Fellow
Ashlyn Nuckols | she/her/hers
Ashlyn is responsible for growing our movement through online media and other digital tools including mass texting, phone banking, and integrated data tracking. She works with D4A’s members to amplify our movement stories of overcoming isolation and fear while moving into collective power. Ashlyn joined D4A because she believes the only path to a livable future is building a cross-class, multiracial movement to transform government and win the resources and conditions that all communities need to thrive.
Originally from Vermont, Ashlyn first became passionate about social change and worker justice while organizing student and worker solidarity at Duke University and co-chairing the national group United Students Against Sweatshops. She is honored to be organizing in Durham and in her free time enjoys hiking, Durham drag, and stand-up comedy.
Carolina Alzuru, Co-Chair (she/her/hers)
Mel Norton, Co-Chair (she/her/hers)
David Roswell, Treasurer (he/him/his)
Khalilah Karim (she/her/hers)
Dove Kent (she/her/hers)
Symone Kiddoo (she/her/hers)
Justine Oller (she/her/hers)