Board of Directors

The Board is comprised of community organizers and leaders from around the New England region who have a strong commitment to Haymarket’s mission and to its long-term sustainability. Three seats are held by representatives of the Regional Funding Panel. The Board is majority People of Color, has significant representation by women and GLBTQ people, and is multi-class. Board members are familiar with Haymarket through the Funding Panel or through collaborative work in the region, and have experience with anti-racist organizing. They have a range of organizational skills.

Cedric Shaw, Board President

Cedric Shaw is a native of Greater Hartford. He worked at the Hartford Inquirer Publishing group, an African American newspaper based in Connecticut for six years. In 1994 Mr. Shaw moved to New York City where he reported out of the United Nations for the Hartford Inquirer and began to study nonviolence.  Shaw also trained at the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence and participated in Undoing Racism Training at the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. In addition, he has written on service, reconciliation between youth and adults, the universal power of love, race relations, and using creative nonviolence to end the violence that prevails in our neighborhoods and the world today. Cedric moved to Washington, D.C. for one year where he volunteered to organize for the Children’s Defense Fund’s Stand for Children Rally.

In 2002 Mr. Shaw with the call from C.T. Vivian founded T.R.Y.B.E. (Truth and Reconciliation for Youth and adults in Brotherhood and sisterhood for the Empowerment of all) Force, Inc., a not for profit organization dedicated to teaching nonviolent philosophy to youth.  Since then Shaw has trained over a thousand youth in the philosophy of nonviolence, organized town hall like forums on issues concerning the community. Mr. Shaw continues his work continually creating innovative ways to create a more peaceful world.

Trina Jackson, Clerk

Trina Jackson has nearly 20 years of community-based experience as an organizer, facilitator, and strategist in the social justice movement. Her background includes activism within communities of color in Boston and working with non-profits, facilitating community dialogues, and consulting on issues of anti-oppression, civic engagement, economic justice, racial justice, leadership development, collaboration, and movement building.
Trina's approach is to explore the intersections of sociopolitical identity and the lived experience; to work for structural and institutional change; to use reflective, participatory and cultural practices for deeper connections between communities directly impacted by 

oppression; and to construct new narratives which advance social transformation and achieve justice for all. She is the Program Coordinator of the Inclusion Initiative, a program of Third Sector New England, which supports cross-sector networks in communities of color to address root causes of poverty and economic inequality. She also co-coordinates a community-based grassroots project, the Network of Immigrant and African American Solidarity (NIAAS), which seeks to build solidarity between African Americans and immigrants of color through storytelling. As an independent project, Trina produced Grown By Herself, a mixed-media art education installation that honors the rituals, practices, and stories of black women gardeners and farmers. A writer, nature photographer, and yoga practitioner, Trina is a graduate of Goddard College.

Chanravy Proeung, Board Member

Chanravy Proeung is the co-founder and former Political Director for SISTA FIRE. SISTA Fire is a membership-led organization that seeks to support and nurture womxn of color to come together to build collective power for social, economic and political transformation in Providence, Rhode Island. She is a Khmer American organizer with over 9 years of experience in campaign-based organizing, expanding racial justice in Asian American communities, criminal justice and immigration work. Raised in Providence, Rhode Island, where she helped build out local and statewide campaigns against racial profiling of youth. She has played an integral role in efforts nationally to ensure that the Southeast Asian community is included in the larger struggle for social justice in this country. In 2015,

Soros Justice Fellow, where she coordinated the radical grassroots movement building collective the Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN), and worked in partnership with 1Love Movement (Philadelphia, PA). She spends most her time being a mother, eldest sister, daydreaming and reading about social movements. Chanravy is dedicated to serving the community, uplifting stories of those whom are most impacted by oppressive systems, and healing as a pathway to movement building.

Claire Wheeler, Board Member 
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Claire Wheeler is a specialist in strategic design and stewardship for nonprofits, community-based businesses and individuals based in Montpelier, VT. She is the founder of Re:work with a mission to translate, craft and deliver custom business solutions that free people to do the work they love. Claire holds an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro College and is committed to dismantling oppressive and patriarchal systems and symptoms through work, activism, and love. Before starting Re:work, Claire worked for ten years as a program director and administrator in the environmental non-profit sector. She has also earned her keep by knocking on doors, harvesting vegetables, and selling kites. She finds power in prose & splendor in spreadsheets.

For more information, read the detailed Board of Directors Description document.