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.
Fatou Drammeh, Treasurer
Fatou Drammeh, Coordinator of Revere Community School (RCS). She has over 25 years in experience working with low-income, immigrant and refugee women and their families in the United States and Gambia, West Africa. She is the Co-founder and was the executive Director
(3 years) of Women Encouraging Empowerment Inc., a non-profit organization in Revere organizing with immigrant and refugee women. Fatou worked in various capacities at Cooperative Economics for Women (CEW) for 9 years from trainer to program organizer and Associate Director. Served five years on the Funding Panel and Board of Directors at the Haymarket People’s Fund, one term on the allocations committee for Boston Women’s Fund, where she aided in funding different community projects. throughout the state of Massachusetts.
Core group member of Network for African American and Immigrant in Solidarity (NIAAS), and board member of Women Encouraging Empowerment. She has a degree in Development studies, Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, and diploma in Women and Economic Development.
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.
Brenda Lett, Board Member
Brenda Lett, National Secretary of the National Coalition Of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA), Board Chair of NH Black Women Health Project, Board Member, of the Greater Manchester Black Scholarship Foundation and Former President, NAACP Manchester Branch. Masters in Community Mental Health and Community Economic Development from Southern NH University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Dubuque. Community activist and social justice advocate.