Haymarket's Funding Panel

For more information, read the detailed Funding Panel Role Description document.

The New England Funding Panel works with the Haymarket staff to carry out grantmaking duties and is accountable to the Haymarket Board of Directors. The Funding Panel nominates three of its members to sit on Haymarket’s Board of Directors.

The Board approves all Funding Panel nominations. Funding Panel members also participate in organizational gatherings of Haymarket, such as annual meetings, etc. All Funding Panel members must attend a new member orientation weekend and a two-and-a-half day Undoing Racism workshop offered by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond within the first six months of their service. Terms are for 3 years, with the first year being conditional based on mutual evaluation. In the initial formation of the panel, terms will be staggered to allow for continuity and stability.

Colleen Fitzpatrick, Massachusetts

Colleen is working with Massachusetts Teachers’ Association, focusing on education justice. Most recently a Community Organizer at the Fenway CDC in Boston, MA. She is a steering committee member for Our Revolution Somerville. She has been involved in organizing since graduating from Williams College in 2012, first as an advocate for LGBT rights in her home state of Maine and then as a union organizer with SEIU Local 888 in Boston. Her experience in these movements has taught her about the power of bringing people together to create positive change in their workplaces and neighborhoods. She believe that we must constantly strive to deepen our democracy and achieve ideals of access and equity for all. Colleen looks for every opportunity to get outdoors and explore

natural spaces both near and far. She also enjoys checking out local arts and music events, attending yoga classes, and gardening and cooking with friends in her community-driven house.

Chanravy Proeung, Rhode Island

Chanravy Proeung is the co-founder and 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, she became a 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.

Abdifatah Ahmed, Maine

Abdifatah Ahmed left Mogadishu, Somalia in 1992 at the age of fourteen when civil war disrupted his education and family. He lived in a new refugee camp in Kenya for over a year before being resettled to Cambridge, MA where his family was reunited. Abdifatah worked very hard and was driven academically. He received his Doctorate of Pharmacy fourteen years ago from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Recruited to Maine in 2003, he has worked in Portland, Topsham and Lewiston/Auburn where he now lives with his wife and five children. Abdifatah is an advocate for people living in poverty and cares about encouraging others to engage in civic life and healthy choices.

Mohamed Yarrow, Maine

Mohamed Yare is an interpreter, a substitute teacher, and education technician in Lewiston, Maine. Mohamed is an immigrant from Somalia and has been living in Maine 2015. He is a student at the University of Southern Maine majoring in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a minor in Public Health, hoping to graduate early spring of 2020. Mohamed is Founder and Executive Director of Lewiston/Auburn Youth and Family Services in July 2018. He speaks English, Somali, Kiswahili and some Arabi.

Samantha Montano, Massachusetts

Sam was most recently the Senior Neighborhood Organizer for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp in Jamaica Plain. Sam is involved as a member of her neighborhood council in Jamaica Plain and volunteers frequently in the neighborhood. Sam has dedicated much of her work to building access to equity for folks and pushing conversations around anti-racist work. She has been in Boston for 5 years now and is originally from Los Angeles, CA. 

Shaznene Hussain, Connecticut

Shaznene works as a community educator and tenant organizer at the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, where she collaborates with her co-workers, community organizations, and service providers to address discrimination in housing and with tenants organizing to defend against evictions. She also volunteers and works with community organizers, activists, and collectives in Connecticut and throughout the region on campaigns to address climate justice, racial justice, and immigrants rights issues. Shaznene completed her doctorate in Political Science at the University of Connecticut, taught courses ininternational studies, human rights, and gender studies, and served as a Trustee of the Graduate Employee Union.

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