Funding Panel

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 2-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.

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

Meet our Funding Panel

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.

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. 

Isa Mujahid, Connecticut

Isa Mujahid, Founder and Organizing Director of CTCORE-Organize Now!, is a native of Bridgeport, CT. The child and grandchild of Civil Rights Era activists, Isa was aware from an early age the role that racial politics had played in the history of the United States in the oppression of marginalized groups, in particular African Americans. He began community organizing with ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) in Bridgeport.  Isa saw how effective community organizing was at winning demands from the powers-that-be and showing community members, who may have previously felt discouraged or unsure about their own ability to bring about social change, what was possible if communities work together in an organized and strategic way. Isa continued to organize with ACORN for several years - later organizing with the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Connecticut and FaithActs for Education in Bridgeport, before forming CTCORE-Organize Now!

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.

Abdulkerim Said, Maine

Abdulkerim Said was born and grew up in Ethiopia.  Atlanta, Georgia was his first destination, after living in Atlanta for four years Said relocated to Maine and graduated from the University of Augusta.  Abdulkerim is the father of two boys and two girls. He is actively involved in the Lewiston/Auburn area. He is the Founder and Executive Director of New Mainers Public Health Initiative a non- profit, community-based organization which focuses on education, advocacy and empowerment regarding health food choice for refugees and the immigrant community. Abdulkerim participates as a local stakeholder at Community Health Workers to increase awareness in the New American community. He is an active member of the Care Management Committee for Maine Community Health Option, based in Lewiston and a member of the Community Advisory Committee for the private philanthropy organization called Maine Health Access Foundation. Abdulkerim Said is very passionate about improving the disparities of healthcare and fighting to reduce the barriers between the providers and the community. He is active member of the Maine Statewide for Community adviser group and a board member for one of the big cap agencies in Maine, Community Concept. Abdulkerim lives in Auburn, Maine with his four children and his wife.

Claire Wheeler, Vermont

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.

Collique Williams​, Massachusetts

Collique Williams is a Geek, Musician, Anime Head, Schemer, Dreamer, with a flair for facilitation and strategy.  Collique is a Boston native who grew up in the youth social justice community. He is the former Lead Organizer at the Boston-area Youth Organizing Project (BYOP) and has worked for years on different youth and community campaigns.  He has been a part of and a representative to several coalitions and currently works at The City School.

Mohamed Yarrow, Maine

Mohamed Yare is an interpreter, a substitute teachers, 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.

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