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Meet the Team

Haymarket is a regional organization, spanning the entire New England area. Our office is in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. In addition to the Haymarket staff, our work is carried out by the volunteers who sit on our Board of Directors, Funding Panel, Finance Committee, Development Committee, and working groups. 

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Karla Nicholson

Executive Director

Jennifer Dowdell

Development Director

Jaime Smith

Grants Director

Board of Directors

The Board is composed 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.


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 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.

Funding Panel

Development Committee

The Development Committee is a committee of the Haymarket Board of Directors. The committee will consist of 5 to 15 people from a cross-class, multi-racial representation of Haymarket constituencies and individuals with experience and/or interest in private donor fundraising, as well as foundation and corporation support. It is vital to Haymarket that this committee represents the many rich cultural perspectives in New England, and that this committee leads the way for strengthening Haymarket relationship in communities we have traditionally funded in but have not historically raised money in. The main task of the Development Committee will be to oversee the development plan and to see that it is implemented


Finance Committee

The Finance Committee provides financial analysis, advice, and oversight of the organizations budget to ensure financial sustainability and that the organization is operating with the financial resources it needs. 

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