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Executive Director | Don Kusler

Don Kusler, a veteran political organizer, has held senior staff positions at ADA since 2001. Currently, Don is Executive Director of Americans for Democratic Action.  Don joined ADA as an assistant to the National Director. He also served as Communications Director (2002-2007) and Deputy National Director (2004-2007) before becoming Director of ADA’s Working Families Win organizing project in 2007. Prior to coming to ADA, Don served as campaign manager and field director for local and state candidate campaigns. Although a Texan by birth, Don lives happily in Virginia with his wife, Mary, and two sons, Will and Sam.

 

National Field Director - Rebecca Gomer

Becky Gomer has been with ADA for eight years and is now the National Field Director. Becky began work for ADA as an organizer for the Working Families Win project in North Carolina in, where she led efforts to increase the state minimum wage, bring a state EITC and led multiple Get Out the Vote campaigns. Becky is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been a community organizer for fourteen years. Her prior organizing experience includes working in low income communities with ACORN.

 

 

Communications Director | Karen Traeger

Karen has held several positions with ADA, starting as the Program Assistant for Working Families Win (WFW) in March 2008.  During the 2008 election cycle, she managed the web based technologies including the WFW website and campaign management systems.  She has served as Communications Director since 2010.  Before coming to ADA, she worked in the field for several campaigns and earned a Political Science degree from Flagler College.

 

Iowa Field Organizer - Chris Schwartz

Chris Schwartz has been with ADA since 2006 when he joined us as an organizer for the Working Families Win project. He attended the University of Northern Iowa where he studied both music and political science and became a prominent and outspoken student activist eventually becoming a national leader of the student antiwar movement. Schwartz grew-up in Dubuque Iowa's north end working class neighborhood and has always had a passion for social, economic, and environmental justice. In his time with ADA he was worked on a multitude of issues including health care, LGBTQ rights, predatory lending, minimum wage, fair taxes, judicial nominations, reproductive freedom, community gardening, neighborhood development, climate change, and fair trade.

 

Delaware Field Organizer - Ezra Temko

Ezra Temko is ADA's Delaware Organizer. Ezra has served on Newark City Council, worked for the Sierra Club of Delaware, and taught Kindergarten and middle school. He is an Alumni Board Member for People for the American Way Foundation's Young People For program and a Board Member for Friends of the Newark Free Library. Ezra's undergraduate degree is in Politics from Oberlin College and he has an MPA from the University of Delaware and an MA in Secondary Teaching from Wilmington University. Ezra lives in Newark, Delaware with his husband Drew and their two dogs Charlie and Kugel.

 

Campaign For A Fair Minimum Wage Director | Jane O'Grady

Jane came to ADA after a career as a lobbyist for the AFL-CIO.  Over her years working for the labor movement, she lobbied for periodic increases in the federal minimum wage.  In 1997, she was pleased to accept ADA’s invitation to form a coalition of advocacy groups to continue ADA’s involvement in the minimum wage issue.  And thus was formed the Campaign for a Fair Minimum Wage, a coalition of more than 200 progressive organizations in support of increasing the federal minimum wage. The Campaign for a Fair Minimum Wage has made indexing of the minimum wage its legislative priority in the current Congress.

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