MEET THE TEAM
IS is home to a talented group of organizers who help shape the direction of the organization. We categorize our work in three ways: Direction, Development, and Initiatives.
writing lab lead
Jesse Baer was born and raised in Cambridge and has been obsessed with politics since at least elementary school. He comes to IS with years of experience in student activism and journalism, a B.A. in Politics from Oberlin College, and a somewhat incongruous post-college career in information technology. You can follow him on Twitter at @misc.
song lab co-lead
Jonathon House is a communications professional that loves to tell stories. He’s a graduate of Emerson College’s Journalism program and served in the Marine Corps from 2011-2016 as an award-winning Combat Correspondent. Over the years, he’s covered topics ranging from the Iraqi refugee crisis to President Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima. He came to Indivisible Somerville as the result of conducting background research for a radio news story and became smitten with the organization’s cheeky attitude and unique approach to activism. When he’s not telling tales, Jonathon enjoys spending time with his wife, two dogs (Edward and Calvin), and drinking a delicious craft beer.
Co-lead of the creative lab at Indivisible Somerville, Charlotte is a also a web developer and designer by day, knitting fiend and plant hoarder by night. She lives in Somerville with her partner Stuart under the rule of their cat Olivia. Charlotte loves traveling, hunting for good vegan food, and happily embraces the liberal snowflake life. Check out her design and development work at charlottehyland.com.
Simone Liano moved to Somerville in June and first got involved in activism after Trump’s election. She studied Neuroscience at Wellesley College and currently works in strategy consulting. She’s dabbled in the cleantech space and is passionate about the intersection of technology and the environment, loves listening to podcasts, and going for walks!
Sharon is a self-proclaimed people person who became involved in activism with the rise of Standing Rock. In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, she perceived her values and beliefs to be threatened and rose to face that challenge. Her desire to make a difference led her to Indivisible Somerville, where she has found a home within a community of like-minded individuals.
Having over a decade of experience in customer service, Sharon has been able to put her social skills to good use, on-boarding and networking with the Outreach Lab.
Sharon is a fierce advocate for sexual assault survivors, women’s rights and equal rights for the LGBTQIA community.
In her free time, Sharon enjoys adventures, music and, most especially, being an Auntie to her many nieces and nephews.
It's Our Call lab co-lead
Becca Mayfield is a co-lead of It’s Our Call. She is an award-winning graphic designer and brand strategist, with an appetite for organizing complex information and an unwavering belief in the power of human connection. Raised in a small town in North Carolina, the lure of snow and public transit brought Becca to Somerville in 2009. Her professional work includes clients such as the Trustees of Reservations, the Peabody Essex Museum, the City of Boston, and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a board member of The Sanctuary Boston, a worship community grounded in Unitarian Universalist values. Becca received a Bachelor of Graphic Design with a minor in Industrial Design from the College of Design at North Carolina State University. You can see more of Becca’s work at beccamayfield.com
It's Our Call lab co-lead
Stacey Y. McCullough has been a design thinker for 18 years, including six at IDEO. Her interest in childhood development led her to an in-house innovation leadership role for a worldwide education company, and to volunteer work with children and families via Cambridge Family and Children’s Service and the Parent-Child Home Program. While she continues to conduct design strategy projects across a variety of fields, she especially prizes those related to children’s wellbeing. By founding and co-leading It’s Our Call, Stacey is applying her expertise in optimizing efficacy and serving user needs to the arena of activists calling their legislators.
song lab co-lead
Lisa Tam primarily focuses on the finance function of the organization. She is a CPA with experience in both public and industry accounting. In recent years, her focus has been on business technology applications that would improve finance functions. Born in Hong Kong, but raised in the Netherlands, she grew up in a small business environment of an immigrant family. Grateful to have had the opportunity to come to the United States to build her own dream, she believes that EVERYONE should get the same opportunity if they are willing to work hard at it. She likes to garden to restore balance in her little world. To make the best of the winters, she enjoys skiing down beautiful snow-covered mountains.
Andrew Tremblay is using technology to enable positive social change. A long time Massachusetts resident, he graduated from WPI in 2011, and finally moved to Somerville in 2016. His professional software experience ranges from frontend native mobile apps to backend microservices. His work with Indivisible Somerville includes this website, the Botany lab, and It’s Our Call. When he’s not doing all that, he’s either working in a small startup or creating video-games. You can see most of his non-NDA work at andrew-tremblay.com.
energy & environment lab lead
Larry Yu is an experienced business writer and communications consultant. He served on the board of the Brattle Film Foundation for six years, and trained as a Climate Reality Leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. He is a graduate of MIT, but that was a long time ago. Now, he brews beer in his Somerville home, which is still under renovation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
IS Board of DIrectors
Marjie has served on many Boards of Directors, and has consulted for numerous non-profits, creating supportive development strategies, lead structures, growth initiatives and group processes for both start-up and existing organizations.
Marjie is the Executive Director of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC.org) and the co-founder of the Somerville Foundation for Animals and the Somerville Pet Food Bank, which provides pet food to at-risk and homeless families throughout Eastern New England. The Foundation also hosts the Somerville Dog Festival each year.
Marjie lives in Somerville with her chupacapra-cat-beagle mix, Nellie, and is frequently visited by her two sons. She feels coffee is an extremely important part of life.
IS Board of DIrectors, Creative Lead
Danielle Frances Chapdelaine is a design geek and startup junkie whose goal is always efficiency. She can be bribed with the promise of a good coffee and a better chat, thoroughly enjoys learning how to play the ukulele, and can effortlessly whip up a dinner party you’ll want to post on all your social media profiles. Daniellle is a founding member of IS. See more of her work at danfranchap.com.
IS Board of DIrectors
Sean Edwards is a founding member of IS. He comes from a background in operations and engineering at tech startups. Originally from Portland, Maine, Sean has spent the past 3 years working with Boston-based startups to develop tools and processes that keep engineering teams effective while operating at the relentless pace of the technology sector. Combining his professional background in distributed software and systems thinking with a love for the performing arts, Sean specializes in developing systems and teams that turn vision into action. You can follow him on Twitter at @tilmonedwards.
IS Board of DIrectors
Peter Kollm is originally from Acton, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Maryland College Park, where he majored in Government and Politics with a concentration in Journalism Studies. After graduating in 2014, he began a business career in client end-user/engagement and saw an immediate need to apply engagement tactics to help aid new activists through thoughtful outreach. Peter hopes to continue his work with IS creating a large recruitment and outreach community to connect new members to what fires them up.