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.
The IS leadership team is committed to promoting the organization’s mission within the broader community. Our board of directors is comprised of a dedicated group of managers and advisors who lend their talent and expertise to IS.
co-chair, tech lead
Nina Vyedin is a founding member and director of technology at IS. A first generation Ukrainian immigrant, Nina grew up in Silicon Valley with two engineer parents who worked tirelessly to give her the experience of the American dream. She cut her teeth in the startup world as a technical product manager at Xamarin (now Microsoft), working alongside some of the best folks in the industry. At IS, she is passionate about leveraging technology and innovation practices in service of building better communities. Through her work on IS programming and direction, she seeks to better the state of technology in activism and empower others to be effective leaders and organizers. You can follow her on various media at keybase.io/vyedin.
co-chair, IS Link co-lead
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.
treasurer, IS Link co-lead
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.
at-large, creative co-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.
secretary, leads coordinator
Alex Swift moved to Somerville two years ago and immediately fell in love with its welcoming and engaged community. An unabashed people-person, Alex is passionate about empowering individuals to affect lasting positive change in their communities. When she isn’t organizing events to welcome and inspire the newest IS members, you can find Alex hiking New England and listening to cheesy Christmas carols – yes, even in July.
at-large, outreach co-lead
Peter Kollm is originally from Acton, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Maryland College Park, where he double majored in Journalism Studies and Government and Politics. 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.
The development wing of IS builds and maintains the infrastructure that powers the organization. These individuals manage a pool of professional talent for IS and partner organizations.
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.
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.
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.
Gile Beye cut her teeth on activism marching in Washington to protest the Vietnam War with her parents. Since then she has attended many more marches, canvassed for candidates, made constituent phone calls, and licked countless envelopes. She was twice elected to the planning board in her small NH town, and that success convinced her to run for NH state representative. Though her bid was unsuccessful the experience was significant. She continues to sink her teeth into activism any way she can. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and no pets.
The initiatives wing of IS is made up of short-term and long-term projects that fit within the goals of the organization. These individuals lead efforts to improve our communities, hold those in power accountable, and build the world we want to live in.
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.
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
family lab co-lead
Lily Linke is passionate about creating education and action opportunities for kids and parents to do together. A theatre maker by training, Lily loves exploring any potential intersections among art, activism, education, and community building. She is passionate about sustainability, the great outdoors, and expressing love through food.
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.
family lab co-lead
Karen Shakman works for an educational nonprofit where she provides training and coaching to educational leaders and conducts research and evaluations. She is also a parent of two school-age boys who are budding community organizers in their own right. Karen is a transplanted Chicagoan who has been in Cambridge for the last 15+ years and considers Massachusetts her chosen home. For all of Karen’s professional life she has been involved in schools and community nonprofits, as a community worker, teacher, researcher, board member, and parent. Karen is eager to create opportunities where children are welcome and active, learning about issues with adults and engaging in productive activism side-by-side.
family lab co-lead
song lab co-lead
song lab co-lead