Get to know our team

Brett Stargell (He/Him)

Executive Director

Brett Stargell brings more than 14 years of campaign experience, along with a background in political science and history that began at North Carolina Central University, where he founded a student-led voter education and engagement organization, S.E.E.N. He has worked on candidate campaigns up and down the ballot, including as Campaign Manager for County Commissioner Nida Allam and State Senator Natalie Murdock. His work aided in the election of the first Muslim-American woman in North Carolina and the youngest African-American woman in the state legislature at the time, respectively. He has also managed statewide judicial campaigns and voter engagement programs in the non-profit space.

Bennett Carpenter (They/Them)

Training Director

Bennett Carpenter holds a PhD from Duke University, where they were a founding member of the Duke Graduate Student Union (Local 27, Workers United SEIU). Bennett has over a decade of experience in labor, community and electoral organizing, most recently as Training Director at LEAD NC. Their approach to training is rooted in the experiential education tradition popularized by Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. They are committed to developing empowering learning tools that support progressive movements in becoming sharper, stronger and more strategic agents of social change. Bennett lives in little Washington, North Carolina with their husband Attila and their cat Shackleford.

Max Parish (He/Him)

Operations Director

Max Parish is a seasoned Field and Digital Organizer with a decade of experience in electoral politics, having worked in Field, Digital, Data, and as a Campaign Manager and Slate Coordinator for campaigns up and down the ballot. In 2017 he founded a political organization in a Boston suburb that recruited and elected the first woman and openly queer City Councilwoman to a municipal ward seat. Max is especially passionate about innovation in field and digital organizing strategies and tactics, and in his spare time is currently researching new modes of digital-relational organizing for the Durham People’s Alliance. He is also a member leader of Durham For All, Durham Beyond Policing and Carolina Jews for Justice. 

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