Cole Harrison, Executive Director
Cole is Executive Director of Massachusetts Peace Action. He is on the coordinating committee of the Massachusetts People's Budget Campaign and participates in the Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign. He is a co-founder of the People's Budget Campaign, and leads Peace Action's national Move the Money Working Group. He has served on the planning committee of United for Justice with Peace (UJP) and on United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ)'s Afghanistan Working Group and its coordinating committee. Born in Delhi, India, he has a B.A. from Harvard in applied mathematics and a M.S. from Northeastern in computer science. He worked for the Symphony Tenants Organizing Project and the Fenway News in the 1970s, participated in the Jamaica Plain Committee on Central America (JP COCA) in the 1980s, and worked as a software developer and manager at CompuServe Data Technologies, Praxis Inc., and Ask.com before joining Massachusetts Peace Action in 2010. He lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts.
Brian Garvey, Organizer
Brian Garvey has organized with MAPA Next Gen, a group of millennials who are working to bring their generation's perspectives into the peace movement. Next Gen is currently focusing on the war in Yemen and Raytheon's role, and has organized talks and protests on numerous campuses in the Boston area. Brian will start as MAPA's full-time Organizer in late March 2019; he'll work on Middle East and anti-invention work, help develop youth's voice in the peace movement, activate members, and participate in fundraising.
Carol Coakley, Office Coordinator
Carol is chair of Metrowest Peace Action and represents the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex state senate district on the Democratic State Committee. She has a B.A. in Politics from Framingham State College, where she also worked as an administrative assistant and was steward for AFSCME Local 1067. She was Field Coordinator of the Instant Runoff Voting initiative petition drive with Citizens for Voter Choice in 2009. Carol works part time in the Mass. Peace Action office as office coordinator and bookkeeper. She represents Massachusetts Peace Action on Peace Action’s national board of directors, co-convenes MAPA’s Legislative/Political Committee, and serves on our board of directors and Executive Committee.
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