About USRESIST NEWS & Project Team
About USRESIST NEWS
USRESIST NEWS is an information site where you can learn about current administration policies, analyses of them, and resources for those interested in taking action.
We selected nine policy domains where administration policies are being scripted: civil rights, economic policy, education, the environment, foreign policy, health, immigration, jobs and infrastructure, and entitlement programs. We also have a blog on Trump’s activities, focusing on two areas: Trump’s foreign travel and the Trump-Russia connection. Our team of News Analysts will monitor and report on policies that emanate from the White House, Congress, government agencies, and in some cases state legislatures. Several times each month we post short Policy Briefs in each of our domains. Our Policy Briefs summarize the content of each policy (including a Learn More reference to the source document), an analysis of attributes of the policy, based on expert opinion, and a list of organizations working to challenge and perhaps in some cases affirm the policy.
As a user of our site, you are invited to check back with us at the end of each week to see what new briefs have been posted. You also are invited to subscribe to our newsletter list and receive free weekly email blasts of all of our new briefs. (See the Policy Brief Mailing List button on our website for details).
USRESIST NEWS is a project of The Global Citizens’ Initiative (TGCI) a non-profit organization that builds the capacity of people and organizations to address global issues within and across their countries. For more on TGCI please visit our website www.theglobalcitizensinitiative.org.
We welcome your feedback and suggestions as to how we can make our policy briefs and our website better. We also welcome expressions of interest from other organizations that would like to partner with use. Please contact Ron Israel (Project Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Samantha Slade (Project Coordinator) at email@example.com.
USRESIST NEWS Project Team
RON ISRAEL, PROJECT DIRECTOR
Ron Israel is a leader in the field of human capacity development and education, both in the formal and non formal sectors. He formerly headed Education Development Center’s (EDC) International Development Division. He has worked with groups of scholars and teachers from countries around the world, facilitating projects within a broad array of cultural settings. He has more than 20 years of consulting and project management experience in the fields of education, health, the environment, democracy and civil society programs, and has consulted for clients including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Development Program, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Bank.
SAMANTHA SLADE, PROJECT COORDINATOR
Samantha Slade is an independent visual designer, working on websites, print and branding for nonprofits and academia. Over the years, she’s worked with progressive organizations that mirror her values, including Health Access California, Youth Farm MN, NextFab Foundation, CeaseFirePA and Student Diplomacy Corps, as well as leading academic institutions like the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Rutgers University and Temple University. She currently spends the bulk of her time as a design contractor for Chestnut Hill College. When she’s not in front of the computer, she is raising 2 amazing kids, dancing or working in her painting studio.
REBECCA LECLERC, EDUCATION NEWS ANALYST
Rebecca is a nonprofit development and communications professional currently working for the international nonprofit, South Africa Partners. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Sociology from Keene State College and is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Previous to her nonprofit work she served as an AmeriCorps member for two years with City Year Boston where her interest in education policy and reform started. In her free time, Rebecca can be found reading, running, or relaxing with her rabbit, Milo.
MEGAN TONEY, ENVIRONMENT NEWS ANALYST
Megan Toney works in program and policy development with an emphasis on inequity research in health and education. She received her MSW in Globally Informed Social & Economic Development with a specialization in System Dynamics from Washington University in Saint Louis. Much of her work has focused on understanding complex problems and designing policy solutions through community-based participatory methods. She has worked with various groups on the effects of climate change on vulnerable populations and the viability of conservation efforts. Originally from Los Angeles, Megan is a recent east coast transplant adjusting to New England winter.
ALLIE BLUM, IMMIGRATION NEWS ANALYST
Allie is a recent graduate of Tulane University, where she obtained a B.A. in Sociology and Social Policy & Practice. Currently, she works at a New Orleans-based start-up called ExemptMeNow, where she helps aspiring nonprofit leaders incorporate and gain/maintain tax-exempt status for their new nonprofits. Originally from Philadelphia, Allie is proud to call both New Orleans and Philly home. When Allie is not helping create new nonprofits at ExemptMeNow or writing about immigration policy for USRESIST NEWS, she is most likely reading beatnik literature, watching a documentary on Netflix, or curating her Spotify playlists.
VAIBHAV KUMAR, JOBS NEWS ANALYST
Vaibhav Kumar is a first-year Political Science and International Affairs double major that attends the University of Georgia. He is involved in the Georgia Political Review, Democratic Clarke County Office, and maintains a blog. His interests include American politics, the Indian government, and the United States National Soccer Team. After college, he hopes to get a job in Washington D.C. and go to law school.
ROD MAGGAY, CIVIL RIGHTS NEWS ANALYST
Rod Maggay is an attorney and a social activist. Rod is originally from Southern California and attended the University of Southern California (USC) for his B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in International Relations. He also attended Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California where he earned his J.D. and a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law. Rod formerly worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division and the Securities & Exchange Commission (S.E.C.) in the Division of Enforcement. Rod is a former rugby player who enjoys international literature and watching college sports and is always looking for ways to stay active and on the move.
COLIN SHANLEY, FOREIGN POLICY NEWS ANALYST
SOPHIA ADAMS, ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS & HEALTH NEWS ANALYST
JENNIFER CHESWORTH, ECONOMIC POLICY NEWS ANALYST
STELLA JORDAN, TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION ANALYST