Director Team

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Elyssa Feder

Elyssa has been organizing and mentoring since the 2012 Obama campaign. She has been an organizer throughout the Midwest and the Southeast and is excited to help build up Rising Organizers and everyone it serves toward a stronger progressive future.

In her free time, she can be found arguing about pop culture on the internet.

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Josh Boxerman
Fellowship Director

Josh is currently a policy assistant at The Leadership Conference, having previously worked at the White House and as special assistant to the US Trade Representative. As the Fellowship Director of Rising Organizers, Josh heads the design of the curriculum and works regularly with our fellows.  


Noel Schroeder
Training Co-Director

Noel is a feminist activist, educator, and organizer in Washington, D.C. They are the Co-Executive Director of Girls Rock! DC, a Co-Founder of the Future is Feminist activist collective, and a strategic coach and training for social and gender justice organizations. As Rising Organizers’ Training Co-Director, they support the training team to provide high-quality public and private skills-building opportunities. They are a big fan of creating fiber art, baked goods, and jangly guitar noises.

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Chantelle Tait
Training Co-Director

Chantelle started running trainings in college on sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention, and cultural awareness, and has been hooked on facilitation ever since. At her day job, Chantelle is a paralegal at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, where she assists on cases in workers’ rights and disability justice. She loves getting to know people, spending time outdoors, and singing and dancing when no one else is around.

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Rachel George
Communications Director

Rachel has worked with various nonprofits and NGOs as a video producer/director, photographer, and graphic designer. As the Communications Director of Rising Organizers, she gets to be a combination of communication strategist, webmaster, and content generator. 

She dreams of directing a Marvel movie and/or working with Lin-Manuel Miranda. 


Fellowship Co-Leaders


Vivian Chang

Vivian Chang was an inaugural Rising Organizers Fellow and before coming full circle as the Spring 2019 Fellowship Co-lead.

She currently works as the Civic Engagement Manager of APALA, a labor alliance where she directs campaigns on elections, the 2020 Census, and political work. During the 2018 midterms, she led a successful campaign to turn out Asian American and Pacific Islander voters in Nevada. She is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumna dedicated to advancing social and economic justice, grounded in the collective power of communities.

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Stephanie McKay

Stephanie is passionate about health justice and building power, both domestically and abroad. She as worked on health advocacy and research since college, including for Partners in Health and through electoral organizing. She currently works as a Senior Program Associate at Results for Development, where she works on universal health coverage. She is a former RO fellow and a great lover of bread.