The SC Progressive Network’s Executive Committee is elected by the Board, which is comprised of a representative from each member organization, with members serving two-year terms. The Committee meets every other month in person or by conference call. The full Board gathers twice each year for statewide retreats and conferences.
Donna Dewitt is President Emeritus of the state AFL-CIO*, an organization with more than 40,000 members in South Carolina. She is the president of the SC Alliance for Retired Americans and serves on numerous nonprofit boards. email@example.com
Harold Mitchell, a state representative from Spartanburg, is the 2013-2014 chair of the Legislative Black Caucus. Mitchell has been a community organizer for 20 years and heads a nonprofit that has established housing and a community health center. He is a nationally respected leader in environmental justice work. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Joseph Neal is Baptist minister and a leader of the Legislative Black Caucus. Neal has served 18 years as a member of the State Legislature, and served previously as the Network’s co-chair from 1995-2002 and 2005-2011. He has been the principle sponsor of Network policy legislation. email@example.com
Virginia Sanders is a longtime community activist in rural Richland County. Virginia was one of the first black community leaders to organize for environmental justice starting in the 1990’s. She has been instrumental in helping pass the penny sales tax to fund public transit in the Midlands and launching the group to advocate for bus riders. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hoyt Wheeler is a nationally respected labor/management arbitrator and a distinguished professor emeritus of the University of South Carolina’s School of Business. Hoyt offers an academic and historical perspective to the fight for workers’ rights. email@example.com
Leslie Lander Orr is a master level social worker who has practiced in South Carolina since 1986. Leslie is a longtime social activist. firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Carpenter works as a computer programmer and business analyst in the insurance industry. A native of Georgia, he has lived in Columbia, for the past 20 years. email@example.com
Member at large
Kyle Criminger represents the individual members on the executive committee.
Lowcountry Regional Coordinator
George Hopkins, longtime labor activist and member of the Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment. Hopkinshopkinsg@cofc.edu
Midlands Regional Coordinators
Upstate Regional Coordinator
Russell Bannon, labor organizer and community activist. firstname.lastname@example.org
Brett Bursey has been director of the Natural Guard, an environmental and social justice resource organization, since 1978. The Natural Guard was the primary organizing force behind the creation and development of the South Carolina Progressive Network in 1994. Bursey has been doing grassroots organizing in South Carolina since he was the state traveler for the Southern Student Organizing Committee in 1968 and 1969. email@example.com
Becci Robbins is a graphic designer at Harbinger Publications and owner of Green Bein’ Studio in Lexington. She completed course work for her Masters in mass communications at the University of South Carolina. She was editor of POINT, SC’s Independent Newsmonthly from 1992-2000. She is a founding member of the Grimke Sisters, a feminist group that was active for a decade in South Carolina. firstname.lastname@example.org