Executive Committee and Staff

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.

Co-chairs

Marjorie Hammock holds an MSW degree from Howard University and has completed course work for the Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work Degree at USC. She has 55 years of experience in a wide range of social work and social justice advocacy. She recently retired as a professor at Benedict College. She lives in Columbia. MarjBHamm@aol.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. hmitchellgroupllc@gmail.com

Chair Emeritus

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. jhneal@scstatehouse.net

Vice Chairs

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. sanders.virginia1@gmail.com

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. hwheeler@sc.rr.com

Co-Secretaries

Leslie Lander Orr is a master level social worker who has practiced in South Carolina since 1986. Leslie is a longtime social activist. sorr1.1@hotmail.com.

Treasurer

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. jcarpenter1@mac.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

Upstate Regional Coordinator

Russell Bannon, labor organizer and community activist. rpbannan@gmail.com.

Navigator Project Director

Tim Liszewski, a seasoned political activist, journalist and US Army veteran, directs the Network’s Navigator Project that helps people apply for insurance on the federal health insurance marketplace. 803-445-1921, navigator@scpronet.com

Staff

Director

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. network@scpronet.com

Communications Director

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. scpoint@mindspring.com

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