National Staff

Alan Minsky

Alan Minsky

Executive Director

Alan Minsky is a lifelong activist, who has worked as a progressive journalist for the past two decades. Alan was the Program Director at KPFK Los Angeles from 2009-2018; and has coordinated Pacifica Radio’s national coverage of elections. Before that, Alan was one of the founders of LA Indymedia. He is the creator and producer of the political podcasts for The Nation and Jacobin Magazine, as well as a contributor to Commondreams and Truthdig.

Alan’s activism began in college with union solidarity work and opposition to US involvement in Central America. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Alan was active in the counter-globalization and media democracy movements. In 2011, he began organizing for Occupy Wall Street in the months leading up to the occupation of Zuccotti Park.

Alan is a committed anti-racist and feminist. He is also an advocate for economic policies that address social inequality, eradicate poverty, and prioritize the interests of working and middle-class households. Alan began working with PDA in 2014.

Mike Fox

Mike Fox

Associate Director of Operations

Mike Fox is an activist and progressive campaign manager. Since running PDA-endorsed Sam Simpson’s congressional campaigns in 2006 and 2008, Mike has run numerous successful races for local progressives in the Tampa Bay area.

Mike started as a volunteer Florida State Coordinator for PDA in 2008, and since coming onto staff he’s worn several hats, from nationwide chapter development and fundraising, to his most visible role as PDA’s “Phone Guy”, running our nationwide phone banks. Mike is now our Associate Director of Operations. He has a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication, has done post-graduate work in political science, and has taught at 3 universities. He is a board member of his local Democratic Executive Committee, has served as president of multiple Dem Orgs in his County, was a Bernie delegate to the convention in 2016 and whipped PDA’s 240+ delegates there.

As firm proponent of PDA’s “Inside-Outside” strategy, he’s been active in the peace and social justice movements in Florida, is a veteran of multiple marches in DC, and cut his “street heat” teeth camping outside of George Bush’s ranch with Cindy Sheehan.

Dan O'Neal

Dan O'Neal

National Field Team Director

Joining PDA shortly after its formation in 2004, Dan became the Arizona State Coordinator for Progressive Democrats of America in 2006.

Dan is a PDA National Board member in addition to his position on our National Staff, as the National Field Organizer for Chapter Development.

Dan is an activist in the Arizona Democratic Party, serving on the ADP State Committee and the CD-5 Representative on the ADP Executive Committee. He was one of three Bernie DNC Delegates on the ADP Board.

He is a long time progressive activist in the Arizona Democratic Party serving as a Precinct Committee-person, an elected member of the ADP State Committee, and he is an appointed delegate from CD-5 to the ADP Executive Committee.

Dan is a staunch supporter of  Bernie Sanders. He was a CD-5 Bernie Delegate to the DNC in Philadelphia.  First organizing PDA’s “We Want Bernie” chapters in Arizona and later serving as a volunteer adviser and Maricopa County Coordinator for the Bernie Sanders for President in 2016.

Mike Hersh

Mike Hersh

Communications DIrector

Mike was born and raised in upstate NY. Mike earned an AB in Government from Cornell University where he was on the Dean’s List and served in the Student and University Governments. He earned a JD from the Washington College of Law. Mike helped progressive candidates win elections at the local, state and federal levels. He works with PDA’s national, state, chapter, and issue teams implementing communications strategies: drafting, editing, and sending email blasts, action alerts, press releases, and letters to legislators as well as designing graphics, leaflets, programs and updating websites.

Mike is PDA’s Maryland State Coordinator, the Executive Director of the Keep Our Promise coalition and the Montgomery County Progressive Alliance, a Steering Committee member for the Maryland Progressive Working Group and Progressive Neighbors, D.C. Director of the Jobs for All Campaign, and Co-President of Montgomery County Maryland’s NOW chapter.

Bryan Buchan

Bryan Buchan

IT Director

Bryan Buchan is a progressive activist who is often found behind the scenes compiling data and/or building technology solutions for candidates, political action committees and issue-driven campaigns.

Bryan has been a part of the PDA family since their launch in 2004. His activism began as a consultant to the 2004 Presidential Campaign of Dennis Kucinich where he assisted with organizational and technology-driven field efforts in Arizona and nationally. Since then, Bryan has worked with several progressive candidates, PAC’s and others to harness technology solutions for improved membership management, outreach, and fundraising.

As an alchemist of technology, and passionate for progressive victories, Bryan partnered with other progressive consultants in 2006 to create Blue Dynamic, a public relations and political consulting firm focused on progressive non-profits, candidates and social issues.

In 2007 he founded Bailiwick Media, a digital marketing agency that works with other large digital agencies across the US. Bailiwick Media also continues to support and consult with many small progressive-minded businesses, unions, non-profits, and PAC’s.

Bryan now resides in his home state of Michigan with his wife, Kimberly and his adorable children, Elliot, and Cora.

Janis Kay

Janis Kay

National Online Media Director

Janis has always had a longterm interest in progressive politics and social justice issues. In relocating to many states, due to her husband Mike’s career, Janis has had the opportunity to see politics up close and personal in many areas of the country. This only intensified her interest in progressive politics and the need for grassroots activism. In 2008, she was a volunteer for the Obama campaign while living in FL. Soon after Janis answered the call from PDA Florida to manage their Facebook page and Twitter accounts. Early in 2011, upon relocating to the state of Washington, Janis added the responsibilities of the PDA Washington Facebook and Twitter pages and soon afterward with PDA National social media as well. Janis and her husband currently live in Tampa Bay area.

Dr. Bill Honigman

Dr. Bill Honigman

National Outreach Lead

Dr. Bill Honigman is a recently retired Emergency Room Physician in Orange County CA for over 30 years. He has been active in Democratic Party politics since his youth, and an organizer for PDA since shortly after its founding in 2004, acting as California State Coordinator and Orange County Chapter Leader, and now as National Outreach Lead, and is Coordinator for PDA’s national Healthcare Human Rights Issue Organizing Team.

Dr. Bill has been a long time elected member of the Orange County CA Democratic Central Committee and the California Democratic Party’s state committee and is an active member of the Progressive Caucus of the CDP. He was also an elected Co-Chair of the California Delegation for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

Dr. Bill is a strong believer in Healthcare as a Human Right, and a frequent spokesperson on the subject of Single Payer enhanced and improved Medicare for All.

Shayna Stevens

Shayna Stevens

National Field Organizer

Shayna is a community organizer and progressive activist born and raised in Arizona, now residing in Washington D.C. Prior to graduating from Northern Arizona University in 2015 with a BS in Secondary Education she began working as the Executive Director of the Arizona Students’ Association (ASA). She was the youngest Executive Director of a statewide student association in history.

During her four years at ASA, she trained hundreds of students in grassroots organizing, advocacy, and civic engagement; planning and executing statewide issue campaigns, ballot initiative drives and record-breaking voter registration drives.

She also worked as a Program Director for Voice of the People Association mobilizing voters to support an Anti-Dark Money ballot initiative and served as the Voter Outreach Director for the Maricopa County Young Democrats in from 2015-2017. She has volunteered in various capacities on many progressive issue and candidate campaigns including the “Basta Arpaio” campaign which successfully removed Sheriff Joe Arpaio from office as well as Senator Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. Additionally, she has served on the board of directors for many organizations including the United States Student Association, One Arizona and CAIR-AZ.

Kimberly Buchan

Kimberly Buchan

Administrative Coordinator

Kimberly has been volunteering and working for PDA since 2004. Since moving to Arizona in 2003, Kimberly discovered her inner progressive and volunteered with the Kucinich Presidential Campaign and later the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus.

She is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy, and a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology.

Kimberly now resides in her home state of Michigan, where she lives with her husband, Bryan, her adorable boy, Elliot James and daughter Cora Beatrice.

Debra Schrishuhn

Debra Schrishuhn

Resource Center Manager/Database Adminstrator

Debra is also PDA’s Illinois Coordinator. She earned a BFA and MA from UIUC. She managed David Gill’s winning 2012 primary campaign, and developed a strong progressive network in downstate Illinois. Politics is her passion. As part of PDA’s national team since 2012, she mobilizes progressives, and helps to build the PDA member database. Debra and her husband live in rural Illinois with four Desert Arabian horses, and a clowder of feral cats.

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