Executive Director

Executive Director

Laura Wagner MSW

Laura Wagner has been a Unitarian Universalist for over 20 years.  She has held many lay leader positions but her primary focus has always been social justice.  She began as a volunteer with UU Mass Action working on the immigrant rights campaign.

In the spring of 2014 Laura accepted the role of Executive Director.  UU Mass Action currently has four core campaigns, Ending Mass Incarceration, Immigrant Rights, Economic Rights and Climate Change.    

Laura’s email: lwagner@uumassaction.org

Senior Organizer & Development Coordinator

Senior Organizer & Development Coordinator

Casandra Bensahih

Cassandra’s work focuses on our End Mass Incarceration and Economic Justice Campaigns. She will also be our development coordinator working closely with our UU congregation partners. Cassandra will be continuing her role as the MASC coordinator (Massachusetts Against Solitary Confinement Coalition).  In 2009, she began organizing as a dedicated volunteer at EPOCA and worked to develop her skills as an intern, a member of the Board of Directors, and as apprentice and then rose to the position of Executive Director. Cassandra is a respected leader and frequent speaker on criminal justice reform.  She brings her insight as a women and mother affected by the criminal justice system and the relationships she has built in doing this work to improve the devastating effects the current system has on countless people. She is passionate about fighting for social justice and leadership development.

Cassandra’s Email: cbensahih@uumassaction.org or MASCCoordinator@gmail.com

 
 
Community Organizer

Community Organizer

Tali Smookler

Tali’s work focuses on our Environmental Justice & Action Campaign. She builds relationships with climate activists at the congregational level and organizes & mobilizes UUs to join the statewide EJ & Action movement.

Tali has dedicated her professional work to strengthening the capacity of the Jewish community to work for a more just world.  Tali’s passion for organizing began during the summer of 2010, when she participated on a program where she traveled across Massachusetts by bicycle with four other students to support communities working with the climate movement. After graduation, Tali worked with the Repair the World Fellowship creating the Philly Farm Crew, a program which creates volunteer and educational opportunities on urban farms. Most recently, she worked and continues to work at JOIN for Justice which trains the Jewish community in social justice and organizing skills.

Tali’s Email: tsmookler@uumassaction.org