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

MASC Coalition Coordinator

MASC Coalition Coordinator

Casandra Bensahih

Cassandra is the new part-time staff MASC coordinator.  Her position is supported through a collaborative agreement between Prisoner Legal Services, GLBTQ Legal Associates and Defenders (GLAD), Black and Pink Boston, The Real Cost of Prisons and UU Mass Action.  Cassandra is the former Executive Director EPOCA (Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement).  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: MASCCoordinator@gmail.com

 
 
Community Organizer

Community Organizer

Tali Smookler

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

 
Administrator

Administrator

Maggy Evans

Maggy has been the part-time administrator at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Braintree for many years. In 2013, she was hired on as UU Mass Action’s administrator, as well.  Maggy is a member of Scituate’s N.I.C.E. – Neighbors Including and Celebrating Everyone, a group formed in response to a negative display directed toward a home for developmentally delayed adults.  She also volunteers at an area animal shelter.

Maggy has been a widow since 2004, and she cherishes time with her children and grandchildren

Maggy’s email: admin@uumassaction.org