Our members ARE our team. Together, we are building the political power we need to win education and economic justice for all.

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Co-Founders, Co-Directors

Our co-directors Maria Harmon and Ben Zucker co-founded Step Up Louisiana because they saw the need for an independent political organization with a racial justice analysis that could win on education justice and economic justice issues. Together they are working to build Step Up into a powerful force across the state.

To reach them you can contact Maria at maria@stepuplouisiana.org and Ben at ben@stepuplouisiana.org


Organizing Team!

Our staff team of impactful and

Kaitlyn Joshua- Statewide Organizer based in Baton Rouge: kaitlyn@stepuplouisiana.org

Tasha Williams- Economic Justice Organizer based in New Orleans: tasha@stepuplouisiana.org

Local Advisory Committee


The elected member-leaders of Step Up Louisiana are the core team of our organization. They hold Step Up accountable, do work to help us grow, and lead us strategically as we build power in the state.

Tilman Hardy- President

Janice Long- Vice President

Naima Savage- Treasurer

Julien Burns- Secretary

Rev Willie Calhoun- Parent Union Representative

Miranda Yonta- Economic Justice Committee Representative

Harold John- Parliamentarian