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 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 effective and strategic organizers are a huge support for our members and our mission.

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

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

Kayonna Armstrong- Parent Union Organizer based in New Orleans

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.

Naima savage- President/treasurer

Rev Willie Calhoun- Vice President

Julien Burns- Secretary

corhonda corley- Parent Union Representative

beth jones- Economic Justice Committee Representative

Harold John- Parliamentarian

Gisele haralson- at-large