About Fair Share
Fair Share stands for an America where everyone gets their fair share, does their fair share, and pays their fair share; and where everyone plays by the same rules.
We organize people to stand up and take action when the rules are rigged to favor the wealthy and powerful, or when big corporations cheat the system. And, we help elect leaders who will fight for opportunity for all of us to succeed—and help defeat those who stand in the way.
A few of our victories:
Kids, Not Cuts!
During the budget sequester of 2013, Fair Share launched the Kids, Not Cuts! campaign to end the sequester and harmful budget cuts to education. Fair Share organizers knocked on 113,400 doors, spoke with 54,432 individuals, and gathered more than 22,000 petition signatures opposing federal education cuts. Congress ultimately approved a multi-year budget compromise that ended most of the sequester cuts and restored funding to Head Start.
Middle Class Tax Cuts First
Fair Share helped bring together more than 500 small businesses and community organizations to call for extending middle class tax cuts. After pressure was brought to bear, Senate leaders and the White House came together to work out a compromise deal to extend tax cuts on Americans’ income (up to $450,000 per family), preventing a New Year’s tax hike on America’s middle class. The compromise bill was signed into law by President Obama.
Big Money Out of Politics
Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, Fair Share has worked to get big money out of politics. Nowhere has this work been more important than in Colorado, where Colorado Fair Share spearheaded a statewide effort to gather signatures for a ballot initiative calling on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the ruling. After Colorado Fair Share helped gather and deliver 177,000 signatures, voters overwhelmingly approved the measure.
Staff (Partial List)
Nathan Proctor, National Campaign Director, Massachusetts Fair Share State Director
Based in: Boston, MA
Wendy Wendlandt, Director
Based in: Los Angeles, CA
Will Eley, Deputy Political Director
Based in: Los Angeles, CA
Zach Polett, National Campaign Director
Based in: Little Rock, AR
Board of Directors
Maureen Kirk, President, Board of Directors
Maureen Kirk (Mo) has served in key leadership roles in the public interest advocacy community for over two decades in both Oregon and Colorado. Her career of grassroots activism got its start while she was a student at the University of Oregon during the Reagan years. During her professional career in Oregon from 1989-2005, she directed campus organizing efforts on environmental and consumer issues, advocated public interest policy reform at the state legislative and local level, managed a statewide non-profit organization, and helped lead statewide ballot initiative campaigns from recycling to campaign finance reform. Now she provides organizational back up and support to a large network of non-profits. Mo is a lifelong westerner, having grown up in Idaho, lived in Oregon for twenty years, and moved to Colorado in 2006, where she lives with her husband in Littleton.
Pete Maysmith, Treasurer, Board of Directors
Pete Maysmith is the Executive Director of Colorado Conservation Voters, a statewide non-profit that works to turn conservation values into Colorado priorities. Pete began doing organizing work immediately after graduating from Duke University in 1991. Over the course of the last 19 years Pete has done on-the-ground organizing, run state and national field campaigns, lobbied at the city, state, and national level, done extensive earned media work, directed statewide candidate and ballot campaigns, run a statewide non-profit, and served as senior leadership staff of national organizations. Pete brings energy, passion, hard work, and creativity to the non-profit work he does. He moved back to his home state of Colorado in 1996 and lives with his wife and two red-haired daughters in Denver. He completed an evening law degree from the University of Denver in December of 2008, graduating with honors. In whatever spare time he can find he trains for marathons, bikes, reads, and cooks.
Molly Danahy, Board Member, Board of Directors
Molly Danahy graduated from the University of Southern California in 2004 and from Georgetown University Law Center in 2016. She currently works on voting rights litigation at the Voting Rights Institute in Washington, DC. In between her undergraduate studies and law school, Molly worked extensively with non-profit member-based advocacy groups focused on macro-level organizational building, including strategies for fundraising, member building and communication. During law school she worked on voting rights and campaign finance reform as summer law clerk at Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. She helped to launch Fair Share in 2007 and to manage large-scale field campaigns with the organization in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Lucy Hall, Board Member, Board of Directors
Lucy is a Virginia native who first worked with the Public Interest Network as a canvasser in her hometown of Richmond in the summer of 2001. She returned to The Public Interest Network as the Assistant Political Director for the State PIRGs in 2004 in Los Angeles where, among other things, she did outreach to the arts and entertainment community on behalf of Environment California. Later that year, she worked with Grassroots Campaigns and MoveOn.org on the Leave No Voter Left Behind campaign. The former COO for Democratic GAIN, Lucy resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and two pugs.
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