Staff

Renae Reese, Executive Director

Renae Reese joined CCNE in 2004 to continue the work of bringing community, faith and labor leaders together to advance the collective power of  working people.  With CCNE she organized for good jobs at Adrean’s Landing, for a better living wage for Hartford and New Haven, and for progressive immigration ordinances.  She led the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care through a successful effort with the campaign for healthcare4every1.  She has advanced CCNE’s
Community Voter Project.

Before joining CCNE, Renae was an officer of AFT Local 3837 at the University of Connecticut Health Center, where she led a successful campaign to organize postdoctoral fellows.  She worked as a research associate in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Before that she directed ConnectiCOSH, a labor/ community coalition advancing workers’ health and safety.  Renae is on the steering committees of Better Choices for Connecticut the Board of the Partnership for Working Families.

She lives in Hartford with her husband David, where they occasionally are visited by their two far-flung daughters. EmailRenae@ctneweconomy.org

Rev. Scott Marks, Co-founder

Scott Marks was born in North Carolina to a Pastor mother and Deacon father. Lured by the promise of good jobs, his family relocated to New Haven where Scott completed his education. After finding religion in 1985, Scott went on to preach gospel; he continues to pastor at New Growth Outreach ministries. Long compelled to use his strong voice for those who feel they don’t have one, Pastor Marks stepped up to represent his community in city hall as Alderman of Ward 21.

As a co-founder of CCCC, CCNE, CORD, and New Haven Rising Scott organized and trained people from all walks of life, races, genders and religions to fight to protect their homes, jobs and communities. He organized marches and rallies, made alliances with local and national leaders, and continuously advocated on behalf of communities ravaged by poverty, violence, and inequality -and for working people everywhere.

Recognizing Rev Marks’ solid leadership, UNITE HERE recruited him to serve as President of Local 226-2. The union sent him to organize in some of the country’s most difficult areas. In Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington, DC and Memphis he fought for working people to have a voice and be treated with respect.

Pastor Marks rejoined the CCNE staff in 2011. He lives in New Haven with his wife Jill and their six children.
Email: smarks@unitehere.org

Jaime Myers-McPhail, Administrator

Jaime Myers-McPhail joined CCNE in 2010 as an Americorps intern (“Public Ally”) providing administrative support and learning community organizing.  Through CCNE, Myers-McPhail has worked on numerous Community Voter Projects, engaged faith leaders in the struggle for universal health care, and agitated for good jobs.  Originally from New Hampshire’s White Mountain, Jaime came to New Haven in 2009 in search of meaningful ways to translate their values and vision of economic and racial justice into action.

Jaime studied social theory and cultural studies at Goddard College and earned a BA in Sociology from the University of Southern Maine in 2007.  While in Portland, Maine Jaime worked as an independent living coach and case manager for adults with developmental disabilities and volunteered as an LGBTQI youth mentor with the PRYSM (Proud Rainbow Youth of Southern Maine) program.

Jaime and partner, a PhD candidate at Yale and leader in GESO, are proud to call New Haven home. Email: Jaime@ctneweconomy.org

Board of Directors

Kashif Abdul-Karim
Imam, Muhammad Islamic Center of Greater Hartford
taqwanct@aol.com

Frank Alvarado, Vice Chairperson
Executive Director, Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA)
frank.alvarado@sba.gov

Peggy Buchanan
President, Greater Hartford Central Labor Council
pbuchanan@snet.net

Daniel Durant, Recording Secretary
Organizer, AFT CT
ddurant@aftct.org

Paul Filson
Director, SEIU State Council
pf.ctseiu@snet.net

Rev. Scott Marks
Co-founder, CCNE
smarks@unitehere.org

Judy Maslen, Treasurer
maslen.j.a@gmail.com

Renae Reese
Executive Director, CCNE
renae@ctneweconomy.org

Bilal Dabir Sekou
Associate Professor, Hillyer College University of Hartford
sekou@hartford.edu

Louise Simmons, Chairperson
Professor, UConn School of Social Work
louise.simmons@uconn.edu