Our National Steering Committee

Rocky Anderson

Rocky Anderson
Chairperson – National Steering Committee

After serving two terms as Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, Rocky declined to run for a third term and, instead, devoted himself to educating, motivating, and mobilizing people to take action to stop human rights abuses. Anderson recognizes the importance of people at the grassroots level advocating and pushing for change. He has stated, "We keep expecting elected officials will do the right thing, and the fact is they never do unless they're pushed." On August 11, 2011, Rocky denounced the Democratic Party and resigned his affiliation with it. He wrote in a letter to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that "The Constitution has been eviscerated while Democrats have stood by with nary a whimper. It is a gutless, unprincipled party, bought and paid for by the same interests that buy and pay for the Republican Party." On January 13, 2012, Anderson accepted the presidential nomination of the Justice Party, a new national political party. The Party's primary principles are integrity, justice, and liberty for all. Rocky founded High Road for Human Rights, a non-profit organization devoted to achieving major reform of US human rights policies and practices through unique, coordinated, and sustained grassroots activism, complementing the work of other human rights organizations.

Website: http://www.rockyanderson.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/rockyanderson
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/YourFriendRocky

Luis Rodriguez
Luis Rodriguez
Co-Chairperson – National Steering Committee

Luis J. Rodriguez has spent forty years as a revolutionary activist, writer, and thinker impacting the Chicano and Native Peoples’ movement as well as labor (he took part in the largest union representation election in U.S. history), in urban peace (participating in gang peace truces in Los Angeles, Chicago, other cities, as well as in El Salvador), against U.S. wars (having been arrested in the largest protest against the Vietnam War by a community of color) and in the arts (co-founder of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the Northeast San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles). As a journalist he has covered uprisings in Mexico and Central America (having been bombed twice during the Contra War in Nicaragua/Honduras). In addition to his 1993 memoir "Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.," which has sold close to half a million copies, he has authored fifteen books in poetry, children's literature, fiction, and nonfiction. In 2011 he was co-convener of the Network for Revolutionary Change, aimed at uniting practical leaders in a vision of a new America. That same year he published his latest memoir "It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing." From 2014-2016, Luis was the official Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. In 2012, Luis became Rocky Anderson’s vice-presidential running mate on the Justice Party Presidential Ticket.

Website: http://www.luisjrodriguez.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/luisjrodriguez
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luis.j.rodriguez3

Steve Stokes
Chairperson – California Steering Committee
Member - National Steering Committee

Steve Stokes is an organizer and advocate for independents who ran as a Democrat/Berniecrat for Barbara Boxers senate seat in the 2016 election. Steve ran for U.S. House of Representatives as an independent and won the top-two primary in 2014. His research on congressional voting records ranks house members at www.KeepScore.co. Steve is the founder of Independent Voters of California. He recruits and advises candidates running to deliver #ANewCongress. A California native and resident of Los Angeles, Steve is the broker owner of Echo Park Realty and president of Stokes Mortgage Capital.

Website: http://www.stevestokes.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/stokes4senate
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stokes4senate

D'Marie Mulattieri

D'Marie Mulattieri
Co-Chairperson - California Steering Committee
Member - National Steering Committee

D'Marie Mulattieri is a founder and executive director of an educational charitable nonprofit. She has organized over 1,000 events ranging from educational classes to multiple day conventions of over 450 people. She organized benefits to provide charitable aid to Cusco, Peru after it was devastated by torrential floods and then for the victims of the Fukushima tsunami. As a concerned citizen and activist, D'Marie began actively organizing to bring people together to create awareness and brainstorm solutions to problems exacerbated by the economic crash of 2008. She ran for Congress in California District 39 during the 2012 election cycle as an Independent. She is currently a lead facilitator for GMO Free Orange County and Americans Organized for Change, a trans-partisan coalition to support grassroots activists. AOC's current focus is stopping the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as well as Fast Track Authority. D'Marie is a long time entrepreneur who has started several successful businesses and has served as the right arm of small business owners as well as C-level executives. She has been a trainer for several international companies and currently utilizes her speaking and training skills to further the goals of a California based non-profit whose mission is to expose dark money in politics and work for public financing of election campaigns.

Annette Stewart
Secretary & Treasurer - California Steering Committee
Member - National Steering Committee

Since she was a child, politics has played a significant role in Annette Stewart's life. In the 1960's her mother, Juanita "Peaches" Cox, offered the use of her home as a safe haven to Civil Rights activists working with Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1988, Annette and her mother managed a local office for Jessie Jackson's Presidential campaign. Annette's first experience with public advocacy came unexpectedly, while working at a government mental hospital scheduled for closure. After the economy took a negative turn, the Reagan administration cut funding for much needed medical facilities. Annette and staff quickly mobilized to petition the closing. Although the administration ultimately proceeded with the closure, Annette was able to obtain over 100,000 signatures in a short period of time. Over the years, Annette became disheartened working in Healthcare, watching medical coverage become unattainable for many Americans. As the parent of a child with Autism, she knows personally how difficult it is for people with disabilities to obtain medical care. Beginning as a volunteer at her child's school, Annette eventually went on to serve two years as Chair and one year as Vice Chair of the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education in the Long Beach (California) School District. This position allowed her to assist and advise the District Director of Special Education in developing strategies for instructional education, which resulted in increased state funding. Most recently Annette served as an elected Delegate for Orange County's 48th District for the 2016 Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign. Throughout the election she worked in various areas of the campaign, including approving and editing event communications, monitoring telephone banking, and canvassing in Iowa, Texas, and California.

Jonathan Ruga

Jonathan M. Ruga
Member - National Steering Committee

Jonathan M. Ruga, M.B.A., C.P.A., J.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of Sentry Financial Corporation, which he co-founded in 1986, and leads the Real Estate Division and the Private Equity Division, and co-leads the Equipment Financing Division. Upon graduating from the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1982, Mr. Ruga worked with the law firm of Parr, Brown, Gee & Loveless from 1982 to 1985. Mr. Ruga has co-authored several professional books, including The Handbook of Leasing: Techniques and Analysis (1982), Guide to Captive Finance Company Equipment Leasing (1984), The Handbook of Equipment Leasing (1988), Operating Leases: The Complete Guide (2000), and International Leasing: The Complete Guide (2000). Mr. Ruga is currently a member of the board of trustees of St. Mark's Hospital, the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, and the Utah Democratic Lawyers' Council. During 2012, Mr. Ruga assisted the Rocky Anderson for President Campaign in developing its strategic plan. Over the past two decades, Mr. Ruga has been a member of the board of trustees of various other charitable organizations, including Rowland Hall - St. Mark's School, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake, and The Road Home. Mr. Ruga graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah College of Business with undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance, and with a Master of Business Administration degree, and obtained a law degree from the S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he was a member of the Utah Law Review and was elected to the Utah Chapter of the Order of the Coif.

Mackenzie Nellis
Mackenzie Nellis, Member, National Steering Committee
Member - National Steering Committee

Mackenzie Nellis is a graduate of Tennessee Tech in the field of Public Relations. Upon graduation he traveled to China to teach for five years at Beijing Geely University, a private university, managing the foreign staff and establishing a debate society that competed at national tournaments. He was Deputy Campaign Manager for a progressive candidate in Tennessee's 6th Congressional District in 2014 and has since consulted for several campaigns and organizations seeking social, economic and environmental justice. He has a Master's Degree in Leadership and Organizational Performance from Vanderbilt's Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lenny Brody
Lenny Brody
Member - National Steering Committee

Lenny Brody has been politically active since the early 1960s, fighting in the interests of poor and working class people. His father and grandfather were union organizers and Mr. Brody is a life-long printing industry worker. He worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in the civil rights movement in South Carolina. As part of his activities in protest of the Vietnam War he refused induction into the United States Army. He has studied economics and theories of political change while continuing his political activism. Mr. Brody has been active in local electoral races and nationally in the Denis Kucinich campaigns for president. He is on the steering committee of the Chicago chapter of Progressive Democrats of America and has been working to build an independent political movement that will fight for and empower the victims of the current economic crisis.

Sheilah Garland-Olaniran
Member – National Steering Committee

Sheilah Garland-Olaniran walked the picket lines as a child, as the daughter of a Flint, Michigan auto worker. She continues fighting in the struggle to demand that workers, whether employed, unemployed, documented or undocumented, are able to truly achieve the American vision for a genuine democracy. Her background stretches back to the immediate post-civil rights era as president of the Birmingham Chapter of the Southern Conference Education Fund (SCEF) and as an organizer of an Area-wide women's coalition; a union activist group of mostly union women in Flint, MI. That group of union women began a very successful nearly 20-year program that highlighted and honored the struggles and victories of the unsung heroes of labor. She is past president of an AFSCME local of social workers, Flint, MI; a graduate of the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute; a member of the National Welfare Rights Union; a member of Reclaim Chicago; and is active in the fight to ban petcoke from the Southeast side of Chicago. She currently works as National Nurses United’s Political Organizer in Illinois and Missouri. She continues to fight for workers, ending poverty, and to promote her vision of a new re-imagined America.