National Steering Committee
Co-Chairperson - National Steering Committee member
Laura Bonham is a political and community organizer who has served as the Vice President of the Coalville Area Business Association and as the Chairperson of the Coalville City Planning Commission. She co-founded the Utah Democratic Progressive Caucus and served as its chair for four years. In 2004, she co-founded Progressive Democrats of America where she served as the deputy director and communications coordinator until December 2011. Laura ran for Utah State representative three times, once as a Green and twice as a Democrat.
Co-Chairperson - National Steering Committee member
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.
Policy Manager - National Steering Committee member
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 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.
Member, National Steering Committee
Mackenzie Nellis is a graduate of Tennessee Tech in the field of Public Relations. Upon graduation he travelled 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 on the ballot in November, 2014. He continues his studies at Vanderbilt's Peabody College pursuing a Master's Degree in Leadership and Organizational Performance.
State Party Organizer - National Steering Committee member
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 on solutions to problems exasperated 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 that has started several successful businesses and has been the right arm of small business owners as well as C-level executives. She has been a trainer for several international companies and she 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.
National Steering Committee member
For more information regarding Luis, see below under Vice Presidential Candidate.
Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates 2012
2012 Presidential Candidiate
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.
2012 Vice-Presidential Candidate
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 and 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 (getting 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 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." In 2012, Luis became the vice-presidential candidate with Rocky Anderson for president of the Justice Party.