New EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR!
Nadira Freeman is the new Executive Director for Organize Tennessee! She has over a decade of experience in the public and private sectors. Her work in nonprofit management and community and political engagement has led to her involvement in organizing several political and issue-based campaigns on the municipal, state, and federal level. Nadira served as the operations director for the 2018 Bredesen for US Senate race, campaign manager for a Nashville city council race and currently serves on the Emerge TN cabinet leadership board.
Makayla McCree lives in Nashville Tennessee and received her Bachelor’s in Political Science from Tennessee State University in May of 2020. Before graduating college, Makayla joined the Jim Cooper for Congress campaign as the Director of Operations during the 2020 election cycle. After Representative Cooper won the election, she joined the
official staff as the District Scheduler and went on to serve as a Congressional Caseworker.
In 2021, she was elected to the Metro Nashville Community Oversight Board, serving as the youngest official in Davidson County. In addition to her work in government, she is engaged with several civic non-profits like the Equity Alliance, Stand Up Nashville, New Leaders Council, and Emerge Tennessee.
Now, Makayla serves as Organizing Director for Organize Tennessee. Her goal is to expand participation in the democratic process through voting rights advocacy.
MEET OUR TRAINING DIRECTOR
Charles Uffelman grew up in Erin, TN and was involved in his local 4-H and FFA chapters. He is an alumnus of the University of Memphis where he first worked as an organizer on progressive campaigns for local and federal office.
Since graduating, Charles has focused on organizing in rural areas, first working in Middle Tennessee for the Tennessee Democratic Party. Throughout the 2018 cycle he led volunteer teams and trained new organizers to get out the vote in rural, suburban and urban communities. Charles was a Regional Organizing Director for the Karl Dean for Governor campaign.
Charles consulted several municipal races in the Nashville 2019 Metro Council Election before moving to Iowa to organize for the Kamala Harris, and later the Elizabeth Warren presidential campaigns. He returned to the south with the Elizabeth Warren campaign to organize Clarksville, TN for Super Tuesday. At the conclusion of the presidential primary, Charles led the regional organizing team for West Kentucky on the Amy McGrath for US Senate Campaign. Most recently Charles led the regional organizing team in the North Woods for the Wisconsin Democratic Party through their successful spring elections.
Charles lives near Clarksville, TN near his large family and is focused on increasing civic engagement and supporting the coalition of activists that are working to make Tennessee a safer and more welcoming state for everyone.