Organizers

Alisa Glassman
Lead Organizer

Alisa Glassman serves as the Lead Organizer of VOICE. She supervises the work in all four VOICE regions—Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington Counties, as well as Alexandria City.

Alisa has organized for over 25 years. She has led organizing campaigns from the very local to those that have had national impact.

– such as the passage of the Maryland DREAM Act, our nation’s first Living Wage Campaign and more recently creating political space for passage of one of the top 10 state eviction moratoriums during the COVID pandemic and precedent setting criminal justice reform.

Previous to this, Alisa was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, South America. She met her husband at the end of a 100 mile bike ride; they have one child.

James Pearlstein
Senior Organizer

James Pearlstein serves as a Senior Organizer at VOICE, working primarily in the Prince William County area.

James previously organized with VOICE’s sister organizations in the Washington, DC area and in Cleveland, Ohio.

James has helped spearhead campaigns to build a new $2 million community park and increase government investment into housing for homeless youth by $3 million in Washington, DC and helped build Maryland’s largest after-school and parent organizing program in Montgomery County. In Ohio, James helped win significant criminal justice reforms in Cuyahoga County, including the creation of the county’s first-ever Civil Rights Division within the prosecutor’s office, one of only three such offices around the country, as well as a new summer school for youth incarcerated in the county’s juvenile detention facility. 

Prior to becoming an organizer, James spent 10 years as a frontline youth worker in a community-based organization that served young people from DC’s Barry Farm public housing neighborhood.

Rev. Kenneth Nixon
Associate Organizer

Rev. Kenneth Nixon serves as an Associate Organizer at VOICE, working primarily in Fairfax County. He also serves as the Social Justice & Outreach Pastor at First Baptist Church of Manassas.

Before Rev. Nixon became a full-time VOICE organizer, he had been an active VOICE clergy leader within VOICE for 10 years and had also served on the VOICE Strategy Team. As a leader, he was a part of successful campaigns to build a Public Defender’s Office in Prince William County, eliminate Virginia’s practice of suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid court debt, and win $3.4 million in new funding to support low-income families in the Prince William public schools.

Prior to joining VOICE in 2021 Rev. Nixon worked for 15 years in the private sector as a technology executive.

Loren DePina
Associate Organizer

Loren DePina serves as an Associate Organizer at VOICE, working primarily in Arlington and Alexandria. 

Outside of VOICE, Loren is extremely active in her own community, advocating for better treatment and resources in marginalized communities.

In the wake of George Floyd’s assassination, Loren began by attending town hall meetings and calling out the behavior of the police. From there she started a Residents Safety Committee, hosting monthly meetings with the community and the police department. This committee has been very successful in building a positive relationship between the two groups. In addition, Loren is a member of the Sheriffs Board and PTA, and works as a volunteer, mentoring African American and Latina girls. 

A first-generation American, Loren’s parents are from Cape Verde. She speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Criollo (a dialect spoken in Cape Verde Islands). She lives in Alexandria with her husband and two sons. She enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family (she has 38 first cousins on her father’s side!).

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