Staff/Volunteers

Photo of Rise Against Hate Board Director Ben Shore

Ben Shore

Executive Director

Shore is a social entrepreneur fighting for justice. In addition to serving Members of Congress and the White House, Shore has proven results fighting for change here in NJ. Shore has gone city to city to fight discriminatory ordinances that disproportionately affected POC. Shore has fought hard for Civil Rights, testified before the State of NJ, and has pushed legislation that has been signed into law. Before graduating from Cherry Hill High School East, Shore helped lead the Student Walkouts to advocate for safety.

Shore is currently a sworn Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children.

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Hannah Verschell

Director of Special Projects

Hannah first took an interest in human rights during middle school and since then has actively worked to fight for equality and to fight against discrimination present in society. Currently pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice, Hannah considers fighting for equality and justice for everyone to be her passion. She is a passionate and hardworking individual and believes that change begins at the local level. By planning events and gathering support, Hannah hopes to create a domino effect of change. She doesn’t want to speak for you, she wants to speak with you.

Photo of Rise Against Hate Director of Digital Content Lawrance (Nick) Runyon

Laurance (Nick) Runyon

Deputy Director

Nick Runyon is a young, bright, and motivated student at American University, pursing a degree in Legal Studies, with a minor in History. Nick believes that everyone is equal, and should be treated as such. Nick is dedicated to fighting racial injustice, and bring real change to the world.

He has many talents, but is currently focusing on graphic design for Rise Against Hate, creating many of the posts you'll see on our Instagram and Facebook!