Our Staff

Our Staff

Eva Bell

Eva Bell

Monroe County & Moms Organizer


Eva organizes Hoosiers in Monroe county and moms across the state. She does this work because she wants to ensure that Indiana is a state where families can thrive. In her free time, she likes to paint and garden with her kids.

John Harris

Director of Operations


John started his nonprofit career with Citizen Action in Cincinnati nearly four decades ago, and has held leadership positions with the California Natural Resources Federation, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Oregon Food Bank, and Appalshop, among others. He served as Executive Director of Cityfolk, Ohio’s renowned presenter of traditional arts and, more recently, the Clifton Center in Louisville. He’s proud to have been a member of La Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico in Mexico City prior to his nonprofit days, and now spends his spare time playing guitar and horns around town and making things from wood in his home studio.

Kate Hess Pace

Executive Director


Kate founded Hoosier Action in 2017 as an organization that would serve its members and fight to improve the lives of working families in Indiana.  She has worked in organizing and advocacy for the past 20 years, developing the leadership of people who have been left out of public decision making, including passing stone foreclosure protection legislation in Minnesota and working with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to create the first federal rules on predatory lending.  Kate is a national trainer, leading workshops and trainings for community leaders across the country.  A seventh generation Hoosier, Kate is a fierce evangelist for the stunning beauty of Southern Indiana and a deep believer in the strength of our people.  She lives in New Albany where she enjoys walking her dog along the Ohio River, working on home projects, and trying new recipes.  

tracey hutchings-goetz

Tracey Hutchings- Goetz

Communications & Policy Director



Tracey brings to Hoosier Action three years of experience as a campus and Healthcare Organizer. In 2020, after completing her PhD in English Literature, she became Hoosier Action’s Communications and Policy Director. She loves small-town life, enjoys gardening, and hanging out with her cat in her free time.

Nate Magnan

Nate Magnan

Technology & Data Manager


Nate is Hoosier Action’s Technology & Data Manager.  He brings to his role 10 years of technology industry experience, a love of problem solving, and a passion for collective action.  When not at his computer he can be found hiking, on his bicycle, or playing board games.  

Maria McGary

Office Manager


With a background in development, operations, marketing and community relations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, Maria joined Hoosier Action in 2021 as Director of Operations.  She loves the collaborative nature of the work and the opportunity to work towards a better future alongside committed and passionate employees and volunteers.  

Laxmi Palde

Laxmi Palde

Medicaid Organizer


Laxmi joined Hoosier Action as a member in 2019 and joined staff as a Community Organizer in August 2020.  She organizes young people and people of color to tap into their vision for the world they want to live in, and to become leaders in the work towards a brighter future.  She grew up both in India and Indiana, and has been a Hoosier for most of her life.  In her free time, she enjoys catching rays, taking long walks, and finding new music.  

Will Stauffer

Will Stauffer

Floyd & Clark County Organizer


Will organizes Hoosiers in the Ohio River Valley (Floyd, Scott and Clark counties) and leads Hoosier Action’s overdose crisis work.  He started full-time in August of 2019, but was a member before then.  Will does this work because he believes that every Hoosier deserves to live a life full of dignity and meaning.  When he’s not organizing, he loves watching and playing basketball, riding his bike, and spending time with his friends.  

Stephanie Zhang

Stephanie Zhang

Bartholomew County Organizer


Stephanie organizes in Bartholomew County and leads Hoosier Action’s housing fight. She joined Hoosier Action as a member in 2019, and joined staff as an organizer in 2020. Stephanie is the proud child of immigrants and a born-and-raised Hoosier. She loves Indiana and is deeply driven to dismantle the systems and lies that keep us becoming the people we’re meant to be. Outside of organizing, she has a passion for music, food, and thrifting, and she sincerely believes the best chef in the world is her grandma.