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.

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.

Maria McGary

Facilities 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

Environmental 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.  

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