Lancaster Stands Up is a member-led organization. Our staff work to support our member leaders throughout Lancaster County with base-building, campaigning, leadership development, and much more.

We are very grateful for our partnership with Beyond the Choir, which in 2018, hired three full-time organizers to support the ongoing work of Lancaster Stands Up and specifically the development of a door-to-door canvass operation to elect Jess King and down-ballot state house and senate candidates. Read more about our partnership with Beyond the Choir here.


Julia Berkman-Hill – Organizer


Julia was first politicized through the fossil fuel divestment movement, where she was a student organizer for three years and learned the importance of both leadership development and momentum. She also was a leader in the anti-occupation movement IfNotNow, including launching its college program. After graduating from Bowdoin College with a BA in Sociology in 2017, she moved to Lancaster, PA to work with Lancaster Stands Up and has helped to develop the organization’s electoral field program.


Eliza Booth – Organizer


Eliza was inspired by the Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign to get involved in activism in her local community to affect positive change.  She started out as a volunteer for Bernie Sanders’ campaign and after the general election in 2016 she got involved in Lancaster Stands Up and joined the leadership team in January 2017.  She currently holds a seat on the Lancaster City Democratic Committee where she represents her home precinct. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration & Political Science from Bloomsburg University.


Jonathan Smucker – Executive Director of Beyond the Choir


Jonathan has worked for two decades in grassroots movements for social, economic and ecological justice, as a grassroots organizer, campaigner, and strategist. He has trained thousands of change agents in campaign strategy, framing and messaging, direct action, and other skills. He also researches collective action, identity, and politicization processes as the focus of his doctoral work in the sociology department at UC Berkeley. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The NationThe Huffington PostNew InternationalistVICE MagazineThe Sociological QuarterlyBerkeley Journal of Sociology, and he is the author of Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals.