RISC Staff

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Emily Small

Lead Organizer

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Emily has been organizing within the DART network for 22 years. Her first 18 years were spent in Florida. She started out at the FAITH organization in Daytona Beach, FL, where she was for 4 years. She then spent 14 years as the Lead Organizer of PEACE, in Palm Beach County, FL. Emily came to RISC in September of 2019.

Emily is a native of the Philadelphia area and a graduate of Haverford College. She is married with three children.


Denzel Mitchell

Associate Organizer

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Denzel was born in Richmond, VA and raised on the Northern Neck of Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia where he majored in the Political and Social Thought distinguished major program and Economics, with a minor in History. In his free time he loves to read, run, and spend time with his friends and family. 


Liz Petty

Administrative Assistant

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Liz joined the RISC team in June of 2022, having relocated to Richmond, Virginia from Phoenix, Arizona.  She brings to RISC a 20 year work history in accounting and administrative work, along with a passion for justice and a love for RVA.  She lives in the city with her husband, their daughter and two dogs.