Sherwood Guernsey has spent his life in both the private and public sector seeking to improve the lives of others, advocating for progressive public policy, and encouraging active public participation in our democracy. He is a practicing lawyer with the Law Offices of Sherwood Guernsey, PC, and was a State Representative in the Massachusetts legislature for 8 years. He also co-founded, along with Lee Harrison, Berkshire Brigades – the Democratic county wide organization in Berkshire County MA, and actively supports liberal Democratic candidates for public office. He hopes to be elected to the Democratic State Committee in March of 2016.
Along with his wife Carol, he was in the Peace Corps in Panama after attending Dartmouth College, spent two years on the senior staff of the Peace Corps in Washington DC, and now works to develop computer learning centers in the same part of Panama where he and his wife served in the Peace Corps. See nworldfund.org.
He lives with his wife in Williamstown MA and together they have three grown children with 5 grandchildren. He is a fly fisherman who has a particular love for the Rockies and Yellowstone National Park.
Lee Harrison began supporting progressive causes in 1972, backing the presidential candidacy of Sen. George McGovern. Since then he has worked for Democratic candidates in New York City, Alaska, and Massachusetts. In 2004, he and Sherwood Guernsey co-founded Berkshire Brigades, the Democratic organization of Berkshire County Massachusetts, to help elect progressive Democratic candidates in the Bay State.
“Our proudest moment came with the election of Senator Elizabeth Warren,” says Harrison. “And we are still especially proud that early on we urged the Harvard law professor to “Run Lizzie Run!”
Currently, Lee is a member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee. And when he’s not working to further progressive goals, Lee writes about energy and the environment. He has published several books on environmental auditing and has written for numerous local and national publications on topics ranging from solar energy to fly fishing. And, yes, he and Sherwood both love camping and fly fishing for cutthroat trout along the Hellroaring in Yellowstone.
Jim Mahon, Professor of Political Science, Williams College
Sheila Irvin – Teacher, Community and political activist
Sheila Murray – Chair, Berkshire Brigades
Frank Farkas – Berkshire Brigades member, labor activist