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Alexis Acevedo

Political and Field Director

Nevada

Alexis Acevedo

Political and Field Director

Nevada

Alexis works on strategic planning assistance, coalition coordination and capacity-building for Nevada partners. Before joining America Votes, he ran field and advocacy campaigns. He’s an avid traveler who treasures the cross-cultural experiences confirming the common fabric of the human race.

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Miguel Avitia

State Director

New Mexico

Miguel Avitia

State Director

New Mexico

Miguel is the New Mexico state director. He has more than 15 years’ experience working in New Mexico politics, from policy analysis for the state House majority to more than four presidential campaigns. He enjoys playing chess and taking his son to the zoo, among other outdoor activities.

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Joanna Ayala

Compliance and Finance Coordinator

National

Joanna Ayala

Compliance and Finance Coordinator

National

Joanna joined America Votes in September 2018 and is responsible for America Votes’ compliance to federal and state-level campaign finance laws. Previously, she gained experience in election administration and campaign finance at the Florida Division of Elections.

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Lauren Bealore

Political Director

Michigan

Lauren Bealore

Political Director

Michigan

Lauren engages in strategic planning assistance and support of coalition partners through the development of campaign plans, providing technical and organizing assistance and responding to programmatic requests. Lauren is serving her second term as a commissioner in the City of Southfield.

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Nadia Nisha Belkin

Deputy Field Director

National

Nadia Nisha Belkin

Deputy Field Director

National

Nadia serves as the deputy field director, assisting with strategy and planning for issue-based and electoral campaigns. She previously served as a communications director, grassroots organizer and trainer. She's a Smith College alumna who calls Colorado home and is an aspiring SNL comedian.

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Oscar Boleman

National Data Manager

National

Oscar Boleman

National Data Manager

National

Oscar grew up in Galveston Island, then received a BA from Baylor in Psychology and Philosophy. He has worked for political campaigns, community organizing groups and state-level PACs. At AV, he focuses on finding and/or developing new tools for use by the progressive community.

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Michael Brenner

Data Director

Florida

Michael Brenner

Data Director

Florida

After leaving a successful career in the private sector in 2008, Michael has striven to implement data-based political strategies that have led to victories up and down the ballot for candidates and issue-based campaigns in Florida, Louisiana and Illinois.

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Briana Brough

NC Wins Project Organizer

North Carolina

Briana Brough

NC Wins Project Organizer

North Carolina

As the organizer of the NC Wins project, Bri provides strategic electoral, organizational and advocacy support for community-based grassroots groups. She enjoys hiking, cooking and hanging out with her park ranger husband and two young boys.

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Emily Brown

Communications Manager

National

Emily Brown

Communications Manager

National

Emily manages all things communications at America Votes, form social media and Medium to communications support for state offices and the production of state planning documents. She also leads America Votes' internship program and enjoys going on runs around DC in her spare time.

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Em Burnett

Digital Director

Maine

Em Burnett

Digital Director

Maine

Em is a digital engagement consultant based out of Portland, Maine who focuses on long-term digital capacity building for Maine Votes. Along with field organizing experience in Maine and 4+ years as a digital strategist, Em also leads civic technology projects at OpenMaine.

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Kelly Byrne

State Director

Colorado

Kelly Byrne

State Director

Colorado

Kelly Byrne is the Colorado state director. Kelly was previously a campaign manager at OFA and has worked on campaigns for president, governor and Congress. When she’s not organizing, Kelly bakes artisan bread and hangs out with Lula (her dog) and Jake (her fiancé).

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Emily Callen

National Data and Targeting Director

National

Emily Callen

National Data and Targeting Director

National

Emily has served as national data and targeting director at America Votes since 2017. Previously, she held roles with the Clinton campaign, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic and the Obama Administration. In her free time, she enjoys running, spin class and book club.

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Carol Carvalho

State Director

Pennsylvania

Carol Carvalho

State Director

Pennsylvania

Carol works with her team to grow the progressive movement and elect good people up and down the ballot in Pennsylvania. Before joining America Votes, she worked in the labor movement, most recently as the executive director of the Southeastern PA AFL-CIO.

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Viswa Challa

Data Director

Minnesota

Viswa Challa

Data Director

Minnesota

Viswa joined the America Votes Minnesota team in 2018. Previously he worked as the operations director on the Ilhan Omar for Congress campaign. Viswa has a background in computer science and public health. When he is not working, he can be found watching movies.

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Kate Corriveau

State Director

New Hampshire

Kate Corriveau

State Director

New Hampshire

Kate is the New Hampshire state director at America Votes. She also serves on the board of the ACLU NH, is an identical triplet and lives in Manchester with her husband and three young sons.

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Ryan De Souza

Finance and Operations Associate

National

Ryan De Souza

Finance and Operations Associate

National

Ryan is responsible for all operations in the national office and bank accounts reconciliation as well as ensures that all accounts payable are processed in an accurate, timely manner. Ryan was born and raised in Miami and attended Boston College.

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Bobby Doyle

Field and Political Assistant

National

Bobby Doyle

Field and Political Assistant

National

Bobby works closely with the national political director and national field director on the independent expenditure coordinated campaign. Bobby is a graduate of the University of Virginia and for the last six years has given much of his time to volunteering as a firefighter.

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Garrett Fardon

Data and Targeting Director

Colorado

Garrett Fardon

Data and Targeting Director

Colorado

Garrett has worked in progressive politics for 12 years, starting as a field fellow at 16. He has since done data work for the Iowa and Colorado Democratic Parties and OFA. When not doing data work he enjoys good beer and camping with his partner and border collie.

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Susan Finkle Sourlis

In-House Counsel/Chief Financial Officer

National

Susan Finkle Sourlis

In-House Counsel/Chief Financial Officer

National

Susan Finkle Sourlis, IHC/CFO, started at America Votes in 2007. She oversees the financial, legal and regulatory obligations of America Votes and AV Action Fund. Susan is a graduate of Ohio University and CUA, Columbus School of Law. Susan loves hiking, travel, reading and podcasts.

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Edward Foster

Data Manager

Pennsylvania

Edward Foster

Data Manager

Pennsylvania

Eddy has been with America Votes for three years as data manager in Pennsylvania. A lifelong activist, Eddy volunteered on his first campaign at 13-years-old. After two stints with Obama for America, he ran his own political consultancy and advocated for LGBT rights before coming to America Votes.

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Joseph Gallant

Program Director

New Mexico

Joseph Gallant

Program Director

New Mexico

Joe Gallant is the program director for America Votes New Mexico. Before joining America Votes, he worked in opposition research. Joe is excited to work with progressives again after listening to every Donald Trump rally for two years.

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Josh Geise

State Director

Florida

Josh Geise

State Director

Florida

Josh Geise has worked on campaigns for two decades and has served as AV Florida state director for the last nine years guiding a coalition of more than 30 groups. He lives in Tampa with his wife Tara, their son Cody and their two dogs. Forever #Lighting #Bears #Hoosiers #Cubs

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Lorenzo Gutierrez

Data and Field Director

New Mexico

Lorenzo Gutierrez

Data and Field Director

New Mexico

Lorenzo works with in-state partners to develop and execute their electoral priorities through data-driven metrics and tactics. He has worked in progressive New Mexico politics for eight years and enjoys playing board games, sports and playing fetch with his dogs.

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Kelsey Heck

Data Director

Michigan

Kelsey Heck

Data Director

Michigan

A native Michigander, Kelsey is grateful for the opportunity to work with progressive groups and help working families engage electorally. Day to day, she works with partners large and small to efficiently put their resources to use and help tell their stories using data.

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Will Ikard

Program Director

Maine

Will Ikard

Program Director

Maine

Raised in Texas, Will has been in Maine since 2013. Before coming to Maine Votes, an America Votes affiliate, he worked for the Maine AFL-CIO, Maine People's Alliance and Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund. Recovering lawyer and enthusiastic Texas Longhorns and Boston Red Sox fan.

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Oumie Joof

Finance Director

National

Oumie Joof

Finance Director

National

Oumie Joof is responsible for the financial and organizational health of America Votes. She provides administrative oversight to ensure that America Votes staff have access to available benefits and payroll services while balancing the fiscal needs of the organization.

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Mairin Kazmi

Development Associate

National

Mairin Kazmi

Development Associate

National

Mairin Kazmi is the development associate in the national office, where she works closely with the development director to manage national fundraising operations, as well as lead other key components of the department.

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Zachary Keith

Data and Targeting Manager

North Carolina

Zachary Keith

Data and Targeting Manager

North Carolina

Zachary Keith is the data and targeting manager for North Carolina. Before his time as a professional data wrangler, he spent 10 years organizing on environmental issues throughout the south. If not crunching numbers, he is busy listening to podcasts or exploring the country's great national park system.

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Evan Kost

Development Director

National

Evan Kost

Development Director

National

Evan oversees all development-related strategy for America Votes nationally and at the state level. He first joined the organization in the spring of 2012. Previously, Evan spent several years in the fundraising world across the campaign, consulting and non-profit communities.

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Quentin Mays

National Deputy Political Director

National

Quentin Mays

National Deputy Political Director

National

Quentin Mays is the national deputy political director of America Votes. He works with national partners to service their organizational priorities. Hailing from Augusta, Georgia, his ultimate goal is to help free all black people and fight white supremacy.

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David McGonagle

State Director

Minnesota

David McGonagle

State Director

Minnesota

Dave McGonagle serves as the Minnesota state director, a position he has held since 2015. Prior to joining America Votes, Dave worked for numerous progressive organizations and candidate campaigns after getting his start on the Wellstone for Senate campaign in 2002.

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Toby Miceli-Gwiazdowski

Data Manager

Wisconsin

Toby Miceli-Gwiazdowski

Data Manager

Wisconsin

Toby has been Wisconsin’s data manager since 2013 and worked in Wisconsin progressive politics most of the last decade. He’s an alum of Obama ‘08 and ‘12, Feingold ‘10, Baldwin ‘12, many recalls and work with SEIU, AFT and WCV. Toby is a proud dad and world-champion punslinger.

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Drew Mitchell

Senior Data Scientist

National

Drew Mitchell

Senior Data Scientist

National

Drew has been at America Votes since 2018 and loves applying advanced analytics to help partners meet their program goals. Prior to America Votes they built up years of data experience in campaigns, federal consulting and the private sector. South Arkansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma are home.

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Kenia Morales

State Director

Nevada

Kenia Morales

State Director

Nevada

Kenia has served as America Votes’ Nevada state director since 2016. She has deep roots in social and reproductive justice movements and brings an intersectional lens to electoral campaigns. She believes in anchoring winning strategies to long-term visions and has an MA from NYU.

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Jasmine Nears-Biesinger

State Director

Wisconsin

Jasmine Nears-Biesinger

State Director

Wisconsin

Jasmine is the state director for America Votes in Wisconsin where she brings table partners together to strategically implement and coordinate campaigns. Prior to America Votes, she ran advocacy campaigns with Everytown For Gun Safety. Jasmine has an MPA from NYU and has taken a polar plunge in Antarctica.

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Bubba Nunnery

National Political Director

National

Bubba Nunnery

National Political Director

National

Yep, that’s his real name. Bubba works to coordinate political investments of 60+ national organizations. He is an alum of the University of Northern Colorado and California State University and enjoys playing guitar, hunting and untangling fishing lines for his two daughters.

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Lisa Prosienski

Consulting Director

Maine

Lisa Prosienski

Consulting Director

Maine

Consulting director at Maine Votes, principle at Minerva Consulting, former chief of staff, campaign manager, donor advisor, waitress and bartender, Lisa started in politics as an intern at the Dirigo Alliance, a precursor to today’s state tables. Ask about her dog or home projects.

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Khaled Salehi

State Director

Ohio

Khaled Salehi

State Director

Ohio

As a state director since 2009, Khaled leads the coalition to develop strategies that build the progressive ecosystem to advocate for social, economic and environmental justice and progress across Ohio.

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Nirav Sanghani

Deputy State Director

Pennsylvania

Nirav Sanghani

Deputy State Director

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Deputy State Director Nirav Sanghani has 10+ years of experience in racial, economic and electoral justice organizing throughout the South and Midwest. He’s an avid videogamer and enthusiastic reader of comics.

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Sara Schreiber

Managing Director

National

Sara Schreiber

Managing Director

National

Sara leads day-to-day management of America Votes, including overseeing all department heads and implementation of strategic objectives. Sara has worked to support progressive causes and candidates in Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico (her home state) and currently lives in Washington, DC.

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Melissa Tuck

Staff and Program Coordinator

National

Melissa Tuck

Staff and Program Coordinator

National

As the staff and program coordinator, Melissa works closely with the managing director to support all staff, and assists in the planning and execution of AV’s annual State Summit. Prior to joining AV, she worked on a number of campaigns in VA. Melissa is a proud graduate of GMU.

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Michelle Vered

Data Manager

Montana

Michelle Vered

Data Manager

Montana

Michelle joined Montana Votes in 2018. She works with partners to provide data-driven insights to help them plan and execute their programs. When not working, she enjoys hiking and backpacking across Montana's beautiful public lands, playing roller derby and reading sci-fi.

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Josiette White

National Field Director

National

Josiette White

National Field Director

National

Josiette provides day-to-day support and management to state operations across the America Votes network. Josiette started with America Votes in 2006 in her home state of Ohio then served as the New Hampshire state director before joining the national team.

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