We believe in the power of shared humanity and collective action to serve the greater good. Our planning team consists entirely of volunteers, and includes artists, entrepreneurs, government/policy experts, media & advertising professionals, lawyers, educators, parents, siblings, students, immigrants, dreamers, and doers from across the United States and beyond. Hover over the photos below to learn more about each member of our team.
Anya Malkov (Strategy Team, Policy) is a government affairs professional committed to combating climate change, ensuring access to health care, fighting for gender equality, protecting voting rights and promoting effective governance. She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and a passionate new American, having immigrated to the US as a teenager.
Originally from Miami, Eddie Moraga (Strategy Team) currently resides in Los Angeles, where he works at one of the most renowned Ad Agencies in the country. He's been interested in politics from an early age, which is how he became a National Gold Medalist in Parliamentary Procedure, and is the answer to "Who actually watches C-SPAN?"
Rachel Brandt (Strategy Team, Communications) is an advertising professional specializing in integrated marketing, brand development, and digital strategy at 72andSunny in Los Angeles Rachel is also a co-founder of Keys For Refugees, a social campaign designed to raise awareness and spread hope on behalf of 65 million people who are currently displaced around the world. She holds a degree in advertising from Syracuse University, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Derek Rosenzweig (Strategy Team, Partnerships) is a veteran in the technology field helping build global partner strategies for some of the fastest growing commerce companies in the world. He has spent the last 20+ years helping individuals, small businesses, and various non-profits. His passion is empowering others for success.
Julie Phillips (Strategy Team, Engagement) is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School. Ms. Phillips is passionate about protecting human rights and believes in the power of grassroots organization. She is dedicated to advocating for those who do not have the voice or the means to advocate for themselves.
Daniel Yaffe (Strategy Team, Consultant) is an entrepreneur, author, and consultant. California bred, he's been a champion for human rights around the world and enabling education about causes through creative media. He is currently the COO of AnyRoad, a company that helps brands leverage their experiential marketing efforts.
Areesa Somani is a senior at Seattle University graduating this spring with a BA in Strategic Communications and Political Science. Recently she served as a White House Intern for the Obama Administration as part of the last intern class to serve the President. She is currently working on publishing the first academic study to investigate the relationship between race and hate speech and is looking for post-graduate opportunities where she can pursue her passion for advocacy.
José Woss is a lobbyist for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) focusing on mass incarceration, election integrity, and police militarization. A proud son of immigrants committed to serving the country that's given his family so much, he advocates for more justice in the justice system, integrity in the nation's elections, and peace in communities. Quakers believe that there is that of God in everyone and their faith guides their lives as well as their actions to build the world we seek. José has the privilege of representing Friends in the halls of Congress.
Haley Bash is a software engineer at Optimizely in San Francisco and previously worked in investment banking at Lazard in New York. Outside of work life, she is on the board of directors for a social enterprise incubator called Firestarter, on the fundraising committee for Showing Up for Racial Justice - Bay Area, working on local to national political engagement through Indivisible East Bay and Oakland grassroots organizations, and like attending city council meetings and helping folks with nontraditional backgrounds make career switches.
Danyelle R. Carter, a long time girl-power enthusiast, and advocate is a senior at Spelman College majoring in Comparative Women’s Studies. At Spelman, she serves as the United Nations Foundation’s Girl-Up Initiative campus leader and is a Toni Cade Bambara Scholar at Spelman’s Women’s Research and Resource Center.
Jesse Shoresh Hose earned a B.A. degree, graduating summa cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.Sc. degree both in Computer Science at University of California, San Diego. After working for 22 years as a software engineer in the telecommunications industry, Jesse decided to pursue his dreams and is currently teaching guitar, performing and writing music.
Russell Angelico has a deep enthusiasm for engaging audiences. O.G. '08 fundraiser for the DNC; branding specialist, advocate, entrepreneur, and musician; B.A. Int'l Development Studies, UCLA; Traveller of Africa, Europe and the Middle East (but California is home). Supports: CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), Brookings Institution, NEA, "It's On Us", DGA.
Jessica Brandt is an associate fellow in the Foreign Policy program and special assistant to the president in the Executive Office at The Brookings Institute. Her recent work focuses on the refugee crisis in Europe. She earned a BA in international relations with a concentration in conflict and security studies from Johns Hopkins University and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Brandon Maslan is a recovering lawyer and current executive coach and corporate trainer who works predominantly with an organization that is devoted to the advancement of women (AWE). My passion is engaging in thought partnership with people and organizations to ensure their success through authentic empowerment.
Laura Goldfarb has worked in the entertainment industry for the past decade as a publicist, radio host, journalist, songwriter, and entrepreneur. She is the owner of Red Boot PR, which was awarded “Best PR For Indie Artists” by Examiner.com in 2014, and received the 2016 Best of Venice (California) Award in Media & Entertainment.
Meghan is currently the National Academy Director for Enroll America, a nonprofit committed to maximizing the number of Americans who enroll in and retain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Meghan got her start organizing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in Phoenix, AZ in 2010 and has never looked back. A native of Silver Spring, MD, she currently resides in Philadelphia and was recently named to PoliticsPA's Rising Stars 30 Under 30 list.
Alana Levitt is a working mother of three and has been a leader in the Jewish community for over a decade; working with teens, children and families to enrich lives and repair the world. She is a 2017 Simms/Mann Fellow, gaining knowledge from cutting-edge brain research to improve the field of early childhood education.
Kate Gould directs advocacy on Middle East policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and serves on the board of Churches for Middle East Peace and the Scoville Peace Fellowship. Gould was profiled in 2015 as the “Quaker Lobbyist Behind the Iran Deal Fight,” by Congressional Quarterly, an outlet with readership that includes 95% of members of Congress.
Kesha Dorsey Spoor is a UCSD (BA, Anthropology) and SDSU (MPH) alum who manages grant-funded programs that prevent gang violence, substance abuse, and pregnancy with "at-risk" teens. She is a self-love advocate, aspiring yogi, and forever student with particular passion for the sexual health and the LGBTQ community.
Jodi Epstein is an Account Executive at Cerrell Associates, a high-impact public affairs and political consulting firm, where she implements multifaceted advocacy and outreach strategies for private, nonprofit and public sector clients. Prior to her current position, Jodi was the Community Outreach Director for the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and worked on several local and state-wide candidate and issue campaigns. Jodi was elected to serve as Vice Chair for College Access Plan, a nonprofit that prepares underserved students to succeed in college, and is particularly passionate about issues related to access to education, access to health care, youth civic engagement and women in politics.
Catie Duckworth is a paralegal for a Veterans' disability law firm who is passionate about supporting the rights of the individuals and communities whose voices have been silenced by society. I have been actively campaigning since my teenage years because I desire to see people engaged in the democratic process in order to pursue a more representative government.
Sangita Devaskar is Director of Clinical Research at Planned Parenthood Northern California. She is a passionate advocate for reproductive justice, and currently serves on the board of ACCESS Women’s Health Justice. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Sangita currently lives in San Francisco, CA.
By day, Jordan Pennino is a brand strategist working primarily on NBC original shows at a strategy and media innovation agency called Giant Spoon (please forgive all the buzzy words in that sentence). By night, she's a sitcom watching, Harry Potter reading, 99% Invisible listening, red wine drinking, politics debating 22 year old who tries her darnedest to distance herself from her narrow-minded OC upbringing. Also her hair is kind of blue.
Elana Weinstein is a passionate and enthusiastic social worker and community builder. She has over 5 years of experience in the field; ranging from case management to running a nonprofit and registering voters. She thrives on building relationships, connecting stakeholders to the mission of an organization and making the world a more inclusive and just place; through each connection, each person she meets along the way. She is thrilled to be a part of this exciting venture; to bring about change and inspire others to take action!
Jessica Abo is a Millennial Content Maven turning the angst and energy of a generation into meaningful content on all platforms. She has spent the past decade -- on TV, online and even IRL (in real life for those who don’t text) - helping her generation make sense of chaos and empowering them to make the world a better place than how they found it. Through her TEDx Talk and keynote speeches, YouTube videos and TV News Reporting, Jessica shines a light on the causes people care about, the powerful work they do and how they got to where they are in the first place.
Dan Diaz is a composer and producer whose music and sound design have been featured in trailers for some of Hollywood’s biggest and most critically acclaimed movies and video games, as well as in television shows and commercials. You can find his work on networks such as Fox, CBS, MTV, Vh1, E!, The CW, and many more. Dan currently works with premier Los Angeles-based custom music composition and sound design company The Hit House.
Tasha works at the intersection of talent acquisition, technology, and emerging markets. She has lived and worked with startups across several continents, focusing on building, finding, and placing quality talent for social and civic impact. Currently based in San Francisco, Tasha is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a Commitment Mentor for Clinton Global Initiative University.