About Us

Who We Are

Making blue waves in progressive fundraising

Since early 2017, GA Campaigns has been on the forefront of using data to drive fundraising for progressive campaigns, causes, and organizations. As the political landscape has grown, so have we – initially born in a call-time room as a way to make the call-time process more effective, our service has expanded significantly. The ongoing expansion of our database through private acquisition of campaigns, non-profits, and other left-leaning causes, has fueled our growth and development as a company. We’ve become experts in digital audience curation, mobile phone lists, bulk email acquisition, and fundraising strategy. Following the 2020 cycle, our database includes information on 20+ million left-leaning American donors with disposable income.

In the 2020 cycle, our hyper-targeted and personalized lists helped more than 1,000 campaigns raise more than $228 million from 3.1 million contributions nationwide.

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Grassroots Analytics' mission is to provide innovative data solutions to amplify forward thinking voices, causes, and people.

Team

Campaign Strategy

Joey Mamlin

Chief Product Officer
As a proud Ohioan, Joey is eager to assist in the effort of turning districts blue across all levels of government in the great Midwest. He has advised dozens of Red to Blue campaigns with GAC since 2018, and looks forward to flipping more seats in the upcoming cycle. Joey has particular expertise in helping campaigns responsibly build email programs, and making innovative call time lists.
 
EDUCATION
B.A., Political Science and American Studies, The George Washington University

WHAT EXCITES JOEY?
American History
A nice stereo sound system
Cleveland sports

Kiara Madar

Fundraising Strategist

Kiara joined GAC after serving most recently as Deputy Finance Director for Nina Turner. Previously, she worked on Desiree Tims’ DCCC targeted Red to Blue campaign, and got her start in her home district of TX-24 on Kim Olson’s campaign. Kiara is passionate about electing strong women to office.

EDUCATION
B.A., Historical Archaeology, University of York

WHAT EXCITES KIARA?
All the trashiest reality TV
Harry Potter (go Slytherin)
Her dog, Tyler, and her birds, Caeto and Pippin

Denisha Ragland

Fundraising Strategist

Denisha is an East Tennessee native who joined the Grassroots Analytics team after serving as the Call Time Manager and Special Assistant for Nina Turner. She is passionate about electing progressive candidates with new and exciting ideas and strategies up and down the ballot.

EDUCATION
B.A., Global Studies, Political Science, University of Tennessee

WHAT EXCITES DENISHA?
BlPOC and women candidates
Reading
International Travel

Trisa Chakraborty

Fundraising Strategist
Prior to Grassroots, Trisa served in many roles on local, state, and national campaigns in Indiana/the Midwest. She is devoted to empowering and fighting for the rights of underserved communities, having spent the past year in a leading role vaccinating and advocating for the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout her time in college she has conducted multidisciplinary academic research in cancer related immunotherapy, labor economics,
medicaid/medicare, and social justice movements. She is committed to elevating the voices of minority groups and propelling candidates and organizations that can make a difference in their community through inspiration and authenticity.
 
EDUCATION 
B.S., Biochemistry, Political Science, and Healthcare Management & Policy; Minor
in Spanish and Biology, Indiana University
 
WHAT EXCITES TRISA?
Electing more women/BIPOC candidates 
Intersectionality of health policy, medical care, and health administration
Ethiopian food

Jessie Koch

Fundraising Strategist

Jessie is a Maryland native with a passion for creating effective, grassroots fundraising strategies for progressive campaigns. She joins Grassroots Analytics after serving on both statewide and local campaigns in her home state, spearheading fundraising or assisting the finance team. Jessie is passionate about political "outsiders," flipping red states blue, and strong, female candidates.

Morgan Kull

Sr. Data Analyst
Morgan comes to Grassroots Analytics as a Chicagoland area native excited to join the team full time after serving as a Summer Data Analyst. She recently graduated with her master's degree in public policy from University of Illinois at Chicago, and is excited to be putting her data skills to the test to help elect Democrats. Previously, she has worked on the legislative side of politics as an intern at the Alabama State House, in a district congressional office in Alabama, and on campaigns helping turn out voters in a variety of Illinois races (IL-06 Sean Casten, IL-14 Lauren Underwood, and a State House race).

EDUCATION
B.A., Political Science, Auburn University
M.A., Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago

WHAT EXCITES MORGAN?
First time female candidates and flipping Southern seats from red to blue
Cats, coffee, concerts
A new season of the Great British Bake Off

Pryor Krugman

Sr. Data Analyst

A proud Atlanta native, Pryor comes to Grassroots to support and uplift progressive campaigns in the American South. After dancing with Atlanta Ballet for 12 years, Pryor began work in nonprofit arts development and management where he garnered extensive fundraising, public relations, and customer service experience. Pryor officially made the shift to the political sphere during the 2020 Election Cycle when he worked with voter mobilization organizations in Georgia and joined now-Senator Jon Ossoff’s campaign. While his experience on the campaign trail was life changing, Pryor is excited to join the Grassroots team where he will work directly with multiple campaigns of all different sizes on the federal, state and local levels--helping them in their effort to make important, long lasting change in this country.

EDUCATION 
B.A., Government and B.A., Artistic Production and Management, Wesleyan University

WHAT EXCITES PRYOR?
Traveling to a new destination (he tries to do this at least once a year)
Commercial airplanes (not a joke)
Delicious meals with friends and family
His dream of someday owning a big, fluffy, orange cat named Polenta

Chris Pearcey

Data Analyst

Born and raised in Florida, Chris joined the GAC team after most recently serving as the Call Time Manager for Sarah Godlewski’s Senate campaign. Citing his experiences organizing and in a previous role where he helped facilitate the teaching and placement of political neophytes on campaigns across the country, Chris is driven by his want to see the most equitable world possible. Chris is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where he double majored in History and Economics, while balancing life as a student-athlete on the football team.

EDUCATION
B.A., Economics and History, Wake Forest University

WHAT EXCITES CHRIS?
- Karaoke
- His sport fandoms (Tampa Bay Bucs/Rays and Chicago Cubs specifically)
- Exploring National Parks

Amatullah Contractor

Director of Campaign Resources

Amatullah is a dedicated community organizer with a passion for civic engagement and helping underestimated communities build and wield their collective power. Prior to this role, Amatullah served as the team lead of Emgage’s Texas chapter where she helped build power within the Muslim community by engaging the community in electoral participation and grassroots advocacy.

EDUCATION:
B.A., Political Science, University of Houston

WHAT EXCITES AMATULLAH?
Voting rights
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
Cultural immersion

Claire Cilien

Data Analyst
Born and raised in Long Island, New York. Prior to joining going Grassroots Analytics full-time, Claire served as a Call Time Manager and Intern Coordinator for Congressman Mondaire Jones. She is excited to return to Grassroots Analytics as a full-time Data Analyst as a former Summer 2021 intern. Her passion for social justice and politics leaves her buzzing with excitement to use Grassroots data to push forward the interests of marginalized groups. Claire is looking forward to advancing progressive causes, brainstorming innovative ideas, and bringing her fundraising skills to candidates looking to save our democracy.
 
Education:
B.A., Political Science, University of Tampa
 
What excites Claire?:
Great Food
Spoken Word
Museums
R&B and Neo-Soul music
Social Justice
 

Amatullah Contractor

Director of Campaign Resources

Amatullah is a dedicated community organizer with a passion for civic engagement and helping underestimated communities build and wield their collective power. Prior to this role, Amatullah served as the team lead of Emgage’s Texas chapter where she helped build power within the Muslim community by engaging the community in electoral participation and grassroots advocacy.

EDUCATION:
B.A., Political Science, University of Houston

WHAT EXCITES AMATULLAH?
Voting rights
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
Cultural immersion

Amatullah Contractor

Director of Campaign Resources

Amatullah is a dedicated community organizer with a passion for civic engagement and helping underestimated communities build and wield their collective power. Prior to this role, Amatullah served as the team lead of Emgage’s Texas chapter where she helped build power within the Muslim community by engaging the community in electoral participation and grassroots advocacy.

EDUCATION:
B.A., Political Science, University of Houston

WHAT EXCITES AMATULLAH?
Voting rights
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
Cultural immersion

Sales

Diego Dew

Director, Campaign Sales

Diego is a Bay Area native and former organizer who is passionate about electing Democrats at all levels of government. Diego joined the Grassroots team after serving as a Field Organizer for the Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress campaign. Previously, he worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative intern for Representatives Jackie Speier and Ruben Gallego. He is excited by GAC’s potential to democratize campaigning, thereby widening the big Democratic tent even further.

EDUCATION
B.A., Political Science; Minor in Theatre and Performance Studies, Stanford University

WHAT EXCITES DIEGO?
Snatching power away from Mitch McConnell’s purple hands
Scorsese, Shakespeare, and Selling Sunset
Steph Curry launching from deep

Julia Murray

Director of Mail + Email Sales

Julia joined the Grassroots team as a data contractor while attending Syracuse University. She’s excited to bring campaign experience on local and federal campaigns from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York to the team, and is incredibly proud of the progressive changes that Grassroots’ technology makes possible for candidate fundraising.

EDUCATION
B.A., Citizenship and Civic Engagement and Political Science, Syracuse University

WHAT EXCITES JULIA?
Young women running for all levels of office
Podcasts about political scandals + art heists
Syracuse basketball and the Boston Red Sox

Sarah Ortner

Southeast Regional Sales Lead

Sarah is native Floridian who got her start in politics at just nine years old, volunteering to canvas and make phone calls for President Obama during the 2008 election with her hometown's Democratic Club. The rest, as they say, is history! Since then, she has specialized in business development, community engagement, fundraising, sales and volunteer management at various nonprofits and progressive political campaigns. Sarah is passionate about GAC's use of data to drive fundraising, and aims to help Democrats use the available tools to win elections up and down the ballot!

EDUCATION
B.A., Political Science and Mass Communications, University of South Florida

WHAT EXCITES SARAH?
Electing diverse, progressive candidates at all levels of government
Traveling to exciting new places
True crime books, documentaries and podcasts

Zack Szlezinger

Northeast Sales Lead

Zack is from New York, and he started his career working on congressional campaigns in New York and Virginia. He has spent the past two years working with nonprofits organizing college students to fight for affordable higher education, a healthy environment, and getting out the young vote. Zack led a team of students to eliminate single-use plastics on their New Jersey campus and worked with Pennsylvania students to pass a statewide bill to end student hunger. Zack is passionate about positive social change and electing progressive candidates!

Julia Trainor

Email Acquisition Associate

Julia joined Grassroots Analytics after spearheading digital fundraising campaigns for candidates at the national and local levels. Having advised organizations dedicated to voting rights, the environment, and women's health, Julia is passionate about driving change in communities through online fundraising and mobilization. She is a Worcester, MA native, and studied communications at Syracuse University, where her interest in politics blossomed.

EDUCATION
B.A., Political Science and Public Relations, Syracuse University


WHAT EXCITES JULIA?
Cats
Reality TV
GOTV
Nerding out over data

Danny Cooper

Director, GA Media + Northeast Regional Sales Lead

Danny is a native New Yorker who joined the Grassroots team after serving as a Field Organizer with the Arizona Coordinated Campaign during the 2020 cycle. Previously, he worked as a Legislative Assistant advocating for immigration justice for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He is proud to join GAC in its mission of democratizing progressive politics and looks forward to helping Democrats win at the local, state, and federal levels.

EDUCATION
BSJ, Journalism; Northwestern University

WHAT EXCITES DANNY?
Progressive victories
Finding new recipes
The rare instances when the Mets and Jets win

Katiana Person

Acquisition Sales Associate

Katiana Person is a Miami native and recent grad from Florida State University. She enjoys working out, traveling, and exploring new places. She is open-minded and is a fervent believer in change. Katiana hopes to learn many new things and grow with those around her at Grassroots. She is excited to join the team and learn more about the progressiveness of the company.

Danny Cooper

Director, GA Media + Northeast Regional Sales Lead

Danny is a native New Yorker who joined the Grassroots team after serving as a Field Organizer with the Arizona Coordinated Campaign during the 2020 cycle. Previously, he worked as a Legislative Assistant advocating for immigration justice for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He is proud to join GAC in its mission of democratizing progressive politics and looks forward to helping Democrats win at the local, state, and federal levels.

EDUCATION
BSJ, Journalism; Northwestern University

WHAT EXCITES DANNY?
Progressive victories
Finding new recipes
The rare instances when the Mets and Jets win

Digital

Meghan McAnespie

Digital Lab Director and Chief Innovation Officer

Meghan joins Grassroots Analytics following digital strategy and training roles at Washington D.C based digital firms. She has spearheaded digital strategy for Democratic candidates across the country and up and down the ballot. Her specialty has been digital fundraising for top Red to Blue Congressional races. Previously, Meghan was a Field Organizer in Ohio for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. She graduated from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C and is a Lowell, Massachusetts native.

 

WHAT EXCITES MEGHAN?
Training
Online fundraising hauls in down ballot races
Pad Thai

Elvin Bruno

Chief Revenue Officer

Elvin is an expert organizer, fundraiser, and movement builder with a decade of experience. He has worked for nonprofits and on political campaigns at the local, statewide, and presidential levels. Elvin is an alum of both the Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden campaigns for President. He enjoys going to his local CrossFit gym and hanging out with friends and his Goldendoodle, Fitzgerald.

EDUCATION
BBA, Finance, Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst

WHAT EXCITES ELVIN?
SMS Fundraising
Food
Refreshing ActBlue

Robin Miller

Digital Training Manager

Robin Miller is a current graduate student at American University in Washington, DC. Robin is a passionate campaign wonk who has worked on campaigns in her hometown of Westford, Massachusetts up to the national level. Robin specializes in digital fundraising through email and advertising, bringing her experience from a Democratic digital firm in the 2020 campaign cycle. Robin has received training from AU's Campaign Management Institute and Emerge MA's Campaign Manager Bootcamp.

 

EDUCATION 
M.P.A., American University, Class of 2022 B.A., Political Science, American University, Class of 2021

 

WHAT EXCITES ROBIN?
Progressive female candidates
Her dog, Rory
Playing the viola
A new book
And the little ding when a candidate gets an ActBlue donation!

Grayson Hernandez

Sr. Digital Strategist

Grayson is a Southern California native who is passionate about uplifting progressive candidates and powering grassroots movements. She specializes in digital fundraising and has years of experience spearheading email programs for Democratic organizations and Congressional PACs. Previously, she led a team of digital strategists at a Washington, D.C. digital firm. She enjoys warm weather, (real) Mexican food, and curating Spotify playlists to match her mood.

EDUCATION
B.A. Political Science, Comparative Politics Emphasis, University of California, Santa Barbara

WHAT EXCITES GRAYSON?
EOM and EOQ hauls
The "Los Angeles" Chargers (Still San Diego in my heart)
Styling a sweet fit
Catching the metro right before it arrives

David Davies

Mobile Fundraising Manager

David is a South Florida native who has experience as a fundraiser and organizer. After college, he was an organizer in Arizona and Florida during the 2018 midterms and has worked in fundraising since arriving in DC in 2019. He has experience working with local, state and federal campaigns across the country. He looks forward to helping elect more Democrats at all levels, including hopefully growing LGBTQ representation in politics.

EDUCATION
B.A., Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University

WHAT EXCITES DAVID?
Cats
Star Wars
Pride Month and anything LGBTQ

Alicia Siddiqi

Digital Associate

Alicia is a current graduate student at American University in Washington D.C. She has always been fond of politics with experience in local democratic campaigns in Virginia and work experience at a digital strategy firm supporting and advising campaigns and advocacy groups. Alicia is excited about working with progressive candidates from all backgrounds!

EDUCATION
M.A., Political Science, American University, Class of 2023
B.S., Political Science and Justice Studies, James Madison University

WHAT EXCITES ALICIA?
Progressive Candidates with diverse backgrounds
Traveling
The Kardashians

Eliana Scobey

Digital Strategist

Eliana is a New York native who joined the Grassroots Analytics team following experience at Washington, D.C. digital firms. She got her start doing grassroots campaign work for local Chicago elections. Now, she specializes in digital fundraising and is excited to use that experience to elect progressive candidates across the country at the local, state, and federal levels.

EDUCATION
B.S., Learning and Organizational Change, Political Science, Northwestern University

WHAT EXCITES ELIANA?
Chicago Sports
Reading
Tacos

Mayra Alejandra Rodriguez

Digital Associate

Mayra Alejandra was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and attended the University of Florida where she uncovered a passion to help communities of color, especially the Hispanic community through mentorship and spreading awareness. Mayra Alejandra interned on the Hill for two members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She later became the first Communications Fellow for BOLD PAC, the campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus where she worked on the organization's social media platforms, communications strategy, attended fundraising events, and created digital content that was used by members of the Congress and grassroots organizations. In her chill time, Mayra Alejandra enjoys practicing her photography, skating, and listening to music.

EDUCATION
B.A., Criminology; minor in Latin American Studies, University of Florida

WHAT EXCITES MAYRA?
Frank Ocean & Bad Bunny
Eucalyptus Spearmint & Mahogany Teakwood Candles
Harry Potter (She’s a Gryffindor)

Clark Henderson

Mobile Fundraising Associate

Clark Henderson (he/they) is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia where he received a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Clark is passionate about working to get progressive candidates elected across the country, especially in the south. Growing up in rural South Georgia, Clark is hyper aware of the issues facing communities like his hometown of Statesboro, Georgia and believes that enacting progressive policies in these areas has the potential to create more equitable communities for everyone!

Alicia Siddiqi

Digital Associate

Alicia is a current graduate student at American University in Washington D.C. She has always been fond of politics with experience in local democratic campaigns in Virginia and work experience at a digital strategy firm supporting and advising campaigns and advocacy groups. Alicia is excited about working with progressive candidates from all backgrounds!

EDUCATION
M.A., Political Science, American University, Class of 2023
B.S., Political Science and Justice Studies, James Madison University

WHAT EXCITES ALICIA?
Progressive Candidates with diverse backgrounds
Traveling
The Kardashians

Ariyana Ward

Summer Data Analyst

Ariyana is a native Virginia Beachian who has joined the Grassroots team after serving as an intern for four Democratic political campaigns from 2020-2022 – two being in Maryland, and two in Virginia. Ariyana is currently an undergraduate student at Frostburg State University located in Frostburg, Maryland, where she will graduate with a degree in Political Science and as a two-term Student Body President. Ariyana is also in her third year as President of the Frostburg NAACP Chapter and third year as the 2nd Vice President for the Virginia Beach City NAACP Chapter. Ariyana is passionate about advocating for change for marginalized groups, being a voice of change, and looks forward to helping Democrats win!

Catrina Wolfe

Summer Data Analyst

Catrina is a California native currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in classics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. While at school, she works as a research assistant for a sociology professor, collecting data on how sexual violence victims pursue justice through civil cases. Prior to joining Grassroots, she worked for multiple southern California congressional campaigns on both finance and field teams. She also interned in Julia Brownley’s district office. Catrina is passionate about electing more women to office, climate change, and drug reform.

Tech

Brian Dugan

Full Stack Developer

Brian is a proud Missourian with a mission of helping progressive movements and campaigns accomplish more with less manual work. He has experience building scalable solutions to common pain points within political communications and is excited to continue improving the technology available to progressives.

EDUCATION
B.S., Business Marketing, University of Missouri
B.A., Political Science, University of Missouri

WHAT EXCITES BRIAN?
A warm sunny day
Dogs that act like cats
Policies addressing economic inequality

Enya Chen

Full Stack Developer

Enya is a Maryland native who got her start in politics volunteering with Jennifer Kitchen's Virginia state campaign. Before joining Grassroots Analytics, she worked on building fundraising software tools for digital firms and is excited to continue creating new products that will help empower progressive candidates.

EDUCATION
M.S., Computer Science, University of Michigan
B.S., Computer Science, University of Michigan

WHAT EXCITES ENYA?
New Girl
Cats that act like dogs
A freshly baked chocolate chip cookie that's crispy on the outside and soft on the inside

Enya Chen

Full Stack Developer

Enya is a Maryland native who got her start in politics volunteering with Jennifer Kitchen's Virginia state campaign. Before joining Grassroots Analytics, she worked on building fundraising software tools for digital firms and is excited to continue creating new products that will help empower progressive candidates.

EDUCATION
M.S., Computer Science, University of Michigan
B.S., Computer Science, University of Michigan

WHAT EXCITES ENYA?
New Girl
Cats that act like dogs
A freshly baked chocolate chip cookie that's crispy on the outside and soft on the inside

Claudia Shrivastava

Chief Financial Officer

Claudia is excited to join Grassroots Analytics as CFO and help grow the firm's capacity to improve fundraising for progressive causes and candidates. She has previously worked in the campaign space as well as in finance focusing on structured credit investments. She has an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BSc in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

Parent Company

Danny Hogenkamp

CEO and Chairman of the Board

Danny has served as CEO and Chairman of Grassroots Analytics since 2020. He manages GA's industry leading progressive consumer database and oversees GA's numerous investments. Previously, Danny founded Grassroots Analytics Campaigns in 2016, and provided data-driven strategy to hundreds of Democratic campaigns, multiple Presidential campaigns, and more than 50 members of Congress.

Morgan Kull

Summer Data Analyst
Morgan comes to Grassroots Analytics as a Chicagoland area native excited to be a Summer Data Analyst. Currently getting her master's degree in public policy at University of Illinois at Chicago, Morgan will be putting her data skills to the test to help elect Democrats. Previously, she has worked on the legislative side of politics as an intern at the Alabama State House, in a district congressional office in Alabama, and on campaigns helping turn out voters in a variety of Illinois races (IL-06 Sean Casten, IL-14 Lauren Underwood, and a State House race).

EDUCATION
B.A., Political Science, Auburn University
M.A., Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago (Degree in progress)

WHAT EXCITES MORGAN?
First time female candidates and flipping Southern seats from red to blue
Cats, coffee, concerts
A new season of the Great British Bake Off

Zach Krasner

Chief Technology Officer

Raised in the mountains of central Vermont, Zach grew up with a strong passion for understanding and building technology. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he began a career at Bridgewater Associates implementing a platform for the world's biggest investors to achieve their investment goals. He's excited to help Grassroots Analytics grow into the future.

Claudia Shrivastava

Chief Financial Officer

Claudia is excited to join Grassroots Analytics as CFO and help grow the firm's capacity to improve fundraising for progressive causes and candidates. She has previously worked in the campaign space as well as in finance focusing on structured credit investments. She has an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BSc in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

Shefa Ahsan

Creative Director, GA Media

After receiving her BA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, Shefa knew she wanted to tell stories in a creative way. Passionate about progressive politics, she knew that one way to do this was to present campaign launch and hype videos in a new way. When she's not shooting the newest soon-to-go-viral campaign video, Shefa also freelances – fun fact, she took all of the photos you see on the GA website!

Mark Lancaster

General Counsel

Mark A. Lancaster was named General Counsel for Grassroots Analytics in June 2022. As chief legal officer and chief legal compliance officer, Mark oversees GA’s legal affairs, including labor and employment law, corporate governance, litigation, internal audit, mergers and acquisitions, corporate compliance, and regulatory compliance.

For the bulk of his career, Mark has stood in solidarity with underrepresented and underserved individuals from all walks of life. Mark has a keen interest in advocating for those who advocate on behalf of those who too often go unheard. Undergirding this desire is Mark’s extensive experience providing advice in real time regarding employment law, privacy issues and corporate governance matters to both for-profit entities and nonprofit organizations throughout the country. He also has significant experience as a successful civil litigator from his time as an Associate with Sandler Reiff, and Assistant General Counsel with the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency and Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia where he served as a dedicated and hard-working litigator and advisor with first chair experience in all phases of litigation from pretrial motions and discovery through hearing and/or settlement. Mark brings a proven track record of providing solid legal advice to senior management on a variety of complex corporate matters pertaining to mission critical programs and operations in his prior roles.

As an Associate, Mark primarily served as a nonprofit advisor at a law firm located in DC where they fought strenuously for clients who were and are committed to core progressive values such as equal rights and justice for all. He also advised federal, state, local candidates, campaigns, and state parties on state and federal campaign finance and election laws. He advised for-profit and nonprofit organizations on formation, corporate governance issue; and for the nonprofit entities, on securing and maintaining tax-exempt status as either a 501(c)(3) or a 501(c)(4). During this time, he also provided legal advice on a range of day-to-day personnel matters, including but not limited to employment agreements and policies, while providing counsel to clients on harassment, disciplinary actions, labor management relations, workplace investigations, wrongful terminations, and employment discrimination issues in various juridictions.

Mark has development and facilitated ethics training for employees of both private and government employers. During his time with the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) and Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) for the District of Columbia in their Office of General Counsel, Mark advised executive leadership, staff, and external stakeholders on ethics, federal employment laws and regulations, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation.

As a law student, Mark served as a law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, in its National Security Section and for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Honors Law Clerk program, in its Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance while attending the University of Baltimore School of Law. During law school, he also served as a law clerk for the University of Maryland’s Medical System in its Office of General Counsel where he focused on resolving procurement matters and resolving employment and labor issues.

A proud Maryland native, Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from the Morgan State University Honors Program with a B.S. in Psychology, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Mark currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Maryland Coalition of Families, which is a nonprofit organization that facilitates accessibility to mental health resources for Maryland residents.

Mark is a member of the bars of the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Ryan Dunn

Director, Operations

Hailing from Minnesota, Ryan brings diverse experience to the Grassroots Analytics team. With time spent working in Senator Klobuchar’s office, healthcare consulting, and on campaigns, he’s ready to put this experience to work helping improve fundraising capabilities for all progressive causes.

Destiny Guzmán

Deputy Technical Director

Before joining Grassroots, Destiny served as the Call Time Manager and Campaign Coordinator on Moe Brown’s Campaign for Congress. She specializes in formulating fundraising strategies for first-time candidates, curating fine-tuned donor universes, and has insight into successful fundraising approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is eager to merge her passions of campaign finance, research, advocacy, and data science to empower candidates and organizations who value people and communities first.

Meghna Shetty

Graphic Designer
Meghna is a multi-disciplinary creative with a fashion background, diving into the graphic design world to create unique outcomes with a fusion of these skillsets. As a fellow at the Career Equity and Access center at Suffolk, she actively supported efforts to engage students from underrepresented communities. Her passion for diversity and inclusion helped to increase campus outreach and she also led the development and implementation of programs that educates the Suffolk community about equity and inclusion topics in the context of the workplace and student development.
 
EDUCATION
M.A., Graphic Design, Suffolk University, Boston, MA.
BFA, Fashion Design & Technology, Pearl Academy, Mumbai, India.
 
WHAT EXCITES MEGHNA?

Pop culture and how it helps strengthen interactions with people and build connections
Photography
Animated Series
Binge watching The Office

Morgan Kull

Summer Data Analyst
Morgan comes to Grassroots Analytics as a Chicagoland area native excited to be a Summer Data Analyst. Currently getting her master's degree in public policy at University of Illinois at Chicago, Morgan will be putting her data skills to the test to help elect Democrats. Previously, she has worked on the legislative side of politics as an intern at the Alabama State House, in a district congressional office in Alabama, and on campaigns helping turn out voters in a variety of Illinois races (IL-06 Sean Casten, IL-14 Lauren Underwood, and a State House race).

EDUCATION
B.A., Political Science, Auburn University
M.A., Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago (Degree in progress)

WHAT EXCITES MORGAN?
First time female candidates and flipping Southern seats from red to blue
Cats, coffee, concerts
A new season of the Great British Bake Off

Destiny Guzmán

Deputy Technical Director

Before joining Grassroots, Destiny served as the Call Time Manager and Campaign Coordinator on Moe Brown’s Campaign for Congress. She specializes in formulating fundraising strategies for first-time candidates, curating fine-tuned donor universes, and has insight into successful fundraising approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is eager to merge her passions of campaign finance, research, advocacy, and data science to empower candidates and organizations who value people and communities first.

Joshua Lewis

Controller
Josh grew up in Rochester, New York, and moved to Syracuse to begin his professional career in accounting there. He worked in public audit for four years, and during this time, he obtained his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. Most recently, Josh was a Senior Staff Accountant for three hotels, working under Widewaters Hotels in Syracuse. He is a recent DC transplant and excited to be part of the progressive movement, which he believes is more important now than it ever has been before!
 
What excites Josh?
Travel, especially new places and experiences
Movies, Josh and his wife see 4-8 new movies a month
Games of all sorts.  Video, card, board... Josh enjoys them all!
 
Education  
B.S. in Accounting - SUNY Brockport
B.S. in Economics - Rochester Institute of Technology
 

Carla Darrow

Human Resources Manager

Carla is a native of Ecuador who has had an interest in politics from a young age due to her father’s political career. Having participated in elections and holding a job with the state government by the age of 20 she gained early experience in the field of politics.

Peola (PJ) Johnson

Office Manager

PJ joined the Grassroots team while studying Political Science at George Washington University. Hailing from Louisiana, he brings his experience working with Majority Leader Hoyer and Majority Whip Clyburn’s office to the team. His major policy areas are criminal justice reform and voting rights. He is excited about the work Grassroots Analytics does to elect more candidates who share his passion for change and progress.

Morgan Kull

Summer Data Analyst
Morgan comes to Grassroots Analytics as a Chicagoland area native excited to be a Summer Data Analyst. Currently getting her master's degree in public policy at University of Illinois at Chicago, Morgan will be putting her data skills to the test to help elect Democrats. Previously, she has worked on the legislative side of politics as an intern at the Alabama State House, in a district congressional office in Alabama, and on campaigns helping turn out voters in a variety of Illinois races (IL-06 Sean Casten, IL-14 Lauren Underwood, and a State House race).

EDUCATION
B.A., Political Science, Auburn University
M.A., Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago (Degree in progress)

WHAT EXCITES MORGAN?
First time female candidates and flipping Southern seats from red to blue
Cats, coffee, concerts
A new season of the Great British Bake Off

Joshua Lewis

Controller
Josh grew up in Rochester, New York, and moved to Syracuse to begin his professional career in accounting there. He worked in public audit for four years, and during this time, he obtained his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. Most recently, Josh was a Senior Staff Accountant for three hotels, working under Widewaters Hotels in Syracuse. He is a recent DC transplant and excited to be part of the progressive movement, which he believes is more important now than it ever has been before!
 
What excites Josh?
Travel, especially new places and experiences
Movies, Josh and his wife see 4-8 new movies a month
Games of all sorts.  Video, card, board... Josh enjoys them all!
 
Education  
B.S. in Accounting - SUNY Brockport
B.S. in Economics - Rochester Institute of Technology
 

Shefa Ahsan

Creative Director, GA Media

After receiving her BA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, Shefa knew she wanted to tell stories in a creative way. Passionate about progressive politics, she knew that one way to do this was to present campaign launch and hype videos in a new way. When she's not shooting the newest soon-to-go-viral campaign video, Shefa also freelances – fun fact, she took all of the photos you see on the GA website!

Shefa Ahsan

Creative Director, GA Media

After receiving her BA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, Shefa knew she wanted to tell stories in a creative way. Passionate about progressive politics, she knew that one way to do this was to present campaign launch and hype videos in a new way. When she's not shooting the newest soon-to-go-viral campaign video, Shefa also freelances – fun fact, she took all of the photos you see on the GA website!

Destiny Guzmán

Deputy Technical Director

Before joining Grassroots, Destiny served as the Call Time Manager and Campaign Coordinator on Moe Brown’s Campaign for Congress. She specializes in formulating fundraising strategies for first-time candidates, curating fine-tuned donor universes, and has insight into successful fundraising approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is eager to merge her passions of campaign finance, research, advocacy, and data science to empower candidates and organizations who value people and communities first.

Interns

Bilhissa Fadiga

Fall Data Analyst

Bilhissa Fadiga is a proud New Yorker and current undergraduate student at Syracuse University. Bilhissa's goal is to help serve underprivileged communities here in the United States and back in her native country of Guinea. Bilhissa is joining Grassroots to get an introduction to politics and support progressive campaigns.

Cora Ferguson

Fall Data Analyst

Cora Ferguson is embarking on her final semester at American University here in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Arkansas, coming to DC for college has helped her reshape and appreciate her Southern roots. Cora admires the progressive politicians that continue to fight the good fight in deep red districts. She has volunteered for Thrive DC, supporting individuals experiencing homelessness, and completed a research capstone on the causes and conditions of poverty in DC. Given the wealth and prosperity of the United States, Cora thinks it’s important that we rigorously pursue services and policies to address economic inequality. She just returned from a spring semester abroad in Costa Rica and is looking forward to being back in the District.

Philip Eigen

Fall Data Analyst

Philip is a sophomore at American University studying Political Science and Data Science for Political Science. He was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and is passionate about equitable education and restorative justice. He is looking forward to learning how resources like GA can increase access to elections and about the social impacts that follow, not to mention his ambition to hone his skills and learn new ones.
His experience includes work with the Tennessee Department of Education and multiple campaigns. In his free time he enjoys watching stock car racing and Seinfeld, and he is a dedicated player of the Washington Post crossword although he isn't very good at it.

Nadine Tabucol

Fall Data Analyst

Nadine is from Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA with a bachelors in Physics. In addition to her interest and experience in the field of space science, she has also developed an interest in social progress and equity in education through her volunteer work with Title I schools. She is excited to learn more about political campaigns and apply her quantitative background in support of progressive candidates and values.

Ariana Rojas-Camacho

Fall Data Analyst

Ariana Rojas was born and raised in Virginia. She recently graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice. She is eager to join GAC and learn more about progressive campaigns.

Catrina Wolfe

Summer Data Analyst

Catrina is a California native currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in classics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. While at school, she works as a research assistant for a sociology professor, collecting data on how sexual violence victims pursue justice through civil cases. Prior to joining Grassroots, she worked for multiple southern California congressional campaigns on both finance and field teams. She also interned in Julia Brownley’s district office. Catrina is passionate about electing more women to office, climate change, and drug reform.

Ariyana Ward

Summer Data Analyst

Ariyana is a native Virginia Beachian who has joined the Grassroots team after serving as an intern for four Democratic political campaigns from 2020-2022 – two being in Maryland, and two in Virginia. Ariyana is currently an undergraduate student at Frostburg State University located in Frostburg, Maryland, where she will graduate with a degree in Political Science and as a two-term Student Body President. Ariyana is also in her third year as President of the Frostburg NAACP Chapter and third year as the 2nd Vice President for the Virginia Beach City NAACP Chapter. Ariyana is passionate about advocating for change for marginalized groups, being a voice of change, and looks forward to helping Democrats win!

Catrina Wolfe

Summer Data Analyst

Catrina is a California native currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in classics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. While at school, she works as a research assistant for a sociology professor, collecting data on how sexual violence victims pursue justice through civil cases. Prior to joining Grassroots, she worked for multiple southern California congressional campaigns on both finance and field teams. She also interned in Julia Brownley’s district office. Catrina is passionate about electing more women to office, climate change, and drug reform.

Morgan Kull

Summer Data Analyst
Morgan comes to Grassroots Analytics as a Chicagoland area native excited to be a Summer Data Analyst. Currently getting her master's degree in public policy at University of Illinois at Chicago, Morgan will be putting her data skills to the test to help elect Democrats. Previously, she has worked on the legislative side of politics as an intern at the Alabama State House, in a district congressional office in Alabama, and on campaigns helping turn out voters in a variety of Illinois races (IL-06 Sean Casten, IL-14 Lauren Underwood, and a State House race).

EDUCATION
B.A., Political Science, Auburn University
M.A., Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago (Degree in progress)

WHAT EXCITES MORGAN?
First time female candidates and flipping Southern seats from red to blue
Cats, coffee, concerts
A new season of the Great British Bake Off

Owen Turnbull

Spring Data Analyst

Owen is a current undergraduate student at the University of Maryland. Studying both Political and Data Sciences, Owen hopes to integrate his knowledge of statistics and politics in order to assist progressive campaigns around the country. Prior to this internship, Owen worked for Maryland State Senator Ronald Young as a legislative aide. He has also worked extensively as an aid in the Maryland Senate.

WHAT EXCITES OWEN?
Seeing Progressive Victories
Drug Policy Reform
Music History
Travel

Josh Vera O'Steen

Spring Data Analyst

A proud Seattle native, Josh joins Grassroots Analytics with a strong background in statistics and previous internship experience in political consulting. He helped conduct research on legislative behavior at American University’s Center for Data Science and has done academic research on voter microtargeting. As someone who cares deeply about progressive causes, Josh is excited to be helping progressive campaigns win across the country.

Mort Ricky

Chief Education Officer

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