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Our Team

Our democracy must represent the interests of all of us. There must be civic leaders of all backgrounds, from all walks of life, to truly have a political system that works for the greater good.

At State Voices, we are committed to promoting equity, particularly racial equity and gender equity. We strive to practice this commitment in all our work—from our offices to the field, from our programs to our theory of change.

We believe that centering the leadership, experiences, voice, and votes of Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color (BIPOC), women, low-income and young people is the path to power and a thriving democracy.

Aji Bakare

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Development Manager

Aji Bakare is the Development Manager in State Voices’ Development Department. In her role, Aji oversees a fundraising portfolio of mid-level major donors and prospective major donors, corporate sponsors, and foundation supporters.

Aji is a nonprofit fundraiser and grant writer, and has helped grassroots organizations increase funds from public sources and private philanthropy. When not working, Aji can be found traveling, cooking, baking, and spending time with loved ones.

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Aji Bakare

Development Manager

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Alec Saslow

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Deputy Director of Communications

Alec Saslow is the Deputy Director of Communications at State Voices. Alec helps to lead and oversee strategic communications and media relations at State Voices and support communications planning among State Tables.

Alec comes to State Voices with more than a decade of experience managing communications activities for a variety of advocacy organizations and nonprofits focused on government accountability, economic inequality, immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, and environmental protection.

Alec worked in Washington, D.C., and California before moving back to his home-state of Colorado, where he frequently explores hiking trails and parks.

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Alec Saslow

Deputy Director of Communications

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We are pro-TLGBQIA+, pro-BIPOC, pro-immigrant justice and pro-disability justice. We center the needs of currently and formerly incarcerated people, low income, underemployed, and working-class people across the country in cities, suburbs, and rural communities.

We believe that a healthy democracy is one in which everyone is engaged, represented, listened to, and supported regardless of race, gender, immigration status, sexuality, ability, religion, or class. We are committed to challenging ourselves—and the institutions around us—to ensure no one is left behind in our fight for a better world.

Aleks Buckley

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Digital Technology Manager

In this role, Aleks collaborates closely with state data staff within the State Voices network to effectively deploy and provide support for the Digital Tools Suite. Aleks is a first-generation immigrant with a strong background in digital organizing and a genuine passion for emerging technologies. Outside of work, Aleks enjoys spending hours assembling Legos, creating whimsical art through coloring, and embarking on a hunt for new additions to complement her extensive fandom memorabilia.

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Aleks Buckley

Digital Technology Manager

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Alexandria Bratton

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Senior Policy Manager

Alexandria Bratton is the Senior Policy Manager at State Voices. In this role, Alex works with our affiliates and national partners on policy priorities, Election Protection, and connecting research and resources back to our states.

Prior to joining the State Voices’ team, Alex spent 5+ years in k-12 education before making a shift and dedicating the last 6+ years to community organizing, local campaigns, and scaling up and leading the statewide nonpartisan Election Protection program in the state she resides.

When not at work, she can be found working on her next home DIY project, woodworking, hiking, trying out the hottest new restaurants, and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Alexandria Bratton

Senior Policy Manager

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Alexis Anderson-Reed

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Chief Executive Officer

Alexis Anderson-Reed is the Chief Executive Officer of State Voices.

Alexis has been an activist since she was a college student. Driven by the disparities in educational opportunity she encountered growing up in Wisconsin, she co-founded Youth Reclaiming Our Communities (Youth ROC), mobilizing students across the state to press for education finance reform. Since then, she hasn’t stopped working toward a vision of a more inclusive and more equitable society. She has dedicated her career to community organizing, coalition building, public policy, and strategic planning, exemplified by her work on issues of racial and gender equity and the politics of power and privilege.

Prior to her tenure as State Voices’ Chief Executive Officer, Alexis served as the deputy director of the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, a philanthropic affinity group dedicated to enhancing democratic participation in all aspects of civic life. Before joining FCCP in 2016, Alexis served as the senior director of programs for State Voices, leading efforts to support and expand the work of our national network of state tables in promoting civic engagement, civic access, and civic representation. She came to the national office of State Voices after serving for three and a half years as executive director of Wisconsin Voices, where she worked to expand and defend voting rights in the state.

Alexis graduated with honors from Alverno College with a degree in History and Political Science, and completed coursework for a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Alexis serves on the boards of the Alliance for Youth Organizing, State Innovation Exchange, and the Analyst Institute. When not at work, she can be found trying out new recipes for family and friends and traveling with her husband, Derek.

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Alexis Anderson-Reed

Chief Executive Officer

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Alissa Haslam

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Special Projects Director

Alissa is the Special Projects Director with State Voices. In this role, Alissa is responsible for advancing key strategic initiatives that advances State Voices’ mission and vision at the direction of the Chief Executive Officer.

Alissa is an organizer at heart and served as the former State Director of Win|Win, the WA affiliate. Prior to that, she has experience working with the state’s donor table. Her early career started with LGBTQ and reproductive rights advocacy. When not at work, you can find Alissa in the garden, traveling, and loving on her dog.

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Alissa Haslam

Special Projects Director

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Allison Young

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Digital Communications Manager

Allison Young is the Digital Communications Manager with State Voices’ Communications Department. In this role, they oversee digital strategy of digital platforms like our website, email, and integrating digital organizing tools.

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Allison Young

Digital Communications Manager

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Alyssa Montchal

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Senior Grants Manager

Alyssa Montchal serves as the Senior Manager of Grants at State Voices. In this role, she shines a light on our amazing work through grant writing, reporting, and project management. Alyssa brings over a decade of extensive knowledge of nonprofit management, volunteer development, and grantmaking. When not at work she can be found reading a book under a tree or by a pool.

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Alyssa Montchal

Senior Grants Manager

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Amy Harper-Smith

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Senior Data and Technology Training Manager

Amy Harper-Smith is the Senior Digital Technology Manager with State Voices’ Data & Technology Department. In this role, Amy trains and supports the states with implementation of the State Voices Digital Organizing Tools Suite.

Amy has over a decade of experience working with data in the civic engagement space. When not working, she can be found exploring and learning about new tech tools.

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Amy Harper-Smith

Senior Data and Technology Training Manager

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Ananya Panda

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Senior Data Support Manager

As the Senior Data Support Manager, Ananya provides consultation and advice to state table staff on the most effective use of data to help accomplish their organizational and programmatic goals. Ananya has over a decade of experience working with nonprofits, campaigns, and political data and technology organizations to make civic engagement more accessible and equitable. In her free time, Ananya can be found at a new restaurant or the nearest concert.

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Ananya Panda

Senior Data Support Manager

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Angela Tombazzi

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Director of Data and Technology

Angela M. Tombazzi is the first woman to serve as Director of Data & Technology at State Voices. Her team is responsible for the hiring, onboarding, training, and development of more than 30 state data staff who work at State Tables and serve the data needs of hundreds of Table partners.

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Angela Tombazzi

Director of Data and Technology

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Arturo Gonzales

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Deputy Director of Voter Registration Data

Arturo Gonzales is State Voices’ Deputy Director of Voter Registration Data in the Issue & Electoral Organizing Department. In his role, Arturo ensures State Voices elevates data and technology best practices in voter registration across our affiliate network and supports specific states in meeting their voter registration programmatic goals.

Arturo has supported voter registration campaigns at every level from serving as a Voter Registration Canvasser in 2015, Field Manager in 2016, Quality Control Coordinator in 2017, and Data Manager for both the Nevada state affiliate and then State Voices national voter registration campaign before managing the program as Deputy Director.

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Arturo Gonzales

Deputy Director of Voter Registration Data

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Bill Fetty

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Senior Data Support Manager

Bill Fetty is the Senior Data Support Manager with State Voices’s Data & Technology Department. As Senior Data Support Manager, Bill supports all State Tables with VAN onboarding, training, and general resources for each state.
Bill has over 20 years of experience in our field of work ranging from organizer to nonprofit management and, now, data work for our national network of partner organizations. His career has varied, from grassroots organizing in fights against institutional racism and union-busting to studying the data and analytics behind the ways in which people search for and consume information, to applying those lessons on campaigns in several states, most recently in Florida.

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Bill Fetty

Senior Data Support Manager

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Bill Shiebler

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Deputy Executive Director/ Chief Strategy Officer

As the Chief Strategy Officer, Bill Shiebler assists in developing strategic plans and programs, building new partnerships to grow and sustain the organization, coordinating strategic initiatives that expand the influence and impact of State Voices and its affiliated network of state tables. As a strategic partner and member of the Executive Team, he will oversee and support the following teams: Data & Technology, Issue and Electoral Organizing, Strategic Partnerships, Policy, Communications, and State Capacity Building.

Bill has more than 15 years of experience building coalitions, union organizing, community organizing, public affairs and campaign management. He has dedicated his career helping numerous organizations develop strategy and build capacity to win victories that improve the lives of working people. Prior to joining the State Voices’ team, he spent seven years working at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) where he co-created and led a nationwide community engagement strategy. With a focus on racial, economic and education justice, he successfully forged new community-labor partnerships, city and statewide coalitions that mobilized communities to win improvements in their schools and neighborhoods. Prior to AFT, Bill worked for 1199 SEIU, the Workers Lab, Wellstone Action & United States Student Association.

When not at work, Bill loves to travel to new places, listen to live music, and hang out with friends

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Bill Shiebler

Deputy Executive Director/ Chief Strategy Officer

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Brandon Jessup

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Deputy Director of Data Analytics and Movement Technology

Brandon A. Jessup is the Deputy Director of Data Analytics and Movement Technology. In this role, Brandon directs the data collection and experimentation, data analysis, and development of innovative, self-sustaining movement technologies for the State Voices network.

Brandon brings over 15 years of experience developing intelligence systems for civic engagement, his knowledge of field operations and data collection has powered state and national progressive campaigns to protect and expand democracy. When not at work, Brandon enjoys American automobiles and gardening.

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Brandon Jessup

Deputy Director of Data Analytics and Movement Technology

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Debra Dukes

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Partner Success Associate

Debra Dukes is the Partner Success Associate with State Voices. In this role, Debra assists states with no table with Tools for All, enabling partners to access the Voter Action Network for non-partisan work in their area of interest.

Debra has over 15 years experience in community-based work. She’s worked in civic engagement for about 5 years and as a community service/advocacy work for over 10 years. Outside of work, Debra loves traveling with her family.

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Debra Dukes

Partner Success Associate

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Delight Dzansi

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Operations Associate

Delight Dzansi is the Operations/Talent Associate in State Voices’ Operations & Talent Department. Delight brings her experience in Operations and HR to the State Voice team.

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Delight Dzansi

Operations Associate

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Elena Langworthy

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Deputy Director of Policy

Elena Langworthy is the Deputy Director of Policy at State Voices. In this role, Elena leads work around civic representation and programmatic support for the national Election Protection coalition.

Elena comes to State Voices from the Virginia Civic Engagement Table where she ran advocacy organizing and civic engagement programs. When not at work, she can be found on the local trails with her family.

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Elena Langworthy

Deputy Director of Policy

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Elizabeth Grossman

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Deputy Director of Policy

In this role, Elizabeth works alongside the state tables to develop strategic policy goals that center racial equity and democratic access and engagement. Elizabeth has a decade of experience advancing social justice as a lawyer and policy expert. Elizabeth is passionate about inclusive policy-making that centers communities, an approach she has taken with federal and state political campaigns, community development financial institutions, political organizations, and voting rights nonprofits.

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Elizabeth Grossman

Deputy Director of Policy

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Gabrielle Velasco

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Senior Policy Manager

Gabrielle works with our affiliates and national partners in this role on policy priorities, Election Protection, and connecting research and resources back to our states. Before joining State Voices, Gabrielle spent some time in the immigration space, advocating for immigration reform and working with those going through the naturalization process before shifting into civic engagement work, where she helped coordinate Election Protection programming on a national level. When not at work, she can be found exploring a bookstore or watching her favorite sports teams.

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Gabrielle Velasco

Senior Policy Manager

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George Christie

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Director of Strategic Partnerships

George Christie is State Voices’ Director of Strategic Partnerships. In this role, he supports emerging state civic engagement tables and manages the State Voices Tools For All (TFA) program, helping to improve the function and efficiency of national and state organizations’ nonpartisan public education, electoral and advocacy programs.

George has managed a State Table, served as a state data manager, was executive director of a progressive political action committee. He entered into this work as a door-to-door canvasser, and is a ‘jack of all trades.’

When not at work, you can find George walking dogs, tending to the gardens, and taking absurdly long bicycle rides.

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George Christie

Director of Strategic Partnerships

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Giuliana Lucca

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Voter Registration Data Manager

As the Voter Registration Data Manager, Giuliana supports state tables by providing data support and best practices to their Voter Registrations campaigns. Prior to joining State Voices, Giuliana worked as a Deputy Canvass Director and ran multiple campaigns in the state of Florida. Outside of work, she enjoys thrifting for fun finds and reading.

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Giuliana Lucca

Voter Registration Data Manager

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Ifeolu A.C. Claytor

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Deputy Director of Issue & Electoral Organizing

Ifeolu A.C. Claytor (pronounced E-Fay-Oh-Loo) is the Deputy Director of Issue & Electoral Organizing. In this role, he focuses on supporting State Table Get Out the Vote (GOTV) programs and supporting coordination across states.

Ifeolu has experience in candidate campaign experience from City Council to Presidential, issue campaign experience, and experience with non-profits and policy. When not at work, he can be found listening to music, hanging out with friends, and going for walks in the park.

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Ifeolu A.C. Claytor

Deputy Director of Issue & Electoral Organizing

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J. Petersen

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Development Associate

J. Petersen is the Development Associate with State Voices’ Development Department. In this role, J. provides a base of support for all Development Department activity and ensures comprehensive and accurate tracking.

J. comes to State Voices from his most recent position as Supporter Engagement Manager with the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table, where he began his nonprofit career as an intern before building out their individual giving program. When he is not at work, you’ll probably find J. fine-tuning his crème brûlée recipe or finding yet another new hobby.

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J. Petersen

Development Associate

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Jasmine Jones

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Deputy Director of State Capacity Building

Jasmine Jones is the Deputy Director of State Capacity Building at State Voices. Jasmine is a political operative with over a decade of experience in organizing, political fundraising, campaigning, and project management. Jasmine has worked on numerous campaigns at the local, state and federal levels. Jasmine is a motivated leader and trainer with expertise in the development of political and civic endeavors, including voting education, civic training, and storytelling. 

In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys shopping, swimming, biking, and hosting theme parties & gatherings.

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Jasmine Jones

Deputy Director of State Capacity Building

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Jim Northmore

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Text Services Manager

Jim Northmore is the Text Services Manager with State Voices’ Data & Technology Department. In this role, Jim administers and manages the State Voices Dispatch texting application for the network.

Jim previously served as the Data Manager in New Mexico, and since 2016 worked for and managed campaigns for Progressive, Labor, and Labour (UK) candidates. When not working, he can be found back in front of his computer gaming, or traveling the world with his fiancé.

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Jim Northmore

Text Services Manager

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John Wingert

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Individual Giving Officer

As the Individual Giving Officer with State Voices, John works to find meaningful opportunities for partners of State Voices to invest in impactful work expanding our democracy and creating equitable representation. Before joining State Voices, John worked in nonprofit development for the Kansas City Public Library and, before that, MOVE Texas, a grassroots nonprofit empowering young voters. In addition to other professional experiences, John is a Drake University graduate and serves in several volunteer leadership roles.

Outside of work, John is frequently baking, attempting to grow some plants, or playing tabletop games with his friends.

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John Wingert

Individual Giving Officer

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Jordan DeLoach

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Director of Communications

Jordan Deloach is State Voices’ Director of Communications. in this role, Jordan is responsible for designing and executing a communications strategy for State Voices, and coordinates across State Tables to transform our network from incredible soloists to a powerful symphony.

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Jordan DeLoach

Director of Communications

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June Angole

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Foundation Giving Officer

June Angole is the Foundation Giving Officer with State Voices’ Development Department. In this role, June engages with foundations to establish and maintain strong, long-term relationships that meet common interests. June brings a wealth of fundraising experience and is committed to building partnerships that sustain the important work of mission-focused organizations.

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June Angole

Foundation Giving Officer

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Kenneth Thompson

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Data and Reporting Manager

In this role, Kenneth provides training and support in the use of the data and technology State Voices provides, including the State Voices Voter Activation Network (VAN), for our partner organizations in the 25 states without affiliated tables. Prior to joining State Voices, Kenneth worked with non-profits across Georgia to increase civic engagement and empower voters using data-informed approaches.

When not at work, he can be found gardening or watching competitive baking shows.

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Kenneth Thompson

Data and Reporting Manager

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Lariena Matthews

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Chief Operating Officer

Lariena D. Matthews is State Voices’ Chief Operating Officer. Lariena is responsible for the oversight of operational, administrative, information technology, finance, and physical infrastructure.

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Lariena Matthews

Chief Operating Officer

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Liz Hayes

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State Capacity Building Associate

Liz Hayes is the State Capacity Building Associate. In this role, Liz supports and manages projects to strengthen State Voices’ network of state tables. Liz has a background in public education, electoral organizing, and voter protection. In their free time, Liz can be found sailing on Lake Michigan or playing music with friends and family.

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Liz Hayes

State Capacity Building Associate

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Lois Greer

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Executive Assistant

Lois Greer (she/her) serves as State Voice’s Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Alexis Anderson-Reed.

Lois has several years of experience in office administration and operations across the non-profit sector. Previously, she served as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director of Funder’s Committee for Civic Participation, a philanthropy organization that works to bring awareness to sociopolitical inequities and the systemic disenfranchisement of underrepresented communities. Prior to that engagement, Lois was the Executive Assistant to President and CEO of Common Cause; and served as Co-chair of the Racial Equity Advisory Board, and the Human Resources and Communications subcommittees.

Lois graduated from Trinity Washington University with her Master of Arts degree in Communications. In her down time, Lois advocates to end homelessnessness and work to provide resources on mental health support for adolescents.

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Lois Greer

Executive Assistant

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Luis Aguilar

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Voter Registration Manager

Luis Aguilar is a Voter Registration Manager with State Voices’ Issue & Electoral Organizing Department. In this role, he provides support to State Table voter registration campaigns. Before State Voices, Luis worked as a canvasser for a non-profit doing voter registration at concerts. When not at work, Luis can be found at a concert!

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Luis Aguilar

Voter Registration Manager

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Marissa Liebling

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Director of Policy

Marissa Liebling serves as State Voices’ Director of Policy. In this role, Marissa provides national coalition leadership, strategic planning, and general guidance to help the Policy Department support state work on campaigns and programs. These programs include voting rights, redistricting, other democracy issues, and more.

She has worked on democracy, racial equity, and civil rights issues for over a decade with experience in advocacy campaigns, policy implementation, litigation, and election protection and civic engagement programs. Marissa is a lawyer who loves getting to work with organizers and data folks. When not at work, you can find Marissa traveling and creating over-the-top holiday celebrations for her family.

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Marissa Liebling

Director of Policy

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Michaela Brown

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Deputy Director of State Capacity Building

Michaela Brown is the Deputy Director of Training in State Voices’ State Capacity Building Department. In this role, she reviews and assesses State Voices’ training resources and curriculum for the network, ensuring our training and facilitation is strategic, beneficial, and constantly improving.

The Deputy Director of Training is just one of many conductors on the train moving towards strengthening our network. Michaela has 15 years of experience in community organizing based in the Black radical tradition. When not at work, she can be found traveling the globe experiencing and sharing her Caribbean culture.

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Michaela Brown

Deputy Director of State Capacity Building

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Mishara Davis

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Director of Issue & Electoral Organizing

Mishara Davis is the Director of Issue & Electoral Organizing at State Voices. In this role, Mishara leads the Issue & Electoral Organizing Department which houses voter registration, voter education, Get-Out-The-Vote, and issue advocacy campaigns for the State Voices network. In her free time, she enjoys hiking Stone Mountain, trying new restaurants, and singing in the car when no one is around!

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Mishara Davis

Director of Issue & Electoral Organizing

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Nick Harper

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Senior Policy Attorney

Nick Harper is the Senior Policy Attorney in State Voices’ Policy Department. In this role, Nick advises State Tables on policy issues, especially for voting and elections.

Before joining State Voices, Nick spent five years at a statewide democracy organization in Minnesota working on voter access and democracy advocacy. Outside of work, he spends time with his dog and likes trying cheeses he’s never had before.

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Nick Harper

Senior Policy Attorney

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Patricia Pinchinat

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Chief Talent Officer

Patricia “Trish” Pinchinat serves as the Chief Talent Officer at State Voices. With her passion for justice and equity, she will develop strategies for hiring, developing diverse talent, ensuring equity, and fostering an inclusive work environment.

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Patricia Pinchinat

Chief Talent Officer

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Silas Musick

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Deputy Director of Issue & Electoral Organizing

Silas Musick is the Deputy Director of Issue & Electoral Organizing at State Voices. In this role, he focuses on coordinating, supporting, and implementing integrated civic engagement practices in issue organizing programs and campaigns.

Silas has roots in local and state organizing and approaches his work with an androgynous leadership style. He and his family are the playful guardians of a small farm filled with emotional support critters.

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Silas Musick

Deputy Director of Issue & Electoral Organizing

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Sophia Avouris

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Voter Registration Data Manager

Sophia Avouris is the Voter Registration Data Manager with State Voices. In this role, Sophia is focused on supporting our table partners in their efforts to run effective and efficient voter registration programs.

Prior to her work at State Voices, Sophia has more than 10 years of professional and volunteer experience in progressive politics, with a background in field and data. In her free time, Sophia adds to her ever-growing to-be-read pile, finding concert tickets, and experimenting with new recipes.

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Sophia Avouris

Voter Registration Data Manager

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Sytonia Reid

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Communications Associate

Sytonia Reid serves as the Communications Associate in State Voices’ Communications Department. In this role, she owns content development and editorial processes across social media, blog, and email campaigns.

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Sytonia Reid

Communications Associate

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Tierra Ragland

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Co-Director of State Capacity Building

Tierra Ragland is the Co-Director of State Capacity Building at State Voices. In this role, Tierra supports our affiliate network by designing and managing core-capacity support programming that includes peer-to-peer learning, network training, capacity grants, coaching, consultation support, and more.

Tierra is a political and legal strategist with 10+ years of organizing experience, and is an experienced facilitator with a strong background in training and curriculum development.

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Tierra Ragland

Co-Director of State Capacity Building

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Valeria Cerda

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Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships

Valeria Cerda is the Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships with State Voices. In this role, Valeria works to support 26 at-large states through data and tech support, one-on-one coaching, and recruitment of new grassroots, BIPOC-led organizations.

Before working at State Voices, Valeria has grassroots organized neighborhood, immigration, and union campaigns in Wisconsin. When not at work, she tries her best to read at least 5 books at the same time.

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Valeria Cerda

Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships

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Zack Burgin

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Co-Director of State Capacity Building

Zack Burgin is the Co-Director of State Capacity Building at State Voices. In this role, Zack supports our affiliate network by designing and managing core-capacity support programming that includes peer-to-peer learning, network training, capacity grants, coaching, consultation support, and more.

Zack has more than 15 years of experience in campaigns including 5 years as the founding Executive Director of one of our affiliates, the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table.

When not at work, Zack can be found chasing his children around dressed as a dinosaur and/or rating and reviewing breakfast sandwiches.

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Zack Burgin

Co-Director of State Capacity Building

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