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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

(She/Her)

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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THE TIME

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LIBERATION

IS NOW

Alec Saslow

(He/Him)

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.

Alexandria Bratton

(She/Her)

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

(She/Her)

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

(She/Her)

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

(She/Her)

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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Amber Medina

(They/Them)

Voter Registration Data Manager

Amber Medina is the Voter Registration Data Manager with State Voices’ Issue & Electoral Organizing Department. Amber works with State Tables and their partners to support their voter registration programs.

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Amber Medina

Voter Registration Data Manager

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Amy Bradley

(She/Her)

National Data & Coaching Manager

Amy Bradley is the National Data & Coaching Manager with State Voices’ Data Department. In this role, Amy trains, coaches, and builds relationships with our Tools for All (TFA) partners.

Amy has worked 11+ years in the progressive space, working on issue- and electoral-based campaigns. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, boxing, and reading good sci-fi.

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Amy Bradley

National Data & Coaching Manager

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Amy Harper-Smith

(She/Her)

Senior Digital Technology 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 Digital Technology Manager

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Angela Tombazzi

(She/Her)

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

(He/Him)

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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Bex Pachl

(They/them)

Executive Assistant

Bex Pachl is the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director/Chief Strategy Officer at State Voices, Bill Shiebler.

Previously, Bex served as an Executive Assistant to the founding partners of HIT Strategies, and has worked for a breadth of other organizations, including the ACLU and EMILY’s List. Bex studied Sociology at Wellesley College and led a volunteer group there for two years dedicated to providing a safe, affirming afterschool program to young BIPOC students. Bex is passionate about reproductive justice, reading non-fiction, and their cat Ralph.

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Bex Pachl

Executive Assistant

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Bill Fetty

(He/Him)

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

(He/Him)

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

(He/Him)

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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Dalia Dichter

(She/Her)

Policy Manager

Dalia Dichter is the Policy Manager at State Voices. As Policy Manager, Dalia focuses mainly on supporting states with election disinformation prevention and legislative tracking.

Dalia attended Duke University where she received her B.A. in Public Policy in 2021 and her Masters of Public Policy in 2022. Her policy interests center around social and urban policy at the state/local levels and ensuring equal access to the ballot. In her spare time, you can find her listening nonstop to Taylor Swift, playing fetch with her cat, or learning how to roller skate!

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Dalia Dichter

Policy Manager

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Debra Gary

(She/Her)

Partner Success Associate

Debra Gary 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 Gary

Partner Success Associate

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Delight Dzansi

(She/Her)

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

(She/Her)

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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George Christie

(He/Him)

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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Ifeolu A.C. Claytor

(He/Him)

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

(He/Him)

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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Jim Northmore

(He/Him)

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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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

(She/Her)

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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Kahran Myers

(She/Her)

Deputy Director of Voter Registration

Kahran Myers serves as Deputy Director of Voter Registration for State Voices’ Issue & Electoral Organizing Department. Kahran works with State Tables and their partners to ensure high impact, high quality voter registration programs. Prior to joining State Voices, Kahran worked in faith-based community organizing and as a civil rights, first amendment, and defense attorney.

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Kahran Myers

Deputy Director of Voter Registration

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Kayla Samantha Rivera

(She/Her/Ella)

Deputy Director of State Capacity Building

Kayla Rivera is State Voices’ Deputy Director of State Capacity Building. She works alongside the State Capacity Department to support States in developing their organizational capacity, advancing our strategic vision, and engaging in the virtuous cycle of building political power beside BIPOC communities.

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Kayla Samantha Rivera

Deputy Director of State Capacity Building

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Kristin White

(She/Her)

Director of Development

Kristin White leads the State Voices’ Development Department and fundraising activities, builds deep partnerships and solicits generous investments, and supports the State Voices leadership team.
Kristin brings extensive political, campaign, membership, and non-profit fundraising experience and knows the incredible impact that strong financial support, coalitions, and partnerships make for a more equitable future. She has fundraised for national organizations including EMILY’s List, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the American Association of University Women (AAUW), The Fairness Project (TFP), and the Democratic Governors Association (DGA).

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Kristin White

Director of Development

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Lariena Matthews

(She/Her)

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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Lois Greer

(She/her)

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

(He/Him)

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

(She/Her)

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

(She/Her)

Deputy Director of Training

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 Training

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Mishara Davis

(She/Her)

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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Navjot Kaur

(She/Her)

State Capacity Building Manager

Navjot Kaur is the State Capacity Building Manager in State Voices’ State Capacity Building Department. Navjot helps provide wrap-around support for State Table affiliates to be strong and sustainable organizations.

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Navjot Kaur

State Capacity Building Manager

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Nick Harper

(He/Him)

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

(She/Her)

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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Porscha Stiger

(She/Her)

Data Analytics Manager

Porscha Stiger is the Data Analytics Manager in State Voices’ Data & Technology Department. In this role, Porscha identifies reporting needs, provides technical support for civic engagement tools, and manages the collection and analysis of civic engagement data.

Porscha has experience working with government, non-profits, and international organizations.

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Porscha Stiger

Data Analytics Manager

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Rafael Reyes

(He/Him)

Deputy Director of Data and Digital Coaching

Rafael Reyes is State Voices’ Deputy Director of Data and Digital Coaching in the Data & Technology Department. In this role, Rafael helps lead staff to teach allies how to use data to best use data to support their organization.

Growing up, he was always taught to try to help others and that math could take him anywhere. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of New Mexico before starting his career where he used math and data to support organizations fighting for social justice. Outside of work, he can be found fishing, traveling, and perfecting his hot wing recipes

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Rafael Reyes

Deputy Director of Data and Digital Coaching

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Reyhan Sinha

(He/Him)

Data Projects Manager

Reyhan Sinha is the Data Projects Manager with the Data Department.

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Reyhan Sinha

Data Projects Manager

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Silas Musick

(He/Him)

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

(She/Her)

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

(She/Her)

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

(She/Her)

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

(She/Her/Ella)

Senior Manager of Stretegic 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 Stretegic Partnerships

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Walter Castaneda

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Individual Giving Officer

Walter Castaneda serves as the Individual Giving Officer for State Voices. In this role, he oversees a portfolio of individual major donors, family contributions, and the annual fund (People Power Fund), building relationships with donor advisors, major donors, grassroots supporters, and program officers.

Walter brings over 5 years of fundraising experience across multiple methods from digital and online, to major gifts fundraising, and events. He previously served on the staff of the Ali Forney Center as well as the Los Angeles LGBT Center. In his free time, he volunteers as the Director of Fundraising for one of the National LGBTQ Task Force’s most significant events. When not at work, he can be found running, reading at a park, or traveling across the country to visit his family and friends.

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Walter Castaneda

Individual Giving Officer

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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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