Team

Amanda Litman, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director

Hillary Clinton’s email director. (The other emails.) Charlie Crist’s digital director when he ran for governor in 2014. One of the first employees at Organizing for Action as deputy email director. Email writer for Barack Obama’s re-elect. Northwestern University graduate. Bookworm. Book writer. Spends a lot of time talking as the host of the Run for Something podcast and Battleground. Feminist. Nationals fan. Dog owner.

Ross Morales Rocketto, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director

Progressive political operative with 15 years of experience in campaign management, grassroots organizing, and data/analytics. In 2016, was an advisor at For Our Future. Previously managed Wendy Carrillo for Congress in CA-34 and was Principal at STG. Got his start working for former HUD Secretary Julian Castro’s first campaign for Mayor of San Antonio.

Cassandra Gaddo, Chief Operating Officer

People and operations professional, helping to empower amazing teams from the inside. Former nonprofit executive, including executive director of Step Up Chicago. Even more former journalist. Alumna of Loyola University Chicago (BA in Journalism) and Northwestern University (Masters of Public Policy and Administration). Driven by the belief that you can’t be what you can’t see. Ask me about feminism, education, or Chicago.

Leslie Hauser, Senior Director of Community

Politically energized in 2016, maker of 57 pussyhats, volunteer onboard team leader for Ameya Pawar for Illinois Governor. From Houston, lived in Chicago for 25 years, newly transplanted to Bay Area. Double Northwestern grad (College/Law School). Wine drinker. Fiction lover. Married, parent of daughter obsessed with “Hamilton” and graphic novels, soon adding a puppy to the family.

Brandon Turner, Vice President, States

Seasoned political organizer with over a decade of campaign management experience. Former Head of Campaigns at Sister District Project. Served as Director of Candidate Development for a national advocacy group that helps teachers run for office. And proud Texas Alum (Hook ’em Horns). Brandon specializes in working with first time candidates, is passionate about access to education, and really dislikes vienna sausage.

Kandice Harris, Midwestern Pod Director

Experienced political organizer with a background in movement politics, legislative advocacy, fundraising, voter mobilization, and political consulting for progressive campaigns. Firm believer in the power of grassroots and community driven campaigns. Passionate about empowering diverse voter bases and promoting women of color in campaign leadership. College football and chicken wing enthusiast. Proud resident of Chicago’s South Side.

Andrea Johnson, Central Plains Pod Director

Progressive campaigner with two decades helping elect candidates from the statehouse to the White House. Alum of Moveon.org, Bill Bradley, Bill Richardson, Claire McCaskill, Maria Cantwell, and Jay Inslee + others. Now, back home in Kansas (Hillary Clinton’s KS state director), fighting to turn red corners of the state bluer. Lover of butterscotch baking chips, burnt ends, and buying second-hand scarves on eBay.

Manny Espitia, Northern Regional Director

Originally a So. Cal Native, Manny Espitia started working on campaigns in 2012 in New Mexico for President Obama’s reelection. Since then he’s worked on campaigns in LA, Chicago, and San Antonio until he found his home in Nashua, New Hampshire. Organizer for Hillary Clinton’s NH Primary campaign, congressional staffer, and NH State Director for Julián Castro. Ran for office himself and is now a State Representative. Princeton University Graduate. Always looking for the best Mexican food in the Northeast.

Paul Henry Kim Bradfield, Southern Regional Director

Passionate political organizer with experience all over the South in issue based advocacy, policy, voter activation, data analytics, and strategy. AAPI Organizer. Lifelong Southerner. Has worked on campaigns at every level: national, state, and local; including proudly on the 2018 Florida Gubernatorial. True believer that all politics is local and all politics is personal. Will try to convince you to join him knocking doors for municipal elections. Appreciator of Lowcountry Boils, a good hike, and cooking for friends. Always happy to take any dog on a walk.

Kate Resta, Vice President, Development

Experienced fundraiser devoted to getting the right money to the right cause. Formerly of Indivisible and the National Endowment for Democracy, with a stopover volunteering for Hillary for Georgia. University of Virginia grad, Maryland native. When not asking for support, Kate goes on long walks toward coffee shops with her husband, daughter, and dog. Ask her about her garden. 

Quentin Savwoir, Political Director

Quentin Savwoir hails from the Heart of America, Kansas City, Mo. The son of a labor leader and a school administrator, Quentin saw firsthand how families like his are often overlooked and relegated to the margins. His career has spanned the gamut from the private, public and non-profit sectors having got his political start with (former) U.S. Senator Claire McCaskillToday, Quentin lives in Las Vegas where he has become a fixture in the progressive movement landscape of the state – organizing around issues like housing justice, affordable childcare and access to the ballot. 

Marsha Gonzalez, Associate Director of Events

Watched The Wedding Planner in college and decided to pursue a career in event planning. Found a way to combine a love of planning with a passion for change and began organizing fundraisers. Formerly organized events for RAND Corporation and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, helping build programs and events for millennials. Can frequently be found doing cliché activities such as lounging in yoga pants at brunch wearing oversized sunglasses.

Tyler Goodridge, Senior Digital Communications Manager

Social justice advocate with a passion for digital activism. Formerly Planned Parenthood Action (PPFA) and the National Organization for Women (NOW). Graduate of Rutgers University (BA) and Georgetown University (MA). Current DC resident, but NYC native. Lifelong theater nerd. Womanist. Prone to long philosophical conversations about 90’s pop culture. Never ask me to participate in outdoor activities, the answer will always be no.

Ben Theodore, Alumni Director

Program manager and metaphorical cheerleader. Formerly worked on supporting, retaining, and recognizing outstanding public school teachers in NYC and DC. Even more formerly, taught high school algebra. Local campaign volunteer, organizer, and Democratic agitator. Haverford College and George Washington University graduate. TFA alum. Mets fan. Sentient cat pillow. Wanderer of Brooklyn neighborhoods, parks, and museums.

Emma Hollier, Senior Manager, People & Operations

Doer and thinker who sees to the heart of it all. All things systems (building and breaking). Formerly of Kripalu, the Harry Potter Alliance, and the Museum of the American Revolution. Graduate of Montclair. You can find her handing out kids’ books on Halloween from her Philadelphia stoop. Grave Gardener, tea drinker, reader of books, and beekeeper. Will make sure you eat lunch.


Whitney Murray Brown, National Communications Manager

Natural coalition builder, organizer, and comms strategist. Passionate about helping women and young people tell their stories to further their impact for good. Committed to building political power for Black and Brown women. Most recently the founding director of Faith in Public Life’s Women of Faith Campaign. Elizabeth Warren for President, Ruth’s List Florida & Florida Democratic Party alum. Policy nerd. Podcast enthusiast. Proud graduate of Florida A&M University and HBCU evangelist. Lover of books, dinner parties and cheering on the FAMU Rattlers with her husband and kid.


Flonja Hoxha, Movement Building & Organizing Associate

Graduate of DePaul University & organizing in the Chicago ‘burbs. Intern for Hillary for America and Daniel Biss. Canvasser for PPFA and ACLU. Over caffeinated & under rested. Storyteller, news junkie, and lifelong Illinoisan. Has absolutely no chill. Probably reading @commentsbycelebs.

Ilysia Shattuck, Development and Events Manager

Fundraiser, grassroots organizer and campaigner. Ran 2020 General and Georgia Special voter canvasses for PPFA, UFCW and more. Former: LCV State Director, Patagonia Grants Manager, Sierra Club Campaign Director, PIRG Campus Organizer. Floridian by way of California and Alaska. Married and raising two incredible kids to make good trouble. Will always say yes to a hike or karaoke party.


Holly Lim, Community Manager

Strategic activator of leadership, convener, and program designer with a knack for organizational development. Formerly a strategy consultant for progressive causes and candidates of color, field organizer, art curator, and ethnic studies teacher. At times, a bookoisseur. Other times, a snack party, outdoors, and ube enthusiast. UC Riverside & SF State alum. Bay Area resident, but will forever root for the LA Lakers. Ask me about pandas.