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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TEAM

Julia Murray

Director of 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

Kate Barton

Director of Campaign Strategy and Fundraising Strategist

Kate joined the Grassroots team after serving as Finance Director for John Blair for Congress in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Previously, she worked on Representative Katie Porter's inaugural 2018 congressional campaign and got her start in campaigns organizing with Hillary for America in 2016.

EDUCATION
B.A., Global Affairs, George Mason University

WHAT EXCITES KATE?
Good campaign ads
Local news
New A24 films

Joey Mamlin

Technical Director and Fundraising Strategist
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

Elvin Bruno

Fundraising Strategist

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

Diego Dew

Regional Sales Lead and Digital Services Analyst

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

Maria Diaz

Director of Data Partnerships and Regional Sales Lead

Maria (she/her/ella) is a Florida native who is passionate about helping to build progressive power from the ground up. Maria joined the Grassroots team after working on the Independent Expenditure side in Florida, advising and helping to fund over 60 electoral campaigns. Previously, she worked at a health policy think tank, analyzing state data and laws related to Medicaid and the ACA Marketplaces. Maria is also an HFA alum.

EDUCATION
B.A., Public Health Studies, Johns Hopkins University

WHAT EXCITES MARIA?
Cheap flights
Mentoring programs
Michelin Guide's DC Bib Gourmand List

Destiny Guzmán

Deputy Technical Director and Data Analyst
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.

EDUCATION
B.A., Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

WHAT EXCITES DESTINY?
BIPOC and first-time candidates
The intersection of media, fundraising, and strategy
Streaming Arrested Development whenever possible
 

Sadie Newcombe

Fundraising Strategist

Prior to joining GAC, Sadie served as the Call Time Manager for Tedra Cobb for Congress, where the campaign raised more than $1 million in just three days. As a proud Northern New Yorker, Sadie also worked on Tedra's 2018 finance team. She is excited to bring her experience in the call time room to help Democrats win up and down the ballot.

EDUCATION
B.A., Political Science, Niagara University

WHAT EXCITES SADIE?
Women's soccer
Statistical significance
Electing progressive women

Richard Elliott

Political Analyst

Richard joined the Grassroots team as a political analyst while attending Johns Hopkins University. He’s excited to bring campaign experience on local and federal campaigns from Maryland to the team. Grassroots Analytics has empowered progressive campaigns that have traditionally had difficulty fundraising to increase their abilities considerably and is visibly changing politics day by day.

EDUCATION
B.A., American Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
M.A., Political Science, Johns Hopkins University

WHAT EXCITES RICHARD?
Progressive candidates for office with new ideas
Trips to the beach
Reading

Meghan McAnespie

Digital Director

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

Bri Harris

Fundraising Strategist

As an Atlanta native, Bri joined Grassroots Analytics after serving as the Deputy National Finance Director for Amy McGrath. Previously, Bri has worked on statewide and federal campaigns as a fundraiser in Georgia; including Stacey Abrams for Governor. She is excited to bring her experience in fundraising to help campaigns in the south establish a thriving fundraising program.

 

EDUCATION
B.A. Public Relations, Clark Atlanta University

 

WHAT EXCITES BRI?
Her dog, Rocco 
Creating and executing call time programs 
Beyonce concerts

Claire Cilien

Summer Data Analyst

Prior to joining going Grassroots Analytics, Claire served as a call volunteer for Progressive Democrats of America and a women's empowerment advocate for Project New Yorker. After working as a member of The University of Tampa's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Core Task Force, Claire is looking forward to advancing democratic interests, collaborating with campaigns, brainstorming innovative ideas, and bringing her data analyzing experience to the next level.

EDUCATION
B.A., Political Science, University of Tampa

WHAT EXCITES CLAIRE?
Great Food
Spoken Word
Museums
R&B and Soul music
Progressive Causes

Yenifer Rodriguez

Summer Data Analyst

Yenifer is a Florida native who is passionate about progressive, female candidates in office. Her interest in political fundraising sparked when she joined the Florida Democratic Party's Finance department as an intern in 2020. At the FDP, she analyzed logistics to promote finance initiatives and developed fundraising campaigns. She then joined Senator Karen Carter Peterson's campaign to represent Lousiana's 2nd Congressional District as a campaign assistant for the field and finance team. Yenifer is eager to learn new groundbreaking fundraising strategies from GAC to help make Democratic dreams come true.

EDUCATION
B.S., Political Science, Minor in Sociology, Florida State University
Pursuing MPA, Masters of Public Administration, Florida State University

WHAT EXCITES YENIFER?
Big foodie
Binge-watching shows
Outdoors

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

Serhat Calikoglu

Summer Data Analyst

Serhat is a sophomore studying Political Science and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Serhat is a first generation Turkish-American born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Serhat hopes to use his experience at Grassroots Analytics this summer to help young progressives win local and federal elections. Prior to joining Grassroots, Serhat worked at Student Opportunity Center, helping students from across the country find internship opportunities and scholarships.

EDUCATION
BA.,Political Science, BA., Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Class of 2023)

WHAT EXCITES SERHAT?
North Carolina Sports
Soccer
Concerts

Steven Sayles

Summer Data Analyst

Steven is from Central New York and as is a rising junior at the University of Notre Dame where he works for Fighting Irish Media.

 

EDUCATION
B.A., Economics; minor in Italian and History, University of Notre Dame 

 

WHAT EXCITES STEVEN?
American History
Science Fiction and Action Movies
Notre Dame Sports
 
 

Trisa Chakraborty

Summer Data Analyst
Prior to Grassroots, Trisa served in many roles on local, state, and national campaigns in
Indiana/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

Matt Fisch

Summer Data Analyst

Matt is a New York native who got his start on campaigns as a Fellow for Mondaire Jones’ campaign for Congress in his home district. He also worked as a Field Organizer for the Michigan Democratic Party during the 2020 cycle. He’s excited to join the Grassroots team to help elect progressive candidates.

EDUCATION
B.A., History, Pomona College (Class of 2023)

WHAT EXCITES MATT?
Reality TV
Ice Cream
Talking to undecided voters

Michelle Galdamez

Summer Data Analyst

Before joining Grassroots intern class, Michelle served as congressional intern for Congresswoman Veronica Escobar. Michelle was born and raised in El Salvador, this little tropical country in Central America, but relocated to Texas since 2013 when she decided to pursue a higher education. She finds a passion for team leadership, women empowerment, non-profits focused on social justice and equality, Latinos and other minorities efforts in order to close gaps pertaining to these groups. She is excited by GAC’s work and potential to flip more seats at all levels, but also to dive in the fundraising world to help campaigns.

 

EDUCATION
B.S., Health Sciences, West Texas A&M University
Master’s in public health, Texas Tech Health Science Center
Master’s in Public Administration, Texas Tech University


WHAT EXCITES MICHELLE?
Discovering coffee shops
Gym
Road trips
Electing progressive Latina women
 

Beverly Popoola

Summer Data Analyst
As a proud Texan, Beverly joins the Grassroots Analytics team as a data analyst intern for Summer 2021. She is an advocate of bipartisan politics and maintains an interest in public policy and social justice reform issues. She is excited to bring her campaign experience on local and federal Texas elections to the team. Beverly has found a keen interest in communications work at various firms that have taught her everything she knows about messaging and engaging your target audience, and now she wants to use that knowledge to advocate and increase the visibility of BIPOC candidates and campaigns who historically have been underrepresented in politics. Beverly is eager to join Grassroots Analytics and merge her passions for communications, data, research and advocacy in both challenging and rewarding ways.

 EDUCATION 
B.S., Political Science, Texas A&M University 
 
WHAT EXCITES BEVERLY?
Dry Humor
Intersection of data, communication and policy
Electing changemakers and BIPOC candidates

Robin Miller

Summer Data Analyst

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!

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