Jamaa Bickley-King is the committee chair for the Change the Game training and has over 20 years of political experience in the progressive and Democratic party space. He has had critical roles in implementing innovative data-centric programs to engage people of color, especially Black people. He has implemented custom VAN set ups for the NAACP, The Prime Minister of Trinidad Tobago and successfully deployed the first 50 state VAN and Voter file system for a national non-proft in the US. He was the critical tech architect for the NAACP’s 2012 voter registration program where they registered over 600,000 people nationally. He is also, the Chairman of the Board, President, and co-founder of New Virginia Majority, which completed a successful Black, Latino, and youth-targeted voter registration drive in Virginia, that registered 150,000 people in 2016.
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Maram Abdelhamid is the Founder and Director of Liberty and Access for All. She is a Political and Nonprofit Consultant, specializing in strategic program development, government advocacy, campaigns and elections with clients like U.S Department of State, National Democratic Institute (NDI) Liberty Coalition, and Brian Moran for Governor and Creigh Deeds for Governor Campaigns. Ms. Abdelhamid has over 10 years of experience in political organizing government relations and advocacy. Abdelhamid began her career as a Legislative Assistant to Colorado State Rep Renee Sanchez. She then worked as the National Field Organizer for 21st Century Democrats, Deputy Campaign Manager for Representative Jim Moran of Virginia and served as the National Field and Political Director for Arab American Institute. Maram Abdelhamid has earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver in Political Science and Economics.
Vice President for MomsRising.org, Monifa Bandele has more than 15 years of experience in policy analysis, communications, civic engagement organizing, and project management working with groups like the Brennan Center for Justice, Peoples Hurricane Relief Fund, and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. At MomsRising.org she manages the Healthy Kids and Maternal Justice campaigns, helping to increase children’s access to healthy food, dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, end mass incarceration, and making sure that every mother has justice. During her tenure at the Brennan Center as national field director for the Right to Vote Campaign, the coalition successfully change laws in five state expanding the franchise to more that 250,000 formerly incarcerated people. Finally, Monifa sits on the steering committee for Communities United for Police Reform and is an activist with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Jennifer Cervella is the Data and Targeting Director at AFSCME International. Previously, she worked in data for the Texas Democratic Party. Jenn is a vital part of the data practitioner community, developing and maintaining a variety of data communications groups.
Dheeraj Chand was born in Queens, New York, and grew up traveling all over Asia because of his father’s job. It was traveling all over the world like this that made him start to question the relationships between boundaries, physical geography, culture and ethnic identity, all of which became relevant when he began working in Democratic analytics and spatial analysis. He has worked for polling firms, labour unions, CRM software manufacturers and is currently working for a technology firm trying to revolutionise humanitarian aid, Mautinoa, where he serves as Head of Data and Analytics. Dheeraj is constantly learning more about geography, geospatial statistics and software engineering, and when he’s not doing that, he is avidly studying Ving Tsun Kung Fu at Moy Yat Kung Fu Academy, playing his guitar and spending time with his wife.
Bridgit Donnelly has years of experience in data, including as a Data Bootcamp coordinator for New Organizing Institute. She has worked for Presidential campaigns and non-profits and has a degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She also worked with the Data Science for Social Good program.
Katie Ellis is the founder and Executive Director of the Community Outreach Group, a consulting firm that manages field and organizing campaigns for Planned Parenthood and partner organizations working to create a world free from violence and discrimination. In a previous life, Katie ran data programs and trained on data, organizing, and digital strategy for the New Organizing Institute.
Jess Garson has been working as a data practitioner for many years, specializing in programming languages such as Python. She’s currently a software engineer at ISL. She’s the organizer of the Techlady Hackathon, and Hack && Tell DC. Previously she’s worked at Burston-Marstellar, National Educators Association, ISSI Data, and Salsa Labs. Before working in technology, Jess worked on numerous campaigns throughout the country and got her degree in Political Science at the University of Hartford.
Dessa Gypalo is the Director of Data Services at NGP VAN. She, and her team, support a variety of client data needs, including onboarding and data hygiene tasks. Previously, she was the National Data Manager for Enroll America. In that role, she lead the Data team in building a sustainable data and analytics infrastructure for use by thousands of staff and volunteers who were helping uninsured Americans understand the opportunities made available by health reform. Prior to that, Dessa was the Operation Vote, Digital, Political, and Voter Protection Data Manager for President Obama’s re-election campaign, where she helped streamline data processes and built data management tools for a variety of internal stakeholders. She got her start working in Chicago at a boutique public affairs firm where she led client engagement around data needs.
Stephanie Hendrick is a progressive data professional who is motivated by using data to create stronger communities through organizing. She started out as a field organizer in Florida for Organizing for America and later Enroll America, has worked on local and statewide races as a data analyst in Florida and Virginia, and had the honor of being a States Analyst at Hillary for America for 23 presidential caucuses and primaries. She loves trainings, her tripawd dog Rooney, and karaoke.
John Malloy is the Deputy Director of Data and Analytics for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. He’s previously worked in data and analytics for the Democractic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Enroll America and for America Votes in New Hampshire. He received his B.A. in Political Science from University of Kentucky.
Matthew Saniie is a consultant, organizer, data analyst, and strategist who has been working in politics and social good for over 10 years. Matthew currently works with non-profits, candidates, and national organizations who are looking to use data to improve outcomes and maximize impact. Matthew has used data in roles ranging from Battleground States Election Analyst for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign to National Analytics Director at Enroll America enrolling millions of Americans in ACA (Obamacare) coverage.
Cristina Sinclaire is the Director of Client Services at Catalist, the data utility for the progressive movement. Previously she has managed electoral campaigns, built voter registration and civic data tools, and organized communities from California to South Africa. In her spare time, Cristina travels, plays cribbage and listens to NPR.
Lena Tom has 10 years of experience that include working with labor groups, environmental groups, small non-profits, legislative efforts, ballot measures, and both Obama Presidential elections, focusing on data and field programs. She is the Senior Engagement Manager at the Analyst Institute, providing coaching and resources as well as experiment implementation for partners. She has been with the Analyst Institute since 2016 and has worked in data & analytics implementing all aspects of data-driven programs. Lena serves on the boards of Inclusv and the North Side Community Federal Credit Union in Chicago, IL.
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Emma Akpan is the Data & Targeting Director for Michigan Voice and currently lives in Detroit. She has worked with other non-profits, including as a field organizer for Planned Parenthood. She has also trained at Wellstone Data Bootcamps.
Westley Bayas III is the principal owner of Magnolia Strategies, a full service public affairs management, political consulting, policy development and program execution firm. He was the first Project Coordinator for The Welcome Table New Orleans, a new city initiative that focuses on race, reconciliation and community. In this role, Bayas co-manages the Welcome Table initiative, and ensures that diverse groups of New Orleanians are able to come together to build relationships and act to build a better, stronger city. He has also served in a variety of roles serving people in the New Orleans area.
Tim Lumpkins is the Statewide Data Analyst at Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri. In this role, he helps to support the data and analytics needs of the public policy teams for two multi-state affiliates. He also serves on the board of the Metro Trans Umbrella Group, a St. Louis-based non-profit that builds visibility and support for the local trans and gender non-conforming community.
Felicity Pererya has worked with data and analytics for the Presidential races for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as working in her home state of Texas on local races and Battleground Texas as the Director of Data and Analytics.
Trevor Wong specializes in the use of GIS and mapping for campaigns. He has worked on a number of local and national elections, including Obama for America and Hillary for America in data and field roles. (webmasters note: He is also expecting his first child!)