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American Progress Staff

  • Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress and Center for American Progress Action Fund
  • Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President, Policy
  • Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President, External Affairs

Senior Staff

Distinguished Senior Fellows

Austan Goolsbee
Lawrence H. Summers

Senior Fellows

The Senior Fellows program includes a broad and diverse community of policy experts and scholars who develop policy ideas and analysis that contribute to the progressive policy agenda of American Progress. These ideas help to shape and influence the public debate and policy debate about the most important issues facing our nation and the world. American Progress does not accept unsolicited proposals to participate in our Senior Fellows program.


Alex Ault, Associate Director, Operations
Susan Carter, Human Resources Generalist
Erin Green, Director, Internship Program
Ashley Marvel, Managing Director, Administration
Cheron McNeal, Director, Human Resources
Lisette Pylant, Office Manager
Melissa Ryan, Payroll and Benefits Manager
Bruce Thomas, Receptionist

Art and Editorial

Will Beaudouin, Assistant Managing Editor
Carl Chancellor, Director, Editorial
Katherine Downs, Assistant Editor
Jason Fernandes, Assistant Editor
Victoria Ford, Assistant Editor
Chester Hawkins, Senior Graphic Designer
Emily Haynes, Associate Editor
Lauren M. Kokum, Assistant Editor
Meredith Lukow, Managing Editor
Meghan Miller, Associate Editor
Pete Morelewicz, Director, Art
Andrew Satter, Director, Video
Aki Suzuki, Video Editor
Erin Whalen, Associate Graphic Designer


Tanya Arditi, Associate Director of Communications, Immigration and Progress 2050
Grace Aylmer, State Advocacy Associate
Abby Bar-Lev Wiley, Policy Analyst, Legal Progress
Sarah Baron, Campaign Manager, Early Childhood Policy
Liz Bartolomeo, Managing Director, Communications
Tom Caiazza, Associate Director, Media Relations
Molly Cain, Research Associate
Terrence Clark, Communications Associate
Billy Corriher, Director of Research, Legal Progress
Bryce Covert, Economic Policy Editor, ThinkProgress
Evelyn Crunden, Editorial Assistant, ThinkProgress
Tara Culp-Ressler, Senior Editor, ThinkProgress
Alejandro Dávila Fragoso, Climate Reporter, ThinkProgress
Kristen Ellingboe, Senior Researcher
Ryan Erickson, Associate Director, Economic Campaigns
Jake Faleschini, Director, Courts Program, Legal Progress
William Flanagan, Director, Special Events
Victoria Fleischer, Video Producer, ThinkProgress
Zack Ford, LGBT Editor, ThinkProgress
Phoebe Gavin, Social Media Editor, ThinkProgress
Natasha Geiling, Climate Reporter, ThinkProgress
Nicole Gentile, Deputy Director, Public Lands
Lindsay Gibbs, Sports Reporter, ThinkProgress
Jessica Goldstein, Culture Editor, ThinkProgress
Rob Griffin, Senior Policy Analyst, Progressive Studies
Jamal Hagler, Research Assistant, Progress 2050
Darrah Hall, Special Assistant, Legal Progress
Erica Hellerstein, Investigative Reporter, ThinkProgress
Josh Israel, Senior Investigative Reporter, ThinkProgress
Jack Jenkins, Senior Religion Reporter, ThinkProgress
Antoine Jordan, Special Events Coordinator
Shannon Kennedy, Special Events Coordinator
Chelsea Kiene, Senior Media Coordinator
Ryan Koronowski, Editor, ClimateProgress
Kiley Kroh, Senior Editor, ThinkProgress
Mary Ellen Kustin, Director of Policy, Public Lands
Sara Langhinrichs, Social Media Director
Matt Lee-Ashley, Director, Public Lands
Esther Lee, Immigration Reporter, ThinkProgress
Kira Lerner, Political Reporter, ThinkProgress
Beatriz Lopez, Managing Director, Communications
Rafael Medina, Ethnic Media Associate
Rita Medina, Immigration Campaign Manager
Cristina Moreno, Special Assistant
Jillian Murphy, Associate Director, Climate Communications
Alice Ollstein, Political Reporter, ThinkProgress
Jonathon Padron, Business Operations Manager, ThinkProgress
Samantha Page, Climate Reporter, ThinkProgress
Adam Peck, Associate Editor, ThinkProgress
Anna Perina, Campaign Research Associate
Dylan Petrohilos, Digital Reporter, ThinkProgress
Allison Preiss, Director, Media Relations
Alan Pyke, Deputy Economic Policy Editor, ThinkProgress
Casey Quinlan, Education Reporter, ThinkProgress
Laurel Raymond, Special Assistant, ThinkProgress
Brenden Riggs, Special Events Coordinator
Rachel Rosen, Senior Director, Broadcast Communications
Jenny Rowland, Research and Advocacy Associate, Public Lands
Justin Salhani, World Reporter, ThinkProgress
Anisha Singh, Campaign Manager, Legal Progress
Patrick Smith, Social Media Reporter, ThinkProgress
Danyelle Solomon, Director, Progress 2050
Emily Tisch Sussman, Campaign Director
Constance Torian, Special Events Manager
Carimah Townes, Criminal Justice Reporter, ThinkProgress
Sally Tucker, Special Assistant
Adrienne Varkiani, Associate Editor, ThinkProgress
Aria Velasquez, Social Media Coordinator, ThinkProgress
Igor Volsky, Deputy Director
Lauren Williams, Tech Reporter, ThinkProgress

Criminal Justice

Todd A. Cox, Director, Criminal Justice Policy

Democracy and Government

Liz Kennedy, Director, Government and Democratic Reform
Danielle Root, Voting Rights Manager


Michael Anderson, Major Gifts Officer
Julia Busch, Director, Foundation Relations
Lara Flynn, Major Gifts Officer
Robin Gardiner, Individual and Corporate Giving Coordinator
Jon Roux, Special Assistant
Erin Sells, Foundation Relations Manager
Maria Weaver, Associate Director, Development Operations

Early Childhood Policy

Katie Hamm, Senior Director, Early Childhood Policy
Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath, Policy Analyst
Rasheed Malik, Policy Analyst
Leila Schochet, Research Assistant
Jessica Troe, Policy and Outreach Coordinator
Rebecca Ullrich, Policy Analyst
Simon Workman, Associate Director, Early Childhood Policy

Economic Policy

Kate Bahn, Economist
Kevin DeGood, Director, Infrastructure Policy
Brendan V. Duke, Associate Director, Economic Policy
Sarah Edelman, Director, Housing Policy
Gregg Gelzinis, Special Assistant
Andy Green, Managing Director, Economic Policy
Ethan Gurwitz, Research Associate
Angela Hanks, Associate Director, Workforce Development Policy
Michael Madowitz, Economist
Annie McGrew, Special Assistant
Alex Rowell, Research Assistant
Andrew Schwartz, Research Associate
Harry Stein, Director, Fiscal Policy
Alexandra Thornton, Senior Director, Tax Policy
Joe Valenti, Director, Consumer Finance
Karla Walter, Director, American Worker Project
Regina Willensky, Policy Analyst
Michela Zonta, Senior Policy Analyst, Housing Policy

Education Policy

Perpetual Baffour, Research Assistant
Samantha Batel, Policy Analyst
Neil Campbell, Director, Innovation
Laura Jimenez, Director, Standards and Accountability
Stephenie Johnson, Policy Analyst
Annette Konoske-Graf, Policy Analyst
Melissa Lazarín, Senior Policy Adviser
Cherry Mullaguru, Special Assistant
Lisette Partelow, Director, Teacher Policy
Will Ragland, Campaign Director, Education Policy
Scott Sargrad, Managing Director, K-12 Education Policy
Kami Spicklemire, Education Campaign Associate
Coleton Whitaker, Education Campaign Associate


Myriam Alexander-Kearns, Research Associate
Erin Auel, Research Assistant
Luke H. Bassett, Associate Director, Domestic Energy Policy
Danielle Baussan, Managing Director, Energy Policy
Alison Cassady, Director, Domestic Energy Policy
Michael Conathan, Director, Ocean Policy
Howard Marano, Research Assistant
Miranda Peterson, Research Assistant
Shiva Polefka, Policy Analyst, Oceans
Avery Siciliano, Research Associate, Ocean Policy
Gwynne Taraska, Associate Director, Energy Policy

Executive Office

Hilary Badger, Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Policy
Senya Merchant, Special Assistant to the Executive Team
Maggie Polachek, Deputy Chief of Staff
Cody Pomeranz, Speechwriter

External Affairs

Elena Berger, Director, Email Marketing and Audience Relations
Erin Cohan, Director, Intergovernmental Affairs
Pat Collier IV, Director, Government Affairs
Ryan Collins, Associate Director, Government Affairs
Tim Daly, Managing Director, Guns and Crime Policy
Sabrina De Santiago, Director, Government Affairs
Lisa DeCow, Email Marketing Manager
Patrick Dolan, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager
Jordan Jones, Research Associate, Guns and Crime Policy
Chelsea Kearns, Special Assistant, External Affairs
James King, Email Marketing Associate
Greg Waples, Campaign Manager, Guns and Crime Policy
Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Senior Policy Analyst, Guns and Crime Policy


Claire Markham, Associate Director, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative
Tracy Wolf, Research Assistant


Kola Adetola, Director, Accounting
Deborah Alston, Accounts Payable Specialist
Brion Elliott, Grant Accounting Manager
Paul Haakenson, Administrative Coordinator
Mildred Hardin, Accounts Payable Manager
Clarice Pemberton-Cook, Staff Accountant

Generation Progress

Liana Bishop, Digital Communications Associate
Chelsea Coatney, Digital Director, Generation Progress
Kyle Epstein, Press Associate
Hannah Finnie, Senior Policy and Communications Associate
Amber Gaither, Operations Coordinator
Charlotte Hancock, Digital Director, Higher Ed Not Debt
Christian Smith, Organizing Associate
Maggie Thompson, Executive Director, Generation Progress
Layla Zaidane, Managing Director, Generation Progress


Maura Calsyn, Director, Health Policy
Thomas Huelskoetter, Research Associate


Sanam Malik, Research Assistant
Silva Mathema, Senior Policy Analyst
Philip E. Wolgin, Managing Director, Immigration


Andrew Cray, In Memoriam
Laura E. Durso, Senior Director, LGBT Research and Communications Project
Sharita Gruberg, Senior Policy Analyst
Shabab Ahmed Mirza, Research Assistant
Aaron Ridings, Associate Director, LGBT Research and Communications Project
Caitlin Rooney, Reseach Assistant


Anne Dechter, Legal Counsel
Audrey Juarez, Legal Project Coordinator
Praveen Madhiraju, Legal Counsel
Gerti Wilson, Legal Assistant

National Security and International Policy

Muath Al Wari, Senior Policy Analyst
Alia Awadallah, Research Associate, Middle East
Nathan Fenstermacher, Managing Director, National Security and International Policy
Brian Harding, Director, East and Southeast Asia
Melanie Hart, Senior Fellow; Director, China Policy
Max Hoffman, Associate Director, National Security and International Policy
Blaine Johnson, Research Associate, China and Asia Policy
Peter Juul, Policy Analyst
Carolyn Kenney, Research Associate, Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative
Meredith Leal, Special Assistant
Joel Martinez, Mexico Research Associate
John Norris, Executive Director, Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative
Ken Sofer, Senior Policy Adviser

Postsecondary Education

Elizabeth Baylor, Director, Postsecondary Education
Marcella Bombardieri, Senior Policy Analyst
Antoinette Flores, Policy Analyst
CJ Libassi, Policy Analyst
Ben Miller, Senior Director, Postsecondary Education


Rejane Frederick, Associate Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program
Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Director, Family Policy
Jackie Odum, Research Associate
Mara Pellittieri, Deputy Editor, TalkPoverty
Anusha Ravi, Special Assistant
Michael Richardson, Field Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator
Eliza Schultz, Research Assistant
Jeremy Slevin, Associate Director of Advocacy
Rebecca Vallas, Managing Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program
Rachel West, Associate Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program


Christopher Bachmann, UNIX Systems Administrator
Malik Bland, Help Desk Technician
J.R. Boynton, Outreach Systems and Analytics Manager
Top Chamatsang, Desktop Support Lead Technician
Craig Chambers, Director, Information Security and Operations
John Cruces, Information Security and Systems Engineer
Demetrick DeVille, Desktop Support Technician
Shar Ghavami, Director, Technology Development
Eric Helvey, Chief Software Architect
James Honaker, Web Developer, Special Projects
Sarah Husband, Salesforce Solution Developer
Rhonda Malone, Director, Information Technology
Lauren Orsini, Web Developer
Horace Payne, Desktop Support Manager
Alex Pryor, A/V and Systems Engineer
Trinetra Rawls, Salesforce Administrator
Ron Warren, Web Developer

Women's Health

Heidi Williamson, Senior Policy Analyst

Women's Initiative

Danielle Corley, Research Assistant, Women's Economic Policy
Sunny Frothingham, Senior Researcher
Sarah Jane Glynn, Director, Women's Economic Policy
Kaitlin Holmes, Special Assistant
Shilpa Phadke, Senior Director, Women's Initiative