The Team

Last updated on January 14, 2020

2019 Staff

Andrea Hailey, Acting CEO
Andrea Hailey, a recognized leader in philanthropy and politics, has spent decades as one of the top experts on millennial attitudes about activism and civic engagement. She founded the Civic Engagement Fund, an inclusive, values-driven organization accelerating innovative grassroots groups and building diverse coalitions that empower voter engagement in the United States. Throughout her career, Hailey has fervently served the next generation of leaders and people of color, helped launch Townhall Project, an organization that supported Majorie Stoneman Douglas students to conduct 100+ town halls during their tour advocating against gun violence. She also raised over a million dollars in under 60 days for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in 2007. In 2008 and 2010, she was honored with Pollie awards for her impact through media strategy and fundraising. A biracial millennial from Indianapolis, she began her career in the office of Rep. Patrick Kennedy. Andrea currently sits on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America and serves on the leadership council of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture ambassadors program.

Cor Finlayson, Software Engineer
Cor has been working in the software field for 8+ years. He has great experience working with data all the way to the user experience. He’s worked in a couple industries as a software engineer including online media, the energy sector, as well as e-commerce for a major private establishment. He has a passion for learning, creating great technology, and making a change in the world. He has spent the past 5 years working in various languages including C# and .NET, Java, Javascript, and more recently in Ruby on Rails. Everybody knows him as Cor and the word around town is he once wrestled a dog with his bare hands. Cor graduated from Clarkson University with a B.S. in Software Engineering and minor in Mathematics. In his free time he’s very outgoing and adventurous.

Devorah Langsam, Software Engineer
Devorah has worked in technology as a Software Engineer for the last five years. She has worked in several fields of software engineering including flight simulation, e-commerce, fintech, and healthcare. She has experience working in large companies, as well as startups of various sizes. Devorah has been working as a Full Stack Developer for the last several years programming in Ruby on Rails, Java, and Angular. In her spare time, she enjoys learning to cook new recipes and biking. Devorah graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in mathematics and a M.S. in Computer Science. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the community service fraternity.

Elizabeth Daigneau, COO
Elizabeth joined in early 2020 after spending more than 15 years working in the news media. As managing editor of GOVERNING, which covered politics and policy in states and localities until the magazine was shut down in 2019, she closely followed voting legislation and policy. Before joining GOVERNING, she was the assistant to the editor at Foreign Policy magazine. She graduated from American University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and literature.

Kamari Guthrie, Communications Director
Kamari has dedicated more than a decade to the development and growth of corporate consumer and tech brands as a communications strategist and media relations expert. After representing several Fortune 100 brands and establishing market dominant positions for several mission-based startups, she joined in 2018 with an unwavering commitment to expanding public awareness and access to the democratic process. Her fervent belief in the equity of all citizens and personal dedication to furthering social justice drives her day-to-day work for the organization. She currently is based in Washington, D.C. and enjoys vacationing in her family home in St. George’s, Grenada.

Magdalen Sangiolo, Operations and Programs Manager
Magdalen joined in fall of 2018 with almost a decade of experience in nonprofit programs, fundraising, and operations. Most recently, Magdalen ran business development at a data science consultancy focused on serving mission-driven organizations, and was responsible for leading a team to raise revenue, develop strategic partnerships, and design and implement new programs. To this day, Magdalen draws inspiration from the people she met as a Field Organizer in North Carolina in 2012 who taught her the power of quiet persistence. Magdalen is happiest swimming in the ocean, reading on the subway, and strolling around her Brooklyn neighborhood.

Meaghan Fenelon, Software Engineer
Meaghan started studying technology with the goal of putting it to good use by working for a cause she believed in. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in Computer Science where she participated in acapella, the local sorority Sigma Psi, student government, as a teaching assistant, and help desk technician. Outside of work, she is yearly volunteer at Cleveland Give Camp and has participated in various local hackathons and the organization Open Cleveland. Meaghan previously worked as a full stack developer at IBM UrbanCode for two years. During this time, she worked with Java, Hibernate, Tomcat, Meteor, React, and Mongo.

Sarah Jackel, General Counsel
Sarah is an experienced litigator who came to in 2018 after 10+ years in private practice, where she represented companies and organizations in all facets of trial and appellate court litigation. A dogged advocate with a passion for effecting systemic change through litigation, Sarah maintained an active pro bono caseload during her time in private practice, taking on cases involving the rights of individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay, race discrimination, wrongful conviction, and other civil rights. Sarah thrives on tackling novel legal issues and is dedicated to ensuring that everyone, regardless of background, has equal access to voting and can participate freely and fairly in the democratic process. Sarah earned her B.A. from Pomona College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. She is a mother of two and lives in Oakland.

2019 Board members

Christy Remey Chin, Treasurer
Christy, Managing Partner at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, is instrumental in finding, funding and supporting DRK entrepreneurs, as well as cultivating and engaging DRK’s network of donor partners.

Christy has devoted her career to advancing social entrepreneurship and championing high-impact philanthropy. She worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School, supporting Greg Dees in his efforts that defined the field of social entrepreneurship. Christy later served for over four years as a Senior Program Officer at the Skoll Foundation, where she was an integral part of the ideation of the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, a highly selective award that drives large-scale social change. Prior to joining DRK Foundation, Christy was the Deputy Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Philanthropy Workshop, a donor education program for high net worth individuals.

Christy currently serves on the boards of DRK portfolio organizations Accountability Counsel, Adventure Scientists, Education Opens Doors, Food Forward, New Story, and Transcend. Christy also chairs the board of Benetech, serves on the board of the National Venture Capital Association and on the advisory board of Ashoka U.

Christy received her M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and holds a B.A. in History from Colgate University.

Julia Rhodes Davis, Chair
Julia is a builder of organizations and communities with an ambitious growth mindset and a passion for social justice. She is a seasoned leader who combines her experiences in executive leadership, technology, and community development to advance social and economic equity. Julia currently serves as Director of Partnerships for the Partnership on AI, is a co-founder of Step Up, a learning and action community for racial justice, and a co-owner of Oakland Yard Wine Shop.

Maisha Leek, Director
Maisha’s career spans leadership roles in fundraising, politics, science/tech policy, technology startups, and venture capital. At Human Ventures  — an early-stage venture studio in NYC that backs and builds consumer technology companies –  she is a Partner. In this role, she manages the success of 16  portfolios companies. Maisha also sources potential founders for companies built with Enterprise partners and HV’s “Entrepreneur In Residence” program.  She is particularly interested in working with experienced founders with backgrounds that are frequently underestimated by the VC community (people of color, LGBTQIA, veterans, etc.) and collaborating with investors that understand the opportunity this network presents.

She is a former chief of staff of the U. S. Congress where she oversaw a $54b portfolio that included the federal government’s investments in science and technology. During both Bush and Obama Administrations, she served as Special Assistant to there Vice Chair of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Prior to Human Ventures, Maisha was an operations executive at a high-growth startup backed by Andreesen Horowitz, Alphabet, Floodgate, and Main Street Advisors. She is a trustee of her alma mater, Trinity College (D.C.) and a board member of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and Service Year Alliance.

Rupa Balasubramanian, Director
Rupa has over fifteen years of experience managing private family foundations in Los Angeles–facilitating the investment of millions of dollars to support organizations focused on education, women’s health, the environment, civic engagement, and civil rights at the local, state, and national levels. She began her philanthropic career at Margery Tabankin & Associates, a philanthropic and political consulting firm. There, Rupa worked with Barbra Streisand and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to create the Women’s Heart Alliance, a national non-profit organization with a bold campaign to increase awareness of women’s heart disease and advocate for more funding on gender-specific research . In the summer of 2013, Rupa helped launch Fundamental. Rupa currently serves on the advisory board of the Women’s Heart Alliance in addition to serving on the board of directors for, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and Demos, a public policy organization working to achieve social, economic, and political equity.

Rupa previously worked in crisis management at Hill & Knowlton, Inc., a leading international communications consulting firm. During the Clinton Administration, Rupa worked in the Press Secretary’s office at the White House. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned her Masters degree in Public Administration with summa cum laude honors at the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning and Development.

Swati Mylavarapu, Director
Swati is a founder of Incite Labs, a foundation that supports non profits that are sparking social and environmental change. She is also a Partner at Incite Ventures. She is passionate about enabling great ideas and teams that are solving important, underinvested-in challenges. Swati was previously a Partner on the venture capital team at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where she focused on consumer digital and hardware investments. Before KPCB, Swati built the international business and product marketing efforts at Square, a financial services company that levels the playing field for small business. Swati also serves on the non-profit boards of B Lab and the Boston Review. Swati graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in Development Studies, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and a Truman Scholar. She also holds an M.Phil. in Economic History from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.