The Team

Last updated on April 17, 2020


Andrea Hailey, 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.

Aurora Ziobrowski, Software Engineer
After a career as a teacher/assistant principal serving low-income communities, Aurora transitioned into software development two years ago. She has previously worked as a platform and mobile developer at a large-scale startup, and as a full stack developer for a small consultancy, programming in Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, and Swift. In her spare time, she enjoys playing games of all kinds and bouldering. Aurora graduated pre-law from the University of Georgia with dual degrees in Political Science and Philosophy.

Brandon Stewart, Software Engineer
Brandon joined shortly before the 2020 presidential election. Brandon started his career in the US Navy where he served for 6 years as an intelligence analyst. After the Navy, he has worked in technology for the past 7 years, using technology to solve problems for a wide variety of organizations. He has worked at a few software startups, a college library, and a mattress company. In his free time, he enjoys riding his bike, playing board games, doing yoga, and playing the banjo. Brandon graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Management of Information Systems and Business Analytics. He also holds the Offensive Security Web Expert (OSWE) certification.

Bridget Geraghty, Director of Donor Relations
Bridget Geraghty spent the better part of a decade championing democratic values through fundraising, supporter engagement, community outreach and event planning. She most recently served as the Investors Circle Director on the Pete for America presidential campaign, and before that she worked as Chief of Staff for the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Finance Team and directed special projects and high-touch communications as the Engagement Coordinator for JB Pritzker’s 2018 successful gubernatorial campaign. Bridget also serves as Co-Chair of the Development Committee for Chicago Scholar’s Associate Board and has volunteered with various other Chicago non-profits. She began her career in the District Office of Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5) after graduating from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Sociology.

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.

Jake Levine, VP of Technology
Jake has spent the last 20 years building, launching, and managing software products. Along the way he has accrued experience in startups and large corporations, both private and public. He’s worked for 15 of those years directly in product management, defining consumer and business facing products for companies like Myspace, Live Nation, AEG, and Idealab. He spent the last 7 years doing full-stack software development with Ruby on Rails, React Native, and Swift as well as a fair amount of time with both AWS and Heroku. Jake is also a listed inventor on 2 patents and has 3 other patents pending. It is rumored that Jake once juggled three rubber chickens in the desert near Area 51, but all photo evidence has been classified. He is also one of the 2010 nominees for Best Ikea Hack of the Year. Jake graduated from University of Maryland with a B.A. in Journalism.

Jarred Jones, Director of Major Gifts
Jarred has spent much of his career working at the intersection of public policy and philanthropy. He started working on political campaigns as a student and volunteering at a refugee resettlement organization before becoming an aide to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. After working as a grant writer for a regional food bank, he returned to Gillibrand’s office as her Regional Director. Most recently he worked as a major gift fundraiser for a large nonprofit. He currently serves on the board of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York. Jarred holds a B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies and an M.A. in American Studies, both from Nazareth College. He lives in Rochester, New York, the home of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, with his wife and dog. In his free time he can be found skateboarding the streets of upstate New York.

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.

Najaah Daniels, Chief of Staff
Najaah is an orator, political strategist, and campaign operative with over 12 years of experience. In previous roles, Najaah served as a candidate trainer, campaign manager, organizing director, and community organizer for electoral and issue-based campaigns at the local, state, and national level. Najaah utilizes her eclectic personal story and organizing skills to educate, engage, and mobilize voters across the country. She has received numerous accolades including a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and the Princeton Prize in Race Relations. A proud BlackLatina from New York, Najaah holds a Bachelor's Degree in Rhetoric and Public Address from St. John’s University. Outside of the office Najaah is known to throw down in the kitchen, on the dance floor, and in competitive sports.

Nora Gilbert, Director of Partnerships
Nora specializes in building partnerships and civic engagement. She has spent her career working on democracy and policy reform, most recently leading strategic projects and partnerships at RepresentUs, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization. Her work has spanned nonprofit and government agencies at multiple levels, including positions at the Union of Concerned Scientists, U.S. Department of Agriculture, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and PolicyLink. Nora received dual Master’s degrees in City & Regional Planning and Public Health from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Sociology from Wesleyan University. She is based in Los Angeles and very eager to talk to you about local politics there.

Sydney Rose, Director of Programs
Sydney is a skilled management leader with over a decade of experience in executing best practices for increased collaboration and efficacy of mission-driven organizations and social actors. Her passion is at the intersection of technology and equity. Most recently, she ran a data, systems, and strategy consultancy taking on numerous roles for her clients and enabling them to strengthen and scale their impact. Previously, Sydney worked for a technology nonprofit, DataKind, designing and implementing partnerships and short-term data science engagements, which led to predictive tools and actionable insights for mission-driven partners. She received her Bachelors in International Studies from Boston College and a Masters in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University. Sydney serves on the Board of Directors of ECPAT-USA, a leading anti-trafficking organization. Currently based in NYC, Sydney enjoys cooking, documentaries, and discovering hidden gems in her neighborhood and beyond.

Board members

Christy Remey Chin, Treasurer
Christy, Venture Partner at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, was instrumental in finding, funding and supporting DRK entrepreneurs, as well as cultivating and engaging DRK’s network of donor partners. She serves on two DRK grantee boards, Food Forward and

Christy has devoted her career to advancing social entrepreneurship and championing high-impact philanthropy. She is currently exploring opportunities to combat bias and racism in philanthropy, social enterprise and VC funding.

Christy also chairs the board of Benetech and serves on the following boards: Save The Waves, SV2, World Affairs, and Venture Forward which is a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Venture Capital Association. She also advises Accountability Counsel, Adventure Scientists, New Story Charity and CalMatters.

She previously worked at the Harvard Business School, the Skoll Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Philanthropy Workshop. 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 Rhodes Davis is an entrepreneur and social justice leader working at the intersection of technology and society with a focus on equipping vulnerable communities to assert sovereignty over how technology influences their lives. She is a seasoned executive comfortable blending her deep expertise in technology and people-centered program design to advance social and economic equity. Most recently, at the Partnership in AI, Julia served as inaugural Director of Partnerships, building a multistakeholder community from the ground-up. In this position, Julia built the community infrastructure and set the strategy to engage and add value for the 100+ member organizations. Members range from technology companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Deepmind, IBM and Microsoft, to civil society organizations like Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, PolicyLink, and United for respect. Julia led projects on highly complex and contentious technologies like facial recognition; launched the AI and Media Steering Committee, and established the organization’s growing portfolio of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion projects building representation and equity as a central focus for the organization. Prior to PAI, Julia served as Managing Director of DataKind, where she oversaw organizational growth and built an ecosystem of corporations (including Microsoft, Google, and Mastercard); foundations (including the Gates Foundation and the Omidyar Network); and 18,000 technologists and social sector experts to accelerate solutions to challenges such as climate and energy, global health, education, and democratic freedom. A New York City native who now calls Oakland, California her home, Julia holds a BA with honors from Columbia University, and co-owns Oakland Yard, a wine shop and tasting bar that builds your palate while building community.

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.