ABOUT US

THE PTP TEAM

HARRY PASCAL

FOUNDER

Harry Pascal, Founder of Progressive Turnout Project, has served as Treasurer and Senior Advisor to some of the most high-profile congressional campaigns in the country. After spending more than 35 years as a practicing CPA, Harry began working in progressive politics, bringing his expertise to help campaigns strategically budget and plan. Harry received his B.B.A. from the University of Michigan and his M.S.T. from DePaul University.

ALEX MORGAN

Executive Director

Alex Morgan manages all aspects of Progressive Turnout Project’s on-the-ground organizing efforts, and served as National Field and Training Director in 2016. Alex started his organizing career as a volunteer for Jennifer Granholm’s 2002 campaign for Michigan Governor. Since then, he has overseen grassroots efforts for presidential, congressional, state, and local campaigns. Alex received his B.A. in Political Science from Kalamazoo College and his M.A. in Urban Education from Cardinal Stritch University.

ANNA MCGREAL

Chief Operating Officer

Anna McGreal manages the day-to-day efforts of Progressive Turnout Project’s various departments. Anna started in politics as a congressional fellow in 2014, quickly becoming a Field Organizer and later moving on to work in Chicago’s aldermanic races. In 2018, she joined PTP as a Regional Director, returning to politics after 3 years of learning project management at Epic Systems. Anna received her B.A. in Environmental Anthropology from North Central College.
Alex Desormiers
Alex Desormiers
Regional Field Director
 @alexvotes2020 Alex has spent his career organizing for progressive causes and candidates. He has served on several high profile campaigns, including for Senators Kay Hagan and Claire McCaskill, and worked in an array of diverse communities ranging from rural North Carolina and Missouri, to Houston, Texas. He is passionate about electing progressive candidates to local, state, and federal offices through community organizing, and is also passionate about pugs, Thai food, and crazy socks.
Alicia Stott
Alicia Stott
Regional Field Director
 @AliciaTheStott Alicia got her start in campaign politics in 2016 as a Campaign Organizer in Las Vegas, and then went on to be Field Director for a successful, top-tier state senate race in Illinois in 2018. She received her B.A. in Political Science and B.A. in International Studies from the University of South Florida, her M.A. in International Affairs, Media, and Culture from The New School, and her M.F.A. in Game Design from New York University.
Aryana Derakhshan
Aryana Derakhshan
Regional Field Director
 @akderakhshan Aryana got her start in politics in 2014 and has since organized and managed programs in South Carolina and North Carolina. She served in the Peace Corps in Timor-Leste, working with a local nongovernmental organization in community and economic development. Aryana earned her B.S. in Political Science and her B.A. in Economics from Clemson University.
Brendan Power
Brendan Power
Regional Field Director
 @bpowerhour Brendan has worked to elect progressive champions at all levels of government, starting as a field organizer with the coordinated campaign for Tammy Duckworth and Susana Mendoza in 2016. Since then, he has worked to support first time candidates in aldermanic, state legislative, and gubernatorial campaigns. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Iowa.
Brian Koppe
Brian Koppe
National Field Director
 @IAmAVoter Brian has spent his career campaigning for Democrats and promoting progressive causes to ensure government represents the needs of all citizens. With a decade of political experience, he has worked within state government, held leadership roles in federal, state, and local campaigns, and established a record of success managing highly competitive campaigns for progressive and union-backed candidates in the Midwest. He received his B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University.
Briana Brown
Briana Brown
Regional Field Director
 @briana_brown_ Originally from Indiana, Briana has spent her career working on a variety of advocacy and electoral campaigns with a focus on increasing access to reproductive healthcare and electing pro-choice candidates. She previously served as Regional Field Director for John Gregg’s 2016 gubernatorial campaign in Indiana. Briana received her B.S in Anthropology and Gender Studies from Ball State University.
Chris Gentry
Chris Gentry
Training Director
 @TheChrisGentry_ Chris began organizing in Maine in 2012 and has since then worked on Kay Hagan’s Senate race in 2014 and numerous down-ballot races in North Carolina. He coordinated training of country Democratic parties all across Western North Carolina. He joined PTP in 2018, flipping KS-03 and sending Sharice Davids to Congress. He is passionate about building a strong progressive movement with the skills to win elections. He earned his B.S. in Political Science from Appalachian State University.
Christian Ucles
Christian Ucles
Regional Field Director
 @daakardior Christian is a campaign operative who has worked for the Democratic Party of Iowa, Minnesota and Texas. He has also worked on issue campaigns fighting for marriage equality and climate change legislation. In 2018, he led Progressive Turnout Project's effort as District Director in Iowa's 3rd Congressional district to defeat the incumbent Republican & elect Democratic Congresswoman Cindy Axne. Christian is originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Daniela Nyiri
Daniela Nyiri
Fellows Program Coordinator
 @danielanyiri_ Daniela is responsible for the planning and execution of PTP’s Fellows program. Daniela’s journey in activism began by organizing field in Congressional races where she took pride in generating the next wave of activists and organizers. She is passionate about creating tangible change in her community by expanding education opportunities, which will create a more equitable society for everyone. Daniela earned her B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Michigan State University.
Darren Steptoe
Darren Steptoe
Regional Field Director
 @darren_steptoe Darren began organizing in 2012 as an intern with President Obama’s re-election campaign. Since then, he has led field teams for statewide and municipal races in Texas and Florida. Darren is is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award and Congressional Award and is passionate about building up volunteers who will one day become leaders in their community. He studied Theater Studies at Southern Methodist University and received his A.A. in Applied Arts from KD Conservatory in Dallas, TX.
Delayni Dameron
Delayni Dameron
Regional Field Director
 @DelayniDee Delayni started her political career in 2018 on the Marie Newman campaign for IL-03. She went on to become the Deputy Campaign Manager and later the Chief of Staff for Illinois State Representative Deb Conroy. Delayni received her B.A. in Political Science and English with a concentration in Media, Rhetorical, and Cultural Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Emily Rice
Emily Rice
Finance Director
 @emilyriceptp Emily manages PTP’s fundraising programs and uses innovative, data-driven techniques to grow our grassroots supporter base and fund our campaigns nationwide. She started her political career registering voters in Chicago and has since worked as a field organizer, a fundraiser for Illinois Democrats up and down the ballot, and a member of PTP’s Data and Analytics team. Emily received her B.A. in Political Theory from Michigan State University.
Ernest Bailey
Ernest Bailey
Regional Field Director
 @ErnestPTP12 Ernest began his political career as a canvasser for The Working Families Party in his native state of Connecticut, where he quickly worked his way up to Field Manager and then Canvass Director. He has organized for SEIU and the American Federation of Teachers and served as District Director for PTP's program in Ohio's 12th Congressional District in 2018.
George Miller
George Miller
Digital Content Creator
 @bygeorgemiller George Miller manages Progressive Turnout Project’s social media, keeping supporters up to date on our advocacy and field work. He worked to turn out millennial voters in Virginia’s 2017 elections and in Illinois’s most competitive Congressional races in 2018. He’s passionate about reaching progressive voters and telling PTP’s story, whether that’s with a well-timed tweet, an explainer blog post, or an animated gif. George earned his B.A. from Brown University.
Ian Lyons
Ian Lyons
Director of Data & Analytics
 @belgianrofls Ian began his career by organizing for a firefighter running for Delegate, then Mark Warner’s 2014 reelection in Virginia. After working for a tech startup in Los Angeles, Ian returned to Virginia as Regional Data Director for the 2016 Virginia Coordinated Campaign. He holds a BA from William and Mary and an MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy from UChicago.
Jaclyn Murphy
Jaclyn Murphy
Operations Director
 @JaclynPTP Jaclyn Murphy manages all operational and administrative tasks necessary to maintaining a growing business and supporting PTP’s staff and programs around the country. After working in campaigns across the country, she joined PTP in 2018 to work on the ground as District Director in IL-06, the district she was born in. Flipping that district reinforced the impact a strong ground game can have, and Jaclyn is eager to support PTP’s continued success from the administrative side. Jaclyn earned her B.A. from Michigan State University and her M.P.P. from Brown University.
Kait Sweeney
Kait Sweeney
Communications Director
 @kaitesque Kait has been framing political messages for over a decade. She began her career in Chicago politics in 2008 and has worked for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Obama for America, Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential run, and numerous downballot races in Illinois. She received her BA in political science from the University of Illinois and her MPA in public policy from the London School of Economics.
Kayla Farhang
Kayla Farhang
Regional Field Director
 @kaylakfarhang Kayla started organizing on her college campus to support adjunct unionization and has since continued organizing in her community of Minneapolis, MN. She has experience in issue-based organizing and experience supporting progressive candidates' campaigns. In 2018, she worked for the Minnesota Youth Collective to increase youth voter turnout. For her, the most rewarding part of this work is training, coaching, and mentoring new leaders.
Leigh Heckman
Leigh Heckman
Office Manager
 @HeckmanLeigh Leigh’s activism began in Washington D.C., canvassing for Greenpeace USA. It was during this time that she learned how closely tied environmental, social justice, and political issues are in our country. She believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to be politically engaged and that is why she is excited to be a part of the PTP team. She is an alum of Michigan State and Grand Valley State Universities.
Shannon Faulise
Shannon Faulise
Press Assistant
 @shandrogynous Shannon drafts and sends press releases, builds and maintains press lists, and pitches stories to reporters. Shannon got their start as a campaign intern on a U.S. Senate race during the 2014 midterms and has been active in politics ever since. Previously, they worked with the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and the Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. Shannon holds a B.A. in Political Science and American Studies from DePaul University.
Tramaine Berry
Tramaine Berry
Regional Field Director
 @ThisIsTramaine Tramaine began his career in Illinois politics in 2013 as a staffer in the House of Representatives. He has since worked on Chris Kennedy's gubernatorial campaign and as field director for the Illinois Senate Democrats, coordinating statewide petition drives. In 2018, he worked as deputy political director for Kwame Raoul's Attorney General campaign. For Tramaine, changing the lives of the people around him is the most rewarding part of his job.

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