Harry Pascal, Founder of the 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 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.
Priyal Amin oversees and manages engagement with Progressive Turnout Project’s extensive online community across the country. As an Illinois native, Priyal has worked on numerous campaigns starting as a volunteer for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and then as an intern on Mike Frerich’s 2014 campaign for Illinois State Treasurer. She is a passionate organizer and is eager to work toward increasing voter turnout across the country. Priyal received her B.A. in Political Science from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Data and Analytics Director
Connie Gao manages Progressive Turnout Project’s data and analytics team to ensure that our practices are innovative, efficient, and impactful. As a Regional Field Director on Jon Ossoff for Congress in Georgia and Gretchen Driskell for Congress in Michigan, her belief in the power of field organizing motivates her work in data and analytics. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
National Field Director
Brian Koppe 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.
Emily Rice 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.
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 the district she was born in, IL-06. Working on the ground to flip 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 BA from Michigan State University and her MPP from Brown University.
Chris Gentry serves as Progressive Turnout Project’s Training Director. Chris began organizing in Maine back in 2012 and has since then worked on Kay Hagan Senate race in 2014, and numerous down-ballot races in NC. The success of his team in North Carolina led to him coordinating the training of country democratic parties all across Western North Carolina. He joined PTP in 2018 and working on the ground with a strong team flipped KS-03, sending Sharice Davids to Congress. He is passionate about building a strong progressive movement with the skills to win elections. He earned his BS in Political Science from Appalachian State University.
Senior Analytics Advisor
Katie Miller advises PTP on strategy and analytics operations and is the Executive Director of our sister organization Progressive Takeover, a bold new PAC working to take back state chambers for Democrats nationwide. Miller has held strategic data roles for a variety of campaigns and organizations, and she is passionate about using data as a tool to win elections and ultimately enact social change. Katie received her Honors B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs from Marquette University.
Alumni Engagement Coordinator
As a two-time alumnus of PTP’s electoral efforts, once as a Field Representative for the IL-10 field program in 2016 and once as a Regional Director overseeing field programs across multiple congressional districts in 2018, Julio is keen to lead our alumni engagement efforts. His deep understanding of our program and appreciation for remaining engaged with the Progressive Turnout Project inspires his commitment to reconnect with alumni and actively engage with them about professional development, job, and other opportunities. Julio’s passion for politics comes from his experience volunteering in his hometown with an environmental justice advocacy campaign aimed at retiring and transitioning a toxic old coal plant to clean energy.
Fellows Program Coordinator
Daniela Nyiri is responsible for the planning and execution of PTP’s Fellows program. A natural leader, Daniela’s journey in activism began by organizing field in multiple congressional races where she took pride in generating the next wave of activists and organizers—a skill she is determined to contribute to PTP’s efforts. 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.
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 Alumni of Michigan State and Grand Valley State Universities.