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Our Staff
 

Kathryn DeSimone

Senior Associate,
Director of Campaigns

Kathryn is the Director of the Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength and Smart Capitalists for American Prosperity campaigns. She first discovered her passion for politics at nine years old, watching the results of the 2000 presidential election from her living room couch. Kathryn graduated from the New York University campus in Greenwich Village, where she received her B.A. in Economics. She was also a student in the inaugural class at New York University's satellite campus in Washington, D.C where she interned in the Economic Policy Office at the United States Department of Treasury. After working on numerous House and Senate campaigns, Kathryn transitioned to legislative work at the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. At the Agenda Project, Kathryn is dedicated to making sure that the ideas of the Progressive Movement translate to effective public policy. 

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DeVeria Flowers

Director of Finance and Operations 

Originally from Hampton, VA, DeVeria came to the DMV area fourteen years ago and is currently in the process of relocating to Charlotte, NC.  In her rare spare time, she likes to travel and loves to listen to a wide variety of music for relaxation.  Since coming to the DMV area, she has become extensively involved in the progressive political movement.  She has joined Agenda Project as the Director of Finance and Operations and is working to expand our capabilities so that we can be a major contender in the ever expanding Progressive Movement.

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Kosoko Jackson

Junior Associate,
Fundraising 

Kosoko, a graduate of The University of Maryland Baltimore County, has always striven to combine his academic interests with personal ones, while maintaining his jack-of-all-trades mentality. With a background in psychology, and an academic future in international public health, Kosoko has striven to bring awareness to social justice issues in everyday conversations and topics. A firm believer that anything is a social justice issue and that anyone can benefit from the tough topics being discussed, he's dedicated his life to combining all his interest--including academic research, fictional writing and hypothetical 'what-ifs'--in order to make people deal with the issues right in front of them.

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Michael McCall-Delgado

Junior Associate,
Campaigns

Michael A. McCall Delgado was born and raised in Puerto Rico, though he spent the first years of his life in Greenbelt, Maryland. He graduated cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans with a BA in History in May of 2014. While at Loyola, Michael was a moderator at the Student Peace Conferences in 2010 and 2012. In 2014, he wrote and presented to the Loyola History Department an Honor’s Thesis on the attempts by the United Mine Workers of America to unionize the mines of southwestern West Virginia at the turn of the 20th century. He was invited to present a modified version of his Honor’s Thesis paper, at the 2014 annual conference of the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG). In his spare time Michael enjoys studying American labor history and is currently looking to pursue graduate studies on the subject. He is a science fiction fan, and a recovering World of Warcraft player.

Mary Patrick

Mary Patrick

Junior Associate,
Practical Progress Staff Writer

Mary graduated from Colorado College in 2012, where she studied political science and economics. During college she began working with the Roosevelt Institute to engage and empower young people in politics. After graduating from college she lived in Madrid, Spain for a year and was struck by the devastation wrought by the housing crisis and by austerity policies. She returned to New York and got her MA in sociology at Columbia, focusing on urban theory and inequality. Her future plans include obtaining a PhD in economic sociology and adopting a dog too big for a New York apartment.

Erica Payne

Founder and President

Erica is the Founder and President of the Agenda Project and the Agenda Project Action Fund, where she focuses on identifying and amplifying the diverse set of issues that most clearly differentiate the progressive and conservative worldviews. Prior to founding the Agenda Project, Erica led The Tesseract Group, a boutique marketing and communications firm focused on expanding the intellectual and communications infrastructure of the progressive movement.  In this role, Erica worked with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law and the Roosevelt Institute among others.  Prior to this, Erica co-founded The Democracy Alliance, a donor collaborative whose partners have invested over $100 million in progressive organizations. Her early career included serving as Deputy National Finance Director for the Democratic National Committee during the 1996 presidential re-election campaign and as a consultant to a number of campaigns and political organizations. Erica is the author of the Practical Progressive: How to Build a 21st Century Political Movement.  She is the co-editor of Make Markets Be Markets, a definitive volume on financial reform.  She holds a BA in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1991) and an MBA from Wharton School of Business at UPenn (2000).

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Hannah Hendler

Chief of Staff,
Practical Progress Editor

A proud Pacific Northwest native, Hannah first came to New York five years ago to spend her time translating Latin at New York University, where she graduated with a BA in History and Classics. Since then, she has worked as a research assistant on numerous book projects and served on the editorial board for the country’s oldest undergraduate historical journal, all while perfecting her favorite yoga pose: the Bird of Paradise. Hannah has been actively involved in progressive issues since she was a child attending labor union rallies and marches with her parents. She currently heads the New York satellite office and runs Practical Progress, the Agenda Project Action Fund’s actually ‘brief’ briefing on the most Important news from the Progressive Movement.

Michael Iannelli

Michael Iannelli

Junior Associate,
Campaigns 

A rare proud Long Island native, Mike grew up near the ocean before setting out for New York’s mountainous Southern Tier, where he currently studies political science and history at Binghamton University. He first became interested in politics in middle school while studying climate change, and has been working to promote progressive policies and social justice legislation ever since. Prior to joining the Agenda Project, Mike worked on multiple local-government campaigns and as an intern at Democracy Matters, where he was part of the coalition that advanced campaign finance reform in New York. He also worked for two years as a legislative intern in U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s offices in Binghamton and Washington, DC. When Mike is not busy binge-watching political dramas on Netflix, he likes to spend time perfecting his Italian and traveling with friends and family. 

Ron Len

Ron Len

Video Editor

Ron Len is a film editor with 20 years of experience in a wide variety of genres. He has been recognized as an outstanding editor in his field in both long and short form work. Ron’s work ranges from feature films and documentaries to short films and television commercials. All told, he has edited films that have appeared at over 100 film festivals around the world, garnering numerous Best Feature and Grand Jury awards. Some of those films include "He Said, She Said", directed by Doug Liman, "Queenie in Love", directed by Amos Kollek, "Just Like You Imagined?" directed by David Frankel, "Who I Am", directed by Jesse Peretz, "Jailbait", written and directed by Brett C. Leonard, "War Eagle, Arkansas", directed by Robert Milazzo and "Particles of Truth", directed by Jennifer Elster.  Ron is also recognized as a contributing member to the Avid Technology Film and Video editing website. He enjoys bananas and watching footage of other people enjoying the great outdoors. 

Emily Neil

Emily Neil

Junior Associate,
Campaigns

Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Emily is a recent graduate of Barnard College. Majoring in Middle Eastern studies with a minor in Spanish and Latin American studies, she combined her studies in both cultures during a semester abroad in Granada, Spain, exploring the city’s Islamic history. In New York, she covered city news and honed writing skills as a reporter and associate editor for the Columbia Daily Spectator. She also pursued her interest in the arts and community outreach at a start-up arts education nonprofit, helping to develop the organization’s Harlem-based programs. She is passionate about the role of creativity in social progress and promoting intercultural understanding. Outside of work, you can find her running, writing, reading, talking to people, learning to play guitar, and rooting for her favorite team, the Baltimore Orioles.  

Morris B. Pearl

Board Member,
Director of Policy

Morris B. Pearl is a board member of the Agenda Project and the Managing Director of Top Wonks, the Agenda Project’s initiative to amplify the voices of the country’s preeminent policy experts among lawmakers and the media. Mr. Pearl previously spent most of his career in the capital markets, on both the sell side and the buy side, being a go to guy when innovations in structured finance required innovations in computer software engineering to make them work.  Mr. Pearl started out on the sell side, back before mortgages were considered “credit” products, and then moved to BlackRock where he worked on projects for governments, regulators, and central banks assessing the cost of the banking crisis and subsequent bailouts to the taxpayers of several different countries.

Cristy Vo

Cristy Vo

Junior Associate,
Campaigns

Cristy received a BA in Economics and English/Creative Writing from Emory University in 2012. While in Atlanta her interest in social justice began when she was active in Jumpstart, an early childhood education program that supported children from low-income neighborhoods. For the sake of adventure and justified afternoon tea rituals, she moved across the pond and received an MSc in History of International Relations at the London School of Economics. Cristy took her interest in educational advocacy to Washington, D.C. and currently volunteers with Higher Achievement. When not working, you can find her relaxing in Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park.