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Vote Everywhere Alumni Association

Led by graduates of our program, the Vote Everywhere Alumni Association promotes the spirit of involvement and participation amongst all Vote Everywhere alumni.


Nick Doran, Co-Chair

Nick Doran, Co-Chair

Binghamton University '16 '17

Nick graduated from Binghamton University in 2016 with a B.S. in Economics and in 2017 with a Master of Public Administration. He served as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador and Team Leader for three years. At Binghamton, his team registered over 4,200 students to vote, helped establish voter registration at Freshmen Orientation, and worked with the Board of Elections to eliminate voter barriers for students. Nick is currently a bank examiner for the federal government.

Katherine Liming, Co-Chair

Katherine Liming, Co-Chair

University of Dayton '18

Katherine Liming is a recent graduate of the University of Dayton, where she served as the first team leader for the campus’ Vote Everywhere team. During her time at UD, she ensured out-of-state voters had the proper documentation to vote using their campus address and integrated voter registration into new student orientation. She received the Hidden Heroes Award and Charles J. Ping Student Service Award for her work.
Upon graduation, Liming began working at Innovation Ohio as a communications and research associate. Innovation Ohio is a policy think tank in Columbus, Ohio focused on progressive policy solutions at the state-level.

Steven Adelson

Steven Adelson

SUNY Stony Brook '15 '17
Northeastern University '21

Steven Adelson is a residence hall director at Stony Brook University and Co-Campus Champion for the University's Vote Everywhere program. Previously, Steven was the University's first Vote Everywhere Ambassador and Team Leader. Additionally, Steven is a two-time alum of the University, receiving their Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2015 and Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration in 2017.

In 2015, Steven founded the University's Vote Everywhere program. During the next 18 months, Steven worked with their team to successfully register over 10,000 students to vote and achieved a voter turnout rate of 86 percent at the University's on-campus polling site during the 2016 Presidential Election, which was the highest of any polling site in the nation. Steven is currently pursuing their Doctorate in Education at Northeastern University, with a focus on undocumented immigrant identity development and access to higher education.

Thomas Armooh

Thomas Armooh

Elon University '19

Thomas Armoohis a recent graduate of Elon University. He is currently an intern in the Office of Congressman David Trone, MD-6th. He is also a volunteer Program Manager for the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S Academy, a non-profit organization in Gaithersburg, Maryland, which focuses on mentoring minority males. Thomas has been with the Andrew Goodman Foundation for the past two years and served as the team leader his senior year at Elon. While at Elon, he received both the John H. Barnhill Servant Leader Award and the Elon Experiential Learning Award for Civic Engagement and Service for his work in registering students to vote and organizing events focused on creating dialogue around political conversations.

MacKenzie Bills

MacKenzie Bills

Simpson College '16
2016-17 Fulbright Scholar

MacKenzie works at the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. State Department as a Research Analyst. She works on international policy related to Trafficking in Persons or modern-day slavery. MacKenzie's previous positions included working on the International Religious Freedom Reports, working at Campus Election Engagement Project, and as a Fulbright Recipient to Malaysia. MacKenzie is dedicated to civic engagement and civic dialogue. In her spare time, you might find her dancing at 305Fitness or doing stand up comedy at a local open mic night. You may find her opinions at SpokaneFavs, an interfaith online magazine as a religious columnist.

Angela De La Riva

Angela De La Riva

Simpson College '16

Angela is a 2016 graduate of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where she majored in Economics. During her time at Simpson, Angela served as President of Simpson Votes, President and Vice President of the Simpson College Democrats, as well as an Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Through working with Simpson Votes and the AGF, Angela helped to pioneer a lease agreement for all Simpson students, bring a satellite voting station to the college for the 2014 elections, and helped to register over 1,200 students to vote. Angela recently finished her Masters in Public Administration from Drake University and is serving as the Director of Economic Development for the Ackley Development Commission, of which she is also the Executive Director. Her role at the ADC is multifaceted, however the majority of her work is focused on business development, workforce retention and downtown/historic preservation.

Anna Del Castillo

Anna Del Castillo

Tufts University '18
Harvard Divinity School '20

Anna Del Castillo, a Mississippi Native, is a recent graduate of Tufts University where she studied International Relations and Colonialism Studies. At Tufts she served as the student body Vice President, a representative on the Interfaith Student Council, and a Boston Interfaith Leadership Initiative Fellow. As an Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassador she spent four years working to increase civic and political engagement on college campuses through organizing voter registration drives and round table conversations. As a second-generation Peruvian-Bolivian-American woman, Anna is passionate about immigrant justice and interns for Centro Presente, a Boston-based organization focused on immigrant rights and workers rights. This fall Anna will begin her studies at Harvard Divinity School where she is pursuing a Masters of Theological Studies focused on Religion, Politics, and Ethics. Anna realized her passion for interfaith social justice work while interning for the Immigration and Refugee Program of Church World Service and the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church in Washington D.C. She currently serves as one of the youngest board members for International Association of Religious Freedom USA. She hopes to use her work and educational experiences to continue creating spaces for interfaith dialogue and powerful community organizing centered around collective liberation.

Anna Herrmann

Anna Herrmann

University of Dayton '18

Anna Herrmann graduated from the University of Dayton(UD) in 2018 with a dual degree in Music and Communication/Public Relations. She refined a passion for community engagement through her position as an ambassador on UD's Vote Everywhere team. Following graduation, she moved to Detroit to serve for a year with a neighborhood development organization through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps(JVC). Currently residing in Cleveland, she works for JVC as their Engagement and Outreach Coordinator supporting young people interested in service in the Central region. She is thrilled to connect with other VE alumni to continue fostering support for civic engagement.

Maydee Martinez

Maydee Martinez

Miami Dade College '16
Georgetown University (COL '18)

Maydee Martinez is a graduate of Miami Dade College who studied Political Science and is currently a junior at Georgetown University majoring in Sociology with a minor in Government. In 2015, Maydee founded Democracy YOUnited, an educational program that focuses on voter registration, education, and engagement. She also helped found a non-profit organization, Engage Miami, with the goal of changing the culture of politics in her hometown Miami, Florida. Maydee is a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow and recipient of the 2016 Hidden Hero award.

Skylar Mitchell

Skylar Mitchell

Spelman College '19

Skylar Mitchell is a Spelman College Alumna whose work focuses on documenting veneers of black femme experience, confronting the dearth of archives centering young black womxn’s lives. In her time at Spelman, she has organized her theoretical studies with media and social justice experience to create an interdisciplinary convergence of the arts, international development, and black feminist activism, a path which she articulated in her April 2017 New York Times article, “Why I Chose a Historically Black College.” Since her freshman year after being a part of Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell’s inaugural presidential book circle, Skylar has been an advocate for on-campus arts-activism and creative spaces such as literary magazine, , Aunt Chloe where she served as its first Editor in Chief post-hiatus from 2016-2018 and has continued to work as head of Outreach and Media Relations. Skylar’s advocacy background dating back to middle and high school immediate led her to the Spelman Women in the Halls lobbying series.

After completing her senior thesis in fulfillment of the requirement of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program and her major, Skylar devised an accompanying visual project which she intends to develop further post-graduation as either a documentary film or a print photography publication. Skylar plans to pursue continued post-baccalaureate studies in critical cultural studies so that she can continue to effectively combine her loves of visual culture and film, public policy, and journalism to deconstruct socioeconomic inequalities, particularly for black and brown women, in various parts of the globe.

Megan Newsome

Megan Newsome

University of Florida '17

Megan Newsome obtained a B.S. in Astrophysics from the University of Florida in 2017, where she also spent three years as The Andrew Goodman Foundation's Vote Everywhere Team Leader. Her Vote Everywhere team's accomplishments included registering over 2,000 students to vote, providing shuttles to early voting locations, and publicizing voting accessibility issues via local media. Her goal as a Puffin Fellow is to see Florida lead the South in taking down voting barriers by advocating for college campuses to serve as early voting locations, improving transportation networks to and from polling sites, and strengthening comprehensive civics education. Her work aims to prioritize science and evidence in policy-making. On a clear night, though, don't be surprised if Megan can't be reached - sometimes she just needs a little space. (Get it?)

Jonian Rafti, Esq.

Jonian Rafti, Esq.

Bard College '15

Jonian is an Associate at Vaslas, Lepowsky, Hauss & Danke LLP, a litigation firm specializing in the defense of physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities.

In 2014, Jonian joined the Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere program’s inaugural class at Bard College. For his work, he received the Robert Koblitz Human Rights Award in 2015 from Bard. Upon graduating, Jonian joined The Andrew Goodman Foundation as a staff member and worked to expand and refine the Vote Everywhere program. He has since remained involved with AGF in numerous ways, including currently serving on the Foundation's Board of Directors.

As a law student, Jonian refined his election law expertise while working at the Brennan Center for Justice and the NYC Campaign Finance Board. He also worked at the Charities Bureau of the NYS Office of the Attorney General, the state agency that regulates New York not-for-profit corporations.

He holds a B.A. in Economics and History from Bard College, and a J.D. from Fordham Law School, where he was a Stein Scholar for Public Interest and the Business & Articles Editor of the Fordham International Law Journal. Jonian was born in Greece and is fluent in Albanian.

Valencia Richardson

Valencia Richardson

Louisiana State University '16
2016-17 Fulbright Scholar

Valencia Richardson is a third-year law student at Georgetown University. She is also a certified Distinguished Communicator, recipient of Upper Division Honors from the LSU Honors College, and a Fulbright Scholar.

Valencia graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University in 2016, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, with a concentration in Political Communication and a minor in Spanish. In 2014, Valencia became an Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere Ambassador at LSU. She also co-founded Geaux Vote LSU, an on-campus student organization aimed at assisting LSU students with registering to vote, voting, and staying up-to-date on upcoming elections. Under her leadership as a Vote Everywhere Team Leader and Geaux Vote LSU President, her team was instrumental in registering hundreds of students to vote, advocating for higher education funding, as well as increasing voter accessibility for college students by leading the charge to change Louisiana’s state law to allow student IDs to become eligible voter IDs.

Valencia continues her research to expand voter accessibility in the South as a Puffin Democracy Fellow. She is also the author of Young and Disaffected, publishing December 2019 by New Degree Press.

Dana Sweeney

Dana Sweeney

The University of Alabama '17

Dana Sweeney is a state-wide organizer at The Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, where he works to upend structural causes of inequality and injustice in Alabama by building district-by-district networks of active, connected, empowered constituents. Though he is based in Montgomery, he organizes with Alabamians everywhere from the high Appalachian ridges down to the breezy dunes of Mobile Bay.

Dana is a graduate of The University of Alabama (B.A. English, 2017), where he served as the university's first Vote Everywhere Ambassador. While at UA, he and the Vote Everywhere team led a successful campaign to eliminate a university fee being charged to students ordering absentee ballots. As an immediate result, more than 1,300 UA students were able to vote via absentee ballot in the 2016 elections without paying a fee. Collectively, those students saved over $75,000.

Dana is a 2016 Truman Scholar, a 2017 Hidden Heroes Awardee, and a member of the inaugural class of Puffin Democracy Fellows. He continues to fight for voting rights alongside Alabamians who are targeted by voter suppression, particularly in rural communities.

Madeline Thibault

Madeline Thibault

Syracuse University College of Law ‘22

St. Lawrence University '19

Madeline Thibault is currently a Juris Doctor Candidate at Syracuse University College of Law ‘22. Madeline attended St. Lawrence University ‘19 for undergrad and was the Team Leader and an Ambassador for the St. Lawrence University Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Chapter. She is very passionate about civic engagement, fostering community involvement, and participating in the political process. She is the current Council of President’s Chair for the New York State Young Democrats, and the President of the St. Lawrence County Young Democrats. In her free time, Madeline enjoys being active and on-the-go, listening to classic rock, and working with community-building programs, specifically ones that foster young women’s empowerment.

Itzel Velazquez

Itzel Velazquez

University of Central Arkansas ‘19

Loyola University Chicago ’21

Itzel Velazquez graduated from the University of Central Arkansas(UCA) in May 2019, where she double-majored in Political Science and International Studies. During her time at UCA, Itzel served as President of the Political Science Honors Association, Vice- President of Latino Student Association, SGA Diversity Committee member as well as an Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation. She worked on-campus with other organizations to register students to vote as well as to ensure students were aware of the polling location at UCA which her fellow AGF Ambassadors had worked to bring back to campus. Additionally, serving as President of LULAC Council #773, a council she helped to found, and as a member of Arkansas United, a non-profit focused on immigrant rights, she worked to ensure resources and information were available to Latinx voters. Itzel is currently in her first-year as a Master's student studying Higher Education at Loyola, where she has also joined a research team. She is a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow and will serve as an ESL Tutor at Centro Romero in Chicago.

Zoë Williamson

Zoë Williamson

Louisiana State University '19

Zoë Williamson graduated from Louisiana State University(LSU), where she majored in Political Communication with a minor in Political Science. During her time at LSU, she served as a Governor’s Fellow in Louisiana Government and worked in the governor’s communication office. In addition, Zoey served as LSU Student Government’s Director of Communications. As an Andrew Goodman Student Ambassador, Williamson helped lead Geaux Vote in expanding the organization’s structure, social media presence, and volunteer program. During her tenure, Geaux Vote registered 2,500 students to vote and successfully created one centralized polling place on LSU’s campus to make casting a ballot more accessible for all of LSU’s students.

Jessica Zaccagnino

Jessica Zaccagnino

Bard College '17

Jessica Zaccagnino is a current third-year law student at the University of Connecticut School of Law and a recent graduate of Bard College, where she served as a Vote Everywhere Ambassador and as the Co-President of Election@Bard. While at Bard, Jess coordinated voter registration, engagement with absentee ballot voters, and efforts to open a polling site on campus. At UConn, Jess has focused on election law and international human rights law as her primary disciplines of interest through internships with the Connecticut Office of the Secretary of State, the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, and the Office of State Ethics.

Jess holds a B.A. in Human Rights from Bard College, and is a J.D. Candidate at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she is the Symposium Editor of the Connecticut Law Review and the Parliamentarian of the Student Bar Association. She is publishing two articles in the Connecticut Law Review and the Connecticut Journal of International Law, both forthcoming in 2020.

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