Our People

Staff

A passionate group of activists and change agents committed to building a more peaceful and just world, our staff works to inflict long-lasting change by supporting the next generation of civic leaders.


SYLVIA GOLBIN GOODMAN

SYLVIA GOLBIN GOODMAN

President

Sylvia Golbin Goodman is the President of The Andrew Goodman Foundation and a member of its Board of Directors. She oversees the Foundation’s long-term planning and strategic direction and originated the Hidden Heroes Awards and the Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere program. Sylvia served as the Executive Director of AGF from 2007 to 2020 during which time she oversaw the growth of the organization from a small, family foundation to a public, non-profit charity. Under her guidance, AGF developed its current mission and vision as well as becoming a leader in youth voting rights. Before joining AGF, Sylvia was the Director of Corporate Communications for United American Energy Corp. from 1989 to 2001. She is an experienced educator who served for 13 years as a tenured English teacher, guidance counselor and dean for the NYC Board of Education as well as two years as an Adjunct Professor of English at Bergen Community College. In addition, Sylvia is a trained Life Coach and Earth Wisdom Teacher. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Council for Peace. Sylvia earned a B.A. (English) from Connecticut College in 1967, an M.A. (Education) from Syracuse University in 1968 and an M.S. (Counseling) from Fordham University in 1972.

ALEXANDRIA HARRIS, ESQ.

ALEXANDRIA HARRIS, ESQ.

Executive Director

Alexandria “Alex” Harris is the Executive Director of The Andrew Goodman Foundation. In her role, she is responsible for activating the Foundation's goals and vision through the strategic and sustainable growth of the organization. Alexandria first became passionate about voting when she was in elementary school. She participated in many local and national campaigns, organized and registered students to vote on campus, and successfully lobbied the Georgia State Legislature to enact a law that allowed a voter to cast a provisional ballot if they believed they were entitled to vote. The law was the precursor to the Provisional Vote Law enjoyed across the United States today. Alexandria practiced corporate law for nearly a decade. She left the law to become a social entrepreneur, opened a school, and has since helped nonprofits around the world scale. She earned a B.A. from Spelman College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Alex typically spends her free time playing outside with her husband, two small boys, and Mini Schnauzer, Langston Hughes.

MO BANKS

MO BANKS

Digital Marketing Manager

Mo is the Digital Marketing Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Mo has been a digital organizer for the past three years, working for a variety of non-profits in the progressive movement space. Mo believes a robust digital strategy is a key factor in leveraging progressive wins, increasing accessibility in our movement spaces, and transforming narratives in service of cultural shifts. They currently live in Arkansas with their wife and 4 kids. They are a meme connoisseur, a Gemini with no behavior, and they have never met a sandwich they didn't love.

JARVIS BENSON

JARVIS BENSON

Program Manager

Originally from Grenada, Mississippi, Jarvis graduated with honors from the University of Mississippi with degrees in International Studies and Spanish. His passion for social justice came while serving as a community organizer for the non-profit Mississippi Votes and overseeing the largest voter registration effort in the state since the Freedom Summer of 1964. Jarvis currently lives in DC where he organizes around Black, feminist, and queer issues.

DOROTHY “DJ” DREELAND

DOROTHY “DJ” DREELAND

Executive Assistant

Dorothy "DJ" Dreeland is the Executive Assistant at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. While pursuing her Bachelor of Social work degree from Centenary University, Dorothy discovered a passion for civic engagement through student-led groups and community outreach positions. She expanded her skills in stakeholder engagement, marketing, and organizational leadership by earning her Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. Prior to her AGF position, Dorothy worked at the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center as a Volunteer & Market Coordinator. She led congregational, community, and corporate volunteers in serving meals and organizing weekly Free Farmers Markets.

RACHAEL GAMBINO

RACHAEL GAMBINO

Development Manager

Rachael Gambino is the Development Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Rachael joins the team with over 5 years of fundraising and event planning experience, having worked with both non-profit and for-profit organizations. In her previous role, she supported aspiring entrepreneurs in New Jersey to start and grow small businesses that created jobs, stirred the local economy, and created lasting generational impact. A firm believer in the power of one, she is eager to join a team that focuses on the rights of young voters, whose individual vote can impact an entire election. Rachael currently resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband and dog, Charlie, where they enjoy spending their free time going on hikes and playing outside.

WAMBUI GATHERU

WAMBUI GATHERU

Senior Program Manager of Movement Strategy

Wambui is a proud first-generation Kenyan-American whose parents wish she called more. She is an organizer, activist, and social commentator who uses her experience as a black woman and child of immigrants to inform her opinions. She believes in the power of the young people to change the world and is humbled to join The Andrew Goodman Foundation and lend her leadership to the mission.

CHANDANA GUNTUPALLI

CHANDANA GUNTUPALLI

Senior Development Manager

Chandana “Chandi” Guntupalli is the Senior Development Manager of The Andrew Goodman Foundation. In her role, she manages a variety of fundraising efforts with a specific focus on institutional donors. Prior to joining AGF, Chandi worked at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) where she managed an institutional donor portfolio in order to advance the organization’s mission to fight hate and bias. Chandi holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from Michigan State University, and a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Rutgers University – Newark. Since August 2014, Chandi is the founder and host of a Meetup group, Central Jersey’s International Coffee Hour. This group provides a platform for locals and expatriates to gather over coffee and engage in discussions about culture, travel, and current events.

JUSTYNA KRYGOWSKA

JUSTYNA KRYGOWSKA

Communications Director

Justyna Krygowska is the Communications Director of The Andrew Goodman Foundation. In her role, she manages a variety of projects to ensure the Foundation’s brand and programs are reinforced with quality communications. Prior to joining AGF, Justyna worked at Rising Tide Capital where she helped revitalize underserved communities in New Jersey through microenterprise development. In her spare time, Justyna runs her own business, Ladybug Design Studios, serves on the board of directors for the Passaic County SPCA, and is a mentor for The Pesce Family Mentoring Institute at William Paterson University. Justyna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Design with a concentration in Communication Design and Design & Management from Parsons the New School for Design. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Arts and Letters from Drew University.

CECELIA MCDERMOTT

CECELIA MCDERMOTT

Wisconsin Organizer

Cecelia is from Appleton, Wisconsin, and she is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studies Political Science and Human Geography. Her interests include public policy, digital media, and all things spreadsheets. She is really passionate about engaging with her peers around elections and recently managed a student campaign for the Madison Common Council. As a Wisconsin Organizer, Cecelia looks forward to working to increase civic engagement on campuses across the state.

ELISE ORLICK

ELISE ORLICK

Development Administrator

Elise Orlick is the Development Administrator for The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She brings experience as a public interest organizer and democracy reform advocate to the role. Elise most recently served as State Director of WashPIRG, where she helped pass Automatic Voter Registration and other reforms modernizing Washington state’s voting system. Previous to that she worked with U.S. PIRG as a Democracy Associate, leading federal advocacy campaigns to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and reform Congressional ethics laws. Elise attended the College of William & Mary where she received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude, majoring in Government and minoring in French and Francophone Studies. Elise lives in Seattle, Washington, with her boyfriend Stephen and their cat Pixel.

CHRISTINA POLLONAIS

CHRISTINA POLLONAIS

Senior Program Manager of Impact Growth and Strategy

Christina Pollonais is the Senior Program Manager of Impact Growth and Strategy. In her role here she is responsible for measuring program effectiveness and leveraging data to tell the story of our impact and the effectiveness of our program strategy. Christina is also designing and implementing a special Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Cohort that provides a space for HBCUs to thought-partner, highlight their work, and share solutions for the barriers they face with voter registration, education, and voter turnout. Christina’s objective at AGF is to amplify the voices of people who are so often ignored. She believes a key way to ensure all voices are heard is by protecting voting rights and encouraging citizens to exercise these rights.
As a U.S. citizen growing up on the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Christina lived in a very culturally, racially, and politically diverse society. Her multinational and multicultural upbringing taught her that a functional democracy must be rooted in equal voice and inclusion for all. With this exposure, she was motivated to attend Spelman College and then earn a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. In her spare time, Christina enjoys cooking, traveling, and relaxing at the beach.

STEPHANIE POWELL

STEPHANIE POWELL

Program Director

Stephanie Powell is the Program Director at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. In her role, she supports and strengthens our work to make young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy. Throughout her career, Stephanie has seen first-hand the catalytic impact young leaders have on the challenges facing our country, and truly believes student civic leadership is the cornerstone of positive, lasting change. Stephanie has more than 14 years of nonprofit management, strategic planning, volunteer coordination, administration, fundraising, and public relations experience at the local, regional, and national level. Prior to joining AGF, Stephanie served as the Executive Director of Young Leadership Council, the Field Director of Restore the Mississippi River Delta, the Executive Director of Southern Energy Network, and an Outreach Associate for the Gulf Restoration Network. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and in Anthropology from the University of Georgia. Stephanie lives in New Orleans with her husband, son, and cat, and enjoys attending the cultural events the city has to offer.

JALYNNE SANTIAGO

JALYNNE SANTIAGO

Chief Financial & Operations Officer

JaLynne Santiago is the Chief Financial & Operations Officer at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. As CFO-COO, Ms. Santiago develops and provides strategic-operational leadership and oversight in the areas of finance, human resources, and information technology. She is also responsible for assessing organizational performance and long-term strategy. Ms. Santiago has served in the nonprofit space for over 15 years. She has extensive financial management experience, system implementation, financial reporting, internal control systems, and compliance. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from Florida A&M University. JaLynne is also a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. She serves a board treasurer for two local nonprofit organizations and provides advisory services specifically to nonprofits and small businesses.
Prior to joining AGF, Ms. Santiago was the Chief Financial & Operations Officer for ElderSource & its subsidiaries. In her role, she worked closely with the CEO and played a critical role in modernizing the organization.

MARGARET SASSER

MARGARET SASSER

Senior Communications Manager

Margaret Sasser is the Senior Communications Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. In her role, Margaret works to support the work of AGF's programs with strategic communications and marketing. Prior to joining AGF, she worked at Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center that supports equitable school experiences for all students. As a Research Associate, she developed social justice, anti-bias professional development and curricular resources for K-12 educators. She is a two-time graduate of the University of Alabama, where she obtained a Master's degree in American Studies, focusing on American popular music, and a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, concentrating on gender and race theory. Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Margaret is passionate about civil rights issues, storytelling, and helping students to become active members of their communities.

GABRIELLE SLAUGHTER

GABRIELLE SLAUGHTER

Program Manager

Gabrielle is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor's degree in political science. Her passions include dancing, social justice, and public interest. She takes pride in being a servant leader and mentor for young black and brown girls in her community. Her long term goals include becoming an attorney and serving as representation for others who desire to implement change in our legal system.

CAROLINE SMITH

CAROLINE SMITH

Program Manager

Caroline is from Maplewood, NJ, and received her BA in Sociology and a certificate in Community Action/Public Policy at Connecticut College ('18). After graduation, she began her organizing career with the Student PIRGs at Rutgers University-Newark and then jumped into national electoral work on Senator Cory Booker's presidential campaign for the 2020 primary cycle. Caroline joins AGF excited to re-focus her efforts on combating voter suppression and boosting civic/electoral engagement among young voters.

KRISTY SMITH

KRISTY SMITH

Senior Operations Manager

Kristy Smith is the Senior Operations Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She is responsible for processing and recording all financial transactions and will work to ensure efficient financial operations of the Foundation. Kristy holds a BA in Psychology and Educational Studies from the University of Delaware. She recently moved back to the area from Long Island, where she lived for over 10 years. While there she began her career in finance for a local non-profit that helps victims of Domestic Violence. Kristy is happy to be able to continue to work in the non-profit world and support the important mission of The Andrew Goodman Foundation.

RACHEL SONDKAR

RACHEL SONDKAR

Communications Associate

Rachel is the Communications Associate at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy with a concentration on The American Legal System. Rachel was previously an Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere Ambassador and helped relaunch the program on campus, as well as was the Voter Education Manager through the student government. She co-founded the Civic Engagement Committee which brought together student leaders and key administrators to centralize and institutionalize Berkeley’s official civic engagement efforts. She revamped and created digital voting resources ahead of the 2020 primary and had her work featured and promoted by the Chancellor’s Office and the University of California, Office of the President. Rachel is excited to continue working with The Andrew Goodman Foundation and to help equip students with the tools and education they need ahead of election day.

NICOLE TAYLOR

NICOLE TAYLOR

Senior Program Manager of Partnerships

Nicole Taylor is a Senior Program Manager of Partnerships at the Andrew Goodman Foundation. She graduated from Hamilton College with her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Government. Nicole began organizing students around voter engagement and leadership development while with the Campus Vote Project as an intern and 2018 Student Advisory Board Secretary. She used the skills gained from these experiences to partner with Hamilton College faculty and administrators to found Hamilton’s voter engagement organization, HamVotes. She chaired the HamVotes Student Ambassador Team and led their voter registration, education, and turnout efforts throughout 2018. Nicole is passionate about civic and voter engagement, particularly among students, and is excited to empower Vote Everywhere Ambassadors to make the ballot more accessible on their campuses.

MAXIM THORNE, ESQ.

MAXIM THORNE, ESQ.

Managing Director

Maxim Thorne is the Managing Director of The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Formerly, Maxim was the Senior Vice President and Chief Communications and Development Officer of NAACP, the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Human Rights Campaign and HRC Foundation, and the Executive Director of NJ Head Start Association. Maxim earned a B.A. cum laude (Econs and PolSci) from Yale College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Mr. Thorne has taught at Yale University and Rutgers University where he is respectively a Fellow and Lecturer at Yale, and an Eagleton Visiting Associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.He has served on the board of directors of many organizations, including GLAAD, the Board of Governors of Yale University, Executive Committee of The Yale Law School, Yale Black Alumni Association, The North Star Fund, Amistad Research Center, Barnert Hospital Foundation and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey.

PAIGE TRUBATCH

PAIGE TRUBATCH

Programs and Office Assistant

Paige is the Programs and Office Assistant at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She received her B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, with a focus on nonfiction. Prior to joining AGF, she worked at The Garden Club of America in the role of Information Coordinator, where she provided website support for a national network of local garden clubs, and as a Staff Administrator, where she supported the volunteer-led Communications and membership magazine committees. Paige is an AmeriCorps alum who remains passionate about volunteering, though these days she is finding more unique ways to be of service through online networks and communities from her home in the woods.

YAEL BROMBERG, ESQ.

YAEL BROMBERG, ESQ.

Chief Counsel for Voting Rights (Outside Counsel)

Yael is a constitutional rights attorney with fifteen years of experience in community organizing, advocacy, and campaigns. Formerly, she served as a supervising attorney and teaching fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s Civil Rights Clinic and Voting Rights Institute, where she received an L.L.M. in Advocacy with distinction. She previously worked in the Washington, D.C. headquarters of Common Cause, and clerked for the late Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Yael is a graduate of Rutgers Law, where she was a Kinoy/Stavis Fellow in the Rutgers Constitutional Litigation Clinic, an Ella Baker Fellow with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and received upon graduation the Eli Jarmel Memorial Award for greatest interest and proficiency in public interest law. In 2015, she received the Eric Neisser Public Service Alumni Award in recognition of her work in democracy law. Yael is barred in New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. Yael is presently outside counsel to The Andrew Goodman Foundation and is Principal of Bromberg Law LLC.

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