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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.


CHARLES IMOHIOSEN, ESQ. (HE/HIM)

CHARLES IMOHIOSEN, ESQ. (HE/HIM)

President and Chief Executive Officer

Charles Imohiosen is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Andrew Goodman Foundation. A long-time AGF Board Member, Charles is an entrepreneurial executive with an extensive multidisciplinary strategy and operations background that bridges the private and public sectors. Charles’ public sector career has spanned federal, state and local, government, including serving as Chief Operating Officer for New York’s leading economic development agency, Empire State Development, and serving in policy-making roles for the White House and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In the private sector, Charles co-founded a social impact-focused real estate development company; was the Chief Operating Officer for a technology-driven practice group at a large AmLaw 100 global law firm, where he also served on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee; practiced litigation as an attorney at another AmLaw 100 law firm; and led global customer engagement for a large privately-held enterprise software company, where he and his team helped businesses, hospitals, and government agencies navigate digital transformation projects.

Charles has a deep and abiding commitment to civic participation, social impact, and innovation. He has been a community leader; worked on dozens of political national, state and local political campaigns, including his own campaign for state legislature; managed several voting rights-related initiatives and pro bono engagements, including serving as Co-Chair for the Voting Rights & Engagement Working Group for an AmLaw 100 firm; served on various non-profit boards of directors; and is currently a Director for Groundswell, a nonprofit that builds community power through equitable community solar projects, clean energy programs, and pioneering research initiatives. He also advises early-stage companies and is a member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York.

Charles earned a B.A. with Honors in Philosophy and Physics from Williams College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and served as a law clerk to Judge Colleen McMahon in the Southern District of New York. He lives in New York City with his wife, two daughters, and dog.

MO BANKS (THEY/THEM)

MO BANKS (THEY/THEM)

Digital Marketing Manager

Mo is the Digital Marketing Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Mo has been a digital communication specialist for the past four 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.

KATY BUTLER (SHE/HER)

KATY BUTLER (SHE/HER)

Director of Digital Strategy and Advocacy

Katy Butler is the Director of Digital Strategy and Advocacy at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She works with the Programs and Communications teams to support the lifecycle of digital campaigns and strengthen engagement strategies. Katy has more than 8 years experience as an activist, digital organizer, and campaign strategist. Prior to starting a career in social justice Katy was a youth activist focused on anti-bullying and LGBTQ inclusive legislation on a state and national level; now she is passionate about developing students and young adults to become catalysts for change. After working with nonprofits focused on environmental justice, racial equity, LGBTQ rights, job equity, mental health, and gender equality, Katy comes to all her work with a focus on intersectionality. She holds a dual B.A. in Women’s Studies and Sociology from The George Washington University and a Master’s in Diversity and Equity Education from the University of Illinois. Katy lives in Chicago, IL with her wife, toddler, and furry friends (1 cat and 2 dogs). She plays rugby on the women’s team in Chicago and enjoys drinking multiple cups of coffee a day.

WAMBUI GATHERU (SHE/HER)

WAMBUI GATHERU (SHE/HER)

Director of Programs

Wambui Gatheru is the Director of Programs at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Wambui is a proud first-generation Kenyan-American. She began her career as a grassroots national organizer, quickly working her way into local Massachusetts politics where she successfully managed the 2018 Question 2 ballot initiative supporting a congressional mandate to get big money out of politics. The question had received 80% of the vote on the ballot, making it the winningest question on the ballot that year. Afterwards, she continued her career as a Partnerships and Outreach Manager, where she utilized her experience as a Black woman to form deeply intersectional and inclusive relationships. Now as the proud Director of Programs at The Andrew Goodman Foundation, she supports the visions and power of young voices in our democracy.

HOPE MATHIS (SHE/HER)

HOPE MATHIS (SHE/HER)

Development Manager

Hope Mathis is the Development Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. In her role, she supports all aspects of AGF’s fundraising efforts and seeks to approach development by actively centering intersectionality, identity, and racial justice. Prior to joining AGF, Hope worked in development at the Legal Action Center, a nonprofit that advocates for folks with arrest and conviction records, substance use disorders, and HIV or AIDS. She received her BA in Communication and Culture from Fordham University and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

DAVID NORMAN (HE/HIM)

DAVID NORMAN (HE/HIM)

Operations Associate

David Norman is the Operations Associate at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a minor in Accounting from Saint Francis College. He believes that effective change begins at the ground level with “you,” that we are constantly being nudged to serve a purpose far greater than ourselves.

GABRIELA PHILO (SHE/HER)

GABRIELA PHILO (SHE/HER)

Director of Development

Gabriela Philo is the Director of Development at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Prior to joining AGF's staff, Gabriela served on AGF's Associate Board and ultimately the Board of Directors. Gabriela was a Development Manager at Los Angeles Conservancy, a nonprofit that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic and architectural resources of Los Angeles County. Prior to Los Angeles Conservancy, Gabriela fundraised for The Municipal Art Society of New York and Literacy Partners in New York City.

XIMENA PULIDO (SHE/HER)

XIMENA PULIDO (SHE/HER)

Programs Intern

Ximena Pulido is the Programs Intern for The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She is a rising
sophomore at Yale University studying History and Political Science with a certificate in Spanish. During her first year at Yale, she participated in the First-Year College Council where she served as a Representative and Social Media Director for student communications. Ximena understands the importance of expanding voter turnout and the need for greater voting accessibility. Through The Andrew Goodman Foundation, she hopes to advocate for policy initiatives that amplify the voices of youth voters. In the future, she would like to take an intersectional approach with community engagement and municipal legislation to make lasting change within marginalized communities. Outside of her academic and career interests, she loves dancing Ballet Folklórico and volunteers at a Youth Wrestling Club during her free time!

MARGARET SASSER (SHE/HER)

MARGARET SASSER (SHE/HER)

Director of Communications

Margaret Sasser is the Director of Communications 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 (SHE/HER)

GABRIELLE SLAUGHTER (SHE/HER)

HBCU Lead Program Manager

Gabrielle Slaughter is the HBCU Lead Program Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. 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 (SHE/HER)

CAROLINE SMITH (SHE/HER)

Senior Program Manager: Partnership Strategist

Caroline Smith is the Senior Program Manager: Partnership Strategist at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. 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 (SHE/HER)

KRISTY SMITH (SHE/HER)

Director of Operations

Kristy Smith is the Director of Operations 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.

KAYLEE VALENCIA (SHE/HER)

KAYLEE VALENCIA (SHE/HER)

Program Manager

Kaylee Valencia is the Program Manager at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Kaylee is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. Her passions include creativity, civic engagement, social justice, and community building. Kaylee's experience is in amplifying the voices of young people by working to institutionalize civic engagement in higher education, as well as in helping others find what they care about and encouraging them to fearlessly pursue it. She believes that your vote is your voice, but your capacity to make meaningful change extends so much further than the ballot box.

ELDER VELIZ (HE/HIM)

ELDER VELIZ (HE/HIM)

Programs Intern

Elder Veliz is the Programs Intern at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. Elder is a queer, first-generation, lower-income student at Yale University, where he is studying statistics, data science, and United States history.

Elder seeks to use the interaction of these areas to help amplify the voices of our nation's most vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed individuals. By coupling objective research with strong communication, Elder hopes to promote broad and deep comprehension of complex policy dilemmas and address areas of systemic discrimination at the local, state, and national levels.

He looks toward law and advocacy work as mechanisms for influencing society’s collective ethics, inspiring individual action, and empowering communities once silenced and excluded. Through The Andrew Goodman Foundation, Elder hopes to progress on his social impact journey by supporting civic engagement initiatives aimed at enabling young voters to overcome structural barriers and exercise their right to vote.

YAEL BROMBERG, ESQ.

YAEL BROMBERG, ESQ.

Special Counsel & Strategic Advisor to the President/CEO

Yael Bromberg is a constitutional rights attorney with twenty years of experience in community organizing, advocacy, and campaigns. She serves as Special Counsel & Strategic Advisor to the President/CEO with The Andrew Goodman Foundation, supporting our organizing, advocacy, and legal efforts. Yael is one of the nation's foremost legal experts on the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18 and outlaws age discrimination in access to the ballot. Her legal scholarship, "Youth Voting Rights & the Unfulfilled Promise of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment," has been heralded as a groundbreaking study of this unexamined and under-appreciated area of constitutional rights.

Yael is Principal of Bromberg Law LLC, and a Lecturer at Rutgers School of Law where she teaches Election Law & the Political Process and serves as Faculty Advisor for the Rutgers Law Review's upcoming symposium, Voting Rights Reform: The 26th Amendment, Youth Power, and the Potential for a Third Reconstruction. This spring, she is advancing a new Andrew Goodman Foundation President's Initiative with the Harvard Kennedy School's William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice. Yael is a visiting associate with the Eagleton Institute for Politics at Rutgers University, and serves on the cross-partisan advisory council of American Promise, an organization dedicated to eradicating the outsized role of money in politics through constitutional ratification.

Formerly, Yael was a supervising attorney and teaching fellow in the Georgetown University Law Center Civil Rights Clinic and the Voting Rights Institute, where she received an L.L.M. in Advocacy with distinction. She worked in the Washington, D.C. headquarters of Common Cause, and clerked for nearly three years with the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Yael is a graduate of Douglass College and Rutgers Law School, where she was a Kinoy/Stavis Fellow in the Rutgers Constitutional Litigation Clinic 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, and is the youngest recipient of the award. Yael is barred in New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth and Seventh Circuit.

She has spoken at conferences and events nationwide on democracy law including youth voting rights, and is a frequent commentator for national news publications including the Washington Post, Slate, The Intercept, and CSPAN.

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