staff & Board

Senior Leadership Team


Jeanné Lewis

Interim CEO



Rev. Jennifer Butler

Founder in Residence



Sara Benitez

Vice President of Organizing & Campaigns 


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Kia Smith

Vice President of Communications 



Adrianne Davis Johnson

Vice President of Development 


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Tokia Day

Interim Director of Operations 


For full bios, as well as those of other staff, check out the staff page at our partner organization, Faith in Public Life


Bobby Clark

Bobby Clark is an independent consultant with BRC Strategies, LLC and formerly served as Vice President of Programs and Communications at the Gill Foundation, where he oversaw the foundation’s strategic communications efforts and grantmaking to promote equal opportunity for LGBT people. Prior to joining the Gill Foundation, Bobby helped found and lead ProgressNow, a network of progressive communications and advocacy organizations with affiliates in 21 states. Under his leadership, the network grew to a dozen states and generated thousands of stories in state and national media, while cultivating a network of nearly 3 million grassroots members and activists. Previously Bobby served as one of the earliest staff members on Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, launching the campaign’s groundbreaking Internet effort and helping pioneer its innovative use of social media to build the campaign into a national movement. Bobby also led the development of the social networking platform ultimately used by Barack Obama’s presidential campaign to power its website.

Margarida Jorge

Margarida Jorge is a 23-year veteran of electoral, union, civic engagement and issue campaigns and a recognized expert in strategic campaigns, grassroots organizing, issue advocacy, and organizational development. She currently works as a strategic and organizational development consultant for a variety of progressive organizations including Vision First, PICO National Network, Working America, Main Street Alliance, and the Child Care and Early Learning Action Hub. From 2008-2013 Margarida served in multiple roles including as Executive Director of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), a coalition campaign she helped found in 2008 to pass, implement and defend the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA). Over the past 10 years, Margarida has served in many national leadership roles including as National Director of SEIU’s Americans for Health Care campaign, co-chair of Americans for Tax Fairness, and Executive Director of the Women’s Equality Center. She has worked as a strategic consultant and advisor for many progressive organizations including Demos, Main Street Alliance, Vision First, Faith in Action, Family Values@Work, Working America, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) and Ms. Foundation for Women. Before coming to DC in 2007, Margarida spent nearly 15 years organizing labor unions, passing legislation, building community organizations and electing candidates in states like Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Florida. She was been recognized for her contributions to organizing and campaigns with the St. Louis City NAACP Outstanding Leadership & Dedicated Service to Labor Award (2005), the Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Award (2005), the Campaign for America’s Future Nominee for Maria Leavey Tribute Award (2009), and the USAction Progressive Leadership Grassroots Activism Award (2009). Margarida holds two BA degrees from Columbia University.

Scott Nielsen

Scott is the first managing director of advocacy with Arabella Advisors where he helps the foundation, family, and individual clients use their resources to pursue the social and political goals that matter to them. He is also the founder and principal of Alexander Nielsen Consulting, which partners with individual and institutional donors to create and implement pragmatic grantmaking strategies that promote social change.  Prior to forming Alexander Nielsen Consulting, Nielsen was a program officer for 13 years at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, including seven years in the MacArthur Fellows Program (“Genius Grants”). Nielsen’s primary fields of grant-making expertise include issue advocacy, voter engagement, public policy, public interest law and journalism, the arts, and academic social science and humanities disciplines. He has written widely on philanthropy and the independent sector and serves as an advisor and board member to several other national nonprofits, including State Voices, Boston Review, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. He is a regular panel contributor and speaker to groups working with or within the nonprofit and civic engagement sectors. Nielsen holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Julia Rosen

Julia is a leading progressive digital and fundraising strategist and currently works as the Digital Strategy and Analytics Director at GPS Strategy with GPS Impact. An experienced leader in marketing at the intersection of political change and technology, Julia has worked to grow, engage and organize multi-channel audiences towards activism in both the issue and electoral realms for over a decade. Prior to GPS, Rosen served as the Director of Marketing for the progressive digital fundraising giant ActBlue where she oversaw all outgoing mass communication and managed a team of designers, content creators and analysts. Her leadership contributed to a dramatic increase in ActBlue’s email fundraising program, which doubled cycle over cycle.

Prior to that, Rosen served as a Campaign Director for where she managed a wide variety of issue campaigns, directed email communications to’s seven million members, and worked with partner organizations to mobilize volunteers during the 2012 election cycle.


Earlier in her career, she held digital leadership positions at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and several California-based advocacy and nonprofit organizations including the Courage Campaign, California’s largest online progressive organization.


Rosen is a board member at the Equality Federation and has conducted trainings for the New Organizing Institute, training organizers in digital organizing best practices.


She believes deeply in building and nurturing diverse talent, and brings a strong network of colleagues, allies, organizers, and friends to all of her endeavors.

Bill Smith

Bill Smith is a seasoned political operative who has built his career on advancing significant public policy initiatives and winning elections. He has two decades of experience in campaign management, message research and development, communications strategy, and movement strategy. As the national political director at Gill Action, Bill’s guidance and advice helped win nearly 200 successful state elections across the country. During his five-year tenure, Bill led the development of innovative strategies to pass, block, and protect key policy outcomes. He also counseled a network of donors that invested nearly $15 million into targeted campaigns supporting the freedom to marry and LGBT equality. Bill has worked extensively as a general consultant, providing critical counsel elected officials, political organizations, and social movement organizations across the country. He previously worked as a political operative for Karl Rove + Company and Wilson Grand Communications.

In addition to his work with elected officials, Bill has worked with Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, life insurance companies, and property and casualty insurance companies. He has led teams of the nation’s premier pollsters, media consultants, and campaign operatives on both sides of the aisle. He currently advises philanthropists, foundations, and donor collaboratives on a wide range of policy objectives, as well as national nonprofit organizations seeking to advance progressive policies at the state and federal levels. A member of the American Association of Political Consultants, Bill has run successful independent expenditure campaigns that have received both Campaigns & Elections and Pollie awards.


Bill currently serves on the boards of End Citizens United, Faith in Public Life Action Fund, and the Reconciling Ministries Network. A native of Alabama, Bill resides in Washington, D.C.

Cristina Uribe

Cristina Uribe is a veteran political strategist and organizer, with over two decades of experience working at the intersection of advocacy and politics.


She has held senior management roles at several organizations, serving as the California Director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC), Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at the National Education Association (NEA), the Western Regional Director of EMILY’s List, and Political Director for the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council.

Throughout her career Cristina has worked to drive policy and political change at the local, state, and national level, working with some of the most successful organizations and political campaigns in dozens of states across the country. She is recognized for her ability to build and manage large, diverse coalitions and organize communities in support of successful statewide and local ballot, policy, and legislative campaigns. She has also trained thousands of candidates, staff, and organizers through partnerships with Wellstone Action, EMILY’s List, and EMERGE.

As a consultant, Cristina specializes in providing strategic counsel and project management to a wide range of clients. In that role she delivers political guidance to major institutions and foundations on civic engagement strategies and investments. She also works with labor unions, non-profits, and advocacy organizations to develop plans and implement strategies that include coalition building, communications, research, facilitation, and training.
Cristina is a proud Bay Area native and lives in Oakland, CA. When not working, she can be found running Lake Merritt or at the Coliseum rooting on her beloved A’s. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the CA League of Conservation Voters, as a board member of the Health Access Foundation. She previously served as a board member of EMILY’s List, the Latino Engagement Fund, ProgressNow, Planned Parenthood Mar-Monte, and on the Advisory Committee of the Ascend Fund.