staff & Board

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Rev. Jennifer Butler

CEO

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Jennifer is the founding Executive Director of Faith in Public Life and the former chair of the White House Council on Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships. Before leading FPL Jennifer spent ten years working in the field of international human rights representing the Presbyterian Church (USA) at the United Nations and is an ordained minister. While mobilizing religious communities to address the AIDS pandemic and advocate for women’s rights she grew passionate about the need to counter religious extremism with a strong religious argument for human rights. Out of that experience she wrote Born Again: The Christian Right Globalized, which was published by University of Michigan Press. Her book calls for a progressive religious response to Religious Right efforts to take the culture wars global.

Jennifer served in the Peace Corps from 1989 to 1991 in a Mayan village in Belize, Central America where she discovered she was at heart a community organizer. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, she also studied public policy and community organizing and graduated with a MSW from Rutgers University. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary.

Jennifer and her husband Glenn together run Iona Conversations, a Christian spiritual community in downtown Washington DC. When not dreaming up ways to amplify a social justice faith voice, Jennifer loves camping, hiking and biking with her husband and son.​

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Sara Benitez

Vice President of Organizing & Campaigns 

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Sara Benitez directs the organizing department where she works to empower clergy and lay leaders of all faith traditions to lead in their communities and promote their values. She is frequently humbled by the many faith leaders who selflessly serve and mobilize their communities for social justice.

Most recently, Sara served as the Director of Environment Programs at Hispanic Access Foundation, where she had the privilege of working with Latino faith leaders, youth, and families to advocate for public lands and water conservation. Sara cut her teeth in advocacy as a Research Analyst at the National Council of La Raza, where she made the case for policy changes that could increase opportunities for Latino families. Growing up in Idaho and Colorado, Sara was inspired by the the example of local leaders, including her parents, grandmother, and clergy, who dedicated themselves to community service and advocating for the Latino advocacy. She received a thorough education in advocacy and service at Wellesley College and deepened her understanding of the Latina/o diaspora at the University of Texas at Austin where she received a Master’s in Latin American Studies.

 

A Westerner at heart, Sara unwinds by birdwatching and stargazing from her D.C. balcony. She can lose hours in a bookstore, library or museum and feels blessed that her work has given her the opportunity to eat delicious Latino foods, from tacos to arepas, all across the country.

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Charlie Everett

Digital Campaigner

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Charlie Everett serves as the Digital Campaigner working to advance Faith in Public Life and Faith in Public Life’s organizing campaigns through empowering advocates to take action online. Prior to joining FPL, they worked for People For the American Way mobilizing activists to protect our courts and at GLSEN helping organizers build capacity to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. They graduated from American University with dual degrees in Political Science and American Studies. Charlie is passionate about empowering trans youth, advancing equity in schools and sports, and building collective power to advance justice. In their spare time, grab Charlie to talk about being from Texas, their family of five (one loving fiancé and three disaster cats), and women’s sports.

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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 MoveOn.org where she managed a wide variety of issue campaigns, directed email communications to MoveOn.org’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.

Acacia Salatti

Acacia Bamberg Salatti is a leading voice on the issues of health equity, public health engagement, and community stakeholder outreach working at the intersection of public policy, politics, and healthcare. Acacia served as Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As Director, she was responsible for furthering the priorities, mission, and goals of HHS and the White House concerning public health engagement. While at HHS, Acacia served as a highly visible face of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) external outreach. Before HHS, Acacia served six years in the office of South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn, eventually assuming the position of Staff Director on the House Democratic Faith Working Group which Rep. Clyburn chairs. In addition to advising on policy, she most notably helped to increase Clyburn’s and the Democratic Caucus’ footprint and relationships among faith leaders. She is passionate about health and education equity and delights in finding ways to uplift others and connect the least of us to needed resources by shifting the conversations on what constitutes a faith issue, broadening the understanding to include food insecurity, healthcare, education, and immigration beyond the traditional issues of abortion and gay marriage. 

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.

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