Sanford (Sandy) Newman
Sanford A. (Sandy) Newman is the Founder and President of Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund. Newman has created two other successful organizations. Project Vote, founded in 1982, had become the nation’s leading minority voter participation organization by the time Newman left it in 1993. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, founded in 1995, today comprises 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs and elected prosecutors, all advocating programs like Head Start and quality child care. As a donor advisor and strategist from 2003 to 2009, Newman played a key role in reviving voter registration drives (which were nearly extinct) strengthening scientific research to determine what really works to increase voting, and helping revive enforcement of laws requiring public assistance offices to provide voter registration services. Before founding Project Vote, Newman clerked for a federal Court of Appeals judge, worked to increase access to health care for minorities and the poor as a test case litigator, conducted legislative and policy research for the Democratic Study Group in the House, and worked as a volunteer on passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
California State Associate
Nick Becker is the California State Associate for Voices for Progress Education fund. Nick assists with CA member recruitment/activation and state policy advocacy, as well as maintaining office operations for V4P’s California state office. Nick is an alumnus of San Jose State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. He has worked in politics, policy, and community organizing on issues from raising the minimum wage to voter registration and engagement for various elected officials, community groups and local governments, including Congressman Mike Honda, former California State Senator Elaine Alquist, Working Partnerships USA, the California Ethics and Democracy Project, the City of Santa Clara and the Northridge East Neighborhood Council of the City of Los Angeles. Nick is passionate about strengthening our nation’s democracy and finding innovative ways to engage residents in their community and government. In his free time Nick likes to read books on American History, watch baseball (go A’s!) and play the guitar.
National Director & Chief Operating Officer
Sarah Cotton is the National Director and Chief Operating Officer at Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund. Sarah leads membership recruitment, cultivating strategic partnerships with other organizations, and fundraising efforts for the organization. Sarah’s background is in campaign fundraising, and includes multiple stints as a finance director on congressional campaigns and a cycle at the DCCC as Southern Candidate Services Director. A graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sarah is passionate about social justice, reproductive freedom and civil rights. Sarah is a proud Wisconsinite, an aspiring runner and an avid Marquette basketball and Green Bay Packer fan.
Director of Growth and Impact
Mark Donovan is the Director of Growth and Impact at Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund. Mark leads Voices’ growth strategy and works with the team to maximize members’ impact on policy. Prior to joining Voices for Progress, Mark worked as a Regional Field Director at Organizing for America—Pennsylvania leading a staff of 10 and building a team of over 2,300 volunteers. In the past he’s been Chairman of a 35 member board distributing over $4 million in revenue, worked other campaigns as a Field Organizer and Press Secretary, and completed a short stint as a recruiter in the financial sector. Today, he enjoys exploring his newly adopted home-city of DC, watching the Boston Red Sox, and skiing.
Operations & HR Manager
Jaclyn Easton is the Operations & HR Manager at Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund. Jaclyn maintains office operations and spending, assists in advocacy prep, and also serves as an HR contact for the organization. Before joining Voices, Jaclyn received her Masters in Social Work at the National Catholic School of Social Service. There, she studied social justice and social change issues and became involved with the advocacy world. Previously, Jaclyn received her Bachelor of Arts from Catholic University. Adopted from Colombia as an infant, Jaclyn enjoys learning spanish in her free time. She also volunteers with her local animal rescue and fosters dogs, preparing them for their forever homes. Currently, Jaclyn resides in Arlington with her firefighter husband and three rescue.
California State Director
Sandra Fluke is the California State Director for Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund. Sandra is responsible for the launch of V4P’s first state office. She oversees California state policy advocacy, and membership and development within California. Sandra is an attorney who specializes in policy and legislative advocacy on behalf of progressive causes. For over a decade, she has worked in the non-profit sector to advance social justice and economic opportunity. She is best known nationally for her Congressional testimony regarding birth control access under the Affordable Care Act. In November 2014, she was a candidate for the California State Senate, emphasizing a platform of environmental protection, economic justice, and campaign finance reform. Sandra is a graduate of Georgetown Law and Cornell University with a degree in Policy Analysis and Management. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Adam, and their dog, Mr. President.
National Policy & Legislative Director
Danielle Gagne is the National Policy and Legislative Director at Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund, where she leads the advocacy work for both organizations. Prior to joining Voices, Danielle spent six years working for both small and large environmental non-profits, dividing her time between international climate policies, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act issues, and encouraging businesses to use smart, climate-friendly technologies. Danielle graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with bachelor’s degrees in International Politics and Geography and from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She is an ardent Penn State sports fan, an aspiring culinary mastermind, and an avid collector of international adventures.
Senior Policy & Legislative Associate
Mary McClure is the Senior Policy and Legislative Associate at Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund, where she oversees work on federal policies impacting poverty and economic opportunity, including federal budget and tax work. Prior to joining Voices, Mary worked in faith-based, social justice advocacy and in building nonprofit advocacy capacity. She also interned at a number of direct service nonprofit organizations throughout college. Mary holds a Masters in Social Work with a Social Change focus from the National Catholic School of Social Service in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Loras College in Dubuque, IA.
Membership & Development Associate
Bailey Reavis is the Membership and Development Associate at Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund. Bailey works with the membership team on recruitment and research to further V4P’s organization and policy goals. Bailey also helps with the management and organization of the V4P database. Since moving to Washington, Bailey has interned with Representative Mike Quigley from Illinois and Representative Jared Polis from Colorado, and worked for a consulting firm specializing in environmental advocacy. Bailey was also a field organizer in Colorado for Organizing for America in 2012, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Colorado at Boulder.
Senir Advisor for Money in Politics
Daniel Simon is the Senior Advisor for issues involving money in politics. He has consulted with numerous organizations and elected representatives on campaign finance reform, focusing on public campaign financing and disclosure of political expenditures, and is a member of NY LEAD, a bipartisan group supporting campaign finance reform in New York State. Daniel has prior experience in public interest law and teaching high school mathematics. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and served as a federal law clerk on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Policy & Legislative Associate
Tatyana Walker is the Policy and Legislative Associate at Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund. Tatyana works with the policy team to maintain and build its advocacy communications efforts on Capitol Hill. Tatyana also helps monitor policy and legislative developments as well as conduct research on specific policy issues. After graduating from the State University of New York at Cortland with a dual bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Professional Writing, Tatyana moved to D.C. to intern with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and later at the Children’s Defense Fund as an education policy intern. Tatyana’s work at two of the nation’s leading civil and human rights advocacy organizations has inspired her to pursue a master’s degree in Public Policy and a certificate in Public Management from The American University. She is a proud New Yorker who finds joy in simple things like flowers growing in concrete sidewalks.