Daniel Penchina is the President of Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund. Penchina has 15 years of experience navigating the intersection of policymaking and politics. Daniel was principal at The Raben Group, a progressive public affairs firm based in Washington, DC. There, he designed and managed issue and advocacy campaigns — including developing legislative strategy, communications plans, coalitions, and tools for grassroots organizing — for dozens of national nonprofits, foundations, and companies. Prior to joining the firm, Penchina worked as a senior advisor and strategist for several members of Congress, including legislative director to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL), legislative director for Congressman (now Senator) Christopher Murphy (CT) and legislative assistant and appropriations associate for Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY). Penchina is a member of the board of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a member of the board of Supporting and mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL), and is a member of the Board of the Campaign for All DC Families. He is past-president of Q Street, an association of LGBT lobbyists and advocates. He graduated with honors from New York University.
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.
Finance & HR Manager
Jaclyn Easton is the Operations & HR Manager at Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund. Jaclyn serves as the Human Resources contact for the organization and acts as a liaison between Voices for Progress and the organization’s fiscal sponsor. She oversees the budget, tracks spending and manages hiring. 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 husband, daughter, and three rescue dogs.
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.
Christopher S. Myers
California Policy Manager
Evan Minton is the California State Policy Manager for Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund. Evan manages V4P’s California State policy work and ensures that V4P’s California members maximize their impact in Sacramento policy debates. Evan has nearly fifteen years of California political and legislative experience, and serves as a statewide thought leader and advocate on LGBTQ issues. His first political campaign was for climate change champion U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, and he has since worked for numerous progressive candidates and issue campaigns. In the California State Assembly, Evan staffed numerous successful bills on issues including voting rights, gun control, public health/safety, LGBTQ rights, and education equity. Evan also has experience lobbying the Capitol, having served as the Public Policy Specialist for California’s coalition of domestic violence shelters and service providers. Evan is considered the first openly transgender person to work in the California State Capitol, and he transitioned genders during his employment. He currently serves as the California Democratic Party’s LGBT Caucus Co-Chair. Evan is the plaintiff in a high-profile ACLU lawsuit, which was filed because a hospital refused to treat him after realizing he is transgender.
Adriana Moore is the Executive Assistant to the President at Voices for Progress and Voices for Progress Education Fund. Adriana manages the schedule of the President and arranges all of his travel. In addition, she assists in with office operations, bill payment and prep for advocacy events. Prior to joining Voices, Adriana served as a Kindergarten teacher committed to culturally-responsive instruction in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her background includes diversity and equity training and women’s leadership workshops. Adriana’s passion for racial and social justice stems her experience living in Sao Paulo, Brazil during her high school years. Adriana graduated from Barnard College with a bachelor’s degree in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies joint Human Rights with a concentration in Race & Ethnicity Studies. She is an avid reader of African American/Black literature and an aspiring poet-writer. Committed to healthy living, Adriana is a vegetarian and enjoys boxing.
Membership & Policy 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.
Senior 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.