Sandra Fluke is the President of Voices for Progress. In 2015, Sandra was responsible for the launch of V4P’s California state program, which grew to include political programming as well as policy advocacy. She was then tasked with overseeing membership engagement and recruitment throughout the western half of the U.S. before becoming National Membership and Development Director. Sandra is an attorney who specializes in policy and legislative advocacy on behalf of progressive causes. For two decades, she has worked in the non-profit sector to advance social and economic justice. She is nationally known for her congressional testimony regarding birth control access under the Affordable Care Act and for taking on Rush Limbaugh. In November 2014, she was a candidate for the California State Senate, emphasizing a platform of environmental protection, economic justice, and campaign finance reform. She currently serves on the Boards of Emerge California and the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles, as well as the advisory boards of Equality California, Hollaback, Westside Family Health Services, and West Hollywood Beverly Hills Democrats. She is a political partner with the Truman National Security Project, an Assembly District 50 Representative to DPSFV, and volunteers as a pro bono attorney. Sandra is a graduate of Georgetown Law as a Public Interest Law Scholar with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies, and from Cornell with a degree in Policy Analysis and Management. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Adam, and their dog, Mr. President, but spends time each month in Washington, D.C.
California State and Western Region Membership & Activation Manager
Nick Becker is the California State & Western Region Membership & Activation Manager for Voices for Progress. Nick facilitates advocacy opportunities for members in the western half of the U.S., including on California State policy and political engagement. He also supports member recruitment efforts as well as maintaining office operations for V4P’s Western Region 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.
Sarah Cotton is the Managing Director at Voices for Progress. Sarah leads V4P’s political program, both federally and in California and also cultivates strategic partnerships with other organizations. Previously, she served as Chief Operating Officer and National Director at Voices for Progress, where she led membership recruitment 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 avid reader and a diehard Marquette basketball and Green Bay Packer fan.
National Policy & Legislative Director
Danielle Gagne is the National Policy and Legislative Director at Voices for Progress, where she leads the advocacy and policy work in D.C. and California. Before joining V4P, Danielle spent six years working for both small and large non-profits, dividing her time between regulatory, congressional, and international work. 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.
Samantha Heyward is the Political Associate at Voices for Progress, working to support the organization’s political programming. In college, she was an intern at a progressive strategic communications firm and in Senator Chuck Schumer’s Hudson Valley district office. Samantha graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Government. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys visiting museums, trying new cuisines and traveling the world.
Christopher S. Myers
California State Policy & Programmatic Manager
Evan Minton is the California State Policy & Programmatic Manager for Voices for Progress. 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. A leader in the California Democratic Party, he currently serves on the LGBT Caucus Board in addition to other Party leadership roles. 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.
Mary McClure Renderos
Federal Program Manager, Economic & Social Justice
Mary McClure Renderos is the Federal Program Manager at Voices for Progress focusing on economic and social justice, where she oversees work on federal policies impacting poverty and economic opportunity, including federal budget and appropriations, health care, and tax issues. 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 (MSW) 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. Mary is an active member of Women in Government Relations and a former Judy Schneider Fellow. She lives in Maryland with her husband and their rescue dog, Teddy.
Policy & Activation Associate
Taj Salam is the Policy & Activation Associate at Voices for Progress, where he works on federal and California policy. Prior to joining Voices for Progress, Taj spent nearly three years working on progressive legislative issues at Liz Robbins Associates, the first female-owned government affairs firm in Washington, DC. Taj received his Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is a proud New Englander, world traveler, and passionate U.S. soccer fan.
Senior Advisor for Money in PoliticsDaniel Simon is the Senior Advisor on issues involving money in politics, for Voices for Progress. 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.