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Michael Keegan

President & CEO

Areas of Expertise:

  • First Amendment Freedoms
  • Right-Wing Movements
  • Elections

Bio

Michael Keegan has extensive experience as a business executive, philanthropist and longtime board member of both People For the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation, beginning his tenure with the organizations in 1994. In that time, Michael…

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Marge Baker

Executive Vice President for Policy and Program

Areas of Expertise:

  • Fair and Just Courts
  • Money in Politics
  • Voting Rights

Bio

Marge Baker is executive vice president at People For the American Way, where she oversees the organization’s policy and programmatic work. She serves as the organization’s spokesperson and chief strategist for its ongoing work to confirm fair-minded judges to the…

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Drew Courtney

Director of Communications

Areas of Expertise:

  • Right-Wing Movements
  • Fair and Just Courts
  • Trump Administration

Bio

Drew Courtney is Director of Communications at People For the American Way, where he is responsible for all of the organization’s public communications and right-wing research. In particular, his work has focused on organizing and messaging around fair and just…

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Lizet Ocampo

Director of Latinos Vote! Program and Manager of Political Campaigns

Areas of Expertise:

  • Elections
  • Latino Vote
  • Immigration

Bio

Lizet Ocampo is the manager of political campaigns and director of PFAW’s Latinos Vote! program, which works to expose and counter anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric from Republican and far-right candidates, leaders, and elected officials. In her time at PFAW, Ocampo has…

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Peter Montgomery

Senior Fellow

Areas of Expertise:

  • Right-Wing Movements
  • LGBTQ Equality
  • Religious Right

Bio

Peter Montgomery has studied the Religious Right movement and its right-wing political allies for more than two decades. He has written extensively about marriage equality, religious liberty, and other conflicts at the intersection of religion, politics and LGBT issues. He…

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Diallo Brooks

Director of Outreach and Partner Engagement

Areas of Expertise:

  • Voting Rights
  • Civil Rights
  • Progressive Leadership

Bio

Diallo Brooks, People For’s director of outreach and partner engagement, brings 20 years of experience as a leader in the fight for social justice and civil rights while working with national and state leaders to advance progressive policies that support…

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Andrew Gillum

Director of Youth Leadership Programs (Outgoing)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Youth Leadership
  • Civic Engagement

Bio

Andrew Gillum is Director of Youth Leadership Programs. An alumnus of Florida A&M University (FAMU), former president of the Student Government Association, and FAMU's first student member of the Board of Trustees, Gillum became the youngest person ever elected to…

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Svante Myrick

Director of Youth Leadership Programs (Incoming)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Youth Leadership
  • Millennial Engagement
  • Racial Justice

Bio

Svante Myrick, 29, is the youngest-ever mayor of Ithaca, New York and the director of People For the American Way Foundation’s Youth Leadership Programs. A longtime member of the Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, he now oversees the YEO Network,…

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Elliot Mincberg

Senior Fellow

Areas of Expertise:

  • Fair and Just Courts
  • Government Accountability
  • Church-State Issues

Bio

Senior Fellow Elliot Mincberg has researched and analyzed the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, religious liberty and other civil rights/civil liberties issues for more than three decades. At PFAW, Elliot’s work centers around judicial appointments, which he’s focused on…

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Leslie Watson Malachi

Director of African American Religious Affairs

Areas of Expertise:

  • Voting Rights
  • Civil Rights
  • Religion

Bio

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi is the current director of African American Religious Affairs (AARA) for People for the American Way and People For the American Way Foundation. As the director, Leslie is responsible for program planning and implementation of the…

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Miranda Blue

Research Editor

Areas of Expertise:

  • Anti-Choice Movements
  • Right-Wing Movements
  • Immigration

Bio

Miranda Blue is the research editor at People For the American Way. Over her five years writing for PFAW’s Right Wing Watch project, she has reported on the leaders and organizations driving right-wing movements. Her work has included investigations into…

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Dawn Huckelbridge

Senior Advisor to Policy and YEO State Strategies

Areas of Expertise:

  • Women’s Equality and Leadership
  • Youth Leadership
  • Millennial Engagement

Bio

Dawn Huckelbridge is the Senior Advisor to Policy and YEO State Strategies at PFAW, where she manages the YEO Network programs as well as its policy portfolio with the greater organization. She has professional and academic expertise in women’s political…

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Arn Pearson

Senior Fellow

Areas of Expertise:

  • Money in Politics
  • Government Accountability

Bio

Arn Pearson serves as a PFAW senior fellow focusing on anti-corruption efforts and campaigns to reduce the influence of big money in politics. He has worked for more than 20 years developing federal and state policy and legal strategies around…

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Brian Tashman

Senior Research Analyst

Areas of Expertise:

  • Right-Wing Movements
  • LGBTQ Equality
  • Trump Administration

Bio

Senior Research Analyst Brian Tashman reports on right-wing leaders and movements for People For the American Way's Right Wing Watch project. Daily tracking the right-wing, he's frequently followed fringe leaders for years before they come to national prominence. Tashman's writing…

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Christin “CiCi” Battle

Director of Young People For

Areas of Expertise:

  • Youth Leadership
  • Civic Engagement
  • Millennial Engagement

Bio

Christin “Cici” Battle is the Director of People For the American Way Foundation's Young People For, our national leadership development organization for college-aged folks. Hailing from Miami, Florida by way of Denver Colorado, Battle is a youth engagement expert that…

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Paul Gordon

Senior Legislative Counsel

Areas of Expertise:

  • Fair and Just Courts
  • LGBTQ Equality

Bio

Paul Gordon is People For the American Way's senior legislative counsel, where he focuses particularly on matters relating to the federal courts, including the Supreme Court. Gordon specializes in analysis of the real impacts of important court decisions, including cases…

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Kyle Mantyla

Senior Fellow

Areas of Expertise:

  • Right-Wing Movements
  • Trump Administration

Bio

Kyle Mantyla serves as a senior fellow for People For the American Way and reports for the organization's Right Wing Watch project. First hired as a research assistant by People For the American Way in 1999, he has now for…

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