Team

Sally Smith
Co-Host

Sally Smith is the founder and executive director of The Nexus Fund, a global organization dedicated to ending mass atrocities and countering hate speech in the U.S. She is an award-winning executive producer of the virtual reality film, Behind the Fence. Before working in international human rights, Sally worked on political and issue advocacy campaigns in the U.S.

Buffy Wicks
Co-Host

Buffy Wicks is a political strategist and expert in building and running local and national political and advocacy grassroots campaigns. She proudly worked for President Obama on both campaigns and in the White House.

Jay Newton-Small
Co-Host

Jay Newton-Small is the author of “Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works.” She is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at MemoryWell and a long-serving Washington correspondent for TIME Magazine and a journalist for Bloomberg News

Kacey Wulff
Executive Producer

Kacey is a public health, politics, and policy professional who focuses on work to strengthen the safety net for children and families. She works at the non-profit children’s advocacy organization, Children Now. Previously, she worked in the Obama administration promoting outreach efforts for the Affordable Care Act.

Sarah McHaney
Content Director

Sarah McHaney is currently a Senior Associate at Bully Pulpit Interactive. She worked as a producer for BBC World News with Katty Kay, the evening news program broadcasted around the world on BBC World and in the US on PBS channels. Before joining the BBC, Sarah spent three years producing for the national affairs beat at the PBS NewsHour.

Alex Daniels
Sound Engineer

Al Daniels is an audio engineer, and commonly referred to as a ‘nice guy.’ Before moving to Washington D.C. in 2015, he managed a recording studio in Philadelphia and also taught at the Community College of Philadelphia. He currently works at American University in D.C.

Emily Dalton Niles
Digital Director

Emily got her start as a campus organizer for then Senator Barack Obama in 2008 and continued to pursue opportunities that took her throughout the state of Wisconsin, Washington D.C and beyond to serve in the U.S Senate and as an appointee of the Obama Administration where she worked at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Menesha Mannapperuma
Web Director

Menesha is a product manager at Guild Education in Denver. A recovering lawyer, she previously practiced patent law and clerked for a federal judge in Texas.

Hannah Craddock
Research Director

Hannah is currently a history PhD candidate at Indiana University. Her dissertation explores the development of embryology in the early twentieth century in the United States, and its effects on understandings of pregnancy. When she isn’t writing, she’s working on finding the perfect banana bread recipe.

Lauren Thorbjornsen
Promotion Director

Lauren is a writer and strategist at Salesforce in San Francisco. She has worked in politics and government, domestically and internationally. Lauren worked on both President Obama’s campaigns and in his administration. She most recently moved to the Bay Area from Paris, where she was at the OECD, an intergovernmental organization focused on research and policy-making.