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Erik Altieri


Erik is the current President of the Agenda Project and the Agenda Project Action Fund. He started his career as the Communications Director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and as the Manager of NORML PAC. He administered NORML's social networks that reach well over one million individuals. Mr. Altieri was one of National NORML's registered lobbyists and has lobbied--and helped write and run grassroots campaigns in support of --federal and state bills regarding marijuana reform. Erik was also one of the group’s primary spokesmen to the media and has been quoted or has appeared in countless print, radio and televised media outlets. Prior to assuming his role as the organization's President, Erik held the position of Director of Communications for the Agenda Project and the Patriotic Millionaires before assuming the role of President. Altieri graduated from American University and currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where he spends his time obsessing over politics and hardwired to his newsfeed and CNN.

Erica Payne

Founder and Board Member

Erica is the Founder and a Board Member of the Agenda Project and the Agenda Project Action Fund, where she focuses on identifying and amplifying the diverse set of issues that most clearly differentiate the progressive and conservative worldviews. Prior to founding the Agenda Project, Erica led The Tesseract Group, a boutique marketing and communications firm focused on expanding the intellectual and communications infrastructure of the progressive movement.  In this role, Erica worked with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law and the Roosevelt Institute among others.  Prior to this, Erica co-founded The Democracy Alliance, a donor collaborative whose partners have invested over $100 million in progressive organizations. Her early career included serving as Deputy National Finance Director for the Democratic National Committee during the 1996 presidential re-election campaign and as a consultant to a number of campaigns and political organizations. Erica is the author of the Practical Progressive: How to Build a 21st Century Political Movement.  She is the co-editor of Make Markets Be Markets, a definitive volume on financial reform.  She holds a BA in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1991) and an MBA from Wharton School of Business at UPenn (2000).