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Kathryn DeSimone

Director of Campaigns

Kathryn is the Director of the Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength and Smart Capitalists for American Prosperity campaigns. She first discovered her passion for politics at nine years old, watching the results of the 2000 presidential election from her living room couch. Kathryn graduated from the New York University campus in Greenwich Village, where she received her B.A. in Economics. She was also a student in the inaugural class at New York University's satellite campus in Washington, D.C where she interned in the Economic Policy Office at the United States Department of Treasury. After working on numerous House and Senate campaigns, Kathryn transitioned to legislative work at the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. At the Agenda Project, Kathryn is dedicated to making sure that the ideas of the Progressive Movement translate to effective public policy. 

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Hannah Hendler

Chief of Staff,
Practical Progress Editor

Hannah serves as Chief of Staff and is the Managing Editor of Practical Progress--the Agenda Project Action Fund’s actually brief briefing on the most Important news from the Progressive Movement. A proud Pacific Northwest native, Hannah first came to the East Coast to study at NYU where she graduated with a BA in History and Classics. Since then, she has worked as a research assistant on numerous book projects and served on the editorial boards of historical journals, all while perfecting her favorite yoga pose: the Bird of Paradise. Hannah has been actively involved in progressive issues since she was a child attending labor union rallies with her parents. 

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Michael McCall-Delgado

Junior Associate

Michael A. McCall Delgado was born and raised in Puerto Rico, though he spent the first years of his life in Greenbelt, Maryland. He graduated cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans with a BA in History in May of 2014. While at Loyola, Michael was a moderator at the Student Peace Conferences in 2010 and 2012. In 2014, he wrote and presented to the Loyola History Department an Honor’s Thesis on the attempts by the United Mine Workers of America to unionize the mines of southwestern West Virginia at the turn of the 20th century. He was invited to present a modified version of his Honor’s Thesis paper, at the 2014 annual conference of the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG). In his spare time Michael enjoys studying American labor history and is currently looking to pursue graduate studies on the subject. He is a science fiction fan, and a recovering World of Warcraft player.

Erica Payne

Founder and President

Erica is the Founder and President 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).

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DeVeria Flowers

Director of Finance and Operations 

Originally from Hampton, VA, DeVeria came to the DMV area fourteen years ago and is currently in the process of relocating to Charlotte, NC.  In her rare spare time, she likes to travel and loves to listen to a wide variety of music for relaxation.  Since coming to the DMV area, she has become extensively involved in the progressive political movement.  She has joined Agenda Project as the Director of Finance and Operations and is working to expand our capabilities so that we can be a major contender in the ever expanding Progressive Movement.

Ron Len

Ron Len

Video Editor

Ron Len is a film editor with 20 years of experience in a wide variety of genres. He has been recognized as an outstanding editor in his field in both long and short form work. Ron’s work ranges from feature films and documentaries to short films and television commercials. All told, he has edited films that have appeared at over 100 film festivals around the world, garnering numerous Best Feature and Grand Jury awards. Some of those films include "He Said, She Said", directed by Doug Liman, "Queenie in Love", directed by Amos Kollek, "Just Like You Imagined?" directed by David Frankel, "Who I Am", directed by Jesse Peretz, "Jailbait", written and directed by Brett C. Leonard, "War Eagle, Arkansas", directed by Robert Milazzo and "Particles of Truth", directed by Jennifer Elster.  Ron is also recognized as a contributing member to the Avid Technology Film and Video editing website. He enjoys bananas and watching footage of other people enjoying the great outdoors. 

Morris B. Pearl

Board Chairperson

Morris B. Pearl is a board member of the Agenda Project and the Managing Director of Top Wonks, the Agenda Project’s initiative to amplify the voices of the country’s preeminent policy experts among lawmakers and the media. Mr. Pearl previously spent most of his career in the capital markets, on both the sell side and the buy side, being a go to guy when innovations in structured finance required innovations in computer software engineering to make them work.  Mr. Pearl started out on the sell side, back before mortgages were considered “credit” products, and then moved to BlackRock where he worked on projects for governments, regulators, and central banks assessing the cost of the banking crisis and subsequent bailouts to the taxpayers of several different countries.

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Abby Scribner

Practical Progress Staff Writer

Abby Scribner graduated from Kenyon College in 2013 with a double degree in English and Modern Languages (Russian and Spanish). She studies contemporary global literature from a postcolonial and feminist perspective, and she is especially interested in the intersections between literature and politics. Abby was involved in the nonprofit and social justice scene in Chicago for a year before recently moving to New York City. A Midwest native, she looks forward to practicing her new East Coast scowl.

Spencer Tilger

Spencer Tilger

Practical Progress Staff Writer

Spencer is a recent graduate of Vassar College where he both studied geography and mastered the art of avoiding having to explain what geography is.  A member of the generation that came into political consciousness during the Great Recession, inequality and social justice have long been primary concerns for him, eventually becoming the focus of his academic studies. Prior to joining The Agenda Project, Spencer worked with youth in the Hudson Valley to create art and activism around immigration reform. Originally from Seattle, he still maintains a childlike sense of wonder at the subway system and can be found enjoying New York's many parks.  And for the record, yes, he does love maps.