State of the Union April 2021

Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in March: 22
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2021: 63
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2021: 700

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in March: 17,823
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2021: 54,400
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2021: 330,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 99%

Congressional Office Meetings and Live Events

Regional Director, Maryam Khan, bird-dogged Senator Van Hollen (D-MD) during a Facebook Live town hall event


Regional Director, Javid Javadikhomami bird-dogged Senator Dave Min (D-CA), Representative Katie Porter (D-CA) and Mayor Letitia Clark

Regional Director, Wanting Su, Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Emily Sands and 29 additional Borgen Project Ambassadors met with Senator Feinstein’s Legislative Correspondent, Alexandra Heller

Content Team member, Calvin Melloh and Political Affairs Team members Grace McDonough and Paul Adeyemi, met with Senator Klobuchar’s Senior Policy Advisor, Kevin Lawson

Nonprofit Leadership Team members Emily Sands and Monica Kronstain, and Political Affairs Team member, Kyla Vida, met with Senator Duckworth’s staffers.

PR/Marketing Team member, Michael Lewis, used his internship with his congresswoman to have a quick sit-down coffee about The Borgen Project with her team

PR/Marketing Team member, Robin Myers, spoke to City Council


Congratulations to the following team members who have achieved Borgen Project Honors & Recognition

      • Capital Achievement Award (raised $2,000 or more):
        • Content Team: Shelly Saltzman
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more):  
        • HR Team: Abigail Haugan, Nelia Blackman, Mahmoud Tout
        • Political Affairs Team: Ria Mehrotra, Emma Betz, Jillian Morley, Hannah Crodelle, Mary Oancia, William Zahner, George Brown, Kelsey Cartwright
        • Content Team: Riley Behlke, Caitlin Harjes, Katherine Lucht, Amy Perkins,
        • PR/Marketing Team: Taylor Morasci, Janet Metcalf, Kyle Adams
        • Nonprofit Leadership Team: Grey Purvis, Julian Prosser, Emily Sands, Henry Wu, Elizabeth Holloway, Michele Hillenbrand
      • Bird Dog Award:
        • Political Affairs Team: Sania Baig, Adam Bernstein, Alanis Galdamez, Olivia Potthast, Shauna Anderson, Elle Cross, Ilyssa Mann, Bryce Winterowd, Chloe George, Kia Fatahi, Mackenzie Wetherill, Michael Covin
        • Regional Directors: Shelby Wane, Grace Harlan, Gali Rodriguez, MeiLi Haan, Jesus Quinones, Samantha Johnson
        • Nonprofit Leadership Team: Ketan Revankar, Nicholas Feldman, Sanjana Tummala
      • President’s Circle:
        • Political Affairs Team: Noah Bray, Mollie Ping, Kyle Peterson, Alexa Sinclair, Emily Day, Arushi Dhingra, Monica Hsieh, Muskaan Mahajan, Oladele Eke, Olivia Potthast, Paul Adeyemi, Rocco Visconti, Starbesha Satterwhite, Brendan Quinn, Catherine Clancy, Elisa Toy, Elle Cross, Stephanie Kula, Tala Pesigan, Emily Diamond, Xiaoyu Liu, Yiwei Chu, Zeyuan Li, Saloni Singhal, Erin Kalei Memmer, Eva Mejia, Hank Presley, Hannah Crodelle, Hannah Seckman, Ilyssa Mann, Bryce Winterowd, Chloe George, Chloe Jacobs,
          Dina Nouaime, Emma Betz, Kelsey Cartwright, Michael Covin, Sarah Coffey
        • Nonprofit Leadership Team: Sanjana Tummala

Visit the Our Team Members page and read about success stories with our organization.

Getting the Word Out

Informational Events

PR/Marketing Team member, Jessie Mack completed a second information event by presenting to a WSU Content Creation class


Regional Director, Maia Kiniyalocts, organized a living room summit with friends

PR/Marketing Team member, Julian Bryant, hosted a swarm


One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

Content Team member, Soizic Lcq, in Paris, France

Regional Director, Lejla Dervisevic

PR/Marketing Team member, Olivia Trompeta

Political Affairs Team member, Kaylee Deland

Political Affairs Team member, Katie Chriscoe

Regional Director, Abdoulatif Aboubacar

HR Team member, Carly Quinn

Political Affairs Team member, Olivia Potthast

HR Team members, Andrea Gilabert Mora and Sofia Ballester Farnos collaborated on their one-mile campaign

Content Team member, Kari Millstein

HR Team member, Eryn Nielsen

HR Team member, Ahmed Hirad

Regional Director, Kayla Garcia

PR/Marketing Team member, Taylor Morasci

Regional Director, Conor McGrane

Political Affairs Team member, Manav Shankar Sinha

PR/Marketing Team member, Preston Thompson

PR/Marketing Team member, Veronica Terrell

PR/Marketing Team member, Samuel Kulp


Letters to the Editor

Political Affairs Team

Nonprofit Leadership Team

Regional Director

 Content Team 

HR Team 

PR/Marketing Team 

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Political Affairs Team member, Marielena Alvarez

PR/Marketing Team member, Persilla Lutta

Regional Director, Sreyas Yennampelli

PR/Marketing Team member, Rim El Haitmy

PR/Marketing Team member, Riley Rosi

PR/Marketing Team member, Shivanni Babu


Content Team member, Sydney Thiroux, made art from recycled denim

Political Affairs Team member, Colby Mathe, created a children’s book being sold on Amazon and profits go to The Borgen Project

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Paige McDonald, sold water bottles for her fundraising campaign

Regional Director, Venus Wang, had a Chipotle fundraiser

Regional Director, Jaisnav Rajesh, ran two half marathons to spread awareness about TBP

Content Team member, Esha Kelkar, published a book and donated the proceeds to The Borgen Project

PR/Marketing Team member, Paola Bianchi, fundraised by creating portraits of friends and created and sold stickers on Redbubble.

Political Affairs Team member, James Gontarski, was able to get a local Panera to support The Borgen Project for fundraising








Media Outreach

Interviews and Media Features

-PR/Marketing Team member Reghan Callahan secured a shoutout for The Borgen Project on Watchable: An Entertainment Podcast. Listen here.



Go find a tree near you to learn how to contact Congress! Follow @theborgenprojectcards on Instagram to find out more! @theborgenproject ????

♬ SUNNY DAY – Matteo Rossanese

PR/Marketing Team member, Maggie O’Dell


It sounds like calling Congress deserves a standing ovation but really it’s super easy! Go to: to support girls globally

♬ Crowd Cheers – Johnny Buchanan

PR/Marketing Team member, Miya Blythe


Looking for a quick and easy way to influence political leaders? Let me show you how to call Congress! #fyp #makeachange #congress #borgenproject

♬ Lofi – Domknowz

PR/Marketing Team member, Sarah Siano


The Borgen Project is now on TikTok! Give us a follow @theborgenproject.

Have an idea for a TikTok? Please email them [email protected].


PR/Marketing Team member, Whitney Bain, got a mention on the podcast, “I” Statement


Social Media Outreach

PR/Marketing Team member, Kristin Van Epps, got a story reposted by @mindfulskatergirl (45.3K followers) on Instagram

Kristin also had a story reposted by @thisuserisbambi (33.3k followers) on Instagram

PR/Marketing Team member, Bengt Fredrickson, got a repost from an account with 16k followers on Instagram

Regional Director, Anna Ryu, pitched to (@worldremedyorg) and they reposted the International Affairs Budget infographics on their story

PR/Marketing Team member, Maggie O’Dell, got a repost from @chinemeluelonu

Regional Director, Wanting Su, got a story reposted by @yesshecan2020 (17.1k followers) on Instagram


Rep. Sharice Davids, Please Continue Supporting the International Affairs Budget! by Miya Blythe