State of the Union August 2020

Political Updates


Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in July: 235
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2020: 788
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2020: 710

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in July: 47,577
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2020: 135,415
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2020: 120,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date:  100%


Congressional Office Meetings and Live Events

Political Affairs Team member Alisha Alam in Bartlett, IL bird-dogged Sen. Dick Durbin D-IL) on the Global Health Security Act.

Political Affairs Team member Leila Mosteika met with Erika Ose, Legislative Correspondent of Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY-23rd) via Zoom to discuss the Global Child Thrive Act.

Political Affairs Team member Steven Mattero bird-dogged Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ-7th) during a virtual Town Hall.

Political Affairs Team member Jasmun Askew met with Joel James, Community Outreach Representative for Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX-6th) to discuss the Global Health Security Act.


Warren’s Address

Listen to the latest from Warren about the goings-on in D.C.


Content Team Updates

Articles of the Month:


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

      • Leader Board Award (raised $4,000 or more):
        • Content Team: Melina Stavropoulos
      • Honors Award (raised $3,000 or more):
        • Political Affairs Team: Jacob Boehm
      • Capital Achievement Award (raised $2,000 or more):
        • Content Team: Lucia Kenig-Ziesler, Rachel Powell, Alexandra Black
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more):
        • Content Team: Heather Law, Caledonia Strelow, Sarah Litchney, Melody Kazel, Maya Gonzales, Kayleigh Crabb, Erica Fealtman, Ashley Bond, Amanda Kuras, Alexandra Black, Giulia Silver, Hannah Simpson (Editor), Ann Carolyn Tarry (Editor), Ilana Issula, Stephanie Russo, Jacqueline McMahon
        • HR Team: Joel Walters
        • In-Office Team: Jasmine Zhu
        • Nonproft Leadership Team: Dalia Nazzal, Jeanne Kopstein, Rachel Holliday
        • Political Affairs Team: Lauren Diana, Kaitlyn Moorhead, Cailan Adams, Claire Knox, Lara Smith, Sam Crispin, Derrick Dousharm, Abigail Wilson, Caroline Cuoco, Emily Pyle, Molly Funk, Yasmeen Abdul-Razeq, Max Glennie, Danielle Piccoli, Jeehan Mikdadi, Daina Stinnett, Edward Ryan, Brandon Stoll, Cecilia Payne, Zachary Szymanski, Elizabeth Dassow, Katy Dulaney, Shadia Aroworade
        • PR/Marketing Team: Michaela Johnson, Ella Nordell-Morris, Kelsey Lu, Haley Paluszak, Jack Marquard, Rachel Calvis, Sydney Chamley-Oerton, Robert Crystal
        • Advocates: Isabel Brittin, Emma Gebel
      • Bird Dog Award:
        • Political Affairs Team: Dakota Spears, Samantha Sasaki, Thomas Flora, Melinda Lu, Matthew Hernandez, Jessica Peoples, Sam Hiner, Frank Lopez, Dakota Spears, Lucy Bozinov, Ayaan Siddiqui, Natasha Shaghafi, Madina Zermeno, Sydnie Jiang, Brandon Stoll, Simon Lee, Jax Vtieznik, Vidushee Mishra, Hannah DelSordo, Jessica Peoples, Jacob Boehm, Talia Mathew, Elizabeth Dassow
      • President’s Circle:
        • Advocate: Venus Wang
        • Nonprofit Leadership Team: Seth Duval, George Anderson, Grace Gao, Seth Duval
        • Political Affairs Team: Olivia Cobleigh, Dakota Spears, Jack LaFave, Jennifer Ramirez, Kaitlyn Moorhead, Jasroop Dhingra, Caroline Garay, Max Glennie, Jasmun Askew, Justin Sonnenreich, Maia Tolomeo, Raye Shane, Danielle Crowley, Zainab Sunny, Kendya Kennedy, Lauren Fuller, Rachel Levine, Sofia Siegel, Savannah Buys, Taos Washington, Jessica Peoples, Jordan Larson, Lizzy Rode and Aleksia Kleine, Gregg Cornett, Quinn Luong, Sam Hiner, Eric Jamous, John LaFave, Michael Roberts, Megan Proudfoot, Natasha Shaghafi, Djuna Day-Booth, Sydnie Jiang, Nicholas Collins, Brandon Stoll, Simon Lee, Jax Vtieznik, Hannah DelSordo, Alissa Bidwell, Elizabeth Deasy, Laura Benjamin, Cecilia Payne, Jessica Peoples, Jacob Boehm, James Tolentino, Gabriela Senno, Elizabeth Dassow
        • PR/Marketing Team: Rachel Calvis
      • Public Outreach Award (50 or more people mobilized): 
        • Content Team: Rida Memon, Madeline Zuzevich
        • Political Affairs Team: Yasmeen Abdul-Razeq, Kendya Kennedy, Lauren Fuller, Madeline Leers, Mary Ostaszewski, Max Glennie, Erika Nguyen, Madeleine Bauer, Ashly Sanz, Daniel Mills, Madina Zermeno, Sydnie Jiang, Ryan Metz, Conner Brown, Brandon Stoll, Simon Lee, Hannah DelSordo, Laura Benjamin, Cecilia Payne, Juliana Balaban, Elizabeth Dassow, Katy Dulaney, Vanessa Edwards
        • PR/Marketing Team: Bianca Pardo, Jake West
        • HR Team: Shivam Shah

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


Getting the Word Out


Informational Events

Powerpoint created by PR/Marketing Team member Julia Lupariello.

PR/Marketing Team member Sarah Tucker: The Borgen Project.

Political Affairs Team member Jennifer Ramirez virtually met with a group of young leaders and the director of Youth Faith Formation to discuss The Borgen Project.


One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

Political Affairs Team member Sofia Siegel.

Advocate Venus Wang (left) and Content Team member Melody Kazel (right).

Political Affairs Team member Joshua Werner.

Content Team member Maya Gonzales (right) and her sister (left) hung flyers throughout Kentfield, CA to raise awareness about global poverty.

Political Affairs Team member Sofia Siegel completing her One-Mile Campaign.

Content Team member Avery Fletcher (left) and PR/Marketing Team member Sumiran Nigam at Denny Park in Seattle, WA (right).

Political Affairs Team member Rachel Jakovac.

Content Team member Ashley Bond (left) and Political Affairs Team member Lucy Bozinov (right).

Political Affairs Team member Matt Aston (left) and Nonproft Leadership Team member Heeyoung Son (right).

One-Mile Campaigns by PR/Marketing Team members Danielle Zbodula, Hannah Zastrow (center) and Hannah Stricker (right).

PR/Marketing Team member Alexis Woodruff completed her One-Mile Campaign in downtown Indianapolis (left) and Mette Beierle, from the In-Office Team, posted fliers near Sen. Murray (D-WA) and Sen. Cantwell’s offices (D-WA) (right).

Political Affairs Team members Andrew Miles (left) and Max Glennie (right).

PR/Marketing Team members Jamie Yeh (left) and David Tran (right).

PR/Marketing Team member Jack Marquard.

Political Affairs Team member Jinhong Julia Lee created and printed out QR code flyers that directed people to The Borgen Project’s Action Center and posted them around town.



Political Affairs Team member Robin Kaloustian created a virtual swarm with friends and family.

Political Affairs Team member Severio Martin educated friends about The Borgen Project.

Political Affairs Team member Morgan Swindall mobilized her friends to call Congress during a virtual swarm.

Political Affairs Team member Joseph Christensen created a virtual swarm.

Ready to call Congress? Political Affairs Team member team member Aman Patel created a swarm at home.

Political Affairs Team member Juliana Balaban-Kroll mobilized her friends to take action in New Orleans, LA.


Letters to the Editor

Content Team

Political Affairs Team

PR/Marketing Team

HR Team

Nonprofit Leadership Team


Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Extreme Global Poverty Facts by PR/Marketing Team member Alexa Bates.

Diverting Campaign by PR/Marketing Team member Jamie Hood.

Global Poverty Trivia by PR/Marketing Team member Jamie Hood.

Keeping Girls in School Act by PR/Marketing Team member Melanie Perazzo.

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Kei-Lin Gatling.

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Kei-Lin Gatling.

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Lina Moscol.

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Sydney Chamley-Oerton.

How to contact Congress by PR/Marketing Team member Hannah Kremer.

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Kei-Lin Gatling.

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Cortarius Polk.

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Sarah Tucker.

Created by HR Team member Maddison Mello.

Created by Political Affairs Team member Susan Baek.

Global Poverty 101 by PR/Marketing Team member Alyssa Barrera.

How to advocate for change by PR/Marketing Team member Ella Nordell.

Created by Carter Leahy for a 1-Mile Campaign.

Created by Political Affairs Team member Katy Dulany.

A bipartisan guide to ending global poverty created by PR/Marketing Team member Emma Goins.

Graphics created by Political Affairs Team members Ashly Sanz (left) and Jasmun Askew (right).

What happens when you call? by Political Affairs Team member Laura Benjamin.

Political Affairs Team members Jacob Boehm (left) and Elizabeth Dassow (right) created Bingo boards to fundraise on their social media channels.



PR/Marketing Team member Alexandra Giardina ran 24 miles in 24 hours and raised a total of $2,230 for the event. Read the full article here: Middletown woman runs 24 miles in 24 hours for charity.

PR/Marketing Team member Hilary Hays Greenhalgh designed a logo for her fundraising campaign that will be available to purchase on t-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers.

Advocate Benjamin Roe designed a Borgen Project T-Shirt on Custom Ink to support the cause.

Political Affairs Team member Mika Freund designed a T-shirt for their fundraising campaign.

Political Affairs Team member Talia Mathew in planned to sell stickers, designed by her cousin, as a part of her fundraising campaign.

As a part of his humility list, Content Team member Levi Reyes committed to painting individuals who donated $50-100.

Content Team member Alison Choi opened art commissions on her Instagram page to raise money for the cause.

Political Affairs Team member Sabrina Ruch created an Instagram to sell clothing items in support of The Borgen Project.

Content Team member Moriah Thomas held a Fundraising Zoom Concert in support of The Borgen Project.


Media Outreach


Interviews and Podcasts

—PR/Marketing Team member Sarah Tucker was featured in an interview with The Critical Times to discuss The Borgen Project. ‘Peace and Justice Report’

—Political Affairs Team member Kameron Shah: US colleges to lose foreign students after ICE announcement

—Political Affairs Team member Greg Cornett featured in the Lake Gaston Gazette-Observor: Local UNC grad teams with nonprofit to fight poverty



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

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Have an idea for a TikTok? Please email them to Nonprofit Leadership Team member Sharon Shenderovskiy at [email protected].


Team members took to Instagram to voice support for the cause. Don’t forget to tag @theborgenproject in your content on Instagram:

Content Team

  • Content Team member Juliet Quintero

  • Content Team member Michael Messina

  • Content Team member Kayla Randolph

  • Content Team member Alexa Tironi

  • Content Team member Kaitlyn Gilbert

HR Team

Political Affairs Team

PR/Marketing Team

  • PR/Marketing Team member Emma Goins

  • PR/Marketing Team member Aneri Ladhani

  • PR/Marketing Team member Sara Holm

Nonproft Leadership Team

  • Nonproft Leadership Team member Jeanne Kopstein

  • Nonproft Leadership Team member Christian Brown




Vanessa Edwards, Gabriela Senno, Hannah DelSordo and Alissa Bidwell, all from our Political Affairs Team, were just a few team members who used their Instagram Story to spread the word.


Influencer Outreach:

PR/Marketing Team member Kylie Campisciano.

PR/Marketing Team member Hannah Kremer reached out to @angryasianfeminist and Ella Nordell-Morris, PR/Marketing Team, to @the.scrunchie.project

PR/Marketing Team member Bailie Posten reached out to @astral.hugs, a San Diego, CA based music producer and activist (left). Tessa Rodgers, PR/Marketing Team, found success with @LizzyVanPatten, Co-founder of She Moves Mountains.

PR/Marketing Team members Carter Leahy (left) and Catherine Banez (right) found success asking Instagram accounts to help spread awareness for the Girls Lead Act. 

PR/Marketing Team member Sara Holm reached out to @todaysactivism about the Keeping Girls in School Act.

PR/Marketing Team member Kylie Campisciano pitched to @rightousactivist.



Political Affairs Team member Michael Roberts introduced his fundraising campaign to his friends on Facebook and invited them to support the cause.



How much do you know about global poverty advocacy? PR/Marketing Team member Audrey Reus created a quiz for you to find out!



Political Affairs Team member Isha Gupta spread awareness about the Global Health Security Act on Linkedln.



Content Team member Hannah Simpson.



Global Poverty Trivia by PR/Marketing Team member Jamie Hood.

24 miles in 24 hours by PR/Marketing Team member Alexandra Giardina.

My Internship Experience at The Borgen Project by Nonproft Leadership Team member Heeyoung Son.

Get Involved by PR/Marketing Team member Sarah Tucker.

Eliminemos la Pobreza: Llama a tus Representantes Congresistas by PR/Marketing Team member Camila Lavadenz.

Political Affairs Team member Olivia Thompson on C-SPAN.