State of the Union August 2021

Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in July: 10
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2021: 172
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2021: 700

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in July: 21,061
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2021: 123,420
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2021: 330,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 100%

Congressional Office Meetings and Bird Dogging

Political Affairs Team member, Sarah Danon, bird dogs Representative Ro Khana [D-CA-17]

Regional Director, Jaisnav Rajesh, met with Representative Lauren Underwood [(D-IL-14] virtually as a part of her Youth Council to discuss new initiatives and possible solutions to existing problems.

Updates from DC

Listen in to hear all of the latest updates from DC.


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

      • Honors Award (raised $3,000 or more):
        • Nonprofit Leadership Team: Kaitlyn Evans
      • Capital Achievement Award (raised $2,000 or more):
        • Political Affairs Team: Stephen Crotty
        • Nonprofit Leadership Team: Macklin Fishman, Ripra Gupta
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more):  
        • HR Team: Roseanna Grega, James Kostick, Rachel Wolf, Abby Rodler
        • Political Affairs Team: Josh Chaiken, Asha Prabhat, Alexandra Singer, Jesse Davis, Langley Sebastian, Louisa Palker, Katherine Catulle, Parker Brandt, Sarah Danon, Casimir Stopa, Catherine McGuire, David Koster, Juliet Costell, Annie Berlin
        • Content Team: Ava Shusteman, Alessandra Heitmann, Jaya Patten, John Dunkerley, Mariam Abaza, Hayley Welch
        • PR/Marketing Team: Rachel Lambros, Grace Mead, Katherine Ardesia, Sofia Stillman, Jordan Fisch,
        • Nonprofit Leadership Team: Sophie Picozzi, Julia Drake, Julia Bous, Andrea Peterson, Rachel Harvey, Ella Bamer, Kayla Hoelscher
      • Bird-Dog Award: 
        • Political Team: Venus Wang, Elisa Thomas, Leila Nam, Patrick Hotchkiss, Olivia Acosta, Abbie Levine,
          Olivia Berman, Sarah Danon, Rachel Yeung, Jaisnav Rajesh
      • President’s Circle Award (Mobilized 50+ people):
        • Political Team: Vasti Carrion, Shruti Nallappa, Saumya Gunampalli, Sean Dedmon, Taryn Peterson,
          Zoe Brewin, Sarah Danon, Riley Konrad, Rose Hetz, Ryan Kobe, Gabriella Waddington
      • Articles of the Month:

Congratulations to Regional Director Venus Wang who completed her Editor’s Certificate Training last week. Venus is the second person to complete the program and is now an editor for the Blog and Magazine! Well done, Venus!

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

Getting the Word Out


Regional Director, Jaisnav Rajesh, did a mega swarm with his family

Regional Director, Taryn Campbell, mobilized a calling swarm!

Advocate Lison Boris, held a calling swarm

While working a merchandise tent at the College World Series in Omaha, Political Affairs Team member, Bailey Wilson, informed her co-workers about The Borgen Project and mobilized them to call their local representatives.

Political Affairs Team member, Nathan White’s swarm


Information Events

Political Affairs Team member, Morgan Evans, held a class presentation

Political Affairs Team member, Megan Wysocki tabling at her local library


Political Affairs Team member, Shalin Mehta, gave a presentation to a Political Science Club

Regional Director, Colby Mathe presented to San Luis Obispo Rotary Club

Political Affairs Team member, Manuella Romero, presented to the Rotary Club of Great Neck

Manuella also presented our internships to fellow students at the University of Pennsylvania

One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

HR Team member, Myah Diekema

Regional Director, Brianna Landrud, posted flyers near Senator Tina Smith’s [D-MN] office

HR Team member, Kaitlin Lovejoy’s dog undertakes the mile-marketing campaign!

HR Team member, Kaitlin Lovejoy

Political Affairs Team member, Stephen Crotty, did his one-mile campaign in Seattle, WA

HR Team member, Sofia Rodriguez

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Morgan Lilly

HR Team member, Jannik Pesch

Political Affairs Team member, Parwiz Waziry

HR Team member, James Kostick





Regional Director, Kyla Vida

HR Team member, Jacqueline Shen

Political Affairs Team member, Ryan Ratzlaff

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Tharma Philogene

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Ciera Dalton


Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Pheobe Cykosky

HR Team member, Catherine Porta

HR Team member, Pravi Jain

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Alexandra Salamone

Content Team member, Serah-Marie Maharaj

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Rachel Najdowski

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Casey Munguia

HR Team member, Ashaki McDonald

Political Affairs Team member, Sushila Thind, did her one-mile campaign in Antioch, California

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Alex Yarinsky

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Kassandra Hernandez

Regional Director, Zofishan Zahid

HR Team member, Maya Shankar

Content Team member, Mckenzie Howell, held a car wash to raise awareness about poverty

Political Affairs Team member, Elone Mengistu, posting signs around her town promoting The Borgen Project Internships

Political Affairs Team member, Jillian Shaw


Letters to the Editor

Political Affairs Team

  • Cassidy Vangieri in The Reading Eagle

Nonprofit Leadership Team

Content Team 

HR Team 

PR/Marketing Team 

Regional Director

Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

HR Team member, Sabina Jimeno

Content Team member, Serah-Marie Maharaj

HR Team member, Sarah Hasan

Regional Director, Sreyas Yennampelli

Political Affairs Team member, Jillian Shaw

Regional Director, Claire Olmstead

The following set of 5 infographics were created by Regional Director, Alexa Blake Sinclair, for the Keeping Girls in School Act



Nonprofit LeadershipTeam member Vera Rousseff’s infographics for Global Health Initiatives

Political Affairs Team member, Sean Dedmon

PR/Marketing Team member, Angela Cano Lloret, got a share on Instagram from a user with 148K followers!

Mey Olesya Tarim, Regional Director, pitched her Girls LEAD Act infographic to an Instagram Influencer: unapologeticallyasian_, who has 15,3K followers. They reshared the story!



HR Team member, Mariana Rojas

Political Affairs Team member, Sarah Damhof, did a “Chicken Dance for Charity” event

Sarah in action!

Content Team member, Ella LeRoy, has raised more then $100 using this fundraising technique

Political Affairs Team member, Paula Gonzalez Barreto held a bake sale as part of her fundraising efforts

Political Affairs Team member, Imaan Chaudhry, is selling necklaces and bracelets for her fundraising campaign

Political Affairs Team member, Renee Pierson fundraised at the the coffee shop where she works in Scottsdale, Arizona She raised $80 in 4 hours and spoke to several people about The Borgen Project

Political Affairs Team member, Sushila Thind held a garage sale as part of her fundraiser

Political Affairs Team member, Mellissa Bornovalli, held a garage sale as part of her fundraising campaign








Political Affairs Team members, Sarah Danon and Kate Macmillan, held a bake sale

Sarah is also hosting a movie night

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Isabella Randle

Political‌ ‌Affairs‌ ‌Team‌ member, Diane‌ ‌Bao‌‌, is‌ ‌collecting‌ ‌shoes‌ ‌to‌ ‌raise‌ ‌money‌ ‌via‌ ‌Funds2Orgs,‌ ‌and‌ ‌is‌ ‌already‌ ‌up‌ ‌to‌ ‌250‌ ‌pairs!‌

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Carrie Miller, created this great ‘hour a thon’ infographic for her fundraiser


Jordan Worthington, PR/Marketing Team

@jworth44It takes less than 30 seconds to show your support:) @theborgenproject #globalpoverty #endglobalpoverty ##PrimeDayDealsDance #AsSceneOnTubi #foryou♬ Pieces (Solo Piano Version) – Danilo Stankovic


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