State of the Union August 2022


Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in July: 80
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2022: 330
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2022: 300 – We did it! In July, we were able to meet our meeting goal of 300 meetings for the year. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you to everyone who helped out with these meetings!

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in July: 13,090
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2022: 54,919
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2022: 200,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 96%

Congressional Office Meetings and Bird Dogging

Political Affairs Team member, Aakil Visramhad had a lobby meeting with Meg Hillier, MP in support of Official Development Assistance.

Content Team member, Noor Al-Zubi from Jordan and Kim Thelwell, met with Senator Grassley’s (R-IA) staff.

Arnav Gunwani, Asumi Endo, Brittany Sedlak, Kerryn Lowry, Logan Ford, Maddy Flowers, Thomas Bogucki, Kelvin Nguyen and Amy Pettigrew, met with William Crouch, Legislative Correspondent from Senator Thom Tillis’s (R-NC) office.

Jennalise Olson and Amy Pettigrew met with Alexis Castaneda, a Legislative Assistant for Representative John Katko (R-NY-24).

Mihir Rahm, Mike DeVita and Amy Pettigrew met with Micki Werner, Assistant to the Chief of Staff in Senator Marsha Blackburn’s office (R-TN).

Florence Wang, Edmund Yamaguchi, Louis Asbury, Jordan Oh, Xavier Wisniewski, Sophia Perez, Katie LaBella, Grace Wang and Amy Pettigrew, met with Jenna Goosen, Legislative Correspondent for Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA).

Team members met with Senator Warren’s (D-MA) Staff, Alex Davidson.

The Borgen Project team met with Senator Cornyn’s (R-TX) office.

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

      • Big Kahuna Award (raised $5,000 or more):Lily Clausen, Nonprofit Leadership Team member and Rebecca Lytle, Political Affairs Team member
      • Leader Board Award (raised $4,000 or more): Melina Stavropoulos, Content Team member 
      • Honors Award (raised $3,000 or more): Kaitlyn Evans, Nonprofit Leadership Team member
      • Capital Achievement Award (raised $2,000 or more): Jay Taylor-Raden, HR Team member
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): 
        • HR Team: Marris Hoffee
        • Political Affairs Team: Jessica Heller, Maddy Flowers, Max Seigerman
        • Content Team: Finn Hartnett
        • PR/Marketing Team: Sophie Piacentini, Christian Schroeder
        • Nonprofit Leadership Team: Julia DiTota, Olivia Hennessy
      • President’s Circle Award (Mobilized 50+ people):
        • Political Team: John Kirkley, Mia Hackett
      • Articles of the Month:

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

Getting the Word Out

Information Events

Political Affairs Team member, Maddy Flowers gave a presentation to the Wakefield Rotary Club

One-Mile Campaigns, Mobilizing and Awareness

Political Affairs Team Member, implemented her 1-mile campaign near Senator Klobuchar’s Office

Political Affairs Team member, Lydia Yang asked her local Starbucks to hand out cups with The Borgen Project on them

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Arnav Gunwani

HR Team Member Nicola Larter

Political Affairs Team member, Alessia Mazuelos made this fantastic coffee mug – spreading the word!

Political Affairs Team member, Sarah Kuhns completed her 1-mile campaign in Milwaukee, WI

Political Affairs Team member, Timothy Peacock completed his 1-mile campaign in Tampa, FL

Political Affairs Team member, Sydney Coons completed her 1-mile campaign in Avon, IN


Political Affairs Team member, Grace Pullen completed her 1-mile campaign in Virginia Beach, VA


Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Asumi Endo

Political Affairs Team member, Mary Burke posted flyers in her Congressional Leader’s office building

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Buyanlkham Munkhbayar

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Lily Clausen


Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Atziri Santamaria

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Grace Andros



Letters to the Editor

Political Team

Content Team 

HR Team 

PR/Marketing Team 

Nonprofit Leadership Team


HR team member, Sabaah Mehmoodbaked cookies for one of her fundraisers and posted on Instagram

HR Team member, Nicola Larter made this prize for a raffle she is having for her fundraiser in Leicester, UK


HR Team member Affiz DinGabisi created this personalized one-of-a-kind jacket for his fundraiser in support of the MINDS Act. Affiz will write the names of people who donate on the inside of the jacket and will then donate the jacket to The Borgen Project HQ. DIMM stands for Dancing in a Mental Maze.


Political Affairs Team member, Mello Wilsted has been working on an art sale for their fundraiser

Political Affairs Team member, Abigail Farnsworth is selling earrings for her fundraising campaign



Media Outreach

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Vincent Pandey

Political Affairs Team member, Marlie Shaw







Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Meghan Bell


A series of memes by Timothy Peacock, Nonprofit Leadership Team member


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

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

Political Affairs Team member, Mello Wilsted has been utilizing TikTok for their mobilizing, other outreach and education! The entire page is dedicated to their internship and The Borgen Project!


PR/Marketing Team Sara Fikree asking for support for Official Development Assistance

PR/Marketing Team member, Hafsa Abdulla created this video about Official Development Assistance

How to divert funds by Xiarui Zhang of the PR/Marketing team

Emmanuel Kwizera Zawozoba of the PR/Marketing team, based in Rwanda created this video about global poverty awareness

Political Affairs Team member, Jonathan Main urging the Foreign Affairs Committee to Support the UK’s Overseas Development

Internship Summary

Kennedy Jester has put together a great series of photos of their time on the Nonprofit Leadership team.