State of the Union August 2023

Political Updates

Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in July: 12
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2023: 222
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2023: 405

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in July: 10,784
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2023: 41,818
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2023: 115,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 96%

Congressional Office Meetings and Bird Dogging

Representative Andy Kim, [D-NJ,3] met with our New Jersey Team members, Ada Wagar, Abigail Rovner, Elena Gaule and Sahib Singh

Political Affairs Team member Kelsey Welch and PR/Marketing Team member, Richard Basile had a lobbying meeting with Representative Deborah Ross [D-NC-02]’s Director of Constituent Services.

Manju Mathew, Political Affairs Team member, and Amy Pettigrew, Senior Program Manager,met with Rep. Katie Porter’s [D-CA-47] Staff Assistant, Austin

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Dougie Clarke met with his MP Patrick Grady in Scotland

Political Affairs Team member Finn Overfield, meet with MP Shah Miah of the Labour party, London, UK


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):
        • PA Team: Mary Blake Brock
      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more):  
        • Nonprofit Leadership Team: Mary Seawell
        • Political Affairs Team: Lukas Turlick, Alice Moyle
        • Content Team: Valentina Ornelas, Jaydin Ruch
        • PR/Marketing Team: Kylie Garcia, Alison Anthony, Khulan Bud
      • President’s Circle Award (Mobilized 50+ people):
        • Political Team: Kohana Bondurant, Zsofia Stone, Aatmi Mehta, Ashish Gupta, Raven Umeh, Andrew Park, Aaron Hunt, Amanda Guernsey-Cipili, Callahan O’Shea, Jeeya Patel, Janaya Roberts
        • PR/Marketing Team: Kylie Garcia, Sooha Shin
      • Bird-Dog Award: 
        • Political Team: Fawzan Aslam, Sophia Modell, Hailey Lanari, Kohana Bondurant, Kayla Blackstock, Jay Chavan
      • Articles of the Month: 

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

Getting the Word Out


Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Catherine Kerr completed her swarm with friends during a get together.

Political Affairs Team member, Arnav Mehta and family emailed their congressional leaders while playing card games

Information Events

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Emerson Fisher completing her branding campaign at University Memorial Center at the University of Colorado Boulder

Political Affairs Team member, Madeline Waterfield did a presentation this week for the Duke University Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega

Political Affairs Team member, Elena Gaule held a tabling event at her local library


One-Mile Campaigns & Mobilizing

Political Team

Abigail Hill of Rockville

Jalyn Adams completed her one-mile campaign in Pittsburgh, PA

Aidan Conner posted fliers around his college campus

Sage Waymire-Rozman of Minneapolis Minnesota



Navid Sheikhzadeh


Erica Lande in Chicago


Grayson Havens did an online campaign

Lili Masseran in London, UK

Manju Mathew

Isabella Naro

Charlotte Bessant

Natalie Flinn of Manchester, UK

Emile Vallejo

Riley Stevenson



HR Team

Marisa Singh

Diana Carolina Jimenez Duque


Saima Zafar

Xuening Jiang

Aiza Mahmood

Ngozi Leslie Offor

Letters to the Editor

Political Affairs Team

  • Nicholas Maccani Detroit Free Press

Content Team 

PR/Marketing Team 

Regional Director



Political Affairs Team member, Ellie Hewes hosted a pub quiz and did an amazing job! The turnout was great and Ellie raised over £460

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Advaith Nair is hosting a cricket tournament as one of their fundraising events!

Political Affairs Team member, Alice Moore continued fundraising efforts by holding a face painting and mini manicure stand at a charity family activity day at St.James’ Park, Southampton!

Alice also ran a 10k marathon in Southampton UK as part of her fundraising efforts

Political Affairs Team member, Max Townsend is completing an art gallery show and selling artwork for his fundraising campaign

Political Affairs Intern Lexi Coghe is baking for her fundraising campaign

Political Affairs Intern Isabel Medrano is doing acrylic nails for people for her fundraising campaign.

Political Affairs Team member, Ellie Hewes, will be hosting a pub quiz in Dedham, Colchester UK as one of her fundraising events.

Political Affairs Team member, Palak Guleria has organized a garden party fundraising event and included the flyer

Political Affairs Team member Nadia Merivil is doing an art sale as part of her fundraiser

Nonprofit Leadership Team member, Jaden Shim arranged a fundraiser with Chipotle

Political Affairs Intern, Kaylee Allen advertised her fundraising campaign





Political Affairs Team member, Kaylee Allen is doing an art sale as part of her fundraising campaign

Content Team Member Chandler Doerr held an event

PR/Marketing Team member, Melanie Vanness

Media Outreach

Political Affairs Team member, Eliot Hanson’s friend!

Political Affairs Team member, Janaya Roberts’s friend!

Political Affairs Team member, Iain Nelson

Political Affairs Team member, Lexi Coghe

Political Affairs Team member, Mary Blake Brock designed a Taylor Swift inspired Instagram post

Political Affairs Team member, Lucrezia Gentili

Political Affairs Team member, Madeline Waterfield

PR/Marketing Team member, Alex Perez


Content Team member, Rachael Weisermile



Content Team member Kaushal Balaji, the 10 Push-Up Challenge!

Content Team member, Aysu Usubova


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Political Affairs Team member, Alice Moyle

Political Affairs Team member, Joe Alexander

Political Affairs Team member, Carmen Tucker

Political Affairs Team member, Benjamin Daniels on the basics of lobbying