State of the Union February 2020

Political Updates


Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in January: 23
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2020: 23
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2020: 710

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in January: 5,451
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2020: 5,451
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2020: 120,000
  • % of Congress Emailed in January: 66%

Congressional Office Meetings

Political Affairs Team member Dhruv Bhardwaj, met with a staffer for Rep. Gil Cisneros (D-CA-39).

Dhruv also attended Rep. Cisneros’ Town Hall meeting.

Political Affairs Team member Brendan Noffsinger met with Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) Director of Constituent Service. Brendan spoke in support of the IAB and the Keeping Girls in School Act.

Political Affairs Team member Diego Tambazidis attended a Town Hall meeting held by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-5th) and Rep. Mark DeSaulner (D-CA-11th).

Political Affairs Team member Anabel Paco-Cano met with Miguel Otero, Deputy Chief of Staff to Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL-25th).

On January 23, Political Affairs Team member Natalie Coyne met with Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA-16th) to discuss the IAB and the Keeping Girls in School Act. “[Rep. Kelly] was shocked that legislative staff from the offices of those who are already co-sponsoring did not get in contact with his legislative staff. He […] told me (verbally) that upon returning to session next week, they will go through the process to co-sponsor the Keeping Girls in School Act.” On January 24, Rep. Kelly became a cosponsor for H.R.2153 reaffirming the power of meeting with Congress.

Regional Director Ashley Strand met with Ali Isse, Deputy District Director to Rep. Ilhan Ilhan (D-MN-5th) to speak in support of the Keeping Girls in School Act and the Global Health Security Act.

Political Affairs Team member Kristine Gonzalez met with Jay Ostrich, District Director to Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA-10th). The two discussed the IAB and Global Child Thrive Act. Kristine provided the District Director, an army veteran, with the benefits of foreign aid from a military perspective.

Political Affairs Team member Alex Rohana caught a selfie after meeting with John Nobrega in DC, Foreign Policy LA to Sen. Jack Reed’s (D-RI).

Warren’s Address

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


Content Team Updates

Website traffic is off to a great start for the year, thanks to the content created by our writers, journalists and editors. Ever wondered who is reading your work? Here is a breakdown of visitors to the site by country:



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

      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Anna Langlois, Content Team member and Pragya Nagpal, PR/Marketing Team member.
      • Bird Dog Award: Diego Tambazidis, Dhruv Bhardwaj and YoungJu Moon, Political Affairs Team members.
      • Public Outreach Award (50 or more people mobilized): Danielle Richardson, Political Affairs Team member.
      • Articles of the Month:  The Success of Malaria Prevention in India by James Turner and Lowering the Maternal Mortality Rates in Haiti by Arielle Pugh

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

Getting the Word Out


One-Mile Campaigns

Political Affairs Team member Jessica Alvarado completed her One-Mile Campaign in Bay Shore, NY: “I went to my favorite childhood park, where all my friends and I grew up. It has an indoor pool, so a lot of families go there on the weekends to swim. I went around the entire park giving out printed fliers to any passerby I saw […]. I spoke to some parents and even some kids who looked to be in middle school. “

Content Team member Elizabeth Yusuff put together this flier noting different ways to help the cause.

PR/Marketing Team member Alina Silvana Meletta hung up fliers throughout the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. Fliers were accompanied by chalk art on sidewalks.


Swarm time! Political Affairs Team member Natalie Coyne and friends ready to email their congressional leaders on The Borgen Project website.

Letters to the Editor


Political Affairs Team


Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Infographics created by PR/Marketing Team member Alina Meletta.

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Chase Smith displayed his posters around the Seattle area to raise awareness for The Borgen Project.

Find this image by PR/Marketing Team member Onastacia Roe on our Instagram!



As a part of her fundraising campaign, Regional Director Ehina Srivastava held a bake sale that generated $200.

Content Team member Emily Oomen hosted an art night for a fundraising event.


Media Outreach


PR/Marketing Team member Kristina Johnson posted this photo to her Instagram page to introduce followers to the organization.

Through social engagement, Regional Director Sarah Gruesser got one Instagram, “interracialactivits,” to give The Borgen Project and the Keeping Girls in School Act a feature.

PR/Marketing Team member Onastacia Roe created a graphic for the Keeping Girls in School Act to share on her Instagram story.