State of the Union March 2020

Political Updates

Reminder: The Senate and House are in recess next week March 16th until 20th.

This is a great time to be attending events and scheduling lobbying meetings.


Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in February: 50
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2020: 76
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2020: 710

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in February: 6,825
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2020: 12,276
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2020: 120,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 66%

Congressional Office Meetings

Political Affairs Team member Natalie Coyne secured meetings with Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA-14th; left) and Sen. Pat Toomey’s staffer (R-PA; right).

Natalie then managed to secure her fourth lobbying meeting with Harry Johnson II (Sen. Bob Casey’s Regional Director), where they discussed the Keeping Girls in School act.

Political Affairs Team member Lindsey LeBaron met with Rep. John Curtis (R-UT-3rd) to discuss the Reach Every Mother and Child Act.

Political Affairs Team member Emily Daly met with Rosie Driscoll, the Outreach Specialist for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), to discuss the Keeping Girls in School Act.

Political Affairs Team member Kristine Gonzalez met with Larissa L. Bailey, Central Regional Manager for Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA).

Political Affairs Team member Edward Taylor met Molly Cole, Foreign Affairs Legislative Assistant for Rep. Gerry Connolly’s (D-VA-11th).

Political Affairs Team member Alexis Page met with a staff member at Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) office in Columbus, Ohio.

Regional Director Morgan Harden completed her first lobbying meeting with Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC-9th)!

Town Halls

In-Office Team member Iris Thatcher had the opportunity to meet Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at a Town Hall in Seattle, WA

Political Affairs Team member Diego Tambazidis bird dogged at a Town Hall meeting in California.

Political Affairs Team member Dana Kit seen in attendance at Rep. Tom Malinowski’s (D-NJ-7th) Town Hall meeting.

Lindsey LeBaron, Political Affairs Team member, attended a legislative networking meeting


Warren’s Address

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


Content Team Updates

Website traffic continues to be strong, thanks to the content created by our Writers, Journalists and Editors.



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

      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Hannah Gabrielle White, Content Team member and Jordyn Garrett-Green, PR/Marketing Team member.
      • Bird Dog Award: Alexi Santiago, Dana Kit and Lindsey LeBaron, Political Affairs Team members. YoungJu Moon, Regional Director.
      • President’s Circle: Kristine Gonzalez, Max Warren, William Butts, Lindsey LeBaron, and Natalie Coyne, Political Affairs Team members. Morgan Harden and Ashely Strand, Regional Directors.
      • Public Outreach Award (50 or more people mobilized): Dhruv Bhardwaj and Kristine Gonzalez, Political Affairs Team members.
      • Articles of the Month:  The Rise and Empowerment of Female Farmers in Nepal by Taylor Pittman and  Eradicating Menstrual Huts in Nepal by Minh-Ha La.

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 Javier Salgado disbursed flyers in local barbershops in Kissimmee, FL.

Pragya Nagpal, Political Affairs Team member, posted posters outside houses in Irving, Texas.

HR Team member Arthi Lokaiyan took a quick selfie while posting flyers around campus.


Nonprofit Leadership Team member Chase Smith from Seattle created a swarm in support of the Global Health Security Act.

Nonprofit Leadership Team member Rebecca Collins created a swarm in support of the Keeping Girls in School Act.

Ashley Strand, Regional Director, ordered The Borgen Project stickers and pins for her mobilization activities.


Letters to the Editor

Regional Director

Political Affairs Team

PR/Marketing Team


Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Nonprofit Leadership team member, Avery Barela’s posters for her branding campaign.

PR/Marketing Team member Jordyn Garrett-Green.

PR/Marketing Team member Onastacia Roe created a flier to use for an upcoming information event.

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Jordyn Garrett-Green.

Created by Political Affairs Team member Lorryn Murray.

Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act by PR/Marketing Team member Rhea Ferrer.



PR/Marketing Team member Onastacia Roe used Instagram to create an online thrift store as a part of her fundraising campaign.

Political Affairs Team member Frankie Gaynor created Borgen Project t-shirts for her fundraiser.

HR Team member KaLee Roberge sold military patches for her campaign, each priced at $1.00. KaLee ended up selling 510 patches!

HR team member Krity Deb created paintings for her fundraising campaign.


Media Outreach


Political Affairs Team member Francesca Gaynor spoke on behalf of TBP to a community access TV program.

Political Affairs Team member Natalie Coyne presented at a city council meeting in Butler, Pennsylvania.


Nonprofit Leadership Team member Mayaka Wimberley created a graphic to share on social media.

PR/Marketing Team member Onastacia Roe created infographics to share information about The Borgen Project for her branding and fundraising campaigns on Instagram.


Meme created by Content Team member Treya Parikh.