State of the Union May 2020

Political Updates


Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in April: 47
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2020: 158
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2020: 710

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in April: 7,984
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2020: 28,040
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2020: 120,000
  • % of Congress Emailed Year to Date: 94%


Congressional Office Meetings

PR/Marketing Team member Miles Getler secured a meeting via Zoom with Lilian Adelstein, Staffer for Rep. Eleanor Norton (D-DC).



Political Affairs Team member Liquan (Joyce) Jiang bird-dogged Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA-17th) on his Facebook Live event. Rep. Khanna could not disagree more: The WHO provided a lot of resources to us, including testing for COVID-19.  We should not stop funding the WHO, rather, we need to fund the WHO more.

Political Affairs Team member Daniella Cardinale-Weinberg attended Rep. Ted Deutch’s (D-FL-22nd) Facebook Live event and participated in a virtual bird-dogging.

Political Affairs Team member bird-dogged Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA-4th) to cosponsor the Global Health Security Act during a Facebook Live event.


Warren’s Address

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


Content Team Updates

Articles of the Month: Radio Education in Rwanda by Tiara Wilson and Healthcare in Malaysia by Annie Kate Raglow.



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

      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Political Affairs Team members Betsey Love, Jonah McGarvey and Melia Reyther-Espinoza; Content Team member Amanda Ostuni.
      • Bird Dog Award: Political Affairs Team members Liquan (Joyce) Jiang, Michael Villani, Julia Sosnivka and Meredith Kahan.
      • President’s Circle: Nonprofit Leadership Team members Rebecca Collins and  Christian Brown. Political Affairs Team members Michael Villani, Elizabeth McMahon, Hannah McLain, Julia Anderson and Regional Director Hannah Reznik.
      • Public Outreach Award (50 or more people mobilized): Political Affairs Team member Daniella Cardinale-Weinberg.

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

Getting the Word Out


One-Mile Campaigns

In-Office Team member Iris Thatcher completed her One-Mile Campaign during a sunny day in Seattle, WA.

Political Affairs Team member Gina Magliocco completed her One-Mile Campaign in Yorktown Heights, NY.

Once the state of Georgia reopened, Political Affairs Team member Hunter Prost created chalk art near highly trafficked parks and trails in the area.

PR/Marketing Team member Miles Getler in Washington, DC.

NPL team member Rebecca Collins completed her One-Mile Campaign in Joplin, MO.


Letters to the Editor


Political Affairs Team

PR/Marketing Team

Content Team


Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

“130 million girls are not enrolled in school” by PR/Marketing Team member Samantha Martinez Hansen.

Created by Content Team member Shveta Shah.

“3 tips to help quarantine boredom” by Content Team member Danielle DiDomenico.

“Global Health Security” by PR/Marketing Team member Nathalie Orozco.

Created by Content Team member Lauren DesJardins.

Created by Political Affairs Team member Asher Dicello.

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Alina Meletta.

“Contact Congress” by PR/Marketing Team member Abby LeClercq.

Political Affairs Team member Liquan (Joyce) Jiang mobilized her neighbors in a creative and personal way sending each a hand-written letter.

Due to COVID-19, instead of implementing a 1-mile outdoor campaign, Valerie Yang, HR Team member from New York, created graphics and completed virtual mobilizing/marketing of The Borgen Project through social media platforms.


Political Affairs Team member Hannah McLain received a pie-in-the-face for reaching $100 in donations toward her fundraising campaign.

Political Affairs Team member Irma Alonso held a raffle and posted the information on her Facebook page. Irma raised $350 from family and friends who entered the draw.



On Tuesday, May 5th, as a response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Borgen Project participated in Giving Tuesday’s #GivingTuesdayNow initiative for a global day of giving and unity. While #GivingTuesdayNow is just one square on the calendar, we will continue to be an influential ally for the world’s poor in U.S. foreign policy decisions year-round.

Created by In-Office Team member Leah Caragol.


Virtual Series

In April, we kicked off our first virtual series event with Co-Founder and Executive Director of Women in Global Health, Dr. Roopa Dhatt, who shared her work in her field as it relates to the gender gap in global healthcare.

Tweet: Thanks @borgenproject for creating a platform to connect with your #grassroots volunteers!


Media Outreach


During the COVID-19 pandemic, social media has continued to play a vital role in spreading the word. In-Office Team member Leah Caragol (left), PR/Marketing Team member Abby LeClercq (middle) and Political Affairs Team member Nadia Braswell (right) created graphics to share to their Instagram Story, inviting their audience to join the cause.

PR/Marketing Team member Miles Getler asked his Instagram followers to take action.

Content Team member Megan McKeough held an Instagram Bingo.

Regional Director Sarah Gruesser found success reaching out to influencers on Instagram.

Don’t forget to tag @theborgenproject in your content on Instagram



Political Affairs Team member Irma Alonso created a TikTok on how to email Congress.


HR Team member Doriane Pierre was interviewed by the University of Maryland Global Campus. For the full interview, click here.


Political Affairs Team member Alex Baldwin created a podcast arguing for the increase of the International Affairs Budget. Featured: Program Manager Amy Pettigrew.


Political Affairs Team member Annie Bennett: Money is M(aid)