State of the Union October 2019

Political Updates


Lobbying and Advocacy Efforts

  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in September: 73
  • Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2019: 615
  • Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2019: 775

Advocacy Emails

  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in September: 7,178
  • Total # of Advocacy Emails in 2019: 84,837
  • Advocacy Emails Goal for 2019: 80,000
  • % of Congress Emailed in September: 99%

Congressional Office Meetings

Political Affairs Team member Ryan Lee met with legislative staffer to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Political Affairs Team member Brooke Leandra-Hope Johnson after meeting with Sen. Ben Cardin’s (D-MD) staffer Corrine Paul.

Political Affairs Team member Frances Herndon met with Staffer Caroline Diaz-Barigga, Lead Constituent Service, and Evann Freeman, Field Representative for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) at their Nashville office.

Warren’s Address

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

Content Team Updates

New record alert! 795,483 people visited in September. That’s 140,000 people more than the previous record. Over 5.2 million people have visited the website thus far this year. Great job everyone!


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

      • Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Amanda Buster, Political Affairs Team member; Hannah Stewart, Content Team member; Rupkatha Banerjee, Political Affairs Team member; Trey Ross, Content Team member;  Douglas Burnham, HR Team member, Michelle Dickson, Political Affairs Team member.
      • President’s Circle (held 3 congressional meetings): Political Affairs Team members Olivia Anderson, Avery Ngo, Matthew Hendricks, Malasia Williams, Charles Zinn, Emilee Kerr, Joshua Angelo and Marisa Anopolsky.
      • Public Outreach Award (50 or more people mobilized): Manan Shah, Political Affairs Team member (64); Madison Botsch, PR/Marketing Team member (56).
      • Article of the Month: Electricity Alleviates Poverty Through the Electrify Africa Act by Peter Trousdale

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

Getting the Word Out



Regional Director Madison Gaffney tabled at her school’s student center and held an information session on how to get involved with The Borgen Project.

Advocate Kristina Pecora created a swarm during Peer Supervision, a professional biweekly meeting held as a check-in on group practice happenings, consultation on clients, and personal goals/achievements.


One-Mile Campaigns

HR Team member Victor Vera’s  1-Mile Campaign was a success! The campaign was done within the proximity of Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) office building.
Victor even managed to walk passed Sen. Klobuchar, who took notice of his campaign.

Political Affairs Team member Bela Urbina completing her 1-Mile Campaign

Political Affairs Team member Christina Agostino

Political Affairs Team member Karen Manu

Content Team member Trey Ross

With help from a friend, Political Affairs Team member Maris Thomson (left) posted 200 flyers within the mile around the Capitol building in Raleigh, NC.

Political Affairs Team member Olivia Anderson

Content Team member Yael Litenatsky


Letters to the Editor


Political Affairs Team

Content Team

HR Team

PR/Marketing Team


Outreach & Mobilizing Materials

Created by Political Affairs Team member Hannah White

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Ashley Strand

Created by PR/Marketing Team member Sarah Gruesser


Information Events

Political Affairs Team member Charles Zinn spoke and networked at the PICS Event that he attended last week:



PR/Marketing Team member Yangcheng Zhou cooked dinner for friends as part of his fundraising campaign.


Political Affairs Team member Jacob Lang used the Wag! app to fundraise for his campaign. A fantastic way to combine a love for dogs with ending global poverty!

HR Team member Michelle Mwinzin made a variety of bracelets to sell as a part of her fundraising campaign.


Media Outreach


PR/Marketing Team member Sarah Gruesser persuaded an account to post about TBP on Instagram

PR/Marketing Team member, Maggie Aulman, had a piece written about her time with The Borgen Project.


Political Affairs Team member Sophia Serafin complete her One-Mile Campaign: