Support Team



For nearly a decade, Kate has worked with candidates, causes, and companies to develop their strategies and engagement programs. Most recently, she was a Senior Vice President at 270 Strategies. During her four and a half years at 270, Kate partnered with political parties, candidate campaigns, and advocacy organizations from 40+ countries. As the company's Director of Learning and Development, Kate traveled to Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, and the Middle East to facilitate trainings on strategic planning, organizing, and management. 

Kate began her career in politics on President Obama's 2008 campaign and has been organizing ever since. Altogether, she has worked six election cycles including two congressional campaigns, a gubernatorial campaign, a senate campaign, and two presidential campaigns. Prior to joining 270, Kate served as Deputy Organizing Director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign in Florida.

Passionate about democracy and civic engagement, Kate has also served as a reader and tactical advisor for the Knight Cities Challenge for the last three years. In 2016, Kate co-authored a study in partnership with the Knight Foundation entitled, "The Role of Human Relationship in Moving People to Action." 

Kate holds a B.A. in Political Science and Theater and Drama from Indiana University, and is a native of Chicago. She speaks conversational Swahili, having lived and taught in East Africa sporadically since 2006. Kate currently resides with her partner, Conrad, in San Francisco. She enjoys film, the arts, live music, and being outside.

David Sernick


A NYC based arts marketer and strategist, David takes the newest marketing trends and applies them to mission based companies. He has successfully built campaigns - surpassing earned and contributed income goals at Barrington Stage Company, The Flea Theater, Signature Theatre (NY) and MCC Theater.  A graduate of Indiana University, David holds a B.A. in Political Science, Theatre & Drama, and a Certificate in Arts Administration.   You can check out more of his handy work at:


Isabelle Canaan

Program Specialist

A current Masters student in Comparative Government at The University of Oxford and an alum of The University of Chicago, Isabelle studies individual-level politics and motivations for mobilization. Isabelle's current thesis applies social mobilization theories on organizational cohesion to the largest anti-Muslim grassroots organization in the US.

Isabelle is from Connecticut and spends her free time listening to podcasts, watching sports, and trying to make sense of British pronunciation and slang.