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Meet the team

IGNITE staff are working in communities across America to bring young women to political leadership.

Leadership Team


Sara Guillermo

Chief Executive Officer

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Amanda Conlee

Chief Operating Officer


Tierra Stewart

Chief Program Officer


Amy Zucchero

Chief of Resource Development & Communications

Programs Team

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Cydnei Drake

Southeast Program Director


Shay Franco-Clausen

West Coast Region Program Director

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Jacelyn Matthews

Northeast Program Director

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Tarri Strickland

Midwest Program Director


Jocelyn Yow

Legislative Advocacy Director


Alicia Smith

Fellowship Manager

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Loren Walter

Southeast Region Program Manager


Cecilia E. Ruesta

Program Facilitator

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Saha Salahi

Legislative Advocacy Coordinator

Development & Communications Team


May Nazareno

Northeast Major Gifts Director


Kirsten Rogers

Communications Director


Whitney Thomas

Southeast Major Gifts Director

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Debra Coltoff

Grants Manager


Elizabeth Castañón

Operations Manager

Laura Fukushima Long

Laura Fukushima Long

Database & Technology Manager


Deshani Semaan

Communications Manager

IGNITE Fellows, 2021-2022

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Christina Williams

Atlanta Fellow

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Jessica Riley

Austin Fellow

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Baltimore Fellow

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Birmingham Fellow

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Catherine Zhang

Boston Fellow

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Cedar Rapids/Iowa City

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Erin Hernández

Chicago Fellow

Tiera Moore

Tiera Moore

Cleveland Fellow

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Munira Abdullahi

Columbus Fellow

Jessie Jennett

Jessie Jennett

Denver Fellow

Agatha Pinheiro

Agatha Pinheiro

Detriot Fellow

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Houston Fellow

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Vanessa Aponte

Las Vegas Fellow

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Emelie Jimenez

Miami Fellow

Justice Grau

Justice Grau

Milwaukee Fellow

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Oklahoma City Fellow

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Monali Bhakta

Monali Bhakta

Minneapolis Fellow

Aniya Bryant

Aniya Bryant

Nashville Fellow


Yasmeen Metellus

New York Fellow

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Aamore Richards

Newark Fellow

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Carolyn Kedslie

North Texas Fellow

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Philadelphia Fellow

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Pittsburgh Fellow

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Julia Perrotta

Julia Perrotta

Raleigh-Durham Fellow

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Salt Lake City

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Faith Garcia

Faith Garcia

San Diego Fellow

Camille Gix

Camille Gix

Seattle Fellow

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South Bay Fellow

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Camille Serrano

Camille Serrano

Southern CA Fellow


Isabelle D’Alacio

Washington D.C. Fellow



Dr. Anne Moses



Zunera Ahmed | Special Assistant to the President, Brooklyn College, City University of New York 

Luna Barrington | Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Deyci Carrillo Lopez | Detention Team Legal Assistant, Centro Legal de la Raza 

Aimee Gabrielle Carroll | President, SPARC B2B, Wholesale: Aeropostale, Brooks Brothers, Lucky Brand, Nautica 

Jill Faherty LLoyd | Managing Director and Financial Advisor, Evercore Wealth Management

Cara Fields | Vice President of Customer Care, AT&T 

Sharon Harris, Vice-Chair | Global Chief Marketing Officer, Jellyfish 

Daphne B. Jackson | CEO, Daphne Bryson Jackson Consulting & GovLink, Inc.

Anne MacDonald, Chair | Senior Executive in marketing, communications, and strategic planning 

Megan McTiernan, Secretary | Social Impact Advisor, McTiernan Strategies  

Ximena Mondragon | District Director, Office of Texas State Representative Christina Morales 

Anne Morriss | Principal, The Morriss Group

Ann Marie Painter | Partner and Chair, Labor Practice Group, Perkins Coie LLP

Crystal Patterson Global Civic Partnerships Manager, Facebook

Sean Peake, Treasurer | Associate Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Johanna Rose | Consultant, 360 Connection

Rini Sampath | Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting 

Sean Schickedanz | Managing Director, Woodside Capital Partners

Join Our Team

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