WHO WE ARE

 
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ADAM RUBEN

Director

Adam Ruben has two decades of experience at the leading edge of online campaigning and fundraising, grassroots organizing, communications, and progressive political campaigns. He was the architect behind MoveOn’s successful campaigns to take over the House, Senate, and White House, creating a tech-enabled model of scalable field organizing that has spread throughout the progressive movement. He spent more than four years growing the Fight for $15, melding traditional communications with digital strategy, and has consulted with organizations including NARAL Pro-Choice America, Working Families Party, Voter Participation Center, Run Warren Run, PCCC, and Global Zero.

 
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ANNA AURILIO

Federal Campaign Director

Anna Aurilio has fought for the public interest for nearly three decades.  As the DC director for Environment America and, prior to that, as the Legislative Director for U.S. PIRG, Anna led a team of advocates and mobilized grassroots members and state networks to win policies to cut pollution, protect public lands, and boost renewable energy and auto fuel economy.  She helped create the Climate Action Campaign, a coalition of national environmental groups working to win national climate action, and the Green Scissors campaign which recruited bi-partisan support to cut billions of dollars in government spending for wasteful, harmful programs. She has testified in Congress numerous times, been quoted in major news outlets, and was annually named a top grassroots lobbyist by The Hill for nearly a decade.  Anna is on the board of directors of Voices for Progress and the National Environmental Law Center.

 
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SACHIN CHHEDA

Illinois Campaign Director

Sachin Chheda has worked for more than 25 years as a grassroots advocate and campaign strategist, in the reproductive freedom, fair trade, international human rights, voting rights, and public education movements. He moves candidate, issue, and referendum campaigns from launch to victory, and as director of the Fair Elections Project, helped organize and launch the Whitford case to limit partisan gerrymandering, reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. Sachin now helps manage the Economic Security Project’s work in states across the country. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their four children, and currently serves on the board of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He previously served as national chairperson of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Contact info: 414-412-6099

 
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TERI OLLE

California Campaign Director

Teri Olle is the California Campaign Director for Economic Security Project Action. Beginning her career as an attorney, Teri soon moved into policy and issue advocacy, working on state and local efforts to ban toxic chemicals and pesticides, decrease food insecurity and hunger, increase gender representation in politics. She is a founding member of a political action committee dedicated to inserting parent voice into local politics and served as the president of the board of Emerge California. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters.

 
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PEDRO MORILLAS

State Campaigns Director

Pedro Morillas has spent the past 15 years directing issue advocacy campaigns at every level of government. From local ordinances on solar power, to national efforts focused on reducing gun violence, his experience spans a wide array of progressive issues, campaign strategies and tactics. He helped design and implement Everytown for Gun Safety’s state legislative advocacy program, which helped reshape the political landscape on what used to be considered a third rail political issue. Prior to that he directed the immigration reform efforts at Organizing for Action. Pedro got his start in state legislative advocacy in California as the legislative director of the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) where he spent five years in Sacramento working to advance consumer protection and good government reforms.

 
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TAYLOR JO ISENBERG

Managing Director

Taylor Jo Isenberg is the Managing Director of the Economic Security Project and also offers project management and strategic support to Economic Security Project Action. She was previously the Senior Advisor to the CEO & President and Vice President of the National Network at the Roosevelt Institute, an organization working to redefine the rules that guide our social and economic realities. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Scalawag Magazine, a publication advancing social justice through the South’s diverse thinkers, writers and activists. She was a Forbes 30 under 30 for Law and Policy in 2015 and Fusion 30 under 30 Women Shaping Politics in 2016. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 
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GUEN HAN

Director of Development & Operations

Guen Han is the Director of Development & Operations at the Economic Security Project and also oversees grant initiatives for Economic Security Project Action. Previously, she served as the Director of Development at Welcoming America, where she led the organization’s fundraising efforts and played a key role in its communications activities. Prior to Welcoming America, Guen worked at Amnesty International USA, where she supported Amnesty’s community organizing efforts in the South and Midwest on issues such as death penalty abolition, immigrants’ rights, prisoners of conscience, and women’s rights. Guen is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Public Management from Johns Hopkins University, and she also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Comparative Studies and a Certificate in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from Duke University. She is based in the metro Atlanta area.

 
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VANUYEN PHAM

Program & Operations Manager

Vanuyen serves as the Program and Operations Manager at Economic Security Project and also offers operational support to Economic Security Project Action. Vanuyen is proud to be a second generation Vietnamese American and a graduate of Stanford University, where her love of hearing people’s stories and uplifting unheard narratives led her to major in History. On campus, she found a home in the Asian American community, serving as the Community Orientation Coordinator, Co-Chair of the Stanford Vietnamese Student Association, and a Diversity Outreach Associate with the undergraduate admissions office. After thinking for many years that she would become a doctor, she put a hold on those plans and became intrigued by the potential for policy, rooted in community needs, to inspire collective change. Vanuyen is excited to be part of the ESP/A team and to learn more about moving towards economic equality through the lens of racial and gender justice. 

 
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EBONY CHILDS

Operations Associate

Ebony is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. A social justice activist throughout college, she went on to provide operational support to nonprofits serving low-income and marginalized communities. Her current interests are the intersection of tech and economic justice, and how identity perception shapes our views on policy and society.