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The We Voted Team

Marley D. Clements, Advisory Board Chair & Political Director

Marley D. Clements

Advisory Board Chair & Political Director

Marley is a documentary filmmaker and communications strategist based in Washington D.C. She began her career as an organizer for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, and was the youngest elected delegate in Texas in 2008. Since receiving dual degrees from Texas Christian University, Marley has spent nearly a decade in Washington, working in various capacities at international think tanks, and advocacy organizations, including the Brookings Institution, PolicyLink, the Laborers’ International Union of North America.

Following the 2016 election, Marley Co-Wrote and Produced the 2018 hit-documentary Active Measures, which, through its use of exclusive interviews with Secretary Clinton, Senator John McCain and other high-profile national-security officials and world leaders, tells the story of the Kremlin’s attack on Democracy globally, culminating in the 2016 U.S. election. Currently, she has several film projects underway, and is always looking for new ways to fight back against the pests invading her vegetable garden and the corrupt, Right-wing extremists invading her country.

A'shanti F. Gholar, Advisory Board

A’shanti F. Gholar

Advisory Board

A’shanti serves as the political director for Emerge America, the only organization dedicated to recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office. In this role, she focuses on strengthening national partnerships and working closely with state affiliates to strategically recruit for key seats, as well as directing the organization’s overall political strategy. For 15 years, A’shanti has been a grassroots organizer and activist for women, communities of color and progressive causes. She has experience in building coalitions, program development and community and political engagement. Prior to coming to Emerge America, A’shanti served as the National Deputy Director of Community Engagement and Director of African American Engagement for the Democratic National Committee. A’shanti has also served as the Manager of National Partnerships for United Way Worldwide, as a political appointee in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor and as the Director of Public Engagement for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte, NC.

A native Nevadan, A’shanti holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s of Science Degree in Organizational Psychology with an emphasis on leadership development and women in leadership. A’shanti was featured as a political influencer in CQ Roll Call Magazine, named a top woman of color in policy by Walker’s Legacy, and was awarded the “Changemaker” award by African American Women in Business Careers. In addition, A’shanti serves as an Advisory Board Member for First Ask, an Expert Advisor for Forward Majority Action, 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center Leader, and as a Sisters on the Planet Ambassador for OxFam America. She is also the founder of the Brown Girls Guide to Politics.

Adam Parkhomenko, FAdvisory Board

Adam Parkhomenko

Advisory Board

Adam is one of the Democratic Party’s top grassroots organizers online and on the ground, and the founder of TRR Group, The Renegade Group, Political Advisor to former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, and President of Party Majority super PAC.

Parkhomenko joined the transition team of Donna Brazile at the Democratic National Committee in September of 2016. Brazile appointed him to serve as the DNC’s National Field Director for the 2016 general election.

Parkhomenko was co-founder and Executive Director of Ready for Hillary, a grassroots effort that organized millions of Americans on behalf of Secretary Clinton. In early April 2015, Parkhomenko joined Clinton’s official campaign as Director of Grassroots Engagement. Secretary Clinton also named him Director for the Maryland and District of Columbia primaries, which she won by 30 and 58 points, respectively.

Prior to founding Ready for Hillary, Parkhomenko worked for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and in several roles for Secretary Clinton dating back to 2003. In 2014, Parkhomenko was named to Politico Magazine’s “Politico 50.”

For the past nine years, Parkhomenko has also served as a reserve law enforcement officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC. In this role, he was named 2010 Officer of the Year by Chief Cathy Lanier.

Parkhomenko was born in Washington, DC and raised in Arlington, VA. He is a graduate of Washington-Lee High School, Northern Virginia Community College, and graduated from George Mason University with honors in Criminology, Law, and Society. He lives with his son, Cameron Julian Parkhomenko, in Arlington, VA.

Sam Youngman, Advisory Board

Sam Youngman

Advisory Board

Sam is a former national political reporter and White House correspondent with more than 15 years of experience in Washington and on the campaign trail. Youngman covered political campaigns ranging from U.S. House and Senate races to the presidential campaigns of 2004, 2008 and 2012. In 2008, Youngman established a White House beat on behalf of The Hill, serving as the publication’s first White House correspondent and covering the Bush and Obama administrations before spending the 2012 race covering Republicans and the Romney campaign.

Youngman has appeared on countless national and international news programs and his writing has been featured in hundreds of publications around the globe. After leaving political journalism in 2016, Youngman has focused on consulting, working with political campaigns, tech companies and public relations firms to help clients compose, shape and spread the message they want to share with the world.

Ai-Jen Poo, Advisory Board

Ai-Jen Poo

Advisory Board

Ai-jen Poo is an award-winning organizer, social innovator, author, and a leading voice in the women’s movement. She has been recognized among Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and she has been the recipient of countless awards, including a 2014 MacArthur "Genius" Award. Ai-jen is a nationally recognized expert on elder and family care, the future of work, gender equality, immigration, narrative change, and grassroots organizing. She is the author of the celebrated book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. Follow her at @aijenpoo

Eli Kagan, Founder and CEO

Eli Kagan

Founder and CEO

Eli was inspired in 2007 by then candidate Obama to do something of service to help his country and the world. Nearly twelve years later he came up with the concept for We Voted® on November 10th, 2018 while he was sitting in a hospital delivery room staring at his newly born baby daughter.

He is an experienced and accomplished designer and creative director with stints at HBO, Skycatch Inc. and Lipman Creative Agency. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a degree in multi-media arts.

He hopes this project will inspire other people to think about the destructive role that corporate political money has played in America. His dream is to build We Voted®into a powerful force for progressive reform that pushes government to address the existential crisis of climate change.

Tovah Simon, COO

Tovah Simon

COO

Tovah is midwesterner, born to a couple of very staunch Democrats. She grew up attending political rallies, being taught “justice for all” and falling deeply in love with democratic principles. After completing dual degrees in Journalism/Strategic Communications and Psychology at the University of Kansas with honors, she made her way to Los Angeles, where she has found herself a serial entrepreneur.

With more than a decade of experience in building digital media and sales organizations to millions in revenue, she is ecstatic to now be teamed with incredibly passionate people, creating a business that lives its values. Tovah’s dream is to help make We Voted® a revolutionary household name; breaking the vicious consumer cycle; ending the current reign of terror, and changing the landscape of American politics forever.

Andy Gillette, CTO

Andy Gillette

CTO

Andy is a software engineer and activist who began protesting and organizing in his home state of Iowa in the late '90s. He moved to NYC in the spring of 2001 and watched the twin towers fall from the window of his Brooklyn apartment - and then spent the next few years protesting Bush's unjust wars in the Middle East and the country's rapid shift to the right.

He has carried his passion into his career and worked with organizations trying to address climate change, fight inequality and ensure a free press. He has over a decade of experience developing across the full stack and is excited to bring that to bear on We Voted®.