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Generation Progress Staff

Generation Progress Staff

Liana Bishop

Liana Bishop

Digital Communications Associate

Liana Bishop is the Digital Communications Associate for Generation Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Bishop worked on the communications team at the political technology company Aristotle International, where she helped launch their startup PredictIt, which Politico called the “stock market for politics.” She also worked as a news cycle management analyst at the public policy […]

Chelsea Coatney

Chelsea Coatney

Digital Director

Chelsea Coatney is the Digital Director for Generation Progress. Chelsea was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in English. Prior to joining Generation Progress, Chelsea worked in public media, for the “PBS NewsHour” and WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” news program.

Kyle Epstein

Kyle Epstein

Press Associate

Kyle Epstein is the Press Associate for Generation Progress. Most recently, he worked as a project assistant for the Dewey Square Group’s Latinovations and multicultural affairs practice, where he supported targeted campaigns and outreach for minority communities. He previously interned in the office of Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), as well as with the Buenos […]

Hannah Finnie

Hannah Finnie

Senior Policy and Communications Associate

Hannah Finnie is a Senior Policy and Communications Associate for Generation Progress. Prior to joining the Generation Progress team full time, Hannah wrote for the Generation Progress Voices Network, where she covered gun violence and criminal justice issues. She has also contributed to publications including The Atlantic, the Huffington Post, The Nation, Mic, and Ms. […]

Amber Gaither

Operations Coordinator

Amber Gaither is the Operations Coordinator for Generation Progress. Amber graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Minor in Public Health. While attending Elon University, Amber studied abroad in Accra, Ghana with the school’s fine arts department. Before joining Generation Progress, she worked as the Communications Intern at the ONE […]

Charlotte Hancock

Charlotte Hancock

Program Director, Higher Ed, Not Debt

Charlotte Hancock is the Program Director for the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign—a nationwide, multiyear effort to ensure that a quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all, without the burden of financial hardship. Hancock joins the campaign from the Society for Neuroscience, where she served as the media communications coordinator and grew and managed […]

Senya Merchant

Organizing Associate

Senya Merchant is an Organizing Associate with Generation Progress’s Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign. Prior to joining American Progress, Merchant served as an intern at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she assisted the Legislative Affairs team and occasionally the director’s office. She also worked as a student fellow and field organizer […]

Christian Smith

Organizing Associate

Christian L. Smith is an Organizing Associate with Generation Progress’s Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign—a nationwide, multiyear effort to ensure that a quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all, without the burden of financial hardship. Smith joins the campaign after serving Millennials and students in his home state of Texas within the advocacy […]

Maggie Thompson

Maggie Thompson

Executive Director

A Wisconsin native, Maggie Thompson is the Executive Director of Generation Progress. Maggie was previously the Campaign Manager for Generation Progress’ Higher Ed Not Debt campaign, a nationwide multiyear effort working to ensure that a quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all without the burden of financial hardship. Prior to joining Generation Progress, Maggie […]