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Generation Progress Staff

Generation Progress Staff

Kristin Avery

Kristin Avery

Campaign Manager, It's On Us Campaign

Kristin Avery currently serves as the Campaign Manager for It’s On Us at Generation Progress. Prior to joining Center for American Progress Kristin worked as the National Outreach Director for the Common Purpose Project. She also worked as Field Director for the Chicago for Rahm campaign and as a Special Assistant at the White House […]

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 literature. Prior to joining Generation Progress, Chelsea worked for the “PBS NewsHour” and WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” news program.

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

Senior Associate Editor

Hannah Finnie is the Senior Associate Editor 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 Nation, Mic, and Ms. Magazine, among others. Finnie graduated from Emory […]

Sunny Frothingham

Sunny Frothingham

Senior Policy Advocate

Sunny Frothingham is a Senior Policy Advocate for Generation Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Frothingham worked as an organizer with the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility in Seattle, Washington, where she advocated for Initiative 594, the successful ballot initiative for background checks on all gun sales. She also worked previously with Everytown for Gun Safety […]

Charlotte Hancock

Digital Director, Higher Ed Not Debt

Charlotte Hancock is the Digital 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 […]

Rebecca Kaplan

Rebecca Kaplan

Deputy Campaign Manager, It's On Us Campaign

Rebecca Kaplan is the Deputy Campaign Manager for Generation Progress’ It’s On Us Campaign. Rebecca is from New York City and graduated from Cornell University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in policy analysis and management. Prior to joining American Progress, Rebecca interned at the White House in the vice president’s office and for Mayor Bloomberg’s […]

Nicholas Kitchel

Senior Advocacy Associate

Nicholas Kitchel is an Senior Advocacy Associate for Generation Progress. Most recently, he worked as a White House advance associate and as a field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party’s 2014 coordinated campaign. Additionally, Nicholas served on the College Democrats of America National Executive Board and interned for the White House Office of Public Engagement […]

Jessi Morales

Jessi Morales

Policy Advocate

Jessi Morales is the Policy Advocate for Generation Progress. Jessi comes to us from the great state of Texas where she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with her undergraduate degree in government and political communications. Jessi began her career in policy by campaigning for local El Paso elections, and working on issues […]

Mayu Takeda

Mayu Takeda

Senior Advocacy Associate

Mayu Takeda is a Senior Advocacy Associate for Generation Progress. Prior to joining Generation Progress, she was a second-grade teacher in Kansas City, Missouri. She previously interned for Gov. John W. Hickenlooper (D-CO), the Littleton Immigrant Resources Center, Rights for All People, the Immigration team at American Progress, and the Center for American and International Law. Mayu […]

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 […]

Layla Zaidane

Layla Zaidane

Managing Director, Generation Progress

Layla works to develop communications plans, marketing strategy, and engaging digital campaigns in order to mobilize target audiences around political, legislative and advocacy issues. She oversees a team responsible for the planning and implementation of comprehensive online brand campaigns, graphic design, web management, email outreach and social media campaigns, and outreach to traditional and non-traditional press and […]