IGNITE Annual Report 2017-2018 - Page 7



IGNITE in
Action
While our country is
crippled by partisan
stasis young women
have emerged as
leaders, impatient and
demanding change.
They are fired up and
ready to save our
democracy.
Gracie Anderson, founder of the College Chapter
at Pacific Lutheran University and member
of the Washington Legislative Youth Advisory
Council, testified to the legislature on two voter
registration bills that were later signed into law:
one requires the DMV to automatically register
citizens obtaining a license or id to vote; the other
allows 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote.
University of Washington chapter
member Cacima Lee was appointed to
the Beacon Hill Council and also serves
as an Outreach and Political Intern
at WA Environmental Council, where
she helped get I-1631, the WA Carbon
Emissions Fee and Revenue Allocation
Initiative, on to the ballot.
Deyci Carrillo, Co-President
of UC Santa Cruz College
Chapter, interned on Capitol
Hill for California Senator
Kamala Harris. Deyci is now
working for AFSCME Local
3299 as a political organizer.
Samantha Lichtin, IGNITE’s
Denver Fellow, played a
pivotal role in organizing
Denver’s March for Science,
bringing together thousands
of scientists and supporters
for the city’s most massive
rally since the 2017 Women’s
March.
Nikka Sandoval was appointed to the
Berkeley, California Commission on
the Status of Women, to represent
District 8. Nikka’s motivation to
join the commission was driven
by her time as a high school and
college student with IGNITE. She is
championing women’s reproductive
rights in her role as commissioner.
Alumna Jocelyn Yow is running
for the Eastvale City Council,
District 4. Jocelyn has called
Eastvale home for nearly
a decade and her platform
focuses on creating a strong
family-oriented community.
EXAMPLES OF POLITICALLY ACTIVE
IGNITE YOUNG WOMEN
Work on Campaigns
Sarah Aldridge, Iowa Democratic Party; Biane Arias,
Sabrina Cervantes, State Assembly, District 60, CA;
Leanne Bolaño, Gloria Partida, City Council, Davis,
CA; Vanessa Edwards, Catalina Cruz, State Assembly,
Queens’ District 39, NY; Maria Katsulos, Beto
O’Rourke, US Senate, TX; Olivia Lee, Lizzie Pannill
Fletcher, US House of Representatives, District 7,
TX; Mia Muric, George Rodriguez, US House of
Representatives, District 32, Michael Rhea, State
Representative, District 106, TX and Lillian Salerno,
House of Representatives, District 32,TX; Dariah
Norwood, Stacey Abrams, Governor, GA; Anastazja
Ragasa, Fiona Ma, State Treasurer, CA; Megan Stone,
Melanie Nutter, BART Board of Directors, CA; Alondra
Esquivel, Nick Josefowitz, San Francisco Supervisor,
CA; Jessica Rosario, Catalina Cruz, State Assembly,
Queens’ District 39, NY; Lashelle Scott; Lizzie Pannill
Fletcher, US House of Representatives, District 7, TX;
Monica Sibri, Catalina Cruz, State Assembly, Queens’
District 39, NY.
Interships/Jobs with
Elected Officials
Biane Arias, Mark Takano, US House of
Representatives, District 41, CA, Pete Aguilar, US
House of Representatives, District 31, CA; Ophir
Simayof, Claire McCaskill, US Senator, MO; Mikayla
Ferrell, Jim Kenney, Philadelphia Mayor, and Bob
Casey, US Senator, PA; Julianne Heberlein, Republican
Governors Association, US Department of State,
and Governor Larry Hogan, MD; Jazmin Kay, Kirsten
Gillibrand, US Senator, NY; Audrey Maloof, John
Alumna Mia Muric served
as the Political Coordinator
and later Director of
Communications for Lillian
Salerno for Congress. After
Salerno’s concession in the
primary, Mia joined NARAL
Pro-Choice America as a
Texas Organizer.
Lewis, US Representative, District 5, GA, and Nancy
Jester, DeKalb County Commissioner, GA; Emily
Mills, Sonia Chang-Diaz, US Senator, MA; Danielle
Myles-Langaigne, Maura T. Healey, Attorney General,
MA, and Helen Gym, Philadelphia City Council, PA;
Dariah Norwood, John Lewis, US Representative,
District 5, GA; Kyanna Spaulding, Martin Heinrich,
US Senator, NM; Evelien van Gelderen, Jamie Raskin,
US Representative, 8th District, MD; Magaly Velasco,
Phil Ting, State Assembly, 19th District, CA; Brittne
Walker, Virginia Democratic Party.
Board Appointments
Ojaswi (Juli) Adhikari, Commission on Women
and Girls, Berkeley, CA; Esmeralda Cortez Rosales,
Oakland Youth Commission, Oakland, CA; Kristen
Gonzalez, Queens Community Board #4, New
York, NY; Saira Guzman, Community Service Board,
Hayward, CA; Cacima Lee, Beacon Hill Community
Maddie Zimmerman, who founded
the College Chapter at UW Madison,
is a Legislative Assistant for Wisconsin
State Representative Melissa Sargent
and the Deputy Communications
Director and Research Assistant for
the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
Misaki Collins has been in
IGNITE since high school. Today,
she is an SGA Senator at the
University of North Texas. One
of her notable achievements as
Senator was successfully petitioning for the newest residence
hall to be named after a person
of color, alum and football star
Joe Green. This is the first time
the university has honored a
person of color in this way.
When UT Dallas College
Chapter president Tania
Rodriguez saw her Plano
City Councilmember
promote anti-Islamic
rhetoric, she jumped
to action, gathering
signatures and filing
a petition that led to
the member’s recall
election.
Ophir Simayof interned for U.S. Senator Claire
McCaskill of Missouri. During her internship,
Ophir witnessed McCaskill take a stand for DACA
recipients, an issue she advocates for as well.
Kirsten Budwine, Vice President of IGNITE at
Prairie View A&M University, was appointed
to the Student Government Association as
the Governmental Relations Co-Chair. She
served as Campaign Manager for Judge
Marian Jackson and plans to pursue a seat
on the bench after attending law school.
Board, Seattle, WA; Suzanne Markland-Suwareh,
Bronx Community Board #5, New York, NY; Caitlin
Quinn, Youth Commission and Chair of the Animal
Services Advisory Committee, Petaluma, CA;
Nikka Sandoval, Commission on Women and Girls,
Berkeley, CA; Whitney Thomas, Charter Review
Committee and Library Board, Farmers Branch, TX;
Mya Whitaker, Police Advisory Commission, Oakland,
CA.
Runs for Office on Campus
Alumna Genesis Aquino
is currently running to
be the District Leader for
New York’s 51st Assembly
District. She is advocating
for housing, immigrant
rights, education, and
police accountability.
Alumna Allison Ives
volunteered on two
campaigns: Maria
Moen, candidate for
Michigan State Rep, 79th
District, and Dave Pagel,
candidate for Michigan
State Senate.
Gracie Anderson, Student Senate, Pacific Lutheran
University, Tacoma, WA; Deana Ayers, Student
Senate, University of North Texas, Denton, TX;
Misaki Collins, President, University of North Texas,
Denton, TX; Abigail Edwards, Student Representative
on Academic Affairs Advising Council, UC Davis,
Davis, CA; Hazel Erickson, Sophomore Class Senator,
University of Saint Thomas, St. Paul, MN; Alondra
Boston Fellow, Nadya
Okamoto, a sophomore
at Harvard University,
registered 1,500 voters
during her run for
Cambridge City Council.
Abiola Agoro, a member of the IGNITE
Chapter at George Washington University,
received two NAACP awards for her
leadership in encouraging the university
to institute more comprehensive diversity
and anti-racism training.
Loren Walter, Dariah Norwood and
Hannah Ageogun, from the IGNITE
College Chapters at Agnes Scott and
Spelman College, are campaigning for
gubernatorial-hopeful Stacey Abrams.
Esquivel Garcia, Associated Students Sophomore
Representative, San Francisco State University, San
Francisco, CA; Rebeca Lafond, Assembly Member,
Brooklyn College and Alternate Delegate, CUNY
University Student Senate, NY; Clarissa Maloney,
Senate, Clovis Community College, Clovis, CA; Cecilia
Silva, College of Liberal Arts Senator and Speaker of
the Senate, University of Texas Arlington, Arlington,
TX; Elizabeth Zalanga, Diversity Officer, Saint Paul
College, Saint Paul, MN.
Runs for Office in the Community
Zunera Ahmed, Kings County Democratic Committee,
NY (Won: September 2018); Genesis Aquino, District
Leader, 51st Assembly District, Brooklyn, NY (Fall
2018); Ramona Brumfield, Justice of the Peace,
Collin County, TX (Fall 2018); Megan Crawford, Palo
Verdes Peninsula School Board, Palos Verdes, CA
(Fall 2018); Erika Ledferd, County Commissioner,
Rockwall County, TX (Fall 2018); Shannon Lynch, ANC
5E04 Commissioner, Washington, D.C. (Fall 2018);
Cheyenne Mosley, School Board, Royse City, TX (Lost:
Spring 2018); Caitlin Quinn, Board of Education,
Petaluma, CA (Fall 2018); Mia Satya, San Francisco
Board of Education, San Francisco, CA (Fall 2018);
Lashelle Scott, Harris County Democratic Party,
Precinct Chair 559, Houston, TX (Won: Spring 2018);
Nayma Silver, Female State Committee, Washington
Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill, NY (Fall 2018);
Victoria Snitsar, Chair, Kansas Federation of College
Republicans, KS (Won: Winter 2018); Monica Taylor,
Upper Darby School Board Director, Upper Darby,
PA (Won: Fall 2017); Mya Whitaker, Oakland City
Council, District 6, Oakland, CA (Fall 2018); Jocelyn
Yow, City Council, District 4, Eastvale, CA (Fall 2018).





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