President & Executive Director
Sarah Baker is a Bruce Springsteen fan and also a lawyer. Sarah’s past jobs include as a lawyer in President Obama’s Office of White House Counsel, as Senior Policy Director to Dr. Jill Biden, and as the Senior Pro Bono Associate at Hogan Lovells law firm. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and Rutgers College.
Managing Director & General Counsel
Jacek Pruski believes ordinary people can do extraordinary things—and coffee helps. Jacek’s past work includes as a lawyer in the White House, the Department of Education, and the Department of Justice, and as a federal law clerk. He also has experience in organizing, policy, management, and strategy. Jacek is a graduate of Stanford University and The University of Iowa.
Head of Community Impact
Katie Waldo started volunteering at age 5, and decided it would be her superpower. At the White House, Katie traveled the world with President Obama, managing logistics for 125 trips totaling 350K miles on Air Force One. Katie is a graduate of Creighton University and still practices her superpower — volunteering at a family shelter every Monday.
Head of Partnerships
Beth has been passionate about civic engagement since she was elected to serve as George Washington in her eighth grade class’s constitutional convention. Beth’s past work includes serving as counsel at American Oversight, representing the Consumer Financial Production Bureau in congressional investigations, and practicing as an associate at O’Melveny and Myers. Beth is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale University.
Senior Counsel & Advisor
Drew Larsen loves Liverpool FC, the Phoenix Suns, and his daughter’s youth soccer team, in some order. He has more than 10 years of experience counseling start-ups and nonprofits. Previously, Drew was in-house counsel of a professional sports start-up and an associate at Squire Patton Boggs. He is a graduate of UVA Law School and Holy Cross.
Addisu Demissie is a Founding Principal of 50+1 Strategies with nearly two decades of professional experience in political advocacy and campaign strategy. He has led campaigns at the national, state, and local level for electoral, nonprofit, and corporate clients. Addisu is an experienced campaign manager, having run successful campaigns for U.S. Senator Cory Booker in 2013 and California Governor Gavin Newsom in 2018. Most recently, he served as campaign manager for Booker’s run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 and was appointed Senior Advisor to the 2020 Democratic National Convention Committee by Vice President Joe Biden.
Marshall Fitz, Managing Dir. at Emerson Collective and Sr. Fellow at the Center for American Progress, is a leading legislative strategist and advocate for progressive immigration policy solutions. Formerly VP Immigration Policy at CAP, he was appointed to the Homeland Security Advisory Council and led the Immigration Working Group for Sec. Clinton's '16 presidential campaign.
Bryan Lattimore’s work lives at the intersection of creativity and community – designing moments, teams and organizations that create equitable impact in the world. Bryan is a Cultural Curator within Emerson Collective’s Skunkworks Team. Prior to Emerson, Bryan co-founded two companies and advised brands on their toughest growth and creative challenges – both at McKinsey & Co. and independently.
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