Director 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.
Director 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 Protection 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.
Interim Executive Director
Drew Larsen loves Liverpool FC, the Phoenix Suns, and his daughter’s youth soccer team, in some order. He specializes in providing legal, management, and operational advice to start-ups and nonprofits and has been part of the We The Action team since its inception. Previously, Drew was in-house counsel to a professional sports start-up and an associate at Squire Patton Boggs. He is a graduate of U.Va. Law School and Holy Cross as well as a former Jesuit Volunteer.
Director of Lawyer Engagement
Amanda Gonzalez has written and passed legislation to dramatically expand ballot access for non-English speakers in Colorado and worked on a bill allowing people on parole to vote in the state’s elections — but she’s been unable to teach her 11-year-old rescue dog, Judy, to sit. Geriatric chihuahuas are impervious to well-honed organizing and advocacy skills. Amanda may not be a dog trainer but she has been a successful executive director, staff attorney, and CEO. She is a graduate of Occidental College and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Associate Director of Partnerships
Victoria’s greatest passion is helping people, especially marginalized communities, although karaoke comes in at a close second. Before joining the team, she served as the Aide to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Supreme Court of the United States. Victoria is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants and is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton.
Assistant Director of Community Impact
Oakey Daskas is equally passionate about Democracy and bread pudding. Originally from Southern California, Oakey made the long trek to the nation’s capital to pursue his lifelong interests in civic engagement and communication for social change. He received both his BA and MPA from American University, focusing on grassroots advocacy and nonprofit management. Over the past decade, Oakey has worked & volunteered in nonprofit development, health care policy, and political field organizing. Oakey loves to unwind by listening to old folk music in his beloved rocking chair, an activity that many of his peers find immensely boring…but he doesn’t seem to mind.
Director of Communications
Paydon Miller believes there’s no problem in the world so big that it can’t be solved with an oxford comma. With more than a decade of experience in progressive policy, advocacy, and campaign communications, Paydon has spent his career building data-driven communications programs to expand health care access, make higher education affordable, defend voting rights, and more. A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Paydon can usually be found cheering on the Packers, making a mess in the kitchen, or camping with his wife and bulldog.