Our Leadership

NLC’s staff, board of directors, and senior volunteers provide support to our local chapters and direct the strategy for the organization.

Meet our Team

Our staff – the overwhelming majority who are alumni of the NLC Institute – supports our chapters, caucuses, senior volunteers, and Fellows across the country.
Clare Bresnahan English (She/Her/Hers)

NLC President and CEO

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Karen Pandy-Cherry (She/Her/Hers)

Vice President, Programs

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Carson Mitchell Peña (She/Her/Hers)

Communications Director

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Ambar Mendez (She/Her/Ella)

Programs Manager

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Noel Rodriguez (He/Him/El)

Programs Associate

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Kate McCarty (She/Her/Hers)

Development Consultant

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Ashley Nealy (She/Her/Hers)

Digital Consultant

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This year reaffirmed that every minute, dollar, and thought spent in service of this organization was worthwhile. The groundswell of inclusive, local leaders emerging from NLC not only validates our belief in this program and community… it proves that what we do works.

– Candace Stanciel (she/her)
Vice Chair, NLC Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Representing a wide-range of industries and experiences, our board of directors supports our national network of local changemakers.
Mark Walsh (He/Him/His) NLC Board Chair; Managing Director, Ruxton Ventures, LLC
Clare Bresnahan English (She/Her/Hers) NLC President and CEO
Candace Stanciel (She/Her/Hers) NLC Board Vice Chair; Principal, Common Good Agency
Yumi Lawlor (She/Her/Hers) NLC Board Secretary; Assistant General Counsel, Etsy
Michael Toland (He/Him/His) NLC Board Treasurer
Chris Kelly (He/Him/His) NLC Board Chair Emeritus; Public Policy and Privacy Strategist; Media and Technology Executive
Sherry Merfish (She/Her/Hers) NLC Executive Committee Member; Majority Council Director, EMILYS List
Robert Abernethy (He/Him/His) President, American Standard Development Company
Justin Braz (He/Him/His) Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs, Office of NJ Governor Phil Murphy
Raymonde Charles (She/Her/Hers) Vice President of Communications, Education & Venture, Chan Zuckerberg Iniative
Wendy Davis (She/Her/Hers) Former State Senator and Founder, Deeds Not Words
Rhianon DeLeeuw (She/Her/Hers) Senior Vice President, US FP&A and Strategy
Donnie Fowler (He/Him/His) Director, Innovation Campaign, Meta
Adela Ghadimi (She/Her/Hers) PhD Candidate, Public Administration & Policy
Joon I. Kim (He/Him/His) Associate Vice President, External Affairs, Comcast
David Lee (He/Him/His) President & Co-Founder, Texas Signal
Derrick Lewis (He/Him/His) Senior Vice President, Cyber Insurance, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Ty Lim (He/Him/His) Chief Of Staff & Head of Legal Ops at Lyft
Tim Mason (He/Him/His) Assitant Director for Energy & Mitigation Policy, The Aspen Institute
Anne Moses (She/Her/Hers) Founder & former President, IGNITE & National Independent Consultant
Prashanthi Raman (She/Her/Hers) Vice President of Global Government Affairs, Cruise
Nick Rathod (He/Him/His) Campaign Manager, Beto for Governor
MaryEllen Veliz (She/Her/Hers) Business Development Director, DSPolitical
Kellan White (He/Him/His) First Deputy City Controller, Office of the Philadelphia City Controller

Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council is made up of cross-country, cross-sector leaders who bring their experience and perspectives to NLC and expand our network.
Raul M. Alvillar (He/Him/His) Executive Vice President at Resolute; Chair of the Sixteen Thirty Fund Board
Laphonza Butler (She/Her/Hers) President, EMILY’s List
Sandy Clark (She/Her/Hers) CEO of StoryCorps
Caroline Fayard (She/Her/Hers) Managing Member, Fayard Law Firm LLC
Suneel Gupta (He/Him/His) Author of “Backable”
Errin Haines (She/Her/Hers) Editor at large and founding mother of The 19th
Hari Kondabolu (He/Him/His) Comedian and Activist
Hanh Le She/her Vice President of if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility
Nasir Qadree (He/Him/His) NLC Boston ‘12; Founder of Zeal Capital Partners
Debra Schifrin (She/Her/Hers) Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Senior Programs Advisory Committee

Our Senior Programs Advisory Committee (SPAC) is made up of NLC alumni. It works alongside NLC HQ’s programming team and regional coordinators to accelerate NLC’s capacity.
Amadi Anene (He/Him/His) NLC Washington D.C ’17
Biiftuu Ibrahim Adam (She/Her/Hers) NLC Twin Cities ’18
Julie Barton (She/Her/Hers) NLC San Francisco ’15
Helena Berbano (She/They) NLC Boston ‘17
Parshan Khosravi (He/Him/His) NLC Sacramento ’20
Brandon Mack (He/Him/His) NLC Houston ‘16
Josh Mahony (He/Him/His) NLC Arkansas Co-Founder
Holly Noon (She/Her/Hers) NLC Broward ‘22
Keith Sagers (He/Him/His) NLC Atlanta ’20
Igor Tregub (He/Him/His) NLC Los Angeles ‘09

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