About

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Outvote was founded in 2018 with the mission to empower grassroots campaigning through scalable technology, and community organizing. Research shows friends who receive a message through Outvote are 10% more likely to show up and vote. From local elections to international non-profit organizations, our mission is to take the same suite of tools used by presidential campaigns and provide it to campaigns of every size. Outvote allows volunteers to mobilize their communities around current events, elections, and other critical moments in policy formation in a way that's connected to the organizing infrastructure that has been doing this great work for decades.

Team



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Naseem Makiya

CEO

Naseem (he/him) is the founder of Outvote. Prior to that, he was a Lead Engineer at Datacamp helping grow the startup to over half a million users. When he isn't pitching or writing code, Naseem can be found being a foodie with his wife, Pennylynn, and going on long walks with his dog, Lucy.



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Emily DaSilva

COO

Emily (she/her) leads Outvote’s client relationships, marketing, partnerships, and team development. She is a passionate advocate of women’s rights, civil liberties, and arts accessibility. Emily built her career in high-margin audience growth, digital marketing analytics, and customer success. The team usually finds Emily fired up about donuts, theatre, music, and progressive politics (sometimes even all four at the same time).



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Sherman Szeto

CTO

Responsible for our technology strategy, Sherman is passionate about deploying technology to ensure democratic organizers have the edge in outreach tooling. Sherman brings nearly a decade of experience holding engineering leadership roles in various early stage companies, scaling software teams and infrastructure. While not researching cutting edge technologies to help drive a better customer experience, Sherman enjoys playing basketball and taking long walks with his dog Finn.



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Jamie McGonnigal

VP of Sales

Jamie McGonnigal is the Vice President of Sales for Outvote. He joined Outvote following five years of transforming partnerships for SOCAP, and prior to that, was the Director of RootsCamp - the largest progressive “unconference” in the U.S. Jamie has produced more than 200 Broadway concerts and events, benefiting organizations such as The Matthew Shepard Foundation, National AIDS Fund, United Nations Association, and Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. In his free time, Jamie is a cartoon voice actor for Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and several other animated features and video games. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his husband Sean, son Malcolm, and puppies Lily & Rose.



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Ceyda Erten

Client Solutions Manager

As part of our client solutions team, Ceyda loves working with community organizations and progressive campaigns to create a positive impact in our societies. She has lived and worked in three countries and seven cities with different communities engaged in politics. She loves traveling and sharing quality time with people of different backgrounds. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner and dog, Trot.



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Sara Orton

Client Solutions Manager

Sara (she/her) supports Outvote’s clients to increase their organizing impact through technology. Sara draws on her background in community organizing, immigration policy advocacy, and building ethical technology products. Sara is a fourth generation Bay Area local, and you can find her re-reading Harry Potter and historical fiction and engaging in community organizing.



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Whitney Hu

Director of Partnerships

Whitney (she/her) works with Jamie in partnerships and sales with the best hyper-specific relational organizing (bad) jokes out there. She's an organizer and activist who has been knocking on doors since she was 15 with experience working on campaigns at every level. She's also a NYC-based organizer focused on issues pertaining to immigration justice, anti-gentrification advocacy, & very active in grassroots movements. Outside of the political realm, she's an avid book reader, loves to foster animals, and mapping out the best dive bars of Brooklyn.



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Bernice Walenty

Digital Marketing

A native Vermonter, Bernie (she/her) has spent the last decade working with some of the leading tech and e-commerce companies in Boston and New York. Bernie's background in graphic design and digital marketing allows her to bridge the gap between traditional marketing and modern storytelling through creative content development. Bernie joined the Outvote team to help lead content strategy and digital marketing ahead of the 2018 Midterm Elections.



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Vikram Narayan

Senior Software Engineer

Vikram is a Senior Engineer at Outvote. Prior to Outvote, he was a software engineer at Quantopian. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College where he double majored in computer science and government. Outside of work, Vikram enjoys traveling, music, and improv comedy.



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Charles Magid

Senior Software Engineer

Senior Software Engineer with a broad range of technical experience acquired both at large public corporations and small entrepreneurial firms during periods of rapid growth and product development. A creative problem solver with a "can do" attitude with the ability to design and implement software to solve complex problems. For the last 10 years Charles has been doing Ruby development, integrations, data transforms, algorithmic development and scripting. Charles values honesty, tenacity, curiosity and compassion. He likes working on a team where individual contributions are supercharged by the people around them.



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Nompumelelo (Mungi) Ngomane

Business Operations Manager

Nompumelelo (Mungi) Ngomane is the author of Everyday Ubuntu: Living Better Together, The African Way and patron of the Tutu Foundation UK. Mungi has never felt that her family forced her to follow in their footsteps but that their hope for justice and human dignity for all has been passed down through her genes. She has worked in Middle East conflict resolution and for the advancement of women and girls for some of the world’s foremost advocacy organizations and initiatives. She was recently campaign coordinator for Millions of Conversations, a bipartisan campaign aimed at tackling Islamophobia and discrimination in the US. She is passionate about human rights, specifically the advancement of women and girls, the protection of refugees and the liberation of the Palestinian people.



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Russell Mindich

Business Operations Manager

Russell works to streamline processes across Outvote’s sales, client strategy, and marketing teams. Prior to joining Outvote, Russell worked on two campaigns in Denver and Charlotte, conducted research at Higher Ground Labs that helped build out the political tech landscape, and wrote his senior thesis on how Ranked Choice Voting can promote gender balance and ideological compromise. Russell just graduated from Harvard and is excited to begin his journey in progressive politics!



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Kevin Lawver

Lead Engineer

Kevin (he/him) is Outvote’s Lead Engineer. He spends his days looking at graphs, obsessively trying to make things faster and smarter. He has over 25 years of experience in the tech world, building web apps for small and large companies. He lives in Savannah, GA with his family where he serves on the governing board at Susie King Taylor Community School, runs a small non-profit called TechSAV that tries to help build the tech community in Savannah and make tech more inclusive. When he’s not causing trouble, he’s probably baking bread or experimenting in the kitchen.



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Nathan Burgess

Senior Software Engineer

Nathan Burgess (he/him) is a Senior Software Engineer at Outvote. Nathan grew up in the Burlington, Vermont area and attended Johnson State College, where he majored in journalism and jazz music theory. In 2013, after spending five years working as an investigative journalist in the town of Stowe, he relocated to Boston. The following summer, after learning to program for fun, he decided to switch careers and attended the Launch Academy coding bootcamp. Since then he's worked for several Boston-area startups, where his favorite challenge has been collaborating with product, sales, and support teams to bridge the gap between engineering speak and what it means for delivering exciting and engaging features to customers. Outside of work Nathan is a lover of memes, mountain biker, jazz piano player and keyboardist in a Boston-area funk band.