Meet the Veracity Team

Veracity Media is a diverse team of talented specialists. Each of us brings our own unique set of expertise to the projects we work on. 

 

The Veracity Team:


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Ryan Morgan
CEO


Ryan, Veracity's CEO, is a political strategist and full-stack web developer. Ryan built the website for Hillary Clinton's book Hard Choices, and has consulted for Airbnb, the Aspen Institute, Malala Youszafi's non-profit, 350.org, Representatives Beyer, Lujan, Matsui, and Senator Cory Booker, among others. He has served as a senior advisor on several prominent campaigns, from Ro Khanna's disruptive run for Congress, to Sandra Fluke's campaign for State Senate, to Greg Orman's scrappy Senate campaign--where he both got the campaign national attention through polling strategy, and raised $250,000 online.

Ryan is fluent in front-end website design, full-stack website development, social media strategy (where he made the fourth most liked Facebook post in history), online advertising, voter modeling, and everything in between.

When not holding down the fort at Veracity, Ryan is probably running or making bad jokes. 

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Marne Pike
COO


Marne, Veracity's COO, hails from New York's North Country. After working with international development agencies abroad and on political campaigns here in the U.S. Marne joined Veracity to lead the digital strategy for campaigns and non-profits that she’s passionate about. Beyond helping hold down the fort at Veracity, Marne’s focus is on getting more women elected to public office by advising and leading the digital campaign efforts of women candidates, PACs, and organizations fighting to get more women elected. 

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Doug Foote
Senior Digital Strategist


Doug has nearly a decade of experience organizing, advocating, and fundraising online for electoral campaigns, unions, and nonprofits. Most recently, he served as Digital Organizing Director for Hillary for Pennsylvania, where he trained hundreds of organizers to use social media, email, and SMS to boost volunteer and voter turnout. Doug built the social media program at Working America, where he also led digital skills trainings for the AFL-CIO, AFT, Netroots Nation, and the New Organizing Institute. Outside of work, Doug sings with the Congressional Chorus and organizes locally with Jews United for Justice. He grew up outside Boston and graduated from Tufts University.

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PJ Amartey
Digital Strategist


PJ first joined the Veraci-team as a Digital Strategy Assistant, and before that worked as a youth services program coordinator for the Army Reserve. PJ is an alum of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) fellowship program, and has volunteered on campaigns at both the Senate and Presidential levels. 

A Bronx, NY native and graduate of Syracuse University, PJ is interested in the ways political campaigns and advocacy initiatives engage target audiences in the digital space.

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Maïca Pichler
Digital Strategist


Maïca is happiest when she finds a way to make the complex causes that drive her accessible to anyone. She also loves puns. On great days these intersect. 

Maïca’s experience includes brand marketing, digital advertising, events management, copywriting, public relations, campaign organizing, and public policy. Prior to joining Veracity, Maïca was a Marketing Communications Assistant at EnerNOC, where she was able to bring many of these skills together to promote energy efficiency and savings. 

Maïca is a proud Bostonian who holds a BA in Political Science and Communication Studies from Northeastern University. At NU Maïca served as president of the Northeastern University College Democrats and was often found on the field with the Valkyries Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team.

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Rachel Clark
Digital Strategist


Rachel joined Veracity after two years growing the digital program at the Afterschool Alliance, where she led the digital arm of the Alliance’s grassroots advocacy efforts, grew the organization’s social media presence, and trained afterschool education professionals to use digital tools to achieve their organizational goals. Prior to her time at the Afterschool Alliance, Rachel was an associate at Convergence Targeted Communications. 

Rachel is a proud native of Central New York and graduated summa cum laude from Stony Brook University with a B.A. in political science. When she’s not at work, she’s usually running, trying to catch up on a dozen different TV shows, or spontaneously booking international flight deals.

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Nate Victor
Web Developer


Nate, Veracity's developer and avid technologisthas been in web and software development for over 5 years. He was born and raised in Ohio and graduated from the Ohio State University with a B.S. in Biology. His interests include keeping pace with the ever-evolving technological landscape and outdoors activities such as snowboarding and backpacking.

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Haley Brown
Executive Assistant To CEO


Haley describes herself as a trivia, craft beer, and pizza aficionado (but definitely not an expert). Originally from Ohio, Haley got her BA in Political Science from Hanover College in Indiana. She is currently getting her MPS in Legislative Affairs from GW. She has interned in both the Senate and The Dept. of Commerce and is an alum of The Washington Center.  When she's not scheduling Ryan's life away, she's usually making a bad pun or trying to take a snapchat with a cute dog. 

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Jarod Keith
Senior Digital Strategist


Jarod joins the Veracity team after working in the LGBTQ rights movement and organizing for progressive causes in the South and nationwide. Most recently, he ran the digital program at Victory Fund and Institute, where he supported candidacies and programs that increased LGBTQ representation in government. Previously, he was a digital organizer for the Campaign for Southern Equality, where he organized for marriage equality in nine states in the U.S. South. Jarod is passionate about helping women, LGBTQ people and young people get elected to office and building lasting progressive majorities everywhere.  

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Chelsea Coatney
Senior Digital Strategist


Previously, she was the Digital Director for Generation Progress, the Millennial engagement arm of the Center for American Progress, where she implemented digital programs to engage, activate, and inform America’s largest, most progressive, and most diverse generation. As part of the Generation Progress communications team, she also helped launch the It’s On Us campaign in partnership with the Obama White House and managed its digital strategy as the campaign grew to have a presence on over 500 college campuses nationwide. Prior to joining Generation Progress, Chelsea worked in public media at the “PBS NewsHour,” WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight,” and the University of Illinois’ WILL-TV. Chelsea grew up outside of Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Annelieske Sanders
Digital Strategy Assistant


Annelieske is in her junior year at Georgetown University studying Justice and Peace and Government. She is interested in the role of strategic communications in social justice campaigns. Her past experience includes nonprofit communications and interning for a media partner of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  A native to the D.C. area, when she isn’t working Annelieske can be found biking the trails surrounding the district or taking daytrips to nearby cities.

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Elizabeth Hupper
Digital Strategy Assistant


Originally from New York, Elizabeth is currently finishing up her undergraduate degree at GW, studying English and Political Science. She's held internships in a political data firm, special events, and multiple non-profits. Elizabeth is passionate about working for causes that create progressive tangible change. When not studying or interning, Elizabeth can be found exploring all of DC's free events and posting pictures of her corgi to his Instagram.

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Stephen Read
Junior Digital Strategist


Stephen is a San Francisco native and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he majored in political science and environmental studies. Stephen brings a dynamic mix of communications, public policy, and campaign experience, developed through campus organizing work and internships with Democrats Abroad, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the California State Legislature. Stephen is a passionate environmentalist and a self-taught photographer, and enjoys baseball and basketball, whiskey and craft beer, and road-tripping.

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Ryan Burwinkel
Copywriter


“Other Ryan” has spent nearly a decade helping progressive candidates, campaigns, and causes earn the attention and support they deserve. He cut his teeth as a top-tier organizer for progressive candidates in unfriendly territory – from the Deep South and Appalachia to Paul Ryan’s backyard. Since 2011, Ryan’s built his career in D.C. as a quick, creative, and compelling communications strategist who’s written on behalf of an eclectic group of leaders and public figures. Prior to joining Veracity, he most recently managed award-winning digital campaigns as AAUW’s Public Relations Manager. When not at work, Ryan can be found hosting watch parties for the latest binge-worthy show and capturing his new “Washington fat-cat” Binx’s lavish lifestyle on Instagram. A 2010 graduate of Hendrix College, Ryan was born and raised in Houston, TX.

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Bianca Cockrell
Digital Strategy Assistant


Bianca brings multiple congressional internships and international journalism experience to Veracity and clients' metaphorical tables. She is a recent graduate of Pomona College, where she played varsity softball, served on student government, and wrote her novel's manuscript as part of her senior thesis. Having lived her entire life about an hour east of Los Angeles (give or take another hour with traffic), she is interested to see how she'll fare in her first East Coast winter where there are phenomenons like snow and temperatures below 60 degrees. She is a strong supporter of the Oxford comma, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and progressive politics. 

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