Pichaya Poy Winichakul, co-founder and co-director of LaunchProgress

Pichaya Poy Winichakul

Co-Founder, Co-Director

Poy Winichakul previously served as Special Assistant to the President at the Brennan Center for Justice, where she helped oversee the day-to-day operations of the think tank and public interest law firm, including all tasks related to fundraising, communications, and strategic management. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, she served as Executive Director at Helping Oberlin Maintain Equity (H.O.M.E.), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the impact of the home foreclosure crisis in northeast Ohio. She has worked on multiple issue and electoral campaigns and has previously worked with Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and with Senator Russ Feingold’s Progressives United PAC. Poy received her B.A. from Oberlin College.

Luke Squire, co-founder and co-director of LaunchProgress

Luke Squire

Co-Founder, Co-Director

Luke Squire has worked in political campaigns and in government, at both the national and local level, and also in management consulting. His experience includes research and finance work in Democratic Senate races, including serving on the research team for Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s 2012 campaign. In 2013, he joined her Senate staff in Washington, DC. Previously, he worked as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. Luke has held internships at The White House in the Obama Administration, in the House of Representatives with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, and at the local level in the office of San Diego City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner.  Luke holds a B.A. in Economics from Oberlin College and was a member of the Oberlin Board of Trustees from 2011-2013.

Luke was born and raised in San Diego, California and, even more than the weather, misses his California Burritos.


Erik Opsal

Communications Director

Erik Opsal also serves as Senior Communications Coordinator at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where he helps lead media and online strategy for the Center’s work on voting rights and money in politics. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, he worked as Deputy Communications Director for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. Erik has also worked on multiple candidate and issue campaigns nationwide, including in Florida, New Hampshire, and Virginia. He received his B.S. in political science and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Colin Koffel

Digital Director

Colin Koffel previously worked as the Environmental Sustainability Fellow at Oberlin College, where he developed communications strategies and expanded data analysis to further the Oberlin’s aggressive commitments to go beyond carbon neutrality. Previously, he helped lead efforts to protect voters’ rights in Ohio and worked on campaigns in Delaware, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College.

Ruya Norton

Social Media Director

For the past 5 years, Ruya has dedicated her time to nonprofits—both inside the beltway and beyond it—working in support of girls education, military benefits, and healthy childhood development. Most recently, she spent two and a half years at Maasai Girls Education Fund as their Communications Associate, where she built a thriving social media presence from the ground up. Ruya plans to continue her education in strategic communications at the Master's degree level. She earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.

Emma Louise Rodriguez

Graphic Designer

Emma Louise Rodriguez is a Brooklyn-based artist and graphic designer. She studied Studio Art and Art History at Oberlin College, ultimately exploring portraiture in her final Honors Thesis. While at Oberlin, she created promotional materials as a graphic designer for the Theater & Dance Publicity Office and her illustrations were featured in various campus publications. Since graduation she has worked in gallery production in the art and design field.