Who We Are

Staff


Arielle Swernoff is the Executive Director of LaunchProgress PAC. A political professional with over seven years of campaign and government experience, she is passionate about investing in young people and building a progressive bench. She has worked on campaigns of all stripes, including Tammy Baldwin’s successful race for US Senate, the We Are Ohio ballot initiative to protect collective bargaining, Seth Magaziner’s winning run for Rhode Island General Treasurer and local and municipal races across the country. Arielle is experienced in political field operations, fundraising, and communications, most previously serving as the Communications Director for New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. Her writing has been published in the Huffington Post, Feministing.com, and City & State magazine. She is a proud alumna of Oberlin College.

Board & Leadership


Amy Chiou is the Executive Director of Queen City Forward, a nonprofit for social entrepreneurs and civic innovators focused on developing and accelerating high growth, high impact social startups. Prior to that, she worked on local, state, and federal campaigns advising candidates on fundraising, messaging, hiring, and strategy. She was also part of both the 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions, most recently as Deputy Director of the Convention Complex.  Amy is the founder of #WTFwevote (WTF - We’re The Future) a nonpartisan initiative to increase local civic and political engagement as well as Ballot, a mobile app to make voting easier at the state and local level. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and has a law degree from The George Washington University Law School.

Matt Gravatt is an energy and environment advocate focused on advancing policies in support of sustainable and equitable communities. Matt has a record of leadership and management in campaigns, nonprofits, and startups. He has managed state-level races, served as a senior staffer on gubernatorial and congressional campaigns, and served in various capacities with national political programs and campaigns. Previously, Matt led nonprofit environmental advocacy and youth leadership development programs; he remains an active volunteer in support of environmental causes and for young progressives seeking election to public office. His professional and research interests center on climate change, the environment, and security--he is particularly interested in electoral politics and the security implications of the water-food-energy-climate nexus.


Derrell Slaughter is a proud Michigan native and Michigan State University graduate. He currently lives and works in Michigan’s state capital, Lansing.  For as long as he can remember, he has been passionate about progressive politics. This passion led to him to work for progressive candidates running for offices at the local level.  Derrell has served as Deputy Campaign Manager for State Representative Kristy Pagan, Campaign Manager for Lansing City Council member Jessica Yorko, and Ingham County Commissioner Sarah Anthony.  In addition to his campaign work, he is in leadership positions for local progressive organizations such as Lansing Area ACLU and Ingham County Democratic Party.  He is very honored to be part of LaunchProgress Leadership  and looks forward to helping elect young, diverse candidates for local office! 


Jesse Vogel is the Managing Director of the Partnership for Responsible Growth, a bipartisan organization working to advance market-based climate change policy at the federal level. Prior to joining the Partnership, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of Tax Equity Advisors, a clean energy investment firm focused on deploying corporate capital in solar generation projects. He has served as a consultant on international climate policy for the Center for American Progress and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and has published research on issues of global justice in climate cooperation based on fieldwork conducted at three United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiating sessions. Vogel has worked on local, state and federal campaigns, from Ohio’s fight to preserve collective bargaining rights in 2011 to Hillary for America in 2016. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College.

Branden Snyder has been involved in electoral and community organizing throughout the United States for almost 10 years. He is the Executive Director and Lead Organizer for the Detroit Action Commonwealth (DAC) - a nonpartisan, membership organization made up of homeless, working class and formerly incarcerated Detroiters that develops individual and collective power to challenge and change root causes of poverty, homelessness, and injustice within the city. Previously, Branden was the Deputy Organizing Director in charge of Youth Voting for the Hillary For Michigan 2016 presidential campaign as well as the Director of Organizing for Michigan United - a coalition of faith, labor & civic organizations in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. A lifelong Detroiter, Brandon is a graduate of the University of Michigan. 

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