Our Founder


Zev Dickstein Shapiro


Zev started as a community activist in fourth grade by successfully advocating for equal access to healthy food at his public school. At age nine, he launched his political path by volunteering for the senate campaigns of both Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and served, at 10, as the campaign manager for a Cambridge, Massachusetts School Committee candidate. He has spoken to audiences ranging from small campaign gatherings to large auditoriums about the importance and power of community involvement. Additionally, Zev organized Cambridge MA for Maura Healey’s campaign for Attorney General. He was Elizabeth Warren’s special guest to the State of the Union Address in 2014, and he introduced Elizabeth Warren at the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. 

Zev was a featured speaker at Thrivals in Louisville, KY in 2013. At the end of 8th grade, he interned for the Chief of Staff at MA Attorney General Maura Healey’s office; at the end of 9th grade, he interned for the State Director at U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office. He worked for three years as a leader of the Massachusetts High School Democrats and one year as the liaison to the Democratic Party for the High School Democrats of America. Zev has also worked on initiatives to increase the youth audience for traditional media/news sources and has been featured on NPR, The Boston Sunday Globe, The Boston Herald, WGBH, NECN, and other television networks.


Zev has also created three award winning National History Day Documentaries. Zev lives in Cambridge, MA and has two younger brothers. He is in 12th grade at the public high school, is an avid cycler and runner, and plays on the school tennis team. He also plays the violin, viola, and piano.

For more information, see his resume here

Email: zev@turnout.link

Our Staff


Sascha Angel

Director of Photography

Sascha is a freelance video creator and producer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has worked for a variety of clients including political campaigns, travel companies, and local producers. Sascha is a rising junior at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School where he plays for the varsity tennis team.


Riley Clark

Director of Data and Engagement

Riley joins the team with a rich background in youth engagement and leadership. During her time at the University of Virginia, she interned at UVA’s Center for Politics and helped to build their Youth Leadership Initiative. Since graduating, she worked in Alaska as an educator for Anchorage’s Law and Leadership Program, teaching and engaging youth in the judicial system. Most recently, she worked as a teacher in Mallorca, Spain where she hopes to return and continue to educate and empower youth on a global scale.

Jeremy T. Coffey


Jeremy volunteers his professional advice to the team at Turnout. He advises nonprofit organizations, family foundations, corporations, educational institutions, and individuals on a wide range of matters including tax, contracts, employment, and governance. He counsels on the use of virtual currency and its related technologies in business transactions. Jeremy advises on compliance with state and federal regulations related to the use of innovative software payment solutions, such as the transfer of gift cards and frequent flyer miles, for donations to nonprofits.

Taylor Edwards

Director of College Partnerships

Taylor Edwards is a Senior Government Major and Philosophy Minor on a Pre-law track at The University of Texas at Austin. She has served as the President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Vice President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Secretary of the Order of Omega Honor Society. While holding these leadership positions she founded the National Black Law Student Association Pre-Law chapter at UT- Austin and strives to provide resources, connections, and knowledge for Black Students pursuing law careers.  Previously, Taylor has worked for Congressman Bill Flores inserting her progressive influence and fostering many relationships with the local Austin constituents. In her free time Taylor enjoys catching up on The Daily Podcast, Volunteering in the Austin area, and exploring Austin’s Vegan Cuisine.

Amy Hilton

Director of Communications

Amy Hilton is originally from Los Angeles but currently lives in Boise, Idaho. After completing her undergraduate education at Rice University, Amy received a graduate degree in public policy from Boise State University. After a year working as the Associate Nuclear Program Director for Idaho’s Snake River Alliance, Amy is taking some time off to figure out her next steps, but is continuing to help out as many nonprofits as she can.

Calvin Kocher

Director of Western Partnerships

Calvin Kocher is a recent graduate of Oregon State University. A native of Beaverton, Oregon, he has been involved in political activism since he was a kid when his dad took him to go phonebanking and canvassing for then-Senator Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. While in college, he founded the club Beavers for Bernie to help support Senator Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign on campus while also working as a legislative intern in the office of State Representative Diego Hernandez (D-Portland) during the 2018 legislative session. His political interests include healthcare reform and support for education. He also plays the saxophone in a jazz band and speaks over ten languages.

Dr. Nancy Shapiro

Board Chair

 Dr. Nancy Shapiro is a clinical psychologist currently in private practice working with adults. She has been working in the field of mental health since 1987, in various capacities, including Director of Residential services, neuropsychologist, consultant, and psychotherapist. She has had a concurrent musical career performing and teaching the oboe. Her education has included a BA from Simon’s Rock of Bard College, MA from Lesley University and finally a Psy.D. from Antioch New England Graduate School. Outside of work, she has been a political activist for 34 years, is a mother of 3, plays tennis, composes music, cycles, and reads.  

Neha Valmiki

Co-Director of Northeast Partnerships

Neha Valmiki is a rising junior studying Government and Marketing at the University of Texas Austin while pursuing a certificate in Ethics and Leadership in Law, Politics, and Government. She has served as the Events and Logistics Coordinator for her student government's Diversity and Inclusion Agency, participated in the SELL Fellowship Program, and has been the Membership Director, Social Media Chair, and now Vice President of Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority. She has recently been a legislative intern for Texas State Representative Hubert Vo and Travis County Precinct Two's Commissioner Shea. She also enjoys singing and exploring Austin.


Ray Blasen

Director of Social Media

Ray manages Turnout's social media presence and website. They graduated from McGill University with a degree in Industrial Relations and a double minor in Political Science and East Asian Language after interning in the Creative Communications Department of the Mayor's Office of New York City. Since graduating, they have been engaged in local activism and campaigns. Most recently, they have been volunteering as a fellow for Democratic candidate Tiffany Cabán for Queens District Attorney.


Delaney Coleman

Director of Central Partnerships

Delaney Coleman is a Sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin studying Government and Philosophy of Law. Growing up in a single, low-income household and being granted the opportunity to receive an undergraduate education at the University inspired her to pay it forward and work towards helping others through political activism and support for progressive candidates who do not cater to the top 1%. Delaney spends her free time volunteering for non-profit organizations through the Terry Foundation as well as for Bernie Sander's 2020 presidential campaign.

Grayson Coker

Director of Civic Education, Civic Engagement and Voter Turnout

Grayson develops Turnout’s partnerships with civic engagement, voter turnout and civics education organizations throughout the country. He is a rising senior at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies both Government and Philosophy of Law. This year, he worked as an intern in the office of Texas State Senator Joan Huffman. He helped policy analysts in the researching, developing, and tracking of the Senator’s legislation. From earning of his Eagle Scout award to his role as a Peer Educator in Not On My Campus, an organization that uses education, advocacy, and support to end the silence behind sexual violence on college campuses, Grayson continues to positively impact his community with service and activism. He has given presentations to student organizations helping to begin the conversation around sexual assault in an effort to end its vast impact on college campuses throughout America.

Evan Frankel

Director of Special Projects

Evan Frankel is a social media savant with a background in computer science, and a mind towards entrepreneurial strategy. He is also a writer and poet, and has been recognized in several poetry contests. In addition to supervising special projects at Turnout, he is the co-founder of Fire No Good Entertainment Studios. Evan attends Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.

Rebecca Kanter

Director of High School Partnerships

Rebecca Kanter is a current senior at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art where she majors in instrumental music on the oboe, flute, and English horn. She is the founder and Editor in Chief of her school newspaper, directs the software side of LaGuardia's robotics team, teaches coding to peers through Girls Who Code, and is the director of interviews for Girl Genius Magazine (an online magazine dedicated to uniting girls around the world in their pursuit of STEM). She volunteers weekly at the New Sanctuary Fund which helps undocumented immigrants file for asylum to the United States, and at an AARP-IRS tax clinic.

Lenore Pryor

Co-Director of Northeast Partnerships

Lenore Pryor is a Senior attending the University of Texas at Austin, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Government. She previously worked as an assistant to the Marketing Manager at the University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science. Lenore is passionate about creating opportunities for, and working towards the betterment of society. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, running, and spending time with her friends.

Jessica Truong

Assistant Social Media Director

Jessica Truong is a first-year student at The University of Texas at Dallas majoring in Cognitive Science with concentrations in Psychology/Human-Computer-Interactions and AI/Computational Modeling. She is passionate about brain sciences, technology, and digital marketing. In her free time, she enjoys expressing herself through photography, videography, and poetry.

Faith Wright

Director of Southern Partnerships

Faith is a Senior pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, she has worked as a Policy Intern at the Texas State Capital and as an Administrative Assistant at the University of Texas Economics Department. In her free time she volunteers with the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, The Texas State Library, and as a competitor on the Texas Undergraduate Mock Trial Team. Beginning this August she will be pursuing her J.D. at the Syracuse University College of Law as a Dean’s Scholar.

Development Advisory Board

Bruno De Carvalho

San Francisco, CA

Bruno is a software engineer, currently at Square. He previously worked as Director of Mobile for the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign, where he led a team of engineers in building all mobile native apps for the campaign. The Hillary 2016 flagship app for iOS and Android was consistently described as a breakthrough in mobile voter engagement tools for campaigns, having been featured in many news articles and consistently holding a 5 star average review score. Bruno graduated from the University of Coimbra with a Masters in Computer Science in 2009.

Eileen Donahoe

Portola Valley, CA

Ambassador Eileen Donahoe is Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, where she works to develop global digital policies that address human rights, security and governance challenges. She served as the first US Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, during the Obama  Administration. She is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation and an Affiliate at the Center for International Security & Cooperation at Stanford University. After leaving government, she was Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch. Previously, she was a technology litigator at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. She holds a BA from Dartmouth, an M.T.S. from Harvard, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from the GTU in the Cooperative Program with UC Berkeley. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Development Advisory Board

Adam Lavine

San Ramon, CA

Adam has deep experience in multi-channel mobile branding, demand generation, content and advertising. Adam’s work has reached over 60 million consumers spanning 15 billion unique consumer interactions. Adam has extensive M&A experience both on buy and sell side, most notably selling Specular to a $700M public company and thereafter running their R&D operations, and acquiring the mobile media assets of Infospace a $1B publicly traded company. Adam has built dozens of mobile products for Fortune 100 U.S. companies and wireless carriers worldwide, holds several patents, and served as Chair for the MMA’s Mobile Standards Committee, defining industry standards for the multi billion dollar mobile compliance segment.

Jerry Michalski

Portland, OR

Jerry is the founder of REX, the Relationship Economy eXpedition and an explorer of the interactions between technology, society and business. From 1987 to 1998, Jerry was a technology analyst, focusing not on quarterly earnings but rather on which technologies would be useful and which would be distractions, what trends and forces create new potential, and where all these forces might take us over a 20-year timeframe. For the last five years of that period, Jerry was the Managing Editor of Esther Dyson's monthly tech newsletter Release 1.0, as well as co-host of her annual conference, PC Forum. Jerry has worked with companies such as Best Buy and Havas Media as well as non-profits such as EDF and the Institute for the Future. He also acts as a technology advisor to startups, ranging from Twine and CoTweet (acquired by ExactTarget) to EverNote, TheBrain, Socialtext and Seedwiki. During the dot-boom days, Jerry was an advisor to eGroups (now YahooGroups) and Pyra (now Blogger, part of Google). Jerry earned an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in Economics from UC Irvine.

Matt Mitchell

New York, NY

Matt is a hacker, security researcher, operational security trainer, and data journalist who founded & leads CryptoHarlem, impromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominately African American community in upper Manhattan. Matt is the Director of Digital Safety & Privacy, at Tactical Technology. In his work there Matt leads security training efforts, curricula, and organizational security. Matt trains people as an independent trainer for Global Journalist Security in digital safety & security. His personal work focuses on marginalized, aggressively monitored, over-policed populations in the United States. Currently he is a tech advisor to the Human Rights Foundation and the Internet Freedom Festival, as well as a member of the advisory board to the Open Technology Fund. He previously worked as a data journalist at The New York Times and a developer at many major media companies. He was a 2016 Mozilla Foundation / Ford Foundation Open Web Fellow.

Nathaniel Pearlman

Washington, DC

Nathaniel is an entrepreneur who founded NGP Software, Inc. in 1997 (now NGP VAN, Inc.) to join his interests in politics and technology and grew that company into the market leader in fundraising and compliance software for progressive political campaigns. Nathaniel served as Chief Technology Officer for the Hillary Clinton for President campaign in 2007-8. In 2009, Nathaniel founded the information graphic products company Graphicacy. He now hosts a podcast called The Great Battlefield about progressive political entrepreneurs and the resistance to Trump. Nathaniel majored in computer science at Yale and he finished all but his dissertation in MIT’s political science doctoral program.

Justin Reich

Cambridge, MA

Justin Reich is an Assistant Professor in the Comparative Media Studies department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an instructor in the Scheller Teacher Education Program, and the director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab. He is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy. He was previously the Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Justin is an alumni of the Fellows program at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. He earned his doctorate from Harvard University, where he created the Distributed Collaborative Learning Communities project an initiative to examine how social media are used in K-12 classrooms. 

Sonal Shah

Washington, DC

Sonal is the founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University. Sonal has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. She is a global leader on social innovation policy including impact investing, data and technology for social good, and civic engagement through government, business, philanthropy and civil society. She was the Deputy Assistant to President Obama and the founding Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. She spent seven years at the U.S. Department of Treasury where she was an international economist working on timely development issues, including post-conflict development in Bosnia, the Asian financial crisis, and poverty reduction in Africa. She then went to Goldman Sachs and Google while simultaneously co-founded Indicorps, a nonprofit building a new generation of socially conscious global leaders. She received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and a M.A. in Economics from Duke University.

Cristina Tzintzún Ramírez

Austin, TX

Cristina is a nationally recognized advocate and leader in the Latino community who is the founder of JOLT, a Texas-based multi-issue organization that builds the political power and influence of Latinos. She was named “Hero of the New South” by Southern Living Magazine and hailed by the New York Times for her success with Workers Defense Project (WDP). At just 24, Cristina co-founded WDP and helped pass half a dozen local and state laws to protect the rights of hundreds of thousands of workers, guaranteeing them higher wages and safer working conditions. Cristina was also named a “changemaker” by the Texas Observer, and her work has been featured on NPR, USA Today, Univision and MSNBC’s Up Late with Alec Baldwin. Cristina is the author of the book “Presente! Latino Immigrant Voices in the Struggle for Racial Justice” and other works on race, class and gender

Creation Team

Turnout has a growing crowd-sourced creation team. These individuals will work with leadership to expand Turnout’s potential user base. The creation team creates content, acts as moderators, and helps promote our initiative so we can accrue a large user base. 


 Turnout is a fiscally sponsored non-profit by the Social Good Fund.

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