co-founder and executive director
Clarissa Unger has a background in advocacy, communications, fundraising, and political campaigns and has worked on strategic campaigns both nationally and internationally. Prior to founding the SLSV Coalition, she served as the Development Coordinator for the Robert. J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas where she helped to promote civic and democratic engagement on campus. Clarissa has a Masters in Public Administration and a BA in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Comparative European Politics from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
Prior to joining the SLSV Coalition, Eddy Zerbe was active in non-partisan civic engagement organizations from the local to the national level. Most recently, Eddy was the Director of RISE to Vote, a program that partners with college and professional sports teams, leagues, and athletes to improve civic engagement in our country. Eddy has also worked for the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. In Texas, he was a co-founder of MOVE Texas and worked in the office of State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Before joining the SLSV Coalition, Daniel worked for more than three years at Laurel Strategies, where he crafted and executed communications strategies for leaders in technology, finance and philanthropy. Prior to Laurel Strategies, Daniel spent three years teaching English as a second language to both children and adults while living in the cities of Madrid and Seville, Spain. A graduate of Syracuse University, Daniel has a BS in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish.
Associate Director of Partnerships
Bianca is an activist and community organizer with experience at the local and national level. Prior to joining the team, Bianca was the Director of Community Engagement for a city council office in San Antonio, Texas. She also served as an elementary school educator where she organized her students and their families around immigration rights and helped lead efforts to bridge educational inequities in and out of the classroom. Before that, Bianca spent time in Washington, D.C. working for NARAL Pro-Choice America and fighting for reproductive freedom for all. Bianca Rosales was born and raised on the southside of San Antonio and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a B.S. in Communication Studies, Human Relations.
Prior to joining SLSV, Zoë served as the Deputy Press Secretary for a Louisiana gubernatorial campaign. Zoë graduated from Louisiana State University, where she majored in Political Communication. During her time at LSU, she served as the President of Geaux Vote LSU, as an Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassador, as LSU Student Government’s Director of Communications, and as a Governor’s Fellow in Louisiana Government.
Program & Development Coordinator
Through her role as Program and Development Coordinator, Jada McNeill coordinates grant distribution, supports fundraising and development operations, and assists with the execution of SLSV programs. Before joining SLSV, Jad worked at New College of Florida and spent the last several years working as the inaugural Assistant Director of Civic Engagement at New College of Florida where she established and oversaw democratic engagement programs and initiatives under the NCF V.O.T.E.S framework. Jada also participated as an AmeriCorps VISTA at New College where she focused on addressing food insecurity on college campuses. Jada graduated with her MPH from Tennessee State University and her B.S. in Psychology from The University of Tennessee
Campus Engagement & Support Coordinator
Before joining the SLSV Coalition, Sithara was the Michigan Deputy State Coordinator for Campus Vote Project, and a Campus Organizer with the Student PIRGs prior to that. In those positions, Sithara worked with college students in California, Florida, and Michigan to run campaigns to increase student voter turnout and to protect the environment. She graduated from UCLA, and during her time as a student there she organized her peers to mobilize voters on their campus, fight food insecurity, and tackle climate change - including getting the university system to phase out single-use plastics. Sithara's childhood in a predominantly immigrant community inspires her passions for voting rights, and she's excited to continue working on that here at SLSV!