Clarissa 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 working with the SLSV Coalition, Marissa was an Elections Coordinator for the Orange County FL Supervisor of Elections office where she managed Early Voting during the 2018 Midterm Election cycle. Before that, Marissa served as the Associate Director at the Rollins College Center for Leadership & Community Engagement where she supported community engaged learning & research as well as campus-wide democratic engagement. She received her BA in English from Bates College and her MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.
She was previously the Programs Manager at Asian and Pacific Islander Vote (APIAVote) where she coordinated most of the youth engagement and outreach and founded the #WetheAAPI Ambassador Program that engaged over 30 campuses around AAPI civic engagement. She also previously has held a position as the Executive Director of the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) and on the Board of Advisers for SERCAAL (Southeast Regional Conference for Asian American Leaders).
Maddie Wolf is the Social Designer for the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition. In this role, she applies a human-centered design approach to creating tools, systems, and processes for increasing student voter participation. Her work focuses on several of the SLSV Coalition’s national partnerships with a main focus on Ask Every Student. Maddie’s past work includes developing Democracy Works’ Votes & Ballots and building a region-wide coalition of college student activists and organizers in Baltimore, Maryland. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Zoe Williamson is the Coalition Coordinator for the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition. 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.
Carmen Liñero-Lopez is the Project Manager for Ask Every Student (AES). Prior to joining AES, Carmen was a National Campus Organizer with the Feminist Majority Foundation, where she worked to advance reproductive freedom and gender equity through collaboration with students across the western United States. Before that, she conducted academic research in Iowa; was a Legislative Assistant in the New York State legislature; and worked with various NGOs, political campaigns, and corporations in Pennsylvania, Afghanistan, Liberia, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Illinois, and South Africa. She is a graduate of Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Grants & Development Coordinator
Margaret Trombly is the Grants and Development Coordinator for the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition. Prior to this role, she worked on the Operations Teams for several campaigns throughout the 2020 cycle. Margaret previously worked with the SLSV Coalition during the 2018 Midterm Election cycle, and is excited to rejoin the team. She grew up in Arlington, Virginia and studied Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
Daniel Fersh is the Communications Director for the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition. 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.
Director, Leadership and Civic Engagement, East Tennessee State UniversitY
Dr. Teri Platt