Leadership

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The Movement for a People’s Party is a movement of more than 100,000 members and thousands of volunteers across the country. Meet our national working group coordinators.

National Coordinators

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Phil Ateto
Action Coordinator

Phil helps coordinate groups around the country to deploy high visibility, artful tactics with the Backbone Campaign as their Solidarity Brigade Coordinator.  He enjoys getting into as much of what John Lewis called “good trouble” as possible and hopes to help MPP folks do the same.  He enjoys getting outdoors around his town of Annapolis, MD.

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Todd Jelen
Action Coordinator
Coming soon!
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Brennan Caruthers

Creative Arts Coordinator

Brennan joined the People’s Party because he believes in the possibility of reforming our political system into one centered around compassion and humanism — but that this will never happen while both major parties depend on corporate financing and, consequently, are sold out to corporate interests. He brings with him a combination of design leadership experience from running a boutique creative services agency, a degree in finance and social activism, and five years of organizing around various social and political issues. When he’s not working on People’s Party initiatives, you’ll probably find Brennan either lost in a game of online chess or rope swingin’ into a body of water around Austin, Texas.

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David Schmelzer

Creative Arts Coordinator

David began his volunteer activism at the ground level for Bernie’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns. Holding a BFA in photography/film/video with over a decade of experience, he is excited to “be the change” through art. He is also an avid music lover – both at home and on stage.

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Regina Clarke

Finance Coordinator

Regina is a first generation American child of two immigrant parents from the Caribbean. She is a big believer in helping others reach their goals by volunteering in ways that help achieve equality as well as equity.  She focuses on initiatives around youth education as well as minority and women entrepreneurs.

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Rodrigo Brana
Finance Coordinator

Rodrigo Brana believes in the vision of a just, peaceful and sustainable world, which is the only option if life is going to survive and thrive on this planet.  Rodrigo is a naturalized US citizen. He grew up in Argentina and Chile and lived there a few years during the military dictatorship following Chile’s 9/11.  His experience in latin America informs his views on the injustice of modern day colonialism and the destructive effect of capitalism on democracy. Rodrigo is an architect and runs his own small business.  Rodrigo is vegan. 

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Carol Ehrle
Media & Messaging Coordinator

Carol has handled media for MPP since our Draft Bernie days. A former mainstream media journalist, she currently performs PR and marketing work in Silicon Valley and the Detroit area. She honed her digital chops on the national digital teams for Bernie 2016 and Obama 2008. Carol is most proud of raising two socially conscious kids whose futures she is trying to save from the climate crisis by working every day to build a major new party.

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Michelle Ramirez
Organizing Coordinator
Coming soon!
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Nick Brana

Founder and Political Outreach Coordinator

Nick was the national political outreach coordinator with Bernie 2016 and electoral manager with Our Revolution. He is a first generation American, his family having come to the U.S. from Chile. He enjoys sci-fi and imagining the world as it could be.

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Tiffany Anning
Political Outreach Coordinator

Tiffany Anning has been a passionate advocate for progressive policies since her Women’s Studies days at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Following a few years of traveling the country working on political campaigns, she received a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Louisville. In the years since she has done work for both non-profits and the government, with a brief stint in the private sector. She is thrilled to be a part of the Coordinator’s Circle of MPP and to join with others to advance the mission of becoming the new major party America so desperately needs. She lives outside of Boston, MA with her husband and two cats.

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Thomas Royko
Tech & Data Coordinator

Born and raised in the rust belt, Thomas is a firm believer the power of organized labor, and in the idea that government and society should uplift and empower people. Tired of the never-ending games of the duopoly, Thomas joined MPP to build a new path for the country and our future. He is fluent in over 15 programming languages, familiar with various frameworks, knowledgeable about dev-ops and management, and is an experienced software engineer. Thomas is also pursuing a Master’s degree and his research focuses on theory of computation, esoteric instruction sets, and higher order programming paradigms. Thomas has a disability, is a former member of the National Federation of the Blind, his Father is disabled, and his Uncle is severely disabled.