Trainers

Michael Ceraso

Founder, Winning Margins; Co-Founder and President Community Groundwork

President, Michael Ceraso while attending community college, Ceraso discovered that his school lacked the government and political career opportunities offered at a four-year institution. Michael went on to work on President Barack Obama’s first presidential run after he graduated from community college. After working on several down-ballot races, Michael returned home to earn his Political Science and Government degree from Pitzer College. His rise through the political ranks led him to manage statewide operations for presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. In between, he founded Winning Margins, an organization that lowers the barrier of entry for underfunded candidates who lack the financial resources and staff talent to compete. Most recently, he was a writer for the Claremont Courier. 

Nick Edwards

Founder and Executive Director, Hacking 4 Justice

Nick Edwards, since studying video games in college (as an interdisciplinary major, not a joke) and serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique, Nick Edwards has worked on each campaign cycle since 2012, serving leaders like Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Kim Foxx in a variety of roles, from organizing and operations to comms and speechwriting to data and digital.

 

 

 

 

Raven Hollins

Co-Founder at Triptych Strategies

Raven Hollins currently serves as Co-Founder and Event Programmer for Triptych Strategies. During the Pete for America campaign, she built the grassroots investment program – raising over $2 million from 16,183 contributions and 38% being first time donors – redefining the standard of grassroots fundraising, including co-leading the first digital grassroots fundraising events. She also led efforts to expand the reach of the campaign to underserved communities. For the final two months, she acted as the Texas State Deputy Director where she played a key role in setting the full state strategy for Super Tuesday. Prior to PFA, Raven worked as a distributed organizer for the Beto for Senate campaign and The Real Justice PAC, which focused on criminal justice reform. She began her career working in Finance and majored in Nutrition at Texas State University. One of Raven’s favorite excerpts is from the 2016 Black Panther Party exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California which stated, “Culture Moves The Message Forward.” She believes the joining of culture with strategic action has the power to reform our structures of government to serve the people, all people.

Gabriella Landeros

Communications Consultant 

Gabriella Landeros is a Communications Consultant for the 310,000-member California Teachers Association, which is affiliated with the 3 million-member National Education Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Southern California, focusing on economic justice issues. Additionally, she was one of the first two women to be appointed to her hometown's (South El Monte, CA) Planning Commission since the city incorporated in 1958. In this role, Gabriella acted in an advisory capacity to the City Council on all matters pertaining to community development. She was also selected by her colleagues to serve as the Vice-Chairperson, making her the first woman to ever hold a leadership position on this Commission. Gabriella was an Obama administration appointee where she served as Press Assistant at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this capacity, she created a process to report daily activities to the White House and created bilingual media content for the Secretary’s “Open for Business” agenda.

Stefan Smith

Democratic Consultant

Stefan Smith is a former historian and trained academic turned content creator and digital strategist. He is interested in story as a vehicle for progressive values + political action, especially in marginalized or exploited communities of color.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carli Stevenson

Communications, Organizing and Campaign Management Consultant 

Carli Stevenson is a New England native living in Indianapolis. She is a former cake decorator and grocery worker who became a union organizer after seeing the ways she and her co-workers were mistreated because they didn't have a voice on the job. Through her work in the labor movement, she got involved in communications and then politics, working for two-state Democratic parties, and what she is most proud of: serving as a senior state staffer for Bernie 2016 and Bernie 2020.