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   Emily Graham     Co-Founder, Partnerships & Communications    Emily runs motivote’s external partnerships, communications, and marketing efforts. She is tired of decisions being made in Washington by a (mostly) monolithic group of politicians and believes in the power of young voters to change that.  A D.C. native, Emily cut her teeth on K Street, where she ran the communications strategy for some of the biggest names in progressive politics and global nonprofit organizations.  She’s proud to have harnessed the power of digital to prompt conversation and action, supporting legislative efforts and sparking conversation around progressive issues. Her skills include campaign development, grassroots advocacy, web strategy, and digital advertising. Her skills ALSO include finding seven-letter words in Scrabble and shucking a mean oyster.  Emily holds a M.P.A. in Social Impact, Innovation and Investment from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. in History and Political Science from Bowdoin College (go Polar Bears). 

Emily Graham

Co-Founder, Partnerships & Communications

Emily runs motivote’s external partnerships, communications, and marketing efforts. She is tired of decisions being made in Washington by a (mostly) monolithic group of politicians and believes in the power of young voters to change that.

A D.C. native, Emily cut her teeth on K Street, where she ran the communications strategy for some of the biggest names in progressive politics and global nonprofit organizations.

She’s proud to have harnessed the power of digital to prompt conversation and action, supporting legislative efforts and sparking conversation around progressive issues. Her skills include campaign development, grassroots advocacy, web strategy, and digital advertising. Her skills ALSO include finding seven-letter words in Scrabble and shucking a mean oyster.

Emily holds a M.P.A. in Social Impact, Innovation and Investment from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. in History and Political Science from Bowdoin College (go Polar Bears). 

   Rachel Konowitz     Co-Founder, Financial Manager & Business Development   Rachel leads motivote’s finance and business operations. She is passionate about creating opportunities for civic engagement and giving young people the tools to be effective activists.  Rachel started her career with the ConnPIRG, organizing college students around a variety of progressive issues including college affordability and environmental protection.  During her time as an organizer, Rachel also ran voter registration and mobilization projects in Connecticut and Colorado that collectively reached over 50,000 people. She previously served as a senior project manager at 360 Campaign Consulting, where she managed a large scale recruitment effort for a new solar energy startup. She is also a pro-bono consultant and mentor through Net Impact’s Service Corps and a StartingBloc Fellow.  Rachel holds a M.P.A. in Social Impact, Innovation and Investment from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. in Political Science from Skidmore College. 

Rachel Konowitz

Co-Founder, Financial Manager & Business Development

Rachel leads motivote’s finance and business operations. She is passionate about creating opportunities for civic engagement and giving young people the tools to be effective activists.

Rachel started her career with the ConnPIRG, organizing college students around a variety of progressive issues including college affordability and environmental protection.

During her time as an organizer, Rachel also ran voter registration and mobilization projects in Connecticut and Colorado that collectively reached over 50,000 people. She previously served as a senior project manager at 360 Campaign Consulting, where she managed a large scale recruitment effort for a new solar energy startup. She is also a pro-bono consultant and mentor through Net Impact’s Service Corps and a StartingBloc Fellow.

Rachel holds a M.P.A. in Social Impact, Innovation and Investment from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. in Political Science from Skidmore College. 

 
   Jess Riegel     Co-Founder, Operations & Product Development   Jess manages motivote’s operations and product development. She gets excited by color-coded task lists and innovative solutions to global challenges.  Jess started her career with Teach For America, leading first grade classrooms in New Orleans and Newark. After five years of tying shoelaces and counting by tens, Jess continued to drive student achievement as Impact Coordinator for Kinvolved, a social enterprise focused on school attendance.  As a consultant at Cause Strategy Partners, LLC, she worked on nonprofit and corporate social responsibility engagements. Most recently, she supported The Rockefeller Foundation's Innovative Finance group on the Program Related Investments team.   Jess holds a M.P.A. in Social Impact, Innovation and Investment from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. in Urban Studies and Political Economy from the University of Pennsylvania. She is still waiting on her acceptance letter from Hogwarts.

Jess Riegel

Co-Founder, Operations & Product Development

Jess manages motivote’s operations and product development. She gets excited by color-coded task lists and innovative solutions to global challenges.

Jess started her career with Teach For America, leading first grade classrooms in New Orleans and Newark. After five years of tying shoelaces and counting by tens, Jess continued to drive student achievement as Impact Coordinator for Kinvolved, a social enterprise focused on school attendance.

As a consultant at Cause Strategy Partners, LLC, she worked on nonprofit and corporate social responsibility engagements. Most recently, she supported The Rockefeller Foundation's Innovative Finance group on the Program Related Investments team. 

Jess holds a M.P.A. in Social Impact, Innovation and Investment from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. in Urban Studies and Political Economy from the University of Pennsylvania. She is still waiting on her acceptance letter from Hogwarts.

   Annie Gurvis     Impact & Strategic Partnerships Fellow   Annie coordinates motivote’s internal management structures, with an eye to long-term goal-setting and achievement. Annie supports testing motivote’s model across the country, and building partnerships with national, state, and local organizations.  She is passionate about helping others realize the difference their actions and votes can make.  As a criminal justice policy researcher at the Urban Institute, Annie helped build the body of knowledge on inequity in the justice system, including on loss of the right to vote. She also lived out her childhood dream of working at a zoo, as an ocean conservation volunteer, and helped low-income individuals complete their taxes.  Annie is working toward an M.P.A. in Management and Leadership from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she is currently President of the student association. She also holds a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from Macalester College.

Annie Gurvis

Impact & Strategic Partnerships Fellow

Annie coordinates motivote’s internal management structures, with an eye to long-term goal-setting and achievement. Annie supports testing motivote’s model across the country, and building partnerships with national, state, and local organizations.

She is passionate about helping others realize the difference their actions and votes can make.

As a criminal justice policy researcher at the Urban Institute, Annie helped build the body of knowledge on inequity in the justice system, including on loss of the right to vote. She also lived out her childhood dream of working at a zoo, as an ocean conservation volunteer, and
helped low-income individuals complete their taxes.

Annie is working toward an M.P.A. in Management and Leadership from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she is currently President of the student
association. She also holds a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from Macalester College.