Bob is the Deputy Director for Michigan LCV Education Fund, overseeing its communications, lobbying, member engagement, and coalition building. He has a deep background in electoral politics, government affairs, community organizing, and strategic messaging. Bob brings over 20 years of experience in running field campaigns, working on public policy, and building collaboration amongst donors and funders. His extensive work experience includes: Press Secretary for former U.S. Rep. David Bonior in both his congressional office and as a candidate for Governor; Executive Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Michigan; and investigative reporter for Gannett and Booth newspapers. Bob graduated from Michigan State University with Bachelor’s degree in both journalism and political science. He lives in Berkley, Michigan with his wife and two daughters, and his family owns property in Boon (outside Cadillac) that borders the majestic Manistee National Forest.
Bob’s Favorite Place In Michigan: Glen Lake, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and anywhere along that stretch of M-22 country
You can reach Bob at [email protected]
Lauren is the Development Director based in Michigan LCV Education Fund’s Grand Rapids office. Lauren brings a wide range of career experience to Michigan LCV Education Fund from political campaign work to professional and corporate writing to restaurant management and sales. She has a steadfast belief that whom we elect matters and a desire to protect and preserve our great state. Lauren lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and their dog, Ella. She graduated from Grand Valley State with a degree in Political Science. Lauren loves the creativity, vibrancy and natural beauty of Grand Rapids and Michigan.
Lauren’s Favorite Place in Michigan: Anywhere with a view of Lake Michigan is her happy place.
You can reach Lauren at [email protected]
Vicki grew up in Michigan enjoying all that the outdoors has to offer. From fishing, swimming and sledding to camping and touring all the historical landmarks, parks and vineyards. She is now able to fufill her second career passion – fighting for the environment.
Vicki comes to us with 25+ years of experience in operations, finance, and executive support, primarily in the health care sector. Working at the Family Medical Center of Michigan, a community health center, for 15 years, assisting those patients that were low income or without affordable healthcare was her first passion. It is here that she grew in her fight to help those in need.
Most recently she worked at SEIU, for 8 years, where she met our friends Bob and Mero. Here she served as the Executive Assistant to the President, worked with the Board of Directors, finance and operations. Here she fought for the rights of healthcare workers and their right to have a reasonable living wage.
At Michigan LCV, Vicki supports Lisa, the Board of Directors and manages our offices, organizational and finance administration and supports this entire team.
Vicki is married to Brian, has a son, Nicholas, a daughter, Rebecca, son in law, Ben and two wonderful grandchildren, Leo and Louie. During the summer months you can find her up north with her family and friends enjoying their cottage.
You can reach Vicki at [email protected].
Ruby is the Operations & Human Resources Specialist for Michigan League of Conservation Voters. She helps facilitate administrative, human resources, and financial processes to support the core functions of the organization.
Ruby grew up in Ann Arbor and graduated with a degree in History from the College of Wooster in Ohio. After graduating, Ruby worked for Northern Stage, a professional regional theater company in Vermont, where she became the Director of Sales & Marketing and a member of the Leadership Team.
After five years in Vermont, Ruby is happy to return to her home state of Michigan and is proud to be supporting the mission of Michigan League of Conservation Voters.
In her spare time, Ruby enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog, reading, watching movies, and exploring the parts of Michigan she squandered in her youth. She currently resides in Ann Arbor.
Ruby’s Favorite Place In Michigan: Holland State Park
You can reach Ruby at email@example.com
Lisa is the Executive Director of Michigan LCV Education Fund. Her career spans over two decades of environmental and conservation advocacy in the political arena. She is a nationally- recognized expert in non-profit growth and management and a leader in Great Lakes protections. Lisa is a three-time graduate from the University of Michigan, with a bachelor’s degree and two ensuing master’s degrees in social work and education. Before becoming Executive Director in 2006, Lisa was a member of the Michigan LCV Board and today serves on the boards of Voters Not Politicians, Huron River Watershed Council, Washtenaw Environmental Council, and National League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. She has also served on the Friends of the Rutherford Pool and the UM President’s Carbon Neutrality Commission boards.
Lisa’s Favorite Place in Michigan: Saugatuck Dunes.
You can reach Lisa at [email protected]
Nick is the Communications Director for Michigan League of Conservation Voters. He crafts and guides messaging for the organization and oversees all internal and external communications as well as the League’s social media.
Nick has a strong background in advocacy communications, earned media and policy. He previously worked at East Lansing-based Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications where he focused on issues ranging from the environment, energy, education, labor and more. He is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University and holds degrees in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and Social Relations & Policy.
In his spare time, Nick enjoys snow skiing, hiking, swimming in Lake Michigan and playing the guitar. He currently resides in Grand Rapids.
Nick’s Favorite Place In Michigan: Sleeping Bear Dunes
You can reach Nick at [email protected].
Abby is the Digital Communications Manager at MLCV. She creates messaging on our social media platforms, email and website to engage supporters on issues concerning Michigan’s land, water and air.
Growing up in a small town minutes from Lake Huron where she spent countless hours at the beach, Abby’s love for the outdoors began at a young age. Like many others, her love for the outdoors comes with a sense of responsibility and passion for protecting the environment. This passion led her to join MLCV as a phone banking volunteer, and later as a full-time staff member.
Abby started her career at Northstar Bank, where she worked in the marketing department planning community events, creating marketing campaigns and doing design work. She is a Central Michigan University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Public Relations.
In her spare time, Abby enjoys reading, performing in community theater productions, and spending time by the water.
Abby’s favorite place in Michigan: Port Crescent State Park
You can reach Abby at [email protected]
Samantha is the Creative Content Manager at Michigan LCV. She manages and produces content for our media library including photos, videos, and audio clips.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, her passions for environmental conservation and storytelling inspired her to study environmental issues in international development and journalism at Indiana University – Purdue University of Indianapolis. She has done photography and videography for an eco-tourism company in Windhoek, Namibia, and assisted in the design and writing of the project proposal for said company to take over management and preservation of two culturally relevant sites in Twyfelfontein. Her love for wildlife conservation brought her to Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida, where she produced photos, videos, and even memes about prehistoric creatures, sea turtle nesting season, resident manatees, educational experiments for kids, and teacher training programs.
Outside of work Samantha enjoys spending time with her big family including four brothers and several nieces and nephews of ages ranging from 18 years to 8 months old. She loves traveling, nature and wildlife photography, live music, and her dog, Roxanne, and cat, Coco.
You can reach Samantha at [email protected]
Zach is a communications intern for Michigan LCV, helping support the communications team.
Zach grew up in Michigan and has always loved the outdoors and wonderful natural resources of his home state. Some of his earliest memories are associated with taking trips to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pictured Rocks, and other beautiful areas around the state. From these experiences, Zach has fostered a passion for fighting to protect the environment and the opportunities it provides to Michiganders.
Zach is a graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College and holds a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Cultures & Politics. Before coming to Michigan LCV, Zach gained experience as a communications assistant at Byrum & Fisk Communications, where he developed communications and public relations skills and expertise.
Zach lives in Detroit and loves exploring the city as it continues to grow and develop. In his time off, he enjoys going up north, playing golf with friends on some of Michigan’s beautiful public courses, and playing the guitar.
Zach’s favorite place in Michigan: North Bar Lake & Good Harbor Beach on the Leelanau Peninsula.
You can reach Zach at [email protected]
Clare is the Democracy for All Director for Michigan League of Conservation Voters. She leads the voting rights and democracy agenda, voter registration efforts, and coordinates work with partner organizations.
Clare has a strong background in project management and community organizing. She previously served as the Constituency Organizer and Regional Field Director for Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, building coalitions among critical campaign support groups including organized labor, environmental organizations, Human Rights Campaign, religious and affinity groups. Prior to her campaign work, Clare ran the political risk advisory firm, Eurasia Group’s sub-Saharan Africa team where she led research strategy and client engagement.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from American University and a master’s degree in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
In her spare time, Clare enjoys hiking, yoga and cooking for her friends and family. She lives in Detroit.
Clare’s Favorite Place In Michigan: Hartwick Pines
You can reach Clare at [email protected]
Olivia is the Democracy for All Manager for Michigan League of Conservation Voters. She currently manages our Voter Registration team for the 2020 election season.
Olivia previously worked as a Data Lead for SEIU/ Fight for 15 Campaign known as Detroit 15 for several years. After serving for the Fight for 15 Campaign on various international projects, she became an Organizer for the Non-Union Hospital Workers Campaign in 2018.
Olivia is originally from Saginaw, where she served her community working for WIA-Workforce Investment Act youth program. She assisted with data upkeep of the program and mentored the young women enrolled into the WIA program. Olivia came from a strong unionized family with UAW and SteelWorker union blood. She believes that democracy lives inside all of us. She has three children: two teenage girls and one son who currently resides in Wayne County.
Olivia’s favorite place in Michigan: Saginaw
You can reach Olivia at [email protected]
Brooke is a Democracy for All Coordinator. A life-long Michigander, Brooke has spent most of her career as an educator: from after-school programs to teaching middle and high school English to a brief stint in student affairs at her alma mater.
She received a Bachelor’s in English and her secondary teacher certification at the University of Michigan and holds a Master’s in Social Justice from Marygrove College. Brooke first experienced community organizing while working with grassroots education activists. With her sister, she co-founded Hollaback! Detroit, a local branch of an international organization dedicated to ending street harassment. Brooke is also a long-time volunteer for Girls Rock Detroit and sits on the Girls Rock Camp Alliance board.
When not working or volunteering, she can be found snuggling with her three large rescue dogs, trying to befriend all the neighborhood cats, or binge watching something via streaming.
Brooke’s favorite place in Michigan: Belle Isle
You can reach Brooke at [email protected]
Mark is the Democracy for All Coordinator. Mark is a former Detroit public school teacher who left the classroom to focus on shifting policy and moving legislation in the Michigan capitol. In addition to serving as Legislative Director for a Detroit Representative over two terms, Mark is a published author and brings years of experience of working on campaigns, issue-based advocacy, and policy analysis. Mark is also President of the Cortland Street Block Club.
Mark is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University in Teacher Education, currently residing in Detroit with his family. Aside from his passion for politics, Mark spends his time working on his community garden, enjoys reading and going for walks at his favorite place, Belle Isle.
Mark’s favorite place in Michigan: Belle Isle
Mark can be reached at [email protected]
Prior to joining the Michigan LCV team, Joané lived in Minnesota and worked as a Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Director for U.S. Senator Tina Smith. Prior to that she worked as a Senior Policy advisor to former Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, she was a legislative assistant to Minnesota State Senator Bobby Joe Champion and worked on Presidential and local Minnesota campaigns as a Political Director.
Joané graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012 with a bachelors in public relations. Joané is also an alumni of the 2016-2017 Humphrey Policy Fellowship at the University of Minnesota and a recipient of the 2018 40 under 40 award from The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. She currently lives in Canton with her husband.
Favorite Place in Michigan: Eau Claire where her dad was raised and she spent many summers with family!
You can reach Joané at [email protected]
Kiff is a Partnerships Manager for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. In this capacity, he works to strengthen relationships with current donors and supporters and expand MLCV’s reach to new community and business leaders, potential donors, foundations, and organizations throughout the state focused on environmental, climate, and civic engagement issues.
Kiff’s background includes work in politics, law, and the nonprofit sector, most recently serving as Policy and Advocacy Manager at After School Matters, a Chicago-based nonprofit that works to better the lives of at-risk teenagers. Prior to that, Kiff was a real estate attorney at Miller Canfield in Ann Arbor. His political experience includes working as a policy aid to then-Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker and serving as a senior staff member on former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Kiff holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Yale University, a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Kiff lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and son. In his free time he enjoys running, hiking, reading, cooking, and hanging out with his family.
Kiff’s Favorite Place in Michigan: Crystal Lake
Kiff can be reached at [email protected]
As the Partnerships Manager, Bentley focuses on strengthening relationships with community and business leaders in order to build a strong bench of conservation champions that are ready to act to protect Michigan’s land, air, and water. Before joining the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Bentley served on the legislative staff for U.S. Senator Gary Peters, specializing in issues related to energy, agriculture, transportation, and the environment. Prior to his time in the Senate, Bentley worked in Washington, D.C. for the National Wildlife Federation in a number of different roles related to policy and advocacy.
Bentley graduated from the University of Michigan, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Program in the Environment. He and his wife love raising their son in their original hometown of Ann Arbor, with parents nearby.
Favorite Place in Michigan: Nordhouse Dunes in the Huron-Manistee National Forest
You can reach Bentley at [email protected].
Reese is the Development Manager for Michigan League of Conservation Voters. Originally from Florida, she moved to Ann Arbor for graduate school in 2017 and fell in love with this beautiful state she now calls home.
Reese’s prior experience includes working in development at a nonprofit health center in Detroit, directing fundraising canvassing campaigns for multiple national nonprofit organizations, and managing a vegan cafe in South Florida. She is also currently a member of two young professional boards in Washtenaw County. Reese holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master of Social Work with a focus in management from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.
In her free time, Reese loves practicing yoga, reading, spending time with her miniature dachshund, and being outside and active as much as possible.
Reese’s favorite place in Michigan: Sleeping Bear Dunes and the surrounding area on Lake Michigan.
You can reach Reese at [email protected].
Hallie is the Government Affairs Legislative Associate for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. She maintains candidate relations, tracks litigation, and provides administrative support for the team.
Hallie has a strong background in political advocacy and policy, recently graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and the Environment. Previously, Hallie has worked at the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), has served as her Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapter’s Vice President, and started a recycling initiative among fraternities at the University of Michigan that has diverted over 50 tons of waste from landfills. Currently, Hallie serves as the Youth Representative for Washtenaw County’s Environmental Council. Hallie also has a keen interest in civil litigation and plans to pursue a law degree within the next five years.
In her spare time, Hallie enjoys acting in musicals, jogging, and competing in trivia tournaments.
Hallie’s favorite place in Michigan: Belvidere and Anchor Bays in Lake St. Clair.
You can reach Hallie at [email protected].
Nicholas Occhipinti brings to our team years of experience in policy, politics, and direct service. Before spending the 2015-2017 school year in Spain learning Spanish and teaching, he served for six years as the Policy and Community Activism Director for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC). Nick has a broad range of environmental policy experience having worked as a staffer for the Chair of Hawaii’s State Senate Energy and Environment Committee, in Lansing for the Granholm administration, and at the Rocky Mountain Institute — an energy think and do tank. He has also worked directly in communities as a field organizer for the Obama campaign in 2008 and as a Corps Member for AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Public Policy. In addition to big ideas, Nicholas loves craft beer, wine, sports, and the outdoors. As an avid kiteboarder, mountainbiker, and hiking enthusiast, he finds beauty, peace, and connection in nature.
Kiff’s Favorite Place in Michigan: Crystal Lake
You can reach Nick at nickocchipint[email protected].
Shannon works as the West Michigan Field Organizer and is based in the Grand Rapids office. She went to school for residential architecture, interior design, and manufacturing, which landed her work specializing in kitchen and bath design and project management. Before joining Michigan LCV, she was an active volunteer in environmental justice, and continues those efforts today as a board member of Grand Rapids Water Protectors, Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, and the Water is Life Alliance. Her work at Michigan LCV focuses on connecting with and activating community members. In her free time, you can find her volunteering, honing her vegan cooking and baking skills, and relaxing with her furbabies.
Shannon’s Favorite Place in Michigan: In the waters of the Straits of Mackinac
You can reach Shannon at: [email protected].
Ali is currently a student at Washtenaw Community College and on the path to transfer to a four year university and pursue a degree in Environmental Science. Working with the Political & Outreach team, Ali spends a lot of his time with direct voter contact and helping organize events to get people involved in working with their local communities. Ali is passionate about preserving the beautiful nature and bountiful resources our state has to offer. Growing up in Michigan, he has been fortunate to travel and experience the amazing lakes and forests throughout the state.
Outside of work, Ali enjoys getting active, playing soccer, and spending time in nature at the many parks & trails in Southeast Michigan.
Ali’s Favorite Place in Michigan: Warren Dunes State Park
You can reach Ali at [email protected]
Abigail Barker is our West Michigan Regional Organizer. In this role, she mobilizes voters and empowers community members to take action on environmental and good governance issues.
Abigail began at MLCV as a Political & Outreach intern during her senior year of college at Ferris State University in Traverse City. She has since graduated with her bachelor’s degree in social work. Her educational background and experience in the field have shaped her understanding of the intersection of environmental and socioeconomic issues. She is passionate about raising the voices of marginalized communities and advocating for human rights, such as clean drinking water for all.
In her spare time, Abigail tends to her garden and enjoys the beauty of Northern Michigan.
Abigail’s Favorite Place in Michigan: Old Setter’s Park in Empire Township.
You can reach Abigail at [email protected]
Kaitlin Flynn is the new Northern Michigan Regional Coordinator on the Political & Outreach team. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work, which she uses to inform her work in community organizing.
Prior to joining Michigan LCV, she spent seven years in Maine working on a variety of campaigns, from Marriage Equality to raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour. She is most proud of her work in deep canvassing while she worked at Planned Parenthood, and the work she did as field director in the successful campaign to expand Medicaid to 70,000 Mainers.
Kaitlin is excited to be joining the Michigan LCV team and continue her organizing work in Northern Michigan.
Kaitlin’s Favorite Place in Michigan: Empire Beach
You can reach Kaitlin at [email protected]
Natalie Hayes is the Part-Time Northern Michigan Organizer on the Political & Outreach team. She is currently studying legal studies and plans to graduate with an Associate’s degree in 2022.
Prior to joining Michigan LCV, she has spent the last four years on electoral campaigns in Michigan. She spends her time connecting with voters around Northern Michigan through relational and community organizing.
In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading, hiking, and volunteering.
Natalie’s favorite place in Michigan: Empire Bluffs Trail
You can reach Natalie at [email protected]
Emily Magner is the Political and Outreach Manager for Michigan LCV. She is originally from Traverse City, and she attended Northwestern Michigan College and Ferris State University at the University Center in TC. Later, she went attended University of Michigan’s School of Social Work and focused on community organizing and social systems.
As a political social worker, she has worked primarily in the fields of environmental justice and reproductive justice. Previously, she worked for Planned Parenthood in Maine, focused on building state and federal advocacy programs with the aims of persuading Susan Collins to save the ACA and PP.
She has also worked on the ground breaking social science research project Bridging the Gap: Abortion to scientifically prove that long form, values-based, non-judgemental conversations with voters change hearts and minds on divisive subjects.
Emily’s Favorite Place in Michigan: Pierce Stocking Overlook
You can reach Emily at [email protected]
Londell is the Political and Outreach Director for Michigan League of Conservation Voters, overseeing its political engagement and internal organizing. His background spans 18 years in electoral politics, government affairs, community organizing, and field campaigns.
Londell comes from the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) as the National Senior Manager of Organizing for the State’s Power Project, where he helped develop and support eleven CPD/A’s national partners’ with state power-building organizing strategies.
Among some of his career accomplishments are SEIU as the State Political Director for the Michigan State Council, Field Director for Tammy Duckworth’s successful U.S. Senate primary bid. In 2014, he served as Deputy Director of the Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign, which helped elect U.S. Senator Gary Peters. Equally notable was Londell’s work in 2013 as Field Director for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s 10-point write-in campaign victory.
Londell’s experience goes beyond political campaigns. He has been a project manager for Good Jobs Now, the Neighborhood Services Organization, Warren Conner Development Coalition, and Mack Alive on Detroit’s east side. He has also served in city government as a Legislative Assistant to the Detroit City Council, Deputy Director of Neighborhood City Halls and liaison to Detroit City Council representing the Mayor’s office. The Michigan Chronicle in 2014 honored Londell as one of their “40 Under 40” leaders.
Londell enjoys spending time with family, instructing ballroom dance and fishing.
He currently lives in Harper Woods, Michigan with his fiancee and Maltipoo, Lola.
Londell’s Favorite Place In Michigan: Traverse City
You can reach Londell at [email protected].
Ethan is the Southeast Michigan Regional Coordinator on the Political & Outreach Team. He is a proud graduate of Central Michigan University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public & Nonprofit Administration with a minor in Leadership. He also holds a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Credential through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.
At 14 years old, he volunteered on then-State Representative Dian Slavens’ campaign and saw firsthand the positive difference that can be made through advocacy and organizing work–and he has never stopped since. Throughout the years, Ethan has worked in electoral politics and nonprofit organizations to make a difference for those who are too often left behind by our government. Most recently, he has managed competitive State Legislative races in Oakland, Wayne, and Monroe Counties.
In his spare time, you’ll find Ethan learning more about American political and electoral history especially about Michigan politics and former President Jimmy Carter, volunteering in his community, and spending time with family and friends.
Ethan’s Favorite Place in Michigan: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
You can reach Ethan at [email protected]
Hudson is our West Michigan Regional Coordinator on the Political and Outreach team. He attended Eastern Michigan University studying Political Science which he used to launch a career in activism. Prior to joining Michigan LCV Hudson worked on a variety of electoral and issue based campaigns around the country. An avid environmentalist, Hudson took this lens to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here he helped organize a victory for the Senator in the Nevada Caucuses. Most recently he managed a voter turnout campaign with Progressive Turnout Project for the 2020 general election in Oakland County Michigan. In his free time, Hudson enjoys reading and hiking.
Hudson’s favorite place in Michigan: Torch Lake
You can reach Hudson at [email protected]