Tracy Sturdivant is a long-time social justice organizer and innovator who works at the intersection of strategy and creativity. For years, Tracy has pushed the envelope with ideas that ensure our work for social change keeps pace with the changing world around us.
In 2014, Tracy co-founded and co-led Make It Work, a three-year campaign to move issues like affordable child care and paid family leave out of our private lives and into America’s national conversation around the 2016 election. Make It Work wove together culture and political advocacy, using an inventive mix of tactics (from a short film produced by Issa Rae to real life experiences at the Iowa State Fair) that received national media attention and a Pollie Award for Best Field Campaign. And it worked. As one Newsweek headline declared: “Long ignored, child care and paid leave take center stage in 2016.”
Tracy has been called a “one-woman coalition” for her ability to bring people together to make big ideas happen. As executive director of State Voices, she raised millions of dollars to support state and local organizations engaging Americans in our democracy and pioneered a model that got cutting-edge data and technology into the hands of grassroots organizers. Her experience—from on-the-ground organizing, to training women to run for elected office, to working in philanthropy—has all focused on one goal: making America a place where women, people of color, and young people can thrive.
A frequent speaker within political circles, she has appeared at Netroots Nation, Glassdoor’s Equal Pay Roundtable alongside former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as a sought after moderator of panels at conferences like SXSW. Tracy has been a guest on Sirius XM News, NPR, and Women’s Radio Network, has been quoted in outlets like Washington Post, The New York Times, and Vogue, and has been published in places like Essence, Ebony, Huffington Post, and Ms. Magazine.
Tracy feeds her creative side by testing recipes, catching great (and guilty pleasure) TV, and sharing adventures with her husband and toddler son in Brooklyn, New York.
Becca Rueble is a versatile strategist and creative producer who has spent her career working for social change. Her background as a writer, designer, and organizer informs her work, which weaves together culture, communications, and technology.
Prior to The League, Becca ran digital and culture campaigns for the Make It Work Campaign, reaching close to 30 million people and drawing media attention for their unique approach that mixed pop culture and politics. She oversaw the production of creative content that helped change how Americans think about issues like affordable child care, paid family leave, and equal pay, shifting them from personal issues to political ones.
Her work has always focused on involving Americans in and strengthening our democracy. As communications and technology director at State Voices, she worked with a network of over 600 state and local civic engagement organizations across the country to increase voter turnout and engage people on the issues impacting their lives. While there, she helped pioneer an innovative model to put leading technology and data in the hands of grassroots organizers, providing them with resources to transform their organizing and saving them millions of dollars.
Becca has worked with a variety of clients nationally and in Detroit, where she lives. Her work has been recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators and the Society of Professional Journalists. She graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan with a dual degree in Women’s Studies and Spanish.
Becca spends her time writing fiction, reading good books, and attempting to transform her backyard into a personal paradise. She loves spending time with her husband and both of their families, who they’re lucky to have close by.
JT Johnson is a creative producer and digital strategist who combines creativity with sharp cultural insight. She brings significant experience working with nonprofits, philanthropy, city governments, and media, focusing her work on justice, gender and racial equity.
JT has wide-ranging media experience, having worked in broadcast news, media relations, and PR. She worked for CNN and Discovery Communications as an assistant to on-air talent, as a photographer for Washington, DC's CBS affiliate, as a writer and content producer for NBC Washington, and finally, as a TV & film reviewer and how-to writer.
She has served as a public relations generalist and content creator for major nonprofits and foundations, including the ACLU of Maryland, the Open Society Institute of Baltimore, Baltimore City Health Department, Howard County Health Department, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and Higher Heights. She’s also put her content creation skills to work for grassroots efforts, such as supporting local organizers in Maryland as they pushed for community oversight of policing following the death of Freddie Gray and publishing a popular listicle entitled "5 Reasons Feminists Should Join the Fight for Justice in Ferguson” in 2014.
At the Make It Work Campaign, she created digital content that wove together policy and pop culture, reaching millions. She has provided digital strategy to a range of organizations and has been credited with making a campaign hashtag trend globally.
JT is a graduate of Syracuse University with honors and holds a B.S. in TV/Radio/Film production with a focus on documentary production. She minored in Entrepreneurship and African American Studies. She holds a certificate in public relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in London.
JT lives in Brooklyn where she watches her weight in Netflix and Hulu hours and spends inordinate amounts of money on Cat and Jack for her niece.
Kia Woods is a seasoned operations maven who specializes in connecting people and practicing organizational wizardry. For years, she has leveraged these skills to help social change groups create the solid foundations they need in order to make big things happen.
Kia’s approach is people-first. She’s skilled at meeting and event curation, creating memorable but mission-focused experiences. Her eye for talent acquisition has helped build nimble teams for a host of civic engagement organizations, media and production companies, and national think tanks including State Voices, @TeamPeopleTv, and Third Way. She is passionate about developing organizational cultures that encourage creativity, agency, and action.
She believes operations is ultimately about optimizing. She develops organizational systems and structures that support big goals, integrates technology that keeps work flowing, and is a cool head in a crisis. Most recently, Kia oversaw operations for the Make It Work Campaign, keeping the trains running during a fast-paced, high-impact campaign.
Kia is a graduate of Messiah College with a B.A. in Journalism with a focus on mass media. She loves an opportunity for an unplugged experience—weekend workshops that promote self care, DC dining with her husband, and exploring town seeking out toddler-approved activities for her little one.
Ghazal Rahmanpanah is a project manager, organizer, and strategist who has worked in national and international advocacy spaces. From digital organizing and campaigns to coalition-building, her career has always been rooted in social and racial justice.
Her versatile skills, predilection for problem solving, and belief that a well-thought-out plan can change everything make Ghazal a campaigner extraordinaire. As a Projects Officer for the ONE Campaign, she helped lead a successful digital and field campaign to stop cuts to foreign aid in the 2018 federal budget. In 2016, she was lead Project Coordinator for the We Won’t Wait Campaign, a coalition of national organizations spotlighting women’s and economic security issues in the lead up to that year’s presidential election. Anchored by a large-scale voter engagement program and a two-day national summit, the campaign engaged over 3 million people in 31 states and created a platform for women of color and low-income women.
Throughout her studies and career, Ghazal has explored the crossroads of culture and conflict, trying to better understand the role culture plays in driving conflicts. In 2015, she led the development of a communications and outreach strategy for the 15-year anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, the first ever to acknowledge the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women and girls.
As an Iranian-American woman and first-generation immigrant in America, Ghazal is proud of her roots. She is a graduate of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, where she received a M.A. in International Policy Studies, and a M.B.A. in International Economics. She holds a B.A. from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Political Science, with a concentration on comparative justice.
Ghazal loves attending concerts, lurking around on Twitter, and boxing (just not professionally). When time and weather permits it, she loves to explore— whether it's hiking or museums—in Washington, D.C.