Kyle Lierman

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Kyle Lierman is the Founder and CEO of Civic Advisors. Previously, Kyle was a Senior Associate Director of Public Engagement and Senior Policy Advisor in the Obama White House. During his six years at the White House, Kyle served as the liaison to athletes and leaders from the sports world, as well as to young Americans, education leaders, and the non-profit and philanthropic communities. Kyle launched and led the “It’s On Us” sexual assault prevention campaign, and spearheaded several other successful public/private partnership efforts, including the launch of Michelle Obama’s “Better Make Room” campaign. Before joining the White House, Kyle was the GOTV director in Louisiana in 2010 for Organizing for America, ran for State Delegate in his hometown of Bethesda, MD, and served as a Special Assistant on the Obama-Biden transition team. Kyle is a proud graduate of George Washington University where he majored in business.

Stephanie Young

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Stephanie has over 12 years of strategic communications experience ranging from television networks, political campaigns, House Democratic Leadership and the Obama White House. Stephanie currently serves as the Managing Director at Civic Advisors and as the Communications Director for When We All Vote. Additionally, she leads strategy and partnerships for NBC Universal Cable Entertainment’s Erase the Hate campaign.

Most recently Stephanie was the Director of Corporate Communications at BET Networks, a Viacom Company. During her time in the Obama Administration, Stephanie had the unique opportunity of serving in two critical roles as the Associate Communications Director and then as the Senior Public Engagement Advisor in the Office of Public Engagement.

Prior to her White House stint, she worked on Capitol Hill as the National Press Secretary for Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Communications Director for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

Stephanie resides in Brooklyn, NY.



Jonathan Lee

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Jonathan is the Chief of Staff for Civic Advisors. Previously, Jonathan was the Deputy Director of Ambassador Outreach for When We All Vote, where he helped develop and manage the campaign’s support from artists, athletes, and influencers during the 2018 midterms.

Jonathan served briefly during the Obama-Trump transition, facilitating all events within The White House. Before his work with the Presidential Transition, Jonathan was the Associate Director for Event Arrangements in the Obama White House Social Office, where he worked with Senior White House Staff, State Department Staff, Secret Service, and the Executive Residence on organizing and executing State Dinners, Presidential receptions, special concerts, and other in-house Presidential events.

Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and hails from Potomac, Maryland.


Kaela Landon

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Kaela is the Assistant Director of Operations at Civic Advisors. Kaela landed a finance internship at the Clinton Foundation after taking a Government and Not-for-Profit course in college that sparked her desire to use her education for social impact and justice. She also worked in marketing at Ernst & Young during their 2013 rebranding. During college Kaela was a student member of G.L.O.B.E. (Giving Loan Opportunities to Budding Entrepreneurs), a premier class that worked with borrowers around the world offering microfinance loans in efforts to alleviate poverty.

Kaela is a proud DMV native and a graduate of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University where she received her BS and MBA with a concentration in Accounting.


Halley Rogers

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Halley is an Assistant Director at Civic Advisors. She specializes in social media management, video, and podcast production. Previously, Halley worked for the Delegation of the European Union, the U.S. Senate, and Ogilvy, a global advertising agency.

She's a two-time graduate of The George Washington University, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Political Communication and her Master’s in Media and Strategic Communication.


Alex Vassiliadis

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Alexander Vassiliadis is an Assistant Director at Civic Advisors. Previously, Alex operated as a digital fellow for It’s On Us and Civic Advisors, advising the IOU executive director on digital rollouts, fundraising campaigns, and engagement strategy.

Before his fellowship, Alex was the co-founder and director of media and outreach for the 2016 Mental Illness Awareness Tour. A NAMI endorsed initiative, the 2016 MIA Tour consisted of a 48-state, 75-day road-trip to raise mental health awareness and battle the stigma surrounding mental wellness.

Alex graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a Bachelors of Science in Media and Cinema Studies.


Samuel Blackwood

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Samuel Blackwood is an Assistant Director at Civic Advisors.

Previously, Samuel worked as a Press Assistant on the When We All Vote campaign, aiding in the execution of the campaign’s communications strategies. Before When We All Vote, Samuel was a policy intern for Ms. Angela Rye’s government relations firm, Impact Strategies. While there, he led a cohort of interns to develop and produce grassroots policy initiatives related to the advancement of the black community.

As a grassroots activist, Samuel lead the campaign for greater trans-inclusivity at his university, organized the largest gathering of young people of color on climate change in the country, and started a mental health program that seeks to address and raise awareness of the disproportionate mental health struggles of people in marginalized communities.

Samuel is received a B.A. in International Studies from Fordham University.


Carter Wynne

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Carter is a summer intern at Civic Advisors, a native Washingtonian, and a rising senior at Colby College. Carter recently returned to Washington D.C. after a semester in Tokyo, Japan. She is proficient in Spanish and is learning Japanese and French.

Carter has previously worked at The Family Violence Project as well as Tahirih Justice Center, working to ensure women of all backgrounds have access to legal support in instances of violence and domestic abuse. While in these roles, Carter assisted with advocacy training, fundraising, and outreach. 

As a committed social justice advocate, Carter spearheaded a student-led school policy reform campaign, helping to make her college campus an inclusive and safe environment for students in marginalized communities. 

Carter is pursuing a B.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Art History from Colby College and expects to graduate May 2020.

Alex Hendel

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Alex is a summer intern at Civic Advisors. 

Previously, Alex worked at the Arlington County Board, researching the feasibility of implementing a consumer protection function within the county. Alex graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2019 with his Bachelors in Economics, and will receive his Master of Public Policy from UVA in Spring 2020. 

At UVA, he has been heavily involved in civic engagement, serving as the Vice Chair for the Legislative Affairs Committee of Student Council. He also served as an undergraduate economics teaching assistant and will serve as a graduate statistics teaching assistant this fall. He is fluent in Spanish.

Dillon LaViale

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Dillon LaViale is a summer intern at Civic Advisors.

Previously, Dillon was an intern for Senator Patrick Leahy where he worked on a variety of policy issues and assisted with constituent relations. Before working in the U.S. Senate, Dillon interned for Technology Transition Corporation where he helped the government affairs team advocate for clean energy trade associations. Dillon also served as a tutor for the Petey Green Program where he helped incarcerated students prepare for their GED exam at a correctional facility in Maryland.

Born and raised in Stowe, VT, Dillon is a junior at George Washington University majoring in political communication with a minor in law and society.