About Us

Veracity Media is a diverse team of talented specialists. Each of us brings our own unique set of expertise to the projects we work on.

Ryan Morgan

Partner

Ryan is a political strategist and full-stack web developer. Ryan built the website for Hillary Clinton's book Hard Choices, and has consulted for Airbnb, the Aspen Institute, Malala Yousafzai's non-profit, 350.org, Representatives Beyer, Lujan, Matsui, and Senator Cory Booker, among others. He has served as a senior advisor on several prominent campaigns, from Ro Khanna's disruptive run for Congress, to Sandra Fluke's campaign for State Senate, to Greg Orman's scrappy Senate campaign--where he both got the campaign national attention through polling strategy, and raised $250,000 online. Ryan is fluent in front-end website design, full-stack website development, social media strategy (where he made the fourth most liked Facebook post in history), online advertising, voter modeling, and everything in between. When not holding down the fort at Veracity, Ryan is probably running or making bad jokes. 

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Marne Pike

Partner

Marne focuses on supporting diverse candidates in the party. Marne hails from New York's North Country, and before diving into the world of politics, worked at international development agencies abroad. She also serves on the board of  Eleanor’s Legacy, which works to increase women’s participation in New York Democratic politics, the Women Under Forty PAC, and advises organizations working to find and implement strategies to elect more women to public office.

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Jacob Geers

Managing Director

A proud Ohio State alum, Jacob has over a half decade of digital experience spanning across tech, media, non-profits, & political campaigns. He spent the 2018 cycle at a digital firm specializing in running email and ad programs for red state Dems. In 2019, he joined Veracity and coached some of our buzziest US House, Senate, and PAC accounts — winning a Reed Award in the process. When not endlessly refreshing ActBlue, Jacob can be found at the gym, watching true crime documentaries, or making friends with the cats in his neighborhood.

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Chelsea Coatney

Director Of Digital Fundraising

Previously, Chelsea was the Digital Director for Generation Progress, the Millennial engagement arm of the Center for American Progress, where she implemented digital programs to engage, activate, and inform America’s largest, most progressive, and most diverse generation. As part of the Generation Progress communications team, she also helped launch the It’s On Us campaign in partnership with the Obama White House and managed its digital strategy as the campaign grew to have a presence on over 500 college campuses nationwide. Prior to joining Generation Progress, Chelsea worked in public media at the “PBS NewsHour,” WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight,” and the University of Illinois’ WILL-TV. Chelsea grew up outside of Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Hayley Drapkin

Director Of Product

Hayley grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Politics. During undergrad Hayley worked on various campaigns, most recently as the web developer for Jared Polis’ campaign for governor of Colorado. When she is not working, Hayley enjoys playing lacrosse, watching movies and discovering fun new restaurants.

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Kevin Singer

Director Of Advertising

A lover of live theatre and fried chicken, Kevin has conceptualized and executed award-winning digital campaigns across the country, including campaigns to support union workers during negotiations, end inequities in public schools, and ban plastic bags. As Veracity’s Director of Advertising, he works with candidates and progressive organizations on digital ads that cut through the noise and get results for persuasion, awareness, acquisition, and fundraising. Kevin graduated from U.C. Berkeley and currently resides in the Bay Area, where he spends his free time moonlighting as a professional actor and singer.

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Matilda Kiwanuka

People Operations Manager

Matilda (she/her) joined Veracity Media after helping build the Human Resources department from the ground up for a minority-owned, leading application and engineering consultancy firm based in the Washington, DC metro area which specializes in servicing federal, state, and local government agencies. Her experience in HR coupled with her educational background in Psychology and Counseling enables Matilda to bring forth a strong skillset of communication, empathy, compassion, analytics, discretion and ethics. As a champion of diversity, equity and belonging, Matilda plans to ignite these core values serving as the People Operations Manager. When she's off the clock, Matilda enjoys spending time with her family, cooking diverse dishes, crushing it at the gym, cheering on the Celtics, Patriots, Tom Brady and LeBron James, listening to music (90's R&B is always on rotation) and watching one of her many favorite TV shows. 

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Mariel Brown-Fallon

Lead Digital Strategist

Mariel (they/them or she/her) is a passionate progressive, award-winning email writer, and TikToker in-training. After graduating with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont, they jumped head-first into politics as an organizer with Bernie 2016. Following the 2016 cycle, Mariel spent three years at Change Media Group as a Digital Strategist helping Democrats and advocacy organizations navigate the digital space, raise money online, and bring home wins for their organizations. Offline, Mariel loves to ride their motorbike, take the dogs to the park, drink coffee, and see live music.

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Erica Griffin

Lead Digital Strategist

Based in sunny South Florida, she has spent four cycles building effective campaign strategies in both finance and management positions. From municipal to federal and nonprofit digital programs, Erica has done it all. No matter what the race, Erica brings her passion for flipping districts and dedication to providing data-driven strategy to every client. When not at her desk, Erica can be found working in her local community garden, running along the beach, trying out new coffee shops, or tackling a crochet project.

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Kristopher Banks

Lead Digital Strategist
Kris is a Michigander and proud graduate of Western Michigan University. His political and advocacy campaigns experience includes Gretchen Whitmer's first gubernatorial campaign and Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton's presidential runs. In his spare time, he listens to podcasts and is a RuPaul's Drag Race superfan. 
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Nate Victor

Web Developer

Nate, Veracity's developer and avid technologist, has been in web and software development for over 5 years. He was born and raised in Ohio and graduated from the Ohio State University with a B.S. in Biology. His interests include keeping pace with the ever-evolving technological landscape and outdoors activities such as snowboarding and backpacking.

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Jenna Wirkus

Graphic Designer

Jenna joined Veracity after doing digital with the Randy Bryce campaign in 2018. Proud Wisconsinite and UW-Madison Journalism alumna, Jenna believes in using the Internet for good. Graphic design and memes can go a long way if we’re smart and honest when building them. She was a rodeo queen in another life, but now she’s passionate about helping her team go all in for progressive causes. In her free time, you can catch her rooting for the Packers, blasting Dolly’s classics, and teaching herself songs on guitar.

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Cody Brant

Senior Digital Strategist
Cody is joining Veracity Media as a Senior Digital Strategist after working his way up in the digital field starting as an intern. He has led multiple high-profile digital campaigns, including helping to elect Maine's first female Governor Janet Mills and winning key races that helped Democrats take back Congress. Born in the Midwest with roots in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Cody is a city boy at heart and has since lived in Chicago, Denver and Washington D.C. 
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Kyra Rogan

Senior Digital Strategist
Kyra joined the Veracity team after spending three years working in client services at Chapman Cubine Allen + Hussey. During her time there, she worked on multi-channel fundraising programs for high-profile political campaigns and advocacy organizations including AARP, Elizabeth Warren for President, the Democratic Governors Association, and more. Prior to CCAH, Kyra earned her bachelor’s degree in Advertising & Public Relations from The Pennsylvania State University. In her free time, Kyra enjoys cooking, hiking, exploring all that D.C. has to offer, and spending time with her young pup, Chiquita.
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Mary Imgrund

Senior Digital Strategist
Mary is an award-winning, internationally published writer with a keen eye for digital and political strategy coming to Veracity with four years of digital experience. She earned her master's degree from American University in Political Communication, where she did original research into alt-right radicalization online. Through her diverse background, he's raised millions for progressive candidates and organizations through targeted email and ad campaigns and launched successful persuasion and social campaigns. Outside Veracity, she's an essayist, activist and artist. 
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Brianna Massey

Digital Advertising Strategist

Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Brianna earned a degree in political science and journalism from the George Washington University. During undergrad, Brianna served as a Digital Media intern for a Congressman and had experiences working for several publications in Michigan. In her free time, Brianna can be found scouring Yelp for the next best DC restaurant or finding new ways to incorporate greek yogurt into recipes. 

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Meg Connors

Digital Strategist
Meg (she/her/hers) joined Veracity after a super fun and challenging cycle in the Buckeye State. At the Ohio Democratic Party, Meg ran a statewide digital operation that supported candidates up and down the ballot, including now-Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Brunner. Originally from Virginia, Meg loves her Hokies *almost* as much as she loves electing Democrats. When Meg isn't working or doom-scrolling, she's giving endless attention to her miniature Schnauzer. 
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Alex Peña

Digital Advertising Strategist
As a D.C. area native, Alex always had politics in his backyard. After studying journalism and political science at Boston University, he came back home to get involved in progressive causes. During the 2020 cycle he helped run digital ads for numerous clients and was even a part of the Latino Paid Media team for the Biden-Harris campaign. After work is done for the day Alex likes to play Dungeons & Dragons, catch up on whatever book he's reading, and spoil his cat Honey. 
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Marsh Palin

Digital Strategist
Marsh is Digital Strategist at Veracity Media. Prior to joining Veracity, he worked in communications at Precision Strategies, advising and executing media strategy for national progressive and corporate leaders. A Vermont native, he graduated with a degree in Public Administration from George Mason University in 2018. Outside of work, he enjoys baking, hiking, and eating around D.C.  
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Rachel Maltz

Digital Strategist
Originally from Austin, Rachel graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Business Administration and a Masters in Communication Data Science. Prior to Veracity, she worked on several progressive campaigns and spent the last year at a digital strategy firm in DC. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys reading with her tea in hand, taking care of her plants, and exploring the city.
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Michael Ramirez

Digital Strategist

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael (he/him) grew up a dedicated Laker fan and an avid reader. He transferred from community college to UCLA, where he earned degrees in History and Political Science, and later a Masters’ Degree in International Relations. As a proud first-generation Salvadoran with immigrant parents, he understands the power of elected officials and ballots in shaping policy that affects everyday folks in their day to day. Michael is passionate about helping to elect and support those that fight every day for a government that works for everyone, so that everyone regardless of race, income, age, geographical district, socio-economic or immigration status, all have the opportunity to thrive. Prior to joining Veracity Media, Michael worked in the polling industry then transitioned to digital strategy. When not working, Michael enjoys rooting for the Lakers, playing ball at the park, reading radical and transformative books, watching documentaries, and binge watching classics like HIMYM and Friends.

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Amanda Knightly

Digital Strategist
Originally from Connecticut, Amanda (she/her) is now a dedicated Masshole. After attending Northeastern University, Amanda worked on Elizabeth Warren's 2018 Senate re-election. She continued on to the 2020 Presidential campaign, moving to New Hampshire to organize for Warren in the First in the Nation primary. She comes to Veracity from EveryAction/NGP, where she trained clients on digital tools and data management best practices. Outside of work, Amanda can be found playing with her English Springer at the dog park, browsing her favorite local bookstore, or improvising in her kitchen.
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Jenny Xu

Jr. Digital Strategist

A dedicated political creative and native New Yorker, Jenny (she/her) joins Veracity after graduating from Georgetown University with a major in Government and minors in History and Art. For the 2018 midterm election, she co-founded a super PAC to turn out the progressive youth vote. She can be found painting in her art studio or at the gym — usually blasting classic rock or disco.

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Adam Frank

Jr. Digital Strategist
Adam (he/him) joins Veracity after graduating cum laude from American University with a B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government. During undergrad, he interned across the digital space and gained experience in email, text, digital ads, and more. Adam has worked with clients up and down the ballot — from local races to presidential campaigns — as well as unions, nonprofits, and other organizations. He enjoys finding creative ways to communicate complex issues and give people the understanding they need to make informed decisions. When not working or on Twitter, you can find Adam cooking, walking through nature, or exploring the city with friends.
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Ananya Kalahasti

Digital Strategy Assistant

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Ananya (she/her) graduated this past May from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in public health and international studies. She is currently a first-year graduate student at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and is particularly interested in engaging the public about the impacts of elections and politics on pressing public health issues. Prior to interning at Veracity, she’s worked with nonprofits and campaigns in particularly addressing Asian American turnout and representation. When not in class or working, Ananya can usually be found cooking, boxing, or exploring another Baltimore with friends.

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Ella Chen

Digital Strategy Assistant
Ella (any pronouns) is a Political Science and Human Services double major at George Washington University. They’ve worked extensively in the reproductive rights space, with a particular focus on creating impactful issue campaigns around abortion-related legislation, and organizing online for reproductive justice. They also have experience working with small, grassroots organizations in the DMV area. Outside of work, Ella can be found defending the Venom franchise, making Chinese date tea, or reading about space.
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Marah Ajilat

Digital Advertising Assistant
Originally from Amman, Jordan, Marah (she/her) recently graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Politics and a double minor in International Affairs and French. Her passion for American politics and Frosted Flakes brought her to the US, where she gained internship experience on Capitol Hill and Embassy Row. She has worked extensively on expanding women's political participation in local government at home using her political science and communications background. When she's not working, Marah is typically making English muffins or wandering around the breakfast cereal aisle.
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