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Our Team

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Maurie Spooner (Operations Director) received her Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Houston. She's managed programs in local government and Houston-area non-profits. She is a passionate advocate for the incarcerated, their families and those returning to society.

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Kafi Martin (Strategic Partnerships Director) is an expert in marketing, branding and communications. She earned her Bachelors in Government from Harvard University and is focused on building partnerships that accelerate progressive agendas.

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Shelly Baker (Digital Organizing Director) has spent the last decade working on issues pertaining to foster care advocacy, climate justice, worker’s rights, and equity. She received her Bachelors in Sociology from the Uni. of VA and Masters in Social Work from VA Commonwealth University. 

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Mark Chonofsky (Tech Lead) is passionate about building democratic power as leader of Blockpower’s volunteer tech team. He earned his Ph.D. in Statistics from Oxford University and worked as an embedded tech specialist on Abigail Spanberger’s 2020 campaign for Congress.

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Karthik Balasubramanian (Co-founder) is an information systems professor at Howard University School of Business and veteran of numerous political campaigns for the past 12 years. He has a deep commitment to a truly inclusive American democracy. 

Our Partners

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