who we are

Our Mission


Ascend PAC is a 527 political action committee aimed at identifying and providing financial support to emerging Democratic candidates running for local office in Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. We view ourselves as an angel investment fund for Democratic politics: bringing together investors who believe in building the pipeline of future talent and providing them with unparalleled insights on talented candidates to support.

For more information, contact:
Hannah Roe Beck at

Our Team


HANNAH ROE BECK, Managing Director
Hannah joined Ascend’s team in January 2019 as Managing Director. She was born in St. Louis and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Hannah graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies. While still in school, she joined with several classmates to launch and later serve as the first Executive Director of MOVE San Antonio, an organization dedicated to empowering underrepresented youth communities through civic education, leadership development and issue advocacy; MOVE has since expanded to become a statewide organization and has nearly a dozen full-time staff members. Hannah then became the Development Director of the Martinez Street Women's Center, before being recruited to manage the successful campaigns of Judge Mary Lou Alvarez of the 45th District Court and Judge Monique Diaz, then candidate for Judge of Bexar County’s 150th District Court and one of our 2018 Ascend Endorsees.



DAVID BURD, Co-Founder
David Burd is an executive recruiter at the firm Heidrick & Struggles where he focuses on identifying talent for senior legal and government affairs roles.  He has spent over a decade involved in fundraising on behalf of Democratic causes and candidates, co-founding Young Lawyers for Obama; Gen44, the young professional arm of President Obama’s re-election campaign; and serving on the campaign’s National Finance Committee. 

He also serves as a founding Board Member and current Board Chair of the Millennial Action Project, an organization dedicated to promoting bipartisanship through millennial leadership.



TIM LIM, Co-Founder
Tim Lim is CEO of Lim Consulting Services LLC, which focuses on political strategy, organizational development, and fundraising. Tim most recently served as a Partner at Bully Pulpit Interactive (BPI), a full service marketing agency that works with political campaigns, corporations and advocacy organizations, as well as the President and Founder of Precision Network, a cutting edge media buying firm.

In addition to his campaign and digital media background, Tim brings a wealth of political fundraising experience:  he served as one of the Founding Co-Chairs for Gen44, the young professional arm of President Obama's re-election campaign and on the National Finance Committee of the Hillary for America campaign in 2016.


Leadership Team

Ascend's core team are the individuals investing their time to build Ascend from the ground up.  From organizing events, to enhancing our online presence, and recruiting others to get involved, Ascend's core team has been vital to standing up Ascend over the past number of months.

Donna Berry

David Burd

Andrew Byrnes

Chris Carstens

Tracy Cole

Eric Hirschhorn

Wyatt King

Kalpana Kotagal

Sam Levor

Tim Lim

Steven Newmark

Stephanie Schlatter

Todd Watkins

Julie White

Aaron Wodin-Schwartz

Nathaniel Yap