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, including school board, city council, mayor, and state legislature.

 

For more information, contact:

David Burd at david@ascendpac.com

Tim Lim at tim@ascendpac.com

 
 

Our Team

 
 
 

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.

CONTACT
david@ascendpac.com

 
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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.

CONTACT
tim@ascendpac.com

 
 
 

Core 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.

 

Jarret Berg

Andrew Byrnes

Mike Doerr

Alex Elman

George Farah

Steven Newmark

Stephanie Schlatter

Aaron Wodin-Schwartz

Greg Spielberg

Sara Valenzuela

Julie White

 
 
 

Founding Members

Founding Members, Co-Chairs, and Chairs are Ascend's earliest and most important investors.  They believe deeply in our long-term vision of building up our bench and our Party, and have stepped up and made both a financial donation and a commitment to make that vision a reality.  Founding Members agree to donate or raise $2,500 over the next year; Founding Co-Chairs agree to donate or raise $5,000 over the next year; and Founding Chairs agree to donate or raise $10,000 over the next year.  These supporters have given Ascend the critical start-up capital to have an impact in 2017, and the financial base to continue to grow in 2018.

 
 

Founding Chairs

David Burd   

Michelle Coyle  

George Farah  

Tim Lim     

Rick Rome 

Francisco Sanchez

Founding Co-Chairs

Scott Allen

Jarret Berg

Sammy Chu

 
 
 

Founding Members

 

Raul Alvillar

Ted Anastasiou

Anurima Bhargava

Diana Banks

Ken Biberaj

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

Andrew Byrnes

Dustin Campbell

Mike Castellano

Chris Chan

Tracy Cole

Francis Colon

Nate Cushman

Mike Doerr

Drew Eldredge-Martin

Justin Elghanayan

Mike Farah

Irma Fernandez

Josh Galper

Tyler Gellasch

Will Gillespie

Lee Gochman

 

Andrew Greenberg

Colin Harris

Maura Harway

Christian Hassold

Jamie Hoag

Ash Jamali

Will Johnson

Amanda Kane

Ali Kim

Andrew Korge

Nathaniel Parks

John Piotrowski

Andrew Krebs-Smith

Joe Maloney

Richard Mark

Nicholas McCoy

Mike McVicker

Michelle Millben

Jeff Nelson

Sonja Nesbit

Steven Newmark

Varun Nikore

Jo Osterhout

 

Lance Polivy

Russ Rampersand

Jeff Rapp

Bob Raymar

Chelsea Roe

Stephanie Schlatter

Courtney Seiloff

Russell Semmel

Seema Shah

Carl Shepard

Jeff Skinner

Sarah Slamen

Sylvia Strikis

Josh Teitelbaum

Nicole Tichon

Beth Tomasello

Sara Valenzuela

Todd Watkins

Evan Wessel

Julie White

Aaron Wodin-Schwartz

Nat Yap

 
 
 

State Advisory Boards

 

Our approach to candidate identification is all about leveraging local insights and knowledge - partnering with like-minded organizations and community and political leaders who know their states well to help identify rising stars.  Towards that end, for Texas and Virginia, our first two states in 2017, we have built out Advisory Boards to help us do just that; we're currently building out our Advisory Board in our new, third state of Pennsylvania.  These individuals represent a sampling of the leaders we are working with to gain insights on local talent.

 
 
 

Texas Advisory Board

 

Monica Gomez

Political Director, Annie’s List

Greg Casar

 Member, Austin City Council

Yvonne Gutierrez

 Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes
 

Amanda Nelson

 Political Director with the Texas American Federation of Teachers

Cliff Walker

 Program Director of Candidate Recruitment and Campaign Services, Texas Democratic Party

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Chelsea Roe

Founder & CEO, Leaven Strategies Group

 
 

Virginia Advisory Board

 

Julie Copeland

Executive Director, Emerge Virginia

 

Dan Lagana

Political Consultant, Northern Virginia

 

Mike Doerr

President, Bowie Consulting

 

Christopher Lewis

Member, Alexandria City School Board

 

Trevor Southerland

Deputy Executive Director, Virginia House Democratic Caucus
 

Julie Jakopic

Chair, Virginia’s List

 

Kees Nordin

Former Political Director, Democratic Party of Virginia
 

 
 

Ascend Partner Network

 

Ascend Network Partners are organizations we work with to support emerging Democratic candidates: