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:

Hannah Roe Beck at hannah@ascendpac.com

David Burd at david@ascendpac.com

Tim Lim at tim@ascendpac.com


Our Team



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 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 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.



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

Alex Elman

George Farah

Sam Levor

Steven Newmark

Stephanie Schlatter

Aaron Wodin-Schwartz

Greg Spielberg

Sara Valenzuela

Todd Watkins

Julie White

Nathaniel Yap


Founding Members

Founding Members, Co-Chairs, and Chairs are Ascend's earliest and most important supporters.  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 -- to raise or donate $2,500 (Members), $5,000 (Co-Chairs), or $10,000 (Chairs) by the end of 2018.  These supporters have given Ascend the critical start-up capital to have an impact in 2017 and 2018 while laying the groundwork to grow in 2019 and beyond.

Founding Chairs

David Burd   

Michelle Coyle  

George Farah  

Tim Lim     

Rick Rome 

Francisco Sanchez

Jim Spencer

Nathaniel Yap

Founding Co-Chairs

Scott Allen

Jarret Berg

Andrew Byrnes

Sammy Chu

Mike Gillespie

Lauren Glant

Ben Klubes

Richard Mark

Jennifer McDowell

Shekar Narasimhan

Todd Watkins

Julie White

Julian Yap


Founding Members

Blaine and Terry Aikin

Raul Alvillar

Ted Anastasiou

Anurima Bhargava

Diana Banks

Ken Biberaj

David and Stacey Brodsky

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

Dustin Campbell

Mike Castellano

Chris Chan

Tracy Cole

Francis Colon

Nate Cushman

Mike Doerr

David and Rose Donovan

Drew Eldredge-Martin

Justin Elghanayan

Mike Farah

Irma Fernandez

Josh Galper

Tyler Gellasch

Will Gillespie 

Lee Gochman

Andrew Greenberg

Maura Harway

Christian Hassold

Eric Hirschhorn

Ash Jamali

Will Johnson

Amanda Kane

Diane Ryan Katz

Ali Kim

Andrew Korge

Sam Levor

Nathaniel Parks

John Piotrowski

Andrew Krebs-Smith

Nicholas McCoy

Mike McVicker

Michelle Millben

Matt Morningstar 

Jeff Nelson

Sonja Nesbit

Steven Newmark

Varun Nikore

Joe Ortega

Jo Osterhout

Lance Polivy

Russ Rampersand

Jeff Rapp

Bob Raymar

Jo Recht

Chelsea Roe

Diane Ryan Katz

Stephanie Schlatter

Courtney Seiloff

Russell Semmel

Seema Shah

Carl Shepard

Jeff Skinner

Sarah Slamen

Ted and Mary Breasted Smyth

Nick Smyth

Sylvia Strikis

Josh Teitelbaum

Nicole Tichon

Beth Tomasello

Sara Valenzuela

Merryl and Steve Weber

Evan Wessel

Molly White

Aaron Wodin-Schwartz

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 worked closely with a number of leaders in our third state of Pennsylvania in 2018, and are about to announce our PA Advisory Board shortly. 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


Chelsea Roe

Founder & CEO, Leaven Strategies Group


Virginia Advisory Board

Julie Copeland

Executive Director, Emerge Virginia


Mike Doerr

President, Bowie Consulting

Julie Jakopic

Chair, Virginia’s List

Dan Lagana

Political Consultant, Northern Virginia

Christopher Lewis

Member, Alexandria City School Board

Kees Nordin

Former Political Director, Democratic Party of Virginia

Trevor Southerland

Deputy Executive Director, Virginia House Democratic Caucus


Pennsylvania Advisory Board


Malcolm Kenyatta

PA State Representative, 181st Legislative District


Dan Gilman

Chief of Staff to Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto


Anne Wakabayashi

National Alumnae Director, Emerge America


Ali Perelman

Executive Director, Philadelphia 3.0


Matt Merriman-Preston

Political and Campaign Consultant, Ampersand Consulting


Nathan Davidson

Executive Director at Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee


Ascend Partner Network

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