who we are
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Burd at email@example.com
Tim Lim at firstname.lastname@example.org
HANNAH ROE BECK
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.
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.
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.
Blaine and Terry Aikin
David and Stacey Brodsky
David and Rose Donovan
Diane Ryan Katz
Diane Ryan Katz
Ted and Mary Breasted Smyth
Merryl and Steve Weber
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
Program Director of Candidate Recruitment and Campaign Services, Texas Democratic Party
Virginia Advisory Board
Pennsylvania Advisory Board
PA State Representative, 181st Legislative District
Chief of Staff to Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto
National Alumnae Director, Emerge America
Executive Director, Philadelphia 3.0
Political and Campaign Consultant, Ampersand Consulting
Executive Director at Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee
Ascend Partner Network
Ascend Network Partners are organizations we work with to support emerging Democratic candidates: