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 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

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


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