Fuse is the state's largest progressive organization - people creating change online, on the ground, and on issues that matter.

Our goals at Fuse are to help progressives win more often and give ordinary people a strong voice in politics. We aim to provide organizing and communications power that helps progressives win critical issue and electoral campaigns in the present, while strengthening the foundation for increased success over time. There are four basic strategies we use to help win campaigns and build long-term progressive success:

  1. Organizing: We mobilize grassroots activists online and offline; we build councils of local leaders in key areas that drive the state's balance of power; and we organize political donors. We also organize coalitions when leveraging collaboration is critical to a campaign's success and Fuse is strategically well positioned to do so.
  2. Communications: We deliver stories and messages that move people through new media and the news media, and we train others in the progressive community to communicate more effectively as well. We also produce high quality research to support targeted campaigns and understand our opponents.
  3. Increasing accountability and promoting leadership: We hold decision-makers' feet to the fire when they let voters down, and we back leaders who fuel progress.
  4. Targeting the obstacles to progress: Our highest priority is to solve the political problems that hold everyone back.

Fuse has several strengths as an organization that fuel our work:

  • A culture of innovation and creativity: we always aim to be an innovation engine and a game changer.
  • Long-term timeline and a focus on movement and capacity building: our strategies are designed to build long-term power for progressives in Washington, while delivering short-term results.
  • Speed & Nimbleness: we possess a dynamic flexibility to tackle urgent challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

Frequent Asked Questions

  • What does Fuse stand for? Fuse isn't actually an acronym. The idea for the name came from a) "fusion" or people coming together and b) a fuse that acts as a catalyst.
  • When was Fuse founded? Fuse was founded in 2007 to help change the political landscape in Washington State. We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary this year.
  • Where does Fuse work? Fuse is a Washington state focused organization. The current landscape has caused us to increase our advocacy at the federal level, however our main focus is advocating for progressive reforms at the state and local level and building the progressive movement here at home.
  • How many people work at Fuse? We currently have 15 staff positions. This includes communicators, organizers, and campaign-related positions.

Our board

Adam Glickman

is Director of Public Affairs for SEIU Healthcare 775NW, the long-term care workers union representing 30,000 home care and nursing home workers in Washington and Montana. As director of Public Affairs he oversees SEIU Healthcare 775NW's political, legislative, community outreach, and media relations work. Adam grew up on the East Coast and became involved in labor and other social justice work while at Wesleyan University. After graduating, he worked in New York doing communications and political work, including as the Communications Director for New York's Working Families Party. He has two wonderful children - Micah and Asher.

Adriane Leithauser

is a lifelong Spokane resident, and holds a BA and MA in Philosophy along with an MBA from Gonzaga University. As a Professor of Business Ethics at Gonzaga University she enjoys developing future leaders who will shape and serve their communities. Adriane represents Fuse as the co-chair of the Spokane Alliance Public Safety Committee and the statewide planning team for the Building a Better Washington Campaign while also playing a lead role in our work on mental health and criminal justice reform and reforming the state budget and tax system. Adriane loves to run and is a long time member of the Inland Empire Blues Society. She and her husband, Brian, are avid pool players and host an annual Kentucky Derby party fundraiser for race horse rescue.

Aiko Schaefer

Aiko is a faculty member at the University of Washington graduate school of Social Work where she teaches public policy and non-profit management courses. Aiko also brings varied expertise and experience together as a strategic consultant to non-profits, foundations, government programs and political campaigns. One of her more notable projects involved initiating and coordinating Front & Centered, a coalition of communities of color coming together to shape state climate change policies. Aiko has run large-scale multi-state campaigns with deep roots in marginalized communities. Prior to Aiko's work in the Pacific NW, she worked across the US directing and developing state and national environmental campaigns and played leading roles on partisan campaigns at the state and congressional levels.

Candace Inagi

brings over two decades of experience in elections, organizing, fundraising and lobbying on issues such as environment/environmental justice, labor, immigrant rights, and long term care issues. A Los Angeles native, she moved to Seattle in 2002 to join a core team organizing to win a new union, SEIU 775NW, now a union of 30,000 home care and nursing home workers. Since then, she has managed field and provided fundraising support for Dow Constantine for King County Executive, Bob Ferguson for KC Council, Mike McGinn for Mayor, and served as OneAmerica's Deputy Director helping to build a year round civic engagement and new citizen voter education campaign across immigrant communities. Most recently, she served as Senior Advisor for External Affairs for Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, and now works as Development Director for Asian Counseling and Referral Service. She helped found CT League of Conservation Voters and served on the boards of LA Center for Law & Justice, Communities for a Better Environment, the Environmental Justice Resource Center, Liberty Hill Foundation Environmental Justice Fund, OneAmerica, JACL–Seattle, and Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Engagement (APACE).

Dean Nielsen

Dean is principal of Cerillion N4 Partners, a political consulting and government relations firm where he works for political, non-profit, union and corporate clients in Washington State, across the country and around the world. Formerly, he was National Political Director for Progressive Majority, where he and his staff recruited, trained and elected more than 1,000 progressive champions. Dean is a career politico, having worked in various capacities on more than 250 campaigns throughout the Western United States and Eastern Europe starting with Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign. His lengthy client list includes Governor Gary Locke (WA), Solidarity Party (Poland), the Gore/Lieberman Campaign, as well as issue campaigns for groups such as EMILY's List, National Education Association, Wellstone Action!, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, SEIU, Harborview Hospital, PCCC and the Democratic Party in several states. In addition to campaigns, he helped build and expand a grassroots and grasstops lobbying program for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, conceived and launched the Institute for a Democratic Future, did qualitative research for several casinos in Las Vegas, managed a crisis communications project for a Fortune 500 company and does a variety of projects for several clean energy companies.

Jeff Hansen

Jeff is a marketing professional and business strategist currently working for Microsoft's Chief Marketing Officer where he leads the company's brand strategy function. In over 20 years at Microsoft Jeff has developed a deep and diverse set of skills across a range professions including human resources, advertising, brand and image management, market research, marketing communications, PR and crisis management, product management, and leading the company's "marketing profession excellence" function. Prior to rejoining the central marketing group, Jeff spent five years working for Microsoft's "Chief Software Architect", where he was focused on helping implement advanced technologies and computing scenarios that are critical to the company's long term success. Jeff is a Seattle native. He had a decade long hiatus in Oregon during which he graduated from the University of Oregon with honors in Psychology and Sociology. Jeff returned to Seattle in 1991 having a short career in the legal profession before joining Microsoft later that year. Jeff currently resides in Bellevue with his wife and two boys. He is currently past President of the Bellevue Schools Foundation, a member of the U of O regional council, a Social Venture Partner, and a frequent guest speaker at various universities.

Kristin Elia

Kristin has spent her career focused on progressive organizing, advocacy, and electoral work. She is currently a consultant working on progressive issue advocacy and community engagement campaigns. Prior to this, she spent over four years at AFT Washington where she directed the political advocacy program. Kristin is an East Coast native, growing up in New Jersey and Maine. After college, she began work on environmental advocacy with NJ PIRG and then Environment America in Washington, D.C. In 2010, she moved to Seattle to join Fuse Washington as the Organizing Director and promptly fell in love with the rain, the coffee, and that very large mountain to the south. She also serves as the VP at Large on the board of Seattle Works. Outside of work you can find her hiking or snowshoeing and giving her full 90 at a Sounders game.

Kurt Guenther

has helped clients reach the audiences they want with the messages they need to get results for more than 20 years. Known for his enthusiasm and openness to new ideas, Kurt combines research with savvy about people in his broadcast, print, Internet, and overall strategy work. Health, education, conservation, women's rights, workers' rights, freedom of speech, national service, new sciences and world relief & development are among issues Kurt has worked with clients to promote, as well as Presidential, Senate and Gubernatorial candidates. Kurt is a founder of doingsomething, an all-volunteer network featured in the national media, two-term member of the Partner Board at his children's public school, chair of communications for the board of the Washington Environmental Council, and a baseball/swimming/soccer dad. Kurt attended Occidental College and Boston University, where he graduated summa cum laude from the School of Public Communication with graduate work in advocacy.

Lily Wilson-Codega

Lily is the Political Director of Teamsters Joint Council 28, the parent body of twelve Teamster Locals representing approximately 56,000 Union members across Washington State, Alaska, and northern Idaho.Before joining Joint Council 28, Wilson-Codega was the Political Action Coordinator for Teamsters Local 117, where she organized statewide political action committees, mobilized thousands of Union members to attend lobbying events in Olympia, and coordinated the organization's political endorsement process. Wilson-Codega also worked on Seattle's paid sick leave ordinance at the Economic Opportunity Institute, and she coordinated the political program at the ML King County Labor Council for several years.

Maria Bocanegra

Maria is currently an immigration attorney at the law offices of Gonzales, Gonzales & Gonzales. Originally from Guatemala, she has lived in the Seattle area for over 20 years. As an immigrant herself, she understands and empathizes with the challenges and struggles faced by members of underserved communities, and she is committed to eliminating the many barriers that prevent them from fully participating in society. Maria received her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2011 and her B.A. from the University of Washington in 2008. Outside of work, you can find Maria planning her next traveling adventure.

Phyllis Izant

Phyllis is a former major gifts fundraiser in higher education. She moved to University Place, Washington in 2000 after a development career with Kent School in Kent, Connecticut and Purdue University. Since arriving in Washington State, she has volunteered her time with various local organizations with missions that match her progressive values, serving on the boards of the YWCA Pierce County, the Tacoma Art Museum, and Community Health Care. She also serves on the Board of Advocates for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. She is a member of the Tacoma Branch of AAUW and serves as Treasurer and College Relations liaison for the branch.

Ruth Lipscomb

Ruth is a community activist and volunteer. She grew up in Oregon and after college came to Washington to work as a software engineer. Ruth is a founding board member of the Progress Alliance of Washington and is a trustee of Sightline Institute. In her spare time she gardens, fosters kittens, travels and tries to find time to exercise and read.

Sarah Worley

Sarah is a Program Manager in Worldwide Operations for Amazon. Over the past eight years, Sarah has dedicated herself to serving veterans. In 2009 Sarah worked as a constituent services representative in the office of Congressman Walt Minnick (ID-01) where she specialized in veteran and military affairs, immigration, and housing; managing more than 150 cases weekly. Sarah has also time with Hiring Our Heroes (HOH), a grassroots initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Sarah created and expanded an inaugural program for HOH, connecting transitioning military with fellowships with corporate companies such as Amazon, USAA, Verizon, GE, and more. Sarah holds a B.A. in Political Science from Western Washington University. She currently resides in Seattle, WA where she spends her time volunteering and staying actively civically engaged.

Suone Cotner

Suone lived in Washington DC for ten years prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1983. Once here, Cotner served as President of the Mt. Baker Group, a fundraising and public affairs consulting company. As a consultant for 14 years, Cotner advised clients on fundraising strategy, and designed and supervised the implementation of both short term and long term fundraising plans to raise between $250,000 and $12 million. In 1997, she joined the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, now the Washington State Association for Justice, which represents attorneys and professionals in the legal field committed to champion the cause of those who deserve redress for injury to person, property or civil rights. As the Development Director and now Deputy Director, she is responsible for the organization's major donor and special project fundraising efforts.

Tom Miller

Tom is a retired professional software developer who worked at Digital Equipment Corporation and worked at Microsoft between 1989 until 2012. He is an expert in file systems and storage, and was a key developer of Microsoft Windows NT. Mr. Miller enjoys skiing, sailing, hiking and traveling with his wife and two sons. He has been an avid supporter of Save the Children for about 30 years, and has visited programs in Azerbaijan and Georgia, Myanmar (Burma), Malawi, Bhutan and the United States. He has participated in a Jimmy Carter Habitat for the Humanities build in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and another Habitat build in Guatemala. His humanitarian priorities are the chief fuel for his passion for progressive politics!

Our staff

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Aaron Ostrom

Executive Director

Aaron is the master of "strategery" behind Fuse and its innovative campaigns to move progress forward in Washington state. Before helping to launch Fuse in 2007, Aaron served for eight years as the Executive Director of Futurewise, an organization dedicated to protecting rural areas and natural resources from irresponsible development and making cities great places to live. Aaron was a co-founder and Director of the Transportation Choices Coalition and also worked as a manager in the City of Seattle's Strategic Planning Office. He serves on the board of Progress Now and Win/Win, and has served as a board member of Smart Growth America and several other non-profits. He has chaired and/or played a critical leadership role in several statewide and regional ballot measure campaigns. Aaron has a B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University. In his off-time, Aaron plays basketball with other slow old men and aspires to more enthusiastically celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day. He and his family, including sons Cole and Desmond, live in Seattle.

Alison Cheung

Alison Cheung

Communications & Community Engagement Specialist

Alison Cheung, Communications and Community Engagement Specialist, helps Washingtonians tell their stories to build a statewide narrative for change. An islander at heart, Alison calls both Hong Kong and Bainbridge Island home. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she worked on education accessibility for marginalized youth and yelled a lot about racist housing covenants. Alison is into quilting, racial justice, podcasts, bikes, books, education, and other people's dogs. When she's not in the office, you can find her in the produce aisle or trying to get other people to ride bikes with her.

Anastasia Taylor

Anastasia Taylor

Development Coordinator

Anastasia works to build and engage Fuse supporters. She is passionate about progressive change, social justice movements, and holding politicians accountable. Anastasia has a B.A in International Affairs and Social Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. Prior to working with Fuse Anastasia has worn many hats interning with Seward Park Audubon Center, Washington Environmental Council, Hamomi Children's Centre, and CODEPINK. When Anastasia isn't involved in activist work she loves kayaking, biking, reading historical fiction, and exploring Seattle for the best happy hour.

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Ashley Myrriah

Communications and Research Specialist

Ashley Myrriah works to build up Fuse Washington's robust communications and earned media operation and is our resident self-proclaimed board game champion. She got her start in advocacy fundraising on behalf of the Democratic National Committee while at Grassroots Campaigns during the 2008 general election. Ashley Myrriah is currently earning her Master's of Digital Media at University of Washington and has a B.A. in Government & Politics. When she is not singing the music of Hamilton, you can find Ashley Myrriah mobilizing her neighbors and friends around racial justice and immigration reform.

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Collin Jergens

Communications Director

Collin leads Fuse's earned media, social media, and email programs, as well as the Progressive Voters Guide. Collin has a B.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in Communications, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University. Prior to joining Fuse in 2010, Collin worked at a startup technology company in Washington, D.C. before hitting the road to work as a field organizer for the presidential campaign of then Senator Barack Obama. Collin loves spreadsheets, statistical significance, and A/B testing most things in life.

Desiree Wilkins Finch

Desiree Wilkins Finch

Pierce County Organizer

Desiree Wilkins Finch was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. As a graduate of The Ohio State University, she earned a BA in West African and African American studies. Desiree holds a MA in Transformational Leadership with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle University.

As Fuse’s Pierce County Organizer, Desiree’s mission is to build leaders to resist Trump’s agenda, lead efforts to clean up our state’s upside-down tax code, and help progressives win back key local offices. Desiree will also play a leading role in implementing Fuse’s racial equity plan by enabling Fuse to become a strong ally with under-represented communities in Pierce County.

Desiree’s mantra is that leaders drive values, values drive behaviors, and behaviors drive a community. She believes that humanity has been given the task to care of each other. Desiree has faith in the collectivism of faith and community and has spent more than 10 years as an organizer spreading a message of hope, action, and change. In her spare time, Desiree is a flautist and enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

Erin Louis

Erin Louis

CPA

Erin found it harder to come out as an accountant than it was to come out to her friends and family. After beginning her accounting career in 2009 at Christensen Consulting, LLC, the former professional Texas Hold' Em poker dealer has finally committed to her love of numbers and sound fiscal policy full time by starting her own business, Advocate Accounting, LLC. She has been a board member of Stonewall Youth as the treasurer as well as Capital City Pride and Budd Bay Rugby Football Club. Erin received a degree from Evergreen State College and is a licensed CPA. She is obsessed with Asian food and karaoke and still plays a good game of poker from time to time, but don't worry, she doesn't gamble when it comes to accounting.

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Gavin MacPherson

Visual Design Specialist

Gavin strives to mediate a clear, unique, and effective voice that is supported by sound design. He is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer who began his formal studies in the applied arts at Pratt Art Institute where he developed a taste for digital mediums. Since life is never a straight line, he enlisted in the United States Navy as a Submariner. Upon realizing that being under the ocean for long periods of time is less fun then drawing pictures he separated from the Navy. He completed his degree in Communication and Design at the Art Institute of Seattle and has worked for Planned Parenthood, Woodland Park Zoo, and several other progressive groups. When he isn't creating for the greater good, he cherishes his time with his family cooking, dancing, and nerding-out to Sci-fi and Fantasy.

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Jackie Vaughn

Racial Equity Program Coordinator

Jackie works to create structures and processes that the progressive community can use to center Communities of Color in their policy and organizing work. Jackie has a B.A. in Race and Culture Studies and has used her degree to use academic theory to bring intersectionality and critical race theory to her organizing and campaign work. Before joining Fuse, Jackie worked on the Mass Transit Now Campaign and before that was an organizer for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. Jackie also has worked as a grassroots organizer around issues of police brutality and the prison industrial complex, racial equity in higher education, and immigration reform. Jackie is adamant about ensuring her organizing work follows the principles that those closest to the issues have the solutions to the issues.

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Jamielyn Wheeler

Campaign Director

Jamie works to build a bigger and stronger progressive movement through electoral and issue campaigns at Fuse. Prior to joining the Fuse team, she worked as a Government Affairs consultant during the 2014 legislative session after which she managed a legislative campaign in the 26th LD of Pierce and Kitsap counties. Jamie is an Olympia native and graduate of the University of Washington Seattle, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Communication. Jamie dreams of having the super power of Omnilinguism, so she could travel around the world without having to worry about any language barriers.

Jessica Hartman

Jessica Hartman

Development Associate

Jessica is the newest addition to the Fuse Development Team and is excited to help build a stronger progressive movement through engaging donors. Jessica was born and raised in sunny and stormy Singapore. Although she misses the abundance of tropical fruit and street food vendors, she is in her fifth year of living in Seattle and happily calls the Pacific Northwest home. A recent graduate of the University of Washington, she majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Environmental Science and Resource Management. In her free time, you might find Jessica in a park with a backpack full of natural history books or finding new lunch spots with her mom.

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Jim Dawson

Program Director

Jim works to engage grassroots activists and leaders in our democracy to make sure it works the way it is supposed to. He most recently worked for three and a half years as the Field Director of the Washington Toxics Coalition. He has directed the grassroots campaigns for groundbreaking victories, including passing the nation's best standards for toxic chemicals in kids' products and a first-in-the-nation ban on toxic flame retardants. Jim has worked for the past 10 years for non-profit organizations on the state, national, and international level. In his spare time, he likes to chase his dog through the woods and mountains of the Northwest, pretend to be a carpenter, and learn how to grow, cook, and preserve yummy organic local foods. He is proud to report that he has yet to die from botulism or get really sick from his forays into local eating. He lives in Spokane, WA in a passive solar straw-bale home he designed and built.

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Lauren Currin

Development Director

Lauren works to engage Fuse donors and support programs that create a more progressive Washington state. In other words, she brings in the monies. Prior to joining the team at Fuse, she worked with RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and Communitywise Bellingham on water quality and climate change projects. Lauren had her first introduction to politics in 2012, managing a legislative campaign in Whatcom County's 42nd LD. Lauren is a Spokane native and a graduate of the University of Washington, where she earned a BS in Environmental Science and Resource Management. When she's not out running, walking, or otherwise traveling on foot through the streets of Seattle, she enjoys hiking, yoga, volunteering, and attending other non-profit leaders' fundraisers so they will come to hers.

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Lori Kessler

Bookkeeper and Operations Manager

Lori does the financial, human resources, and administrative support work that keeps Fuse running smoothly. She graduated from American University with a BA in International Studies and earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. She's originally from Illinois, and although she has lived in Seattle since 2009 she's still convinced that it's unreasonably hilly. Prior to joining Fuse, she worked with nonprofits including the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the League of Women Voters of Washington. Lori enjoys countering biphobia and getting alarmingly enthusiastic about fictional characters.

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Marquese "Skinny" Averett

Senior Organizer for Trump Resistance

Marquese is an activist by passion and an organizer by training. Born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, he is no stranger of taking on tough issues. He has worked on many campaigns (from electoral to issue based) all across the country. Before starting with Fuse, he worked with the New Georgia Project, League of Conservation Voters, and the Washington State Dems. He attended Fort Valley State University studying Political Science. He is also a graduate of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute for Campaigns and Elections and Leadership Columbus. He enjoys volunteering, cooking and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Morgan Steele

Senior Political Organizer

Morgan is Fuse's eternal optimist who hustles in the field to motivate volunteers, engage voters, and ensure more progressive wins. She graduated from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC in 2013. After growing up with a mother and two grandmothers that worked as nurses, her passion for health care access for all led her to complete more than 350 hours of community service and conduct an independent public health research project in the indigenous communities of Chile. Since college, her work has taken her around the United States and includes implementing the Affordable Care Act for Planned Parenthood, organizing for Hillary Clinton's campaign for president, and most recently, working on the winning Honest Elections Seattle campaign at Fuse. Morgan is a fluent Spanish speaker who miraculously survived being bit by a scorpion while walking barefoot (like the hippie she is) through the desert of La Paz on the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. When she's not wishing she had the ability to make happy hour snacks and wine appear out of thin air, Morgan can be found playing rugby for the Emerald City Mudhens, exploring the beautiful PNW wilderness, and dancing a funky jig.

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Rumeal Lovell

Web Developer and Technology Manager

Rumeal is excited to be managing Fuse's email and web properties as well as producing Fuse's web content. He's looking forward to bringing his admittedly nerdy passion for responsive web design, optimizing websites for mobile, and data analysis to the online team at Fuse. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Rumeal moved to Washington in 2005. He graduated from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) in December 2013 with a degree in Management Information Systems. In addition to his work at Fuse, Rumeal manages a design firm that both creates and consults with clients on new responsive design techniques. In his free time, he watches lots of sports ball, including his hopeful rooting for future Super Bowl champion Atlanta Falcons, and can rattle off arbitrary sports trivia that normal people shouldn't know. He also enjoys reading books and attending seminars that teach about the latest trends in web and database development...it's fun, he swears.

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Spencer Olson

Communications Hub Director

Spencer is a Washington native who supports local organizations in crafting compelling campaign narratives and stories to win progressive change. Spencer, a graduate of George Washington University, participated in an intensive environmental organizing fellowship after college, working on several pressing campaigns. Most recently, Spencer worked at a youth HIV/AIDS nonprofit supporting LGBTQ youth in the fight against HIV and STIs. When not at work, Spencer can be found biking around Seattle, spending time outdoors, and beating his friends at board games.

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Stephanie Spence

Digital Communications Specialist

Stephanie makes Fuse look good online. She is one of the primary researchers and writers of the Progressive Voters Guide; she also writes content for Fuse's email, supports the organizers' actions out in the field, and poses the office dogs for Instagram. She graduated with a degree in environmental sciences and worked in the Midwest on conservation issues before moving to the Pacific Northwest. When she's not in the office, she's usually off drawing, complaining about hiking, and writing children's books and science fiction audiodrama.

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Steven Kelly

Senior Organizing Consultant

Steve Kelly is a native Washingtonian and grew up in Boston Harbor outside of Olympia. He is a retired UPS driver and Teamster of 31 years.

Steve has a long history of organizing within the labor and political spheres. Prior to joining Fuse, Steve served as an elected trustee and executive board member of Teamsters Local 252 and as a member of the Teamster-UPS negotiating committee. As a dedicated labor movement builder, Steve worked as a Field Organizer with the Washington State Labor Council, Political Coordinator with DRIVE, and Chief Union Officer within the Tumwater UPS facility. Steve started volunteering with Fuse Washington in 2011.

Steve stands behind the idea that the road to a more progressive Washington runs through Pierce County. He believes that Washington must fix its upside-down tax code in order to create thriving communities and have increased equity in Washington state. As the Senior Organizing Consultant, Steve engages grassroots leaders and activists to support campaigns that build thriving communities in Pierce County and Washington state.