Kane Miller joined DigiDems after more than ten years in Democratic organizing. A veteran of both Obama campaigns and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 race, he most recently served as Early States Director for Elizabeth Warren’s presidential primary bid. He’s also managed successful legislative and congressional campaigns around the country, often alongside his rescue dog John Marshall.
Shahin comes to DigiDems after 10 years in IT network administration and security for many prestigious art dealers, galleries, and artist foundations in New York City. During DigiDems’ 2018 electoral program, he worked as a campaign technology specialist for Congressman Mike Levin’s historic victory in California’s 49th congressional district. A friend of the dachshund, he enjoys domestic pizza strictly within an 86-mile radius of Lombardi’s, and considers grueling slates of nightly European musical performances “vacation.”
Since her first job at her university’s IT helpdesk, Julia has been passionate about helping people get the most out of their experience using technology. In her current role at DigiDems, she is focused on cybersecurity implementation for campaigns and political groups. Julia previously worked with DigiDems in their inaugural 2018 political cycle, working with the MI-11 Haley Stevens campaign, and then continued to work in Rep. Haley Stevens’ official congressional office as a technology specialist. When not meditating on the superiority of Detroit pizza over that of Chicago and New York, Julia enjoys drawing, playing DnD, and hanging out with her cat, dog, and husband.
As one of the first employees of DigiDems, Annie has worn many hats at the organization. First as the Political Coordinator, she helped launch the Inaugural 2018 Electoral program, then as a campaign DigiDem herself in 2020. Her first job on a campaign was Deputy Data Director in her home state of California for Elizabeth Warren’s presidential primary bid. Currently, Annie is a Security Specialist working to improve the security posture of campaigns and organizations within the Democratic ecosystem. You can find her every Sunday morning at a farmers market.
Josue discovered his passion for politics early on and enjoys discussing all things political and public transportation, from polling trends to the electrification of rail systems. Graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in Latin American Studies, he brings a passion for increasing diversity & access within the political space, as well as a focus on equity and inclusivity. A native Bay Area resident, Josue loves foggy mornings, views & vistas, and the Warriors.
Joelle BarriosDirector of People Operations, Zinc Collective
Joelle comes to Zinc Collective from her most recent role as the head of People Operations at an entertainment company, where she built the department from the ground up. Previously, she spent 11 years of her career in the education space and is excited to be back in a mission-driven environment. Joelle has her BA in English and Latin American studies and her MS in Human Resources, as well as her SHRM-SCP and SPHR certifications. She has played in bands since she was a teenager and is a Once And Future karaoke enthusiast.
Kelly BiggsDeputy Development Director, Zinc Collective
Kelly comes to Zinc Collective with experience raising critical funds for candidates, committees, progressive organizations, and nonprofits, most recently leading the Membership Services and Planned Giving team at EMILY’s List. A proud Vermonter, Kelly can be found taking (too many) photos of her rescue pups, Brody and Ella, or reading a cookbook.
Matt Hodges joined Zinc Collective as the Head of Technology after more than ten years blending Technology and Democratic politics. Matt was the Engineering Director for Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign and built software for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Prior to Democratic politics, Matt worked in the tech industry as a software engineer. Matt holds a BS in Computer Science from Miami University. Matt considers himself to be extremely on Twitter and occasionally on Peloton.
Michelle Kleppe-WelldeManaging Director of Strategy and Programs, Zinc Collective
Michelle is a seasoned political strategist and professional with experience and expertise in local, state, and national political and advocacy campaigns with a focus on organizational development and executive management. Prior to joining Zinc Collective, Michelle served as Chief Political Advisor to Congressman Seth Moulton and as the Executive Director of Serve America PAC. Michelle’s passion is rooted in a desire to scale positive change – through developing integrated and innovative programs and developing high-performing leaders and managers. When not found on a conference call or a video chat, Michelle can be found in Chicago where she lives with her husband Tripp and her (adorable) two children, Caroline and George.
Deepa KrishnaManaging Director and Chief Operating Officer, Zinc Collective
Deepa Krishna has more than 20 years of experience in operations management, and previously worked in the media & entertainment industry at WWE, Miramax, and The Weinstein Company. A desire to work in service led to a brief public sector stint with the City of Boston in Mayor Menino’s Office, but the 2016 election changed everything. Deepa holds an MBA as well as an MS in Information Systems from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Alicia is the President of Zinc Collective. Prior to Zinc Collective, Alicia founded Spark Actions, a progressive millennial engagement platform. Alicia is both a seasoned entrepreneur including co-founding Buttoned Up, a company dedicated to helping busy women get sanely organized and a senior CPG marketer working for Unilever and General Mills. Alicia holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Claremont McKenna College. Alicia got involved in politics because she promised her teenage daughter, Lucy, that she would find a way to make a difference after the 2016 elections.