Staff

Joel Edman

Executive Director

Joel Edman (he/him) has been deeply engaged in Arizona's politics since high school. Joel has worked on campaigns for Congress, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, and Attorney General, and has collaborated with the Arizona Students' Association. After graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School, clerked for Chief Justice Scott Bales of the Arizona Supreme Court, served as a legal fellow with the ACLU of Arizona, and was law clerk to Judge Roslyn O. Silver of the U.S. District Court of Arizona. He majored in political science and history at Arizona State University, where he was a Flinn scholar.

 

Mayra Ibarra

Operations & Communications Director 

Mayra Ibarra (she/her) has years of experience in coalition-building, budget management, and community-focused program development. Mayra grew up in South Phoenix and returns to Arizona after several years in Washington, DC where she was previously a Program Director with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) working on language access and community outreach. More recently she was a Program Manager and Consultant for DC Greens managing the DC Farmers' Market Nutrition Incentive Program and working on food justice issues across the city. Mayra is passionate about immigrant rights and racial equity. She holds undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Cultural Studies from Scripps College, as well as a master's degree in American Studies from Purdue University.

Adrienne Carmack

Deputy Director

Adrienne (she/her) has a background in community organizing and youth work. She studied education, gender studies, and data science at Colby College, where she received her BA, and she has previously worked with the LGBT Center in New York, Hardy Girls Healthy Women, and AmeriCorps. When not advocating for administrative voting reforms, she enjoys exploring Arizona's public lands, browsing bookstores, baking, and cuddling with her cat Baxter.

 

Alison Marciniak

Program & Development Director

Alison Marciniak (she/her) recently returned to us after spending a brief period of time as the Political Director for the Arizonans for Fair Elections ballot measure campaign. Her earlier experience includes serving as Field Director for Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy (CASE), Regional Field Director with the Arizona Democratic Party, and organizing to re-elect Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. Other experience involves various roles with CASE, Adios Arpaio, and the Arizona Capitol Times including community organizing, fundraising, advertising and event planning, and policy research. Alison was raised in Gilbert, AZ and holds a Bachelor in Political Science from Arizona State University. In her free time Alison enjoys getting outside (which includes hiking, swimming, and patio beers) and hanging out with her dog, Lola.

Bren Pantilione

Election Protection Director

Bren Pantilione (they/them) comes from a background of education and grassroots organizing, and most recently was the Arizona Organizing Director for Warren for President. In 2018, Bren was the Field Director for the Arizona Democratice Legislative Campaign Committee (ADLCC). Prior to that, they worked as the Campaign Manager for an LGBTQ nonprofit in Florida that pioneered using deep canvassing to change public opinion on transgender equality. Bren has also worked as an organizer, campaign manager, and field director on various candidate and issue campaigns here in Arizona. When not in the United States, Bren works as an English as a Foreign Language Teacher in countries such as Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Egypt. Bren was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Islamic Studies.