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    Because I’m Happy…

    Happy Democracy Day!

    I’m thrilled to share my first note as the new President of Rock the Vote. The past month has been a whirlwind as I crisscrossed the country meeting volunteers, community street team leaders, partners and donors and hearing about all the amazing work the organization has accomplished over the last twenty-four years.

    I’m excited to join this passionate team and advance the dedicated work they do to ensure that young Americans have a voice in our political process.

    We’ve got a big year ahead of us and the timing couldn’t be more important as young people continue to make a critical mark on politics. I’m hoping all of you will join us for the ride.

    I’ll spare you the standard CV type introduction – if you want that you can get it here. But instead I’ll share with you some highlights that I think are much more interesting:

    • I recently returned from a trip from Bali where I spent three months practicing yoga and taking photographs.
    • I’m currently dancing in my office to “Happy” by Pharrell too.
    • I am inspired by the incredible organizing power of young Americans.
    • And last but not least, I voted in my first election in 2002 when Mitt Romney was running for governor of Massachusetts.

    It’s sure to be an exciting year. I’m looking forward to sharing with you our SXSW videos featuring interviews with our friends Mary Lambert, Steve Aoki, Echosmith, and Run River North, just to name a few.

    There are only 228 days until Election Day. We’ve got work to do.

    Don’t be a stranger. Tweet at me @aspillane or drop me a line president@rockthevote.com to say hello — I’d love to hear from you.

    Chief Rocker & President, Rock the Vote

    P.S. I couldn’t sign off without saying: Register to Vote! And remember, if you moved since the last election, you need to re-register.

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    Ashley Spillane
    Bio: Ashley Spillane is the President of Rock the Vote. She comes to Rock the Vote with over ten years experience in electoral politics. Known for her innovation and leadership, Ashley most recently served as Executive Director of The Atlas Project, spearheading the development of an interactive web platform that provides political and non-partisan organizations access to the raw data and tools needed to develop smart, strategic programs at the local, state and national levels. While running Atlas, Ashley simultaneously served as the Executive Director of democratic GAIN, the national membership association for over 50,000 political professionals. Ashley has worked on numerous political campaigns in states across the country, including several presidential primary campaigns and governors races in Iowa, Ohio, Florida, Minnesota and Maryland. At the national level, Ashley served on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Independent Expenditure in 2010 and in the AFL-CIO’s Political Department in 2008. Ashley has a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University. In 2012, she was named one of Campaign & Election Magazine's Rising Stars for her work in politics. Ashley has a passion for teaching and for traveling; she has conducted dozens of professional development and political trainings around the US and served as a trainer for the National Democratic Institute in Africa and the Middle East.

    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

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