Meet Our Team
AMANDA NGUYEN, ceo & Founder
Amanda Nguyen is the CEO and founder of Rise. She penned her own civil rights into existence and unanimously passed the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, after having to navigate the broken criminal justice system after her own rape. 11 other laws protecting sexual violence survivors have been created modeled off of her federal law. The federal law was the 21st bill in modern US history to pass unanimously on the record. Amanda has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30, by Foreign Policy as a Top 100 Leading Global Thinker, Marie Claire as a Young Woman of the Year, and The Tempest's #1 Woman of Color Trailblazer. Previously, Amanda was appointed by President Barack Obama to the United States Department of State as his Deputy White House Liaison. In 2018, Amanda was nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
Alter Ego: Daenerys Taragaryen
Heather Samuelson, Senior Advisor
Heather serves as a Senior Advisor to Rise, bringing over a decade of legal, operations, and public affairs experience in government and political campaigns. Among her clients, Heather serves as personal counsel to Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Heather previously served in the Obama Administration at the Department of State and in the White House Counsel’s Office.
Alter Ego: Liz Lemon
Justin Hatmaker, Chief Operating Officer
A veteran of Democratic politics, Justin has worked on campaigns in eleven states throughout his career. Still a believer in hope and change, Justin worked on Barack Obama's 2008 primary and general election campaigns and was an Obama Lifer, serving for nearly the entirety of the Obama administration at USDA, where his work focused primarily on business development, increasing investments in renewable energy, and combating poverty in rural communities. Justin is a proud Ohioan and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Alter Ego: Jason Segel
Holly Johns Rowland, Development & Communications
Holly Johns Rowland joined the Rise movement following more than a decade in the nonprofit sector, managing development, communications and public relations for causes ranging from international relief and development to community healthcare and leadership opportunities for women and girls. She is a freelance writer and designer, mostly for community-based organizations and social causes. Her writing has been featured in several academic-research publications, local circulars, in a regional production of Listen To Your Mother and much more. The Rise movement is near and dear to Holly's heart and fulfills a personal call to enact change worldwide.
Alter Ego: This is Fine
Lauren Libby, National Organizing Director
Lauren is a survivor of two sexual assaults. She is interested in making an impact on legislation outside of college campuses. Lauren connected with Amanda through a mutual friend and survivor, and shortly after began working for Rise. As soon as she started working with Amanda and the team--which at the time consisted of only a few core volunteers--she knew that Rise was something she wanted to dedicate her life to. Lauren helped the Rise team complete our first day of action in DC, introduce and pass our Federal Survivor Civil Rights bill, and pass our first state legislation in Massachusetts--all within 10 months. Lauren, like all of our Risers, truly believes in what we are fighting for. This is why she will always be a Riser.
Alter Ego: Dolores Abernathy
Ali Bokhari, National Grasstops Director
Ali Bokhari is Rise’s National Grasstops Organizing Director. A medical student at NYIT and White House alumnus, Ali championed the passage of Rise’s bill as model policy within the American Medical Association. Ali currently works to direct Rise’s “Theory of Hope” by assisting legislators who have reached out to Rise directly to create their own survivor bill for their state. Ali has been instrumental in the movement of critical states in 2018, including West Virginia, New York, and Iowa.
Alter Ego: Sam Seaborn
Nathan Ramia, Deputy National Organizing Director
Nathan Ramia joined Rise after learning about the movement through his day job helping shape the data and technology that support national political organizing. Like most Americans, the majority of his female friends have been sexually assaulted in varying degrees of severity. The notion that their fundamental rights still vary with geography -- and are typically de facto rather than de jure -- inspired him to get involved to enshrine these rights in law. He joined Rise as the Deputy National Organizing Director in November 2016, and he works to help coordinate organizers' efforts in each of the states where Rise is actively moving forward with legislation.
Alter Ego: Poe Dameron