AMANDA, CEO & FOUNDER

Amanda 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. The federal law was the 21st bill in modern US history to pass unanimously on the record and served as a model for 15 other laws protecting sexual violence survivors throughout the nation. 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.

HEATHER, 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.

 

LAUREN, SENIOR ADVISOR

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.

 

JUSTIN, 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.