Edwina Rogers, Executive Director
(202) 299-1091 ext. 207
Edwina Rogers joined the Secular Coalition for America as the Executive Director in May 2012. She boasts two decades of experience on Capitol Hill as a lobbyist and attorney, including roles as General Counsel for several high profile politicians. Rogers has extensive experience as a public policy expert and has worked for two Presidents and four Senators. In her most recent role as Executive Director of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, she organized a coalition that included major employers, consumer groups, labor unions and health care providers, and successfully implemented the Patient Centered Medical Home model around the country. She enjoys spending time with her two children, keeping up with current events and following pop culture. One of her favorite genres of music is dubstep. [Full bio and additional materials]
Kelly Damerow, Director of Federal and State Government Affairs
(202) 299-1091 ext. 204
Kelly Damerow joined the Secular Coalition as Research and Advocacy Manager in the spring of 2012. Born and raised in Florida, Kelly received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education and her Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of Florida. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in the fall of 2011. Prior to joining the Secular Coalition, Kelly was a Legal Fellow in the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center. As a former collegiate improviser, Kelly enjoys attending live comedy shows.
Lauren Anderson Youngblood, Director of Communications
(202) 299-1091 ext. 205
Lauren Anderson Youngblood joined the Secular Coalition in 2011, bringing several years experience in journalism, marketing, writing, and web editing. A New York native, Lauren studied Journalism and Political Science at Howard University, and Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University in Israel. As a journalist her work has appeared in various publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and Congressional Quarterly. Most recently, Lauren served as the lead editor for Fastweb and MonsterCollege.com, and in her spare time directed communications and public relations for several non-profit civic organizations. Lauren enjoys traveling around the world, party planning, and cake decorating.
Diana Castillo, Lobby Assistant (State Chapters)
(202) 299-1091 ext. 203
Diana Castillo was born and raised in Davis, California before transplanting to the East Coast, where she graduated from Smith College with a bachelor's in Government and Latin American Studies. A proud queerspawn, Diana has previously interned with COLAGE, an organization for youth with LGBTQ parents and guardians, helping organize their annual family week programming in Provincetown. In her free time, Diana enjoys reading, going to the beach, and cooking with friends.
Austin Cooper, Director of Operations
Austin Cooper received her Bachelor's in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Go Hokies!) Her areas of study include journalism and political science. Ms. Cooper has 12 years of professional experience in accounting, human resources and operations management.
Sarah Marie Levin, Secular Community Coordinator
Sarah Levin graduated from American University with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies, focusing on the Middle East and Israeli domestic policies. She is passionate about secularism and concerned about the increasing influence of religion in politics in the United States and Israel. She loves to travel and has backpacked solo through several countries, including Argentina and Spain.
Whitney M. Brimfield, Resource Development Consultant
Whitney Brimfield holds a Master of Health Science from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and bachelor's from Haverford College. She has more than 15 years of experience in development consulting and has raised millions from foundations and government sources. In her free time she enjoys creative pursuits including photography, painting, and improv comedy.
Nathan Haslip, Policy Associate
Nathan Haslip is originally from Washington State and received his Bachelor's degree from Washington State University where he graduated cum laude in philosophy. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he moved to Vermont and received his Master's at the School for International Training. Post academia, Nathan co-founded a small business called Seattle Free Walking Tours. He encourages Seattle visitors to join the tour for an opportunity to take a peek inside one of the most famous breweries downtown.
Johnny Monsarrat, Alliance Director
Johnny Monsarrat is the former founder and CEO of Turbine, a videogames company that was acquired by Warner Brothers. With business and technical degrees from MIT, Brown, and Harvard, he is also the alliance director for the Richard Dawkins Foundation. In his spare time he lectures, runs an atheist community art project, Soulburners, and manages a website on New England events, Events INSIDER.
Max Nielson, Social Media Specialist
Max Nielson generates and moderates content for the Secular Coalition's social media platforms, working to keep our followers informed and engaged. Max is a dedicated and creative worker committed to making a positive impact on the world.
Madeline Schussel, Development Consultant
Madeline Schussel is spearheading the Secular Coalition’s development efforts and also helps to manage volunteers for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason. She is also an accomplished actress who has made several movie and TV appearances.
Simge Tarhan, Communications Associate
Simge Tarhan is a political economist currently working toward a Master's degree in political management at GWU. She is a passionate advocate for secularism, freethought and civil rights. She is a co-founder of Ortak Nokta (Common Point), a political organization promoting civic engagement and participatory democracy in Turkey, where she was born and raised. She particularly enjoys working on the strategy and communications aspects of advocacy campaigns. Simge holds a PhD in economics from the University of Minnesota. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, catching up with friends and being outdoors.
Sean Faircloth, Former Executive Director
Sean Faircloth was Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America from 2009 to 2011. Following his role at the Secular Coalition he served as the Director of Strategy and Policy at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Biography
Lori Lipman Brown, Founding Director Emeritus
Lori Lipman Brown is a lawyer, an educator, and a former Nevada State Senator. From 2005-2009 she served as the first director of the Secular Coalition for America. Biography