Kelly Damerow, Interim Executive Director
(202) 299-1091 ext. 207
Kelly Damerow joined the Secular Coalition as Research and Advocacy Manager in the spring of 2012 and was later promoted to Director of Federal and State Affairs, where she was responsible for the organization's lobbying efforts. 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. Kelly was tapped as Interim Executive Director in December of 2014.
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, State Chapter Coordinator
(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
(202) 299-1091, ext. 206
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, Outreach Coordinator
(202) 299-1091, ext. 202
Sarah Marie 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.
Max Nielson, Social Media Specialist
Max Nielson is a former summer intern for the Secular Coalition for America. Max generates and moderates content for the Secular Coalition's social media platforms, working to keep our followers informed and engaged. He is currently a full time college student.
Previous Executive Directors
Edwina Rogers, Former Executive Director
Edwina Rogers was the Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America from 2012 to 2014. Rogers has served in public policy positions in the US Senate, White House, private, and international sectors for over twenty years. She has worked for two Presidents and four Senators, and founded or directed lobbying firms for public health issues. Biography
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