Meet the Turnout Nation Team

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Mark Mullen
Founder

Mark Mullen founded Turnout Nation over two years ago as a way to help return political power to the American people. He cares deeply about small “d” democracy, community, neighborhoods, bicycles, books, swimming, and how we can all be better citizens.

 

Mark also founded Transparency International in the Republic of Georgia and has spent decades monitoring and facilitating elections in democracies in East Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Pronouns: He/him

Contact: mark@turnoutnation.org

Jenn Brown 
Executive Director

Jenn has long worked with nonprofits in different capacities, from a volunteer to staff to board member. She spent more than a decade working abroad in China and Southeast Asia, helping both businesses and nonprofits launch new programs. Since moving back to the US, she has worked with different mission-driven organizations to help scale and make a positive impact in the community. She has a BA in Government and East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University and an MBA from UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

In her spare time she's a podcast junkie, trail runner, yoga teacher, and frequent flier mile hoarder (just saving those points for when it's safe to finally travel again!)

Location: Oakland, CA (and sometimes PA)

Pronouns: She/her

Fav Superhero: Captain Planet

Contact: jennifer@turnoutnation.org

Angela Owens
Partnership Director

Angela has over ten years of nonprofit experience and uniquely understand the needs of nonprofits and organization leadership. She has a passion for working with nonprofits and seeing the impact they make on communities.

 

Before Turnout Nation, she worked as a Project Manager for a Search Firm, a Collaboration/Partnership Manager for a nonprofit organization, and as a Client Relationship Manager for a Corporate Real Estate Association.

She enjoys cooking, crocheting, traveling and binge watching her favorite television shows.

Location: McDonough, GA

Pronouns: She/her

Fav Superhero: Angela would love to be a Hogwarts Wizard and own an invisibility cloak. 

Contact: angela@turnoutnation.org

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Sienna Currie
Program Manager,
Fellowship & Volunteers

Sienna graduated from Wesleyan University on 2019 with a degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. She hopes to become a Physician Assistant and has worked as an EMT in Los Angeles. The current inequities in the for-profit healthcare system in the US inspired her to get involved in get-out-the-vote work. 

Sienna works on Captain recruitment and engagement, research, and outreach.

In her free time you can find Sienna hiking, drawing, and making playlists. 

Location: San Francisco, CA

Pronouns: She/her

Fav Superhero: Aquaman. Fighting against plastic in our oceans since the 90s. 

Contact: sienna@turnoutnation.org

Reilly Jackman

Research & Outreach Specialist

Reilly is currently a senior at Oberlin College, where she is majoring in History, German, and Politics. She was selected to be a Cole Scholar in the Oberlin Initiative in Electoral Politics program, and is on the Women’s Lacrosse Team. She started out as a Turnout Nation Voting Captain, then helped as an Organizer, and now interns as the Research & Outreach Specialist, where she designs and executes outreach strategies especially relating to young voters. She also works on the Social Media Team. 

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Pronouns: She/her

Fav Superhero: Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier

Contact: reilly@turnoutnation.org

Cornell Duckworth
Ohio Lead Organizer

With over 5 years of nonprofit and community engagement experience, Cornell has a reputation of promoting advocacy for a more just democracy. By emphasizing the power of voting, He believes organizing can bring systemic change to marginalized groups, while improving community decision-making.

 

Before Turnout Nation, Cornell organized for multiple progressive political candidates across the country, including Stacey Abrams, Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston, Senator Raphael Warnock. He also worked as a Grassroots Campaign director, protecting voting rights of community members within the Atlanta-metro area

 

He enjoys cooking, exploring new restaurants, music, and boxing

Location: Atlanta, GA and Columbus, OH

Pronouns: He/him

Fav Superhero: The Green-Lantern

Contact: cornell@turnoutnation.org

Meaghan Castle
Operations Manager

Meaghan is an operations expert with extensive experience in tech management and non-profit film production. At Turnout Nation, she ensures all administrative, financial, and people-related processes run as effectively as our Captain method! Meaghan has grown and evolved with Turnout Nation since January 2020 and loves contributing to our mission to help communities across the U.S. GOTV. 

 

Meaghan is also a copywriter and editor and holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

 

Away from screens, you can find Meaghan somewhere in the woods or on a lake (preferably both!) or in the kitchen developing recipes.

Location: Upstate New York

Pronouns: She/her

Fav Superhero: Captain Marvel 

Contact: 

meaghan@turnoutnation.org

2021 Organizing Fellows

 

Reshan

I am excited to help get out the vote because I believe that every voter deserves the right to be informed and engaged throughout the whole election process. Since we are in an off-year election for 2021, I want to spread awareness about the importance of municipal elections at both the primary and general stages because we now need to focus on who can represent us on a more local level in our government.

Pronouns: He/him

Fun Fact: I am certified in Dog Psychology (in order to prepare to be a future dog owner) 

Hobbies: I love to binge-watch sitcoms (Modern Family currently), riding bikes, spending time with family and friends, and reading about current events.

Location: New York & Pennsylvania

Maya

I am excited to be part of an organization that is rooted in reaching out and educating the youth of our nation to be civically engaged. Voting is an important part of our society and integral towards the efficacy of democracy. I have been involved with other civic engagement organizations such as the Campus Vote Project. During my involvement, I worked as a Work Elections Fellow, and I am currently a Democracy Fellow. In addition, I have worked as poll worker during the 2020 Presidential Election and plan to work again for the 2021 Gubernatorial Election.

Pronouns: She/her

Fun Fact: During my childhood, I lived in Japan for five years! 

Hobbies: Reading Poetry, painting, and doing yoga

Location: Virginia

Dawson

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Hi! I’m Dawson, a rising senior at The Harker Upper School. I’ve been a volunteer organizer at Turnout Nation for the past year, and I am committing to a fellowship this summer & fall. Since I live in California, I will be mostly focusing on my Voter Education Project, which consists of articles and videos that highlight the importance of engaging with the local community. At school, I am involved in student government and robotics research. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, playing chess, and running.

 

Pronouns: He/him

Location: California

John

Voting is the most important aspect of political participation you can have and we need to collectively be more aggressive in ensuring the vote gets out across the board.

Pronouns: He/him

Fun Fact: I am a huge sports fan, I specifically love to watch NBA Basketball.

Location: Pennsylvania

Phuong

I am interested in the issues regarding voter engagement and education, because I believe that everyone should be represented in a just democracy. And, it is also important for everyone to be aware of their rights as well.

Pronouns: She/her 

Hobbies: I love to cook, draw and am a big fan of martial arts.

Location: Ohio

Casey

I am so excited about working with Turnout Nation! As a very important part of our democracy, voting allows for people to have their voices heard. I can't wait to inform citizens, especially young people, about just how crucial their vote is.

 

Pronouns: She/her

Fun fact: I know every word to every Taylor Swift song

Location: Virginia

Amanda

I’m excited to get out the vote in order to strengthen our democracy. Democracy functions best when everyone feels as though they have a stake and say in the electoral process and the laws that govern us. I am also looking forward to helping to increase voter turnout in historically underrepresented populations. I am part of a comedy troupe at my college!

Pronouns: She/her

Location: Pennsylvania & California

Jess

I am excited about helping get out the vote because I believe voting is one of the most powerful opportunities to speak up and out on injustices.

Pronouns: He/him

Fun Fact: I organize with Rise which advocates for tuition free public college and canceling student loan debt!

Location: Pennsylvania

Toora

I’m 31 years old and I am a die hard DC sports fan and huge fan of The Office and Parks and Rec. I’m here because I love helping out folks in my community!

Pronouns: He/him

Fun Fact: I played sports in high school 

Hobbies: Doing karaoke with friends

Location: Virginia

Aeden

I am a BA Theatre major at Brenau University, and in my free time, I enjoy songwriting and going on walks in my neighborhood. I am so excited to join the team at Turnout Nation! I became a fellow because I believe in creating a positive change through voting, and in equity for all people.

Pronouns: They/he

Location: Georgia