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Interim EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

With over a decade of political experience, Kristal has positioned herself as a premier political operative, most recently serving as the political director for Priorities USA, the largest Democratic super PAC during the 2020 election cycle.

 

There she managed a nationwide coalition of grassroots and leading advocacy organizations, advising them on digital spend for the election cycle.

As a seasoned political trainer, Kristal also works with and advises candidates who are running for office and helps organizations develop political engagement programs. As the founding executive director for Emerge Tennessee, a Democratic candidate-training program for women seeking to run for office, she helped elect over 25 women into local, county and state seats.

 

Her political career spans from local to national politics and includes the campaigns for Hillary for America in 2016 and Obama for America in 2012. She completed her master’s degree in International Public Policy and graduated from Howard University with a BA in Journalism.

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 Organizing director

Makayla McCree lives in Nashville Tennessee and received her Bachelor’s in Political Science from Tennessee State University in May of 2020. Before graduating college, Makayla joined the Jim Cooper for Congress campaign as the Director of Operations during the 2020 election cycle. After Representative Cooper won the election, she joined the
official staff as the District Scheduler and went on to serve as a Congressional Caseworker.


In 2021, she was elected to the Metro Nashville Community Oversight Board, serving as the youngest official in Davidson County. In addition to her work in government, she is engaged with several civic non-profits like the Equity Alliance, Stand Up Nashville, New Leaders Council, and Emerge Tennessee.
 

Now, Makayla serves as Organizing Director for Organize Tennessee. Her goal is to expand participation in the democratic process through voting rights advocacy.

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MEET OUR TRAINING DIRECTOR

Charles Uffelman grew up in Erin, TN and was involved in his local 4-H and FFA chapters. He is an alumnus of the University of Memphis where he first worked as an organizer on progressive campaigns for local and federal office. 

 

Since graduating, Charles has focused on organizing in rural areas, first working in Middle Tennessee for the Tennessee Democratic Party. Throughout the 2018 cycle he led volunteer teams and trained new organizers to get out the vote in rural, suburban and urban communities. Charles was a Regional Organizing Director for the Karl Dean for Governor campaign. 

 

Charles consulted several municipal races in the Nashville 2019 Metro Council Election before moving to Iowa to organize for the Kamala Harris, and later the Elizabeth Warren presidential campaigns. He returned to the south with the Elizabeth Warren campaign to organize Clarksville, TN for Super Tuesday. At the conclusion of the presidential primary, Charles led the regional organizing team for West Kentucky on the Amy McGrath for US Senate Campaign. Most recently Charles led the regional organizing team in the North Woods for the Wisconsin Democratic Party through their successful spring elections. 

 

Charles lives near Clarksville, TN near his large family and is focused on increasing civic engagement and supporting the coalition of activists that are working to make Tennessee a safer and more welcoming state for everyone.

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