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Staff and Board

Evolve Staff

Michael Bornstein

Executive Director

Michael has 25 years' experience in Bay Area politics. He started managing political campaigns with the California League of Conservation Voters, before becoming the Executive Director of the San Francisco Democratic Party and most recently the Senior Chapter Director at the Sierra Club Bay Chapter. Throughout his career Michael has led or worked on several dozens of election campaigns, dispatched thousands of volunteers, and made too many phone calls to count.


Ben Grieff

Campaign Director and Spokesperson

Ben graduated from Boston University in 2006 and began his organizing career right away by working to unionize healthcare workers in Massachusetts. Since then he has fundraised for various non-profit organizations, directed canvass operations and done electoral field organizing. Prior to working with Evolve Ben ran a telephone outreach project for the San Francisco Democratic Party and Labor Council during the fall 2010 election cycle. Aside from being a political junkie Ben enjoys hiking and wildlife photography.


Rachita Rawal

Campaign Organizer

Rachita graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2017 with a Political Science degree. It was here that she developed a passion for social justice and equality. During her experiences tutoring elementary students in Oakland, she saw first-hand that many students do not have access to a proper education because of systemic issues, especially students from low income minority communities. In pursuit of understanding the reasons behind these inequities at a deeper level, Rachita interned at Evolve during the summer of 2016. After graduation, she combined her passion for social justice with environmental justice by fundraising for Greenpeace across the Bay Area. Her motivation to get reform of Prop 13 on the ballot as soon as possible is what brought her back to Evolve. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music of contrasting genres, eating yummy vegetarian food (including ice cream), and visiting hipster coffee shops.  



Emily Cagape

Campaign Coordinator

Emily is a senior at the University of San Francisco where she is completing her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and minors in Legal Studies and Public Service & Community Engagement. During Emily's first two years of college, she worked as an elementary school tutor in the San Francisco Unified School District where she developed a passion for education and social justice. While studying sociology and working with elementary school students, Emily learned about the systemic inequalities that are drastically affecting our public schools--especially those in low-income communities. She joined the Evolve team to fight to increase funding for our California public schools. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading/watching sci-fi books and shows, finding new places to eat, and going out with her friends for milk tea. 

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Genevieve L. Davis

Campaign Organizer

Genevieve graduated from Wells College in May 2018 with a B.A. in Political Science and Minor in Religious Studies. Not only is Genevieve the product of Oakland primary and secondary schools and a second generation Oakland native, but she is also the daughter of a Richmond public school teacher. Her experiences have allowed her to truly peer into the inequity of resources within the California education system and have fueled her passion to fight to restore the funding that is so desperately needed. With this sentiment, Genevieve interned with Evolve the summer of 2016 and came back right after graduation to continue to work towards a better future for California’s teachers and students. In her free time, Genevieve enjoys reading and learning about anything and everything, talking for hours with her family and friends about education, and hanging out with her two cats, Ulysses and Solomon.

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Ezra Lee Buck

Campaign Intern

Ezra Buck is a Sophomore at the University of San Francisco, pursuing a B.A. in English literature and a Master’s in education through the Dual Degree Program. As a future teacher, Ezra is passionate about making sure every child has the right to a free and equal quality education, especially children of color and LGBT kids. He also knows that the only way to combat oppression is with a high-quality education so Ezra is committed to doing his utmost to ensure that future generations have access to that education. He believes that making corporations pay their fair share will generate a massive boost to California schools, giving children the education that they deserve. In his free time, Ezra works as the political coordinator for USF’s LGBT student organization Prism, does ballet, and collects Oscar Wilde’s writing. He also has a tortoise shell cat named Mama.



Board of Directors

Anna Wagner

Anna is a graduate of the Greencorps Field School for Environmental Organizing. She has led environmental and public interest campaigns across the country. After settling in the Bay Area Anna managed the Sierra Club’s local environmental campaigns, winning campaigns to protect hillsides in Livermore and creating solar energy programs in San Francisco. Anna is currently a Senior Organizer with Greenpeace where she supports environmental campaigns across the globe.

Laura Hahn

Laura launched her career as a State Organizer for NARAL and has been active in public life ever since. Laura has led environmental campaigns as the Organizing Manger for the Bay Chapter Sierra Club, designed statewide electoral and media strategy with MSHC Partners, and worked on many San Francisco political campaigns. She is currently the Executive Director of the California Music and Culture Association and is active in San Francisco politics.

Emil Margolis

Emil began his involvement in social activism as an undergraduate student at the University of California at Santa Barbara and went on to volunteer on numerous anti-war and fair-pay/workers’ rights campaigns.  As lead organizer for Evolve's school board and city council resolution campaign, he was instrumental in crafting effective messaging and working with local elected officials to pass over 110 resolutions statewide in support of Prop.13 reform.  He currently works on providing technology skills-training opportunities for the long-term unemployed at Jewish Vocational Service in San Francisco.  He is also a composer.  More about him and his music may be found at

Sam Kippen

Samuel Kippen is an organizer with eight years of experience in nonprofit advocacy and campaigns. As one of Evolve's first staff and now a longtime member of its Board, Sam is committed to reforming Proposition 13 to save California's struggling schools. Sam has worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council, 50+1 Strategies, and an array of progressive candidates and ballot initiatives. He currently serves as Community and Government Relations Specialist at Kamehameha, an $11 billion charitable trust with a mission to uplift Native Hawaiians through education. In his free time, Sam enjoys reading history books and making his son Santiago laugh.

Phil Layzer

Phil is a former organizer with the California League of Conservation Voters, with grassroots campaign experience in local, state, and national candidate races and initiatives.  In 2014, he built a coalition that successfully lobbied the Alameda Board of Education to pass Evolve’s Prop. 13 reform resolution.  He is also the parent of a grade-schooler in the Alameda School District.