Staff and Board
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.
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 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.
Carly graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2016 where she studied Political Science and Sociology. While at UC Berkeley, she developed a passion for effecting positive social change, something she’s put into practice through her work on the 2016 Presidential Primaries, the 2016 Berkeley mayoral race, and then at a high-impact civil rights law firm. Her desire to reduce economic inequality and increase social mobility drove her to join Evolve in Fall 2017. In her spare time, Carly enjoys reading and talking about moral philosophy, being in the sun, and dancing to very loud music.
Daniel is a South African high school teacher and graduate of the University of San Francisco's MA program in Educational Organization and Leadership. Having learned first hand just how critical an investment in public education is, he is passionate about being an advocate for children both within the classroom and beyond it in public life. In his spare time Daniel enjoys soccer, running, good wine, and anything written by Kurt Vonnegut.
Alexis Arellanes is in her senior year at the University of San Francisco where she is earning her BA in Politics with a minor in Legal Studies. Her undergraduate work experience includes a congressional internship in Washington D.C, representing USF in Sacramento where she lobbies to maintain financial aid funding for private universities and working with various educational nonprofit organizations that aim to help underfunded schools. Throughout her academic and work experiences, Alexis witnessed first-hand how income inequality negatively impacts school funding and jeopardizes access to educational resources. These experiences motivated and inspired Alexis to join an organization with a large platform that reaches the masses and focuses on reforming Proposition 13. Alexis’ goal is to communicate, educate, and expand grassroots networking to ensure resource allocation is appropriately disbursed across all programs. In her spare time, Alexis enjoys traveling and brushing up on her American Sign Language skills.
Joshua is a senior at the University of San Francisco completing his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Joshua’s sister is a special education teacher in the East bay and has several family friends who educate in public schools in southern California. The issues in these classrooms seemed to stem from lack of funding and Evolve was the perfect opportunity for him to get involved. Joshua hopes that the work he does with Evolve will lead to California investing into youth within the state and insuring a better education for all. In his spare time Josh enjoys going to the gym, surfing, playing soccer, and watching a good movie.
Emily is a senior at the University of San Francisco where she is completing her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and minor in Legal Studies. 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 Boba milk tea.
Board of Directors
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 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 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 emilmargolis.com.
Sam started his career in fundraising at Evolve, organizing for better public education in California. Sam has interned with Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the International Rescue Committee. He is a Senior Fellow at Humanity In Action, a cross-disciplinary program that links young social-justice advocates interested in minority issues. In 2014, Sam participated as a Witness at the First Stewards Symposium in Washington D.C., a conference that brings together Native groups from across the country to examine the effects of climate change on indigenous communities and coalesce thought on mitigating negative impacts.
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.