Our Team

Quentin James

Founder & President

Stefanie Brown James

Founder & Executive Director

Cyd McKenna

Chief of Staff

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Cyd McKenna is The Collective PAC’s Chief of Staff. The goal is to keep everything moving on schedule and worry free. 

Prior to joining The Collective, she was the Executive Director of the RI Democratic Party. She counts her greatest accomplishment as her Masters Thesis at MIT where she researched how lack of access to GI Bill benefits for Black WWII Veterans played a role in the modern homeownership gap. 

Cyd has 2 sons, 2 rescue dogs and usually another foster dog or 2 in tow.

Christopher Scott

National Political Director

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A native of Detroit, Christopher Scott is a political operative who specializes in strategy, turnout, and messaging. Christopher currently serves as the National Political Director for the Collective PAC. 

Prior to joining the Collective PAC Christopher served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney, and Executive Director of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, the nations oldest legislative black caucus. Christopher began his career in politics in 2012 both interning for Congressman John Lewis and working on President Obama’s re-election campaign. Christopher holds a B.A. from Bowling Green State University and a M.A. from American University. 

Outside of his career Christopher is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Inc., charter member for New Leaders Council – Columbus chapter, father, and husband. Christopher’s goal at The Collective is to make major increases in Black elected officials, particularly at the legislative and federal level, while also training a new and large sea of Black campaign staffers for the future.

Jamaä Bickley-King

Director of Voter Engagement

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Jamaä has worked for over 20 years in the progressive space in a variety of roles. He is the Director of Voter Engagement. His goal is to help raise the profile and sophistication of CPAC through progressive and innovative programs that empower the Black community and all of our intersectionalities and multifacetedness.

Investment Team

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The Investment Team’s goal is to ensure that we have the resources across all four Collective entities to fully fund all our programs this cycle and build a strong foundation for work in the 2022 cycle.

Jack A. Lofgren IV

Deputy Investment Director

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Jack A. Lofgren IV is the Deputy Investment Director for the Collective PAC. With $85 million in political fundraising experience, he is a political strategist and fundraiser with over 7 years experience in the national arena. 

Most recently, prior to joining the Collective, Jack was the Regional Investment Director for the Pete for America (“PFA”) Presidential campaign, where he managed the fundraising efforts for the 20 states that comprised the largest region on the campaign, raised over $22 million for the cycle, oversaw the management and recruitment of over 150 national finance committee members, and executed over 80 events with Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Chasten Buttigieg, with an overall average event goal raise of 102%. Jack has also served as the National Candidate Fundraiser at the Human Rights Campaign PAC (“HRC”) and Deputy Director for South Region & Native Tribe fundraising at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (“DSCC”).

Jack was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jack received his B.A. in Anthropology, International Studies, and Sociology from Loyola University Chicago.

Marcie Knuckles

Creative & Merchandising Associate

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Marcie Knuckles is the Creative & Merchandising Associate with The Collective. Prior to working for CPAC, she was the Marketing and Graphic Specialist for Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Her goal is to help CPAC expand its marketing and visual presence to increase the brand, growth and message of the organization.

Michael Franklin

Digital Media Coordinator

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Michael Franklin (He/Him/His) is the Digital Media Coordinator for Collective PAC.

As a Senior Legal Communications Major at Howard University by way of Kansas City, KS, he serves as the 60th Howard University Student Association Executive Vice President. Michael has a dense and diverse resume, working with Fenway Strategies as a Speech-writing Intern, along with previously teaching alongside professors at Stanford Law, working with the Financial Integrity Network, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Michael organized the Inaugural Black Speechwriters Symposium held at Howard in partnership with the Professional Speechwriters Association in 2019, co-founded Speechwriters of Color in 2020, and is a 2x National Champion debater for the HBCU National Speech and Debate League.

Michael lives by the quote from Minneapolis City Councilwoman. Andrea Jenkins, “My ancestors were enslaved in this country, and they hoped and prayed that someday, somebody like me would be able to have a role in shaping how we live. Now that dream has come to fruition. And even though we have a long way to go, we must hope that we will reach our goals. Otherwise, why get out of bed in the morning?”

Aneese Johnson

Digital Director

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Aneese Johnson currently serves as the Digital Director for The Collective PAC.

She started her digital profession as a project manager at the Ohio
Democratic Party, managing their email marketing program, social media
management, web development, and all graphic design needs. She had her start in
politics interning for Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC, assisting with the
fight against Common Core.

Aneese most recently held the position as Digital Organizing Director for Biden for
President, while simultaneously owning her own digital consulting firm, Shaping
Democracy, who has consulted for Mike Bloomberg for President, Congresswoman
Joyce Beatty, the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, newly elected Democratic House
Minority Leader Emilia Sykes and many more.

Aneese received a BA in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics
from the Ohio State University.

Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye

National Organizing Director

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Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye is the National Organizing Director for the Collective PAC.

Kevin is a passionate and dedicated advocate with an extensive background in community organizing and political advocacy. He is a proud graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where he holds a BA in Political Science and History and received his Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law.

As a young attorney working in his hometown, Kevin worked to develop and implement innovative strategies to increase the number and quality of job opportunities in communities of color, build entrepreneurship training and support programs, and generate and retain wealth locally. He also worked to protect the rights of underrepresented minority groups in publicly funded programs and services.

 

Kevin is an experienced campaign operative who has worked on numerous campaigns from the municipal, county, and state level to President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012. Before joining the Collective PAC, Kevin served as the Executive Director and Senior Advisor to the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, where he covered national political party relations and served as the Coordinated Campaign Director for Senator Cory Booker. Prior to moving to New Jersey, Kevin served as the first African-American Executive Director in the history of the Rhode Island Democratic Party. After assuming the position in June 2017, Kevin and his team one of the built the largest grassroots campaigns, helping to secure victories for Democrats up and down the ballot.

In his spare time, Kevin serves as a board member of the Rhode Island College Crusade Alumni Association and regularly contributes to the organization’s core mission of preparing young middle and high school students in lower income households for college. He also enjoys coaching law students from his alma mater on their external Moot Court competitions.

Ianthe Metzger

Communications Director

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Ianthe Metzger serves as Communications Director at the Collective PAC, where she works with candidates to create effective messaging and media strategies in order to elevate the Collective’s work and mission in the press.

Most recently, Ianthe was Deputy Director of Campaign Communications for State and Local Campaigns at EMILY’s List, which works to elect pro-choice Democratic women up and down the ballot. She has also worked on issues like marriage equality and LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections for the Human Rights Campaign, helping lead communications for the 2018 midterm cycle, and for the progressive PR firm BerlinRosen, where her clients included Planned Parenthood, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Democratic Attorneys General Association. She started her career in political communications in 2012 working for the AFL-CIO and its affiliate Working America.

Ianthe has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University. Ianthe grew up in Trinidad and Tobago and currently resides in Washington D.C.