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.
Jack A. Lofgren IV is the Finance 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.
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 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.
Michael Franklin (He/Him/His) is the Special Projects & Communications 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?”
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.