Our Team

Quentin James

Founder & President

Stefanie Brown James

Founder & Senior Advisor

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.

Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye

National Political & Organizing Director

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Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye is the National Political and 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.

Kevin is an experienced campaign operative who has worked on numerous campaigns from the municipal, county, state, and federal level. 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 that, Kevin served as the first Black Executive Director in the history of the Rhode Island Democratic Party. After assuming that role in June 2017, Kevin and his team built one of the largest grassroots campaigns in the state’s history, helping to secure historic victories up and down the ballot.

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.

Amber Rivera

National Deputy Political Director

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Amber Rivera is the National Deputy Political Director for The Collective PAC.

Amber is a passionate and committed political professional that has spent the last four years of her life dedicated to community organizing. She was initially born in the Bronx, but made her way over to Arizona as a preteen. She is a graduate of Arizona State University with a BA in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. As a young woman working in Arizona politics, Amber was committed to diversifying the electorate and engaging underrepresented communities. Amber has worked with local municipalities to pilot ethnic studies programs and partner with elected leaders to hire young people within their leadership teams. 

Prior to joining The Collective PAC, Amber worked as the statewide outreach director for Advancing Arizona. In that role, she worked to engage organization and business leaders to raise awareness of the attacks on healthcare access across the state. She served as the Young Democrats president for Maricopa County and sat on the Executive Committee of the Arizona Democratic Party. Amber has a dog named Moana, and comes from a large Puerto Rican family. 

Ben Sorensen

Data Director

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Ben is the data director for The Collective PAC. 

He got his start in politics as part of the Nevada State Democratic Party’s data team, where he helped win a Senate seat and flip the state blue during the 2018 midterms. After the election, he moved on to a new challenge as a data analyst for a fast-growing biotech startup in Seattle.

Not wanting to sit on the sidelines during the 2020 elections, he left Seattle to join another Senate campaign as the deputy data director for the Montana Democratic Party. In Montana, he focused on supporting the campaign’s voter protection efforts and statewide field program. 

In addition to his full-time roles, Ben has also worked or volunteered on a handful of local elections in the Pacific Northwest. In 2019 he was the data director for Shaun Scott’s visionary city council campaign in Seattle, and in 2021 he helped lead a progressive slate of school board candidates to victory in Beaverton, Oregon as a data strategist and advisor.

In his current role, he brings insight from each of these experiences to build The Collective’s analytics infrastructure and to help guide its research and strategy. He earned his B.A. in political science from Stanford University, and is currently based in Baltimore, MD.

Taelor Nicholas

Social Media Manager

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Taelor Nicholas currently serves as the Social Media Manager for The Collective PAC.

She started her digital profession as a Research Associate at #VOTEPROCHOICE, assisting with the 2020 Voter Guide, social media management, web development, and creative content. She had her start in politics interning for the United States Senate as well as the House of Representatives. 

Taelor graduated with honors from Howard University in 2019 where she majored in Legal Communications with a concentration in Political Science. She has travelled and studied internationally in Hangzhou, China which has expanded her pallet regarding political and legal work. She most recently held the position as Legislative Correspondent while working for the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry while working closely with Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow.

Tracy Falon King

National Press Secretary

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Tracy Falon King is the Press Secretary for The Collective PAC.She handles press relations, serves as an on-the-record spokesperson for the organization, and helps to build  long-term communications strategy to elevate organization’s work and endorsed candidates in national and local press, and. 

Tracy has over seven years of experience in Public Relations and Government Affairs, most recently serving as Communications Manager at Campaign Legal Center (CLC) handling press relations for the campaign finance and ethics practice areas. Prior to joining CLC Tracy served as Press Information Officer for Buffalo Sewer and Buffalo Water. In her role she was responsible for establishing the agency’s media presence and implementing a strategic communications plan for the City of Buffalo’s Water Equity Task Force. 

Tracy has also worked as a dedicated campaign staffer for local, state, and national campaigns, developing public relations campaign strategies and coordinating logistics for events as small as round tables to as large as rallies. 

Tracy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and her Master of Science degree in Public Relations Management from  SUNY Buffalo State College in Buffalo, NY.

Noah Ashe

Administrative Coordinator

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Noah Ashe currently serves as the Administrative Coordinator for The Collective PAC.

Noah is passionate about anything and everything that deals with politics and remains a dedicated advocate for justice for all. He is a cum laude graduate with BA in Journalism and Political Science from Roger Williams University (RWU) in Bristol, Rhode Island. Noah served as a former President of the university’s chapter of the College Democrats, where he strengthened the presence of the organization on campus and worked to ensure that the voices and concerns of the larger RWU community were being properly represented. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Noah has volunteered on and worked for several campaigns over the past four years including volunteering countless hours for the Rhode Island Democratic Party in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections.

Elijah Williamson

Creative Director

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Elijah Williamson is the Creative Director for The Collective PAC.

Elijah is a lover of all things creative and an advocate for social and economical justice. As the art director of The Collective, Williamson brings his experience as a graphic designer, video editor, and visual artist to his job as a visual storyteller. Elijah was born in Columbia, SC and now resides in Washington, DC. He studied at the Delaware College of Art and Design and graduated from the Corcoran School of Art + Design at George Washington University.

Gavin Okun

Data Analyst

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Gavin is passionate about helping others and making meaningful changes to the current state of politics. He is a graduate of Roger Williams University, with his BA in Political Science. Gavin was a member of the RWU College Dems aswell as an organizing member of the Rhode Island Film Festival, which has a focus on telling the stories of marginalized communities.

Gavin was born and raised in CT, before moving to TX and finally ending up in MD. Gavin is currently a Data Analyst with The Collective PAC and is grateful for the opportunities that have been given to him by the organization.

Ashley Steele

Press Assistant

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Born and raised in Albany, New York and attended SUNY Buffalo State College graduating in 2018 with a major in Journalism and a minor in Hospitality Administration. Began working for the New York State Senate Finance Committee as an Executive Assistant  in 2019 and throughout 2020. Recently started working for The Collective PAC in August 2021 and is excited to #BuildBlackPoliticalPower and thrive as the new press assistant.

Lesley Bunnell

Development Manager

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Lesley Bunnell currently serves as the Development Manager at The Collective PAC.

Born in Oakland, California, they moved to Anchorage, Alaska beginning in middle school. They are a graduate of Oberlin College with double bachelor’s degrees in African American HIstory and Modern Dance. They have been involved with politics and organizing all of their life, and active in their community in Providence, RI for the past 16 years. They currently serve on the board of Planned Parenthood, are a member of the committee for The State of Rhode Island’s Armory Reuse Plan, and elected to serve as a Representative of the State of Rhode Island District (9) Committee. She’s so proud of her daughter, who attends Temple University, and lives with a large rescue pitbull named Bernie, and 2 cats named Mr. Pibb and Zora. She is humbled to be on The Collective’s team and helping #BuildBlackPoliticalPower through her work in the digital and finance departments.