MEET OUR TEAM

MEET OUR TEAM

MEET OUR MARCH TO THE POLLS TEAM

MEET OUR MARCH TO THE POLLS TEAM

Camila Correa Bourdeau

Executive Director

Before joining March to the Polls as Executive Director, Camila served as a teacher, instructional coach, and the Executive Director for an organization focused on school board leadership. Camila, a bilingual immigrant from Chile, uses her strong passion for education to drive her work at our organization, as well as at the Dallas County Citizen Election Advisory Committee where she is a member. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Master’s degree in education from Hunter College.

Jess Lugo

Program Manager, Student Voter Empowerment Clubs

Jess is a former high school social studies teacher from Tarrant County. She has served as president for Texas State Teachers Association Leadership Team and been a volunteer with March to the Polls since 2019. She helped establish the student civic engagement clubs program in Tarrant County. Jess earned her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and Master’s in education from University of North Texas.

Tara Hutchins

Development Manager

Tara spent much of her early career as an entrepreneur, owning several local small businesses. Her work in philanthropy began as a volunteer for domestic violence organizations before transitioning into homeless services. Tara spent over four years in varying leadership roles, including COO of Marketing and Administration, at Arlington Life Shelter before joining March to the Polls in 2022. Her experience in both the private and nonprofit sector and knowledge in nonprofit management, development and grant writing contribute to the overall success of MTTP. Tara earned both her Bachelor’s degree’s from the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

Hannah Kessler

Volunteer and Partnerships Manager

Hannah’s work with March to the Polls began as a volunteer. Before volunteering with March to the Polls, she was a volunteer deputy registrar, registering voters throughout Dallas county at community events. She’s worked alongside local non-profit organizations like Somos Tejas, For Oak Cliff, 4DWN, and SAAVETX to register and empower voters through voter registration and voter education efforts. Through her work she’s fostered strong bonds within the community. She continues to support initiatives set out by local non-profit organizations and highly values those partnerships.

Hannah Kessler

Volunteer and Partnerships Manager

Hannah’s work with March to the Polls began as a volunteer. Before volunteering with March to the Polls, she was a volunteer deputy registrar, registering voters throughout Dallas county at community events. She’s worked alongside local non-profit organizations like Somos Tejas, For Oak Cliff, 4DWN, and SAAVETX to register and empower voters through voter registration and voter education efforts. Through her work she’s fostered strong bonds within the community. She continues to support initiatives set out by local non-profit organizations and highly values those partnerships.

Tara Hutchins

Development Manager

Tara spent much of her early career as an entrepreneur, owning several local small businesses. Her work in philanthropy began as a volunteer for domestic violence organizations before transitioning into homeless services. Tara spent over four years in varying leadership roles, including COO of Marketing and Administration, at Arlington Life Shelter before joining March to the Polls in 2022. Her experience in both the private and nonprofit sector and knowledge in nonprofit management, development and grant writing contribute to the overall success of MTTP. Tara earned both her Bachelor’s degree’s from the University of Texas at Arlington.


Jess Lugo

Program Manager of the Student Voter Empowerment Coalition

Jess is a former high school social studies teacher from Tarrant County. She has served as president for Texas State Teachers Association Leadership Team and been a volunteer with March to the Polls since 2019. She helped establish the student civic engagement clubs program in Tarrant County. Jess earned her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and Master’s in education from University of North Texas.

Camila Correa Bourdeau

Executive Director

Before joining March to the Polls as Executive Director, Camila served as a teacher, instructional coach, and the Executive Director for an organization focused on school board leadership. Camila, a bilingual immigrant from Chile, uses her strong passion for education to drive her work at our organization, as well as at the Dallas County Citizen Election Advisory Committee where she is a member. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Master’s degree in education from Hunter College.

Volunteer Leadership Team

Joyce Baker

 

Marilyn Kepner

 

Lin Patton

 

Carol Peters

 

Jane Ramberg

 

Sheila Steglitz

 

Susan Wade

 

Paulette White

 

DeBe Wilson

 
 

Eric Cedillo

President

Eric is a Dallas attorney specializing in personal injury and immigration law; a Clinical Professor of Law at the SMU Dedman School of Law; a Legal Advisor for the League of United Latin America Citizens (LULAC); a founder of the Latino Voter Empowerment Coalition; and a member of the Dallas Independent School District Superintendent’s Advisory Committee and the Dallas County Citizen Election Advisory Committee. He’s always looking for new ways to help members of his community find and exercise their voices for the betterment of humankind.

Robert Elkin

President-Elect

Robert, a retired litigation attorney who has been active in the areas of voting rights and civic engagement for many years, helped organize March to the Polls back in 2018. His steadfast commitment to justice, equality, and equitable representation has helped to make our organization what it is today. He previously served as the Dallas County Chapter Leader for Spread the Vote, helping eligible voters obtain IDs. He is also a civic engagement leader with the Religious Action Center Texas.

Kaylan Dixon

Board Member

Before joining the March to the Polls team, Kaylan worked for the Dallas Independent School District in several capacities, including as a teacher and a lead instructional specialist. She currently serves as the Dallas County Regional Advocacy Director for Raise Your Hand Texas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting public school education. She brings a tremendous amount of experience and dedication to March to the Polls’ Board of Directors.

Donna James Harvey

Board Member

Donna James Harvey began her professional career in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Buying. She transitioned to education and subsequently non-profit, where she has held numerous positions at the collegiate level and worked with several organizations supporting underrepresented communities. Most recently, Donna worked to implement the Funds for Racial Equity grant with the North Texas Community Foundation.

Lon Burnam

Board Member

Lon Burnam is a former Texas House of Representative for District 90, encompassing Fort Worth, Texas and surrounding areas. Before that, he served as the executive director for the Dallas Peace Center. He was elected to the State House in 1996.

Athena Chavez

Treasurer

Athena is a retired business executive in the financial services technology industry with deep experience in building and managing large organizations. During her forty-year career, she held positions as Senior VP of Operations, Senior VP of Professional Services, and VP of Marketing. She jumpstarted the operations of March to the Polls in Tarrant County. Athena’s dedication to voter participation and expert-level proficiency in operations are enormous assets to our organization.

 

Rosaura Cruz

Executive Director

Rosaura has a long-demonstrated history of working in the non-profit management industry. She is skilled in event planning, customer service, employee training, nonprofit management, and program development. She is a strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused on Theater Arts and Performance Studies and in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas.

 

Tulsi Lohani

Executive Director

Tulsi has been involved with March to the Polls since 2020, working throughout the pandemic to register students for the 2020 Election during his senior year of high school. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Journalism, Political Communications, and Public Relations at Southern Methodist University. At SMU, he worked with the Campus Vote Project to lead SMU’s campaign to be recognized as a “Voter Friendly Campus” by NASPA. His communications and professional experiences include local and congressional campaigns, the Texas Legislature, Capitol Hill, Higher Education, and Fortune 500 companies. 

Eric Cedillo

President

Eric is a Dallas attorney specializing in personal injury and immigration law; a Clinical Professor of Law at the SMU Dedman School of Law; a Legal Advisor for the League of United Latin America Citizens (LULAC); a founder of the Latino Voter Empowerment Coalition; and a member of the Dallas Independent School District Superintendent’s Advisory Committee and the Dallas County Citizen Election Advisory Committee. He’s always looking for new ways to help members of his community find and exercise their voices for the betterment of humankind.

Robert Elkin

President-Elect

Robert, a retired litigation attorney who has been active in the areas of voting rights and civic engagement for many years, helped organize March to the Polls back in 2018. His steadfast commitment to justice, equality, and equitable representation has helped to make our organization what it is today. He previously served as the Dallas County Chapter Leader for Spread the Vote, helping eligible voters obtain IDs. He is also a civic engagement leader with the Religious Action Center Texas.

Kaylan Dixon

Board Member

Before joining the March to the Polls team, Kaylan worked for the Dallas Independent School District in several capacities, including as a teacher and a lead instructional specialist. She currently serves as the Dallas County Regional Advocacy Director for Raise Your Hand Texas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting public school education. She brings a tremendous amount of experience and dedication to March to the Polls’ Board of Directors.

Donna Harvey

Board Member

Donna James Harvey began her professional career in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Buying. She transitioned to education and subsequently non-profit, where she has held numerous positions at the collegiate level and worked with several organizations supporting underrepresented communities. Most recently, Donna worked to implement the Funds for Racial Equity grant with the North Texas Community Foundation.

Lon Burnam

Board Member

Lon Burnam is a former Texas House of Representative for District 90, encompassing Fort Worth, Texas and surrounding areas. Before that, he served as the executive director for the Dallas Peace Center. He was elected to the State House in 1996.

Athena Chavez

Treasurer

Athena is a retired business executive in the financial services technology industry with deep experience in building and managing large organizations. During her forty-year career, she held positions as Senior VP of Operations, Senior VP of Professional Services, and VP of Marketing. She jumpstarted the operations of March to the Polls in Tarrant County. Athena’s dedication to voter participation and expert-level proficiency in operations are enormous assets to our organization.

Tulsi Lohani

Board Member

Tulsi has been involved with March to the Polls since 2020, working throughout the pandemic to register students for the 2020 Election during his senior year of high school. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Journalism, Political Communications, and Public Relations at Southern Methodist University. At SMU, he worked with the Campus Vote Project to lead SMU’s campaign to be recognized as a “Voter Friendly Campus” by NASPA. His communications and professional experiences include local and congressional campaigns, the Texas Legislature, Capitol Hill, Higher Education, and Fortune 500 companies. 

Rosaura Cruz

Board Member

Rosaura has a long-demonstrated history of working in the non-profit management industry. She is skilled in event planning, customer service, employee training, nonprofit management, and program development. She is a strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused on Theater Arts and Performance Studies and in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas.

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