Joey Wender joined Grassroots Campaigns in 2004, serving as a Canvass Director in Boston and New York City and Lead Organizer in Dearborn, Michigan.
Joey graduated from Wesleyan University in 2003 and, after leaving GCI, graduated from Harvard Law School in 2008. Prior to joining Senator Markey’s team, he worked as a Counsel for Oversight and Investigations for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He currently works as Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Ed Markey in Washington, D.C. In this role, he advises the Senator on legislative initiatives and strategies, helps develop policy positions, and keeps staff updated on what’s happening on the House floor. He also oversees the team of legislative staff.
Joey says: “When I worked for Grassroots Campaigns, I picked up the ability to comfortably talk to and persuade people from all walks of life. I definitely used that skill in law school and I still use it today. Also, I worked on important issues, most of which are in play in my work on Capitol Hill today.”
Meg Ahearn directed Grassroots Campaigns’ Chicago canvass office from 2007-2008, worked as a Regional Director from 2008-2009, served as a Field Organizer in Virginia, Florida, and Colorado and as an Account Executive from 2009-2011.
A 2007 graduate of Kenyon College, Meg started working for the Department of State in Washington, D.C., as a Foreign Service Officer in 2011. Foreign Service Officers do 2-3 year tours of duty in U.S. Embassies and consulates around the world, and change job functions every few tours, doing everything from interacting with foreign governments, helping Americans living overseas, managing budgets and reporting on the local political scene. During Meg’s first posting 2011, she worked on gender issues and religious freedom in a large West African country.
Meg says: “Grassroots Campaigns helped me develop a problem-solving mindset that has served me well in my professional and personal life. I also really value the time I got to spend crafting campaigns for different (but all excellent) organizations — researching messages and statistics, testing them to see what resonated best with the public, and then analyzing results to run the most effective campaigns possible. The sense of community that exists within each individual field office, and also between the field offices across the organization as a whole, is really valuable. I made many lifelong friendships at Grassroots Campaigns.”