David Nevins, President & Co-Director
As one of the initial driving forces behind the Bridge Alliance and as president and co-director, David Nevins brings business acumen, vision and a tireless this-must-and-can-be-done zeal to the burgeoning movement to bridge divides to transform the political process. As a business leader, Nevins excels at building bridges between people and organizations from the right, left and center for civilized conversation and then action.
He co-founded the Bridge Alliance because, as he says, “No matter how well managed and how well funded anyone organization is, significant political reform will not happen without an alliance to further collaborative interactions. Together we can and will raise the collective impact of all.”
He is a member of the Aspen Institute Society of Fellows, with a focus on the Aspen Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership, he established and continues to work with The Nevins Democracy Leaders program at Penn State University. Nevins graduated with honors in economics from Penn State in 1969 and received an M.B.A. in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He continues as President of Nevins Real Estate Management.
Debilyn Molineaux, Co-Director & Board Secretary
Debilyn Molineaux co-founded the Bridge Alliance to harness the exponentially growing field of organizations into a “game changing” movement that shifts the underlying dynamics of power, politics, and participation in our country. She works with the staff, board members and other leaders of Bridge Alliance members in advancing the common mission of all 70+ organizations. Debilyn brings a passion to her work that is contagious to all around her.
Hailing from a conservative, agricultural community, Debilyn started her career as a small business owner, working with community businesses to promote and grow their own operations through advertising and marketing. After engaging other women business leaders, Debilyn was inspired to become more active in the political process.
Her own personal experiences -- as a small business owner, a local candidate for office, and an elected president of a national organization -- have given her enormous insight into the challenges facing citizens who want to get involved and organizations that want to scale their impact.
In addition to her Bridge Alliance work, Debilyn continues to bring her insight to entities seeking to grow their participation and efficacy. She developed and serves as managing partner of Living Room Conversations, as an Advisor to Allsides.com and to the Oregon-based Ingenuity Innovation Center. She was elected as president of Coffee Party USA, a nonpartisan movement working to restore the principles and spirit of American representative democracy.
Debilyn is an ontologically trained coach and is especially adept at guiding organizations in new ways to bring out hidden talents of volunteers and staff who become valuable assets.
Chris Gates, Senior Advisor
Gates is a senior advisor to the Bridge Alliance and advises a variety of other philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. He is also an elected Fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration. He has previously served as a Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and a Senior Fellow at California Forward, where he led the effort to create the ’50 State Solution’, a new platform designed to encourage and support state-based political reform.
Gates previously served as the leader of three national organizations in the democracy and philanthropy fields, as President of the Sunlight Foundation; the first Executive Director of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement; and as President of the National Civic League.
Gates serves on the boards of Public Agenda, a public opinion research and public engagement organization, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. He serves as a member of the board of advisors of the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and is the co-founder of the Intermountain West Funders Network.
Jelmarie (Juno) Maldonado, Social Media Director
Jelmarie, commonly known as Juno, is a recent graduate of University College London, where she obtained a Masters in Human Rights. Currently, she is the founding partner of a social media marketing agency that specializes in nonprofits and small businesses with a social mission. As for her future aspirations, Jelmarie hopes to one day work directly with policymakers in the area of international or domestic politics. For now, she continues to travel the world and build-up her company so that it will become the leading digital marketing agency for nonprofits worldwide.
Katie Page, Executive Administrative Partner
Katie is a recent Sociology graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder living in Denver, CO. She is the Executive Administrative Partner at Living Room Conversations and Bridge Alliance. Katie interned for a Colorado State Representative helping mold public perception about the legalization of marijuana and being a top contributor on multiple education bills. She is dedicated to spreading meaningful and trust-building communities around the world. She loves spending her free time with her dog and friends and is passionate about helping improve society.