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, Executive Director
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 80+ 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.
Brian Clancy, Investor and Strategic Advisor
Brian is Founder and CEO of Big Tent Nation. Among other career adventures he led the team that launched Fidelity.com and was responsible for systems planning and analysis at the world’s largest investment management organization. He also has a strong social entrepreneurship track record that includes co-founding the Center for Financial Inclusion. The Center has become a global thought leader in microfinance and has partners and funders that include the Gates Foundation, McKinsey, Harvard Business School and the World Bank. He also has experience in the rough and tumble world of city and state politics through his tenure as President of the Boston Public Library Foundation.
Jeremy Garson, Legal Counsel and Operations Coordinator
Jeremy Garson is an attorney who is licensed in Maryland and Washington, D.C. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2014 and, until recently, served as a labor / employment attorney. Jeremy has previously served as a constituent caseworker handling veterans' affairs and tax casework for a Democratic Congressman. He also worked on a Democratic presidential campaign. He is now dedicated to pushing against the nation's "us vs. them" mentality and promoting understanding among progressives, conservatives, libertarians, and everybody in between. Jeremy is passionate about sports, and in particular Michigan Wolverines football and the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia 76ers.
Shakira Mills, Administrative Specialist
Shakira "Shay" Mills is a recent Virginia Wesleyan University graduate with a B.A in Communication, Political Science and Women/Gender Studies. Shay developed a passion for activism during her undergraduate years and is now dedicated to using her love of writing to advocate for American minority groups. Her goal is to change the perspective surrounding minority issues, resulting in collaborative change amongst all political parties, social classes, ethnicities, religious beliefs, etc. When she is not fighting for human rights, Shay is either working on her goal of becoming a professional filmmaker or curled up with a good book.
Gabrielle "Gabby" Gallone, Communications Director
Gabrielle Gallone Currently studies political communication at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs in Washington D.C. Formerly an intern for a Democratic Congressman as well as a marketing company, Gabrielle has a passion for digital and communications strategy and its influence on political outcomes.
Caroline Klibanoff, Digital Strategy
Caroline Klibanoff is a digital strategist and a producer of multimedia content, social media communities and public programming. After graduating from Georgetown University with degrees in American Studies and Film & Media Studies, she joined the Pew Research Center's communications team. She has an M.A. in Public History from Northeastern University, and has worked for cultural institutions including the FrameWorks Institute, Big Tent Nation, the Cambridge Historical Society, and Northern Light Productions. Caroline is dedicated to listening to, engaging and supporting the voices of the American people (and those living here) in charting the country's future
Joshua Iseler, Graphic Design
Josh Iseler is a current student at American University in Washington, D.C. He is studying international relations and political science. Josh is deeply interested in the preservation of American democracy and healing the political divides that exist within our nation. He is particularly intrigued by the implications of domestic democratic integrity and how it reflects on the world stage. Josh is originally from Massachusetts and outside of work he is interested in sports, politics, and writing.
Meesha Reiisieh, Democracy Revitalization Intern
Meesha Reiisieh is a current sophomore at American University in Washington, D.C. She is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Psychology at the School of Public Affairs. Outside of her academics, Meesha is the Assistant Head Delegate of her Model UN team, and is active in the Model G20 and debate teams. Meesha has a passion for political theory, especially relating to governing systems and political divides. She is also intrigued by the impacts of different governing systems in other countries, specifically in the Middle East. Meesha is originally from the Bay Area, California, and in her free time she enjoys cooking, discovering new cafés in DC, and spending time with her friends.
Dakota Doney, Democracy Revitalization Intern
Dakota Doney graduated from Arizona State University in early 2019 with a major in English and a minor in Mass Communication. He utilizes these specialties to pursue effective and informed communication. This includes a music-centric YouTube channel that has amassed over 23 thousand followers, and writing articles ranging from gaming to politics. His primary concern with the politics of today is the neglection of genuine and well-intentioned discourse, and he hopes to encourage a healthier political climate during his time at Bridge Alliance. Although he largely focuses on topics such as freedom, he understands that others may have answers to questions that he has not yet considered, and hopes to engage in a collaborative process to solve complex issues.