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Shums is a graduate student at Arizona State University.  Prior to that, she taught math and science to junior high school students.  She worked on 2008 Democratic Presidential Campaign.  She was a serving board member of Muslim Student Associations.  In addition, she was a member of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Melody Adams is an award-winning marketing, communications, and community relations professional, with extensive experience in media relations, event planning, community organizing and grass-roots political campaigns. Melody is committed to educating, motivating, and inspiring others to become civically engaged in meaningful causes that empower communities and improve their quality of life. As an active member of the Democratic Party, Melody has made significant contributions to several successful local and national campaigns, including Obama for America, Patrick/Murray 2010, and the U.S.

Cole Adams Maier is a graduate of Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky College of Law.  After passing the bar exam in October 2009, she worked for the Department of Public Advocacy in the Glasgow Trial Office.  Currently, she works as a Law Clerk for Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr. of the Kentucky Supreme Court.  Cole's campaign expierience includes volunteering for Congressman Ben Chandler and Justice Mary C. Noble.

My name is Jennifer K. Adams-Tucker and I am very excited to be a part of the Emerge Kentucky Class of 2011!  I am a wife and a mother of 4 beautiful children, three affected with Autism.  I am also the author of “Autistic Angels”, a book that describes my experiences with my children and currently the Director of Music at Community Missionary Baptist Church, where I play the piano and organ.  I have a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Louisville and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.


Kim Adkins comes from a humble, loving family. She was born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland, by parents who owned and operated an auto body shop where she worked on weekends starting as early as she can remember.

Kim was the first in her family to graduate college. While working her way through college, Kim earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism with a minor in marketing from the University of Maryland. She also received a certified publication specialist credential from George Washington University. 

Christine Ahn, a co-founder of the Korea Policy Institute and former executive director,  is a policy analyst with expertise in Korea, globalization, militarism, women’s rights and philanthropy. Ms. Ahn is currently the Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the Global Fund for Women and Senior Fellow with the Oakland Institute. 

Jasmeet K. Ahuja is a Professional Staff Member for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, with responsibility over South Asia policy.  She was integral in the drafting of the Pakistan Enduring Assistance Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2009, which passed the House of Representatives in June, and the United States-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act of 2008, which was signed by the President last November.

Gayle Akins is a Political Consultant in Oakland, CA.  Her most recent work was as Campaign Manager for an Oakland Mayoral Candidate.  Her passion for community service started when she was 10 years old.  She learned about leadership, first hand, from her mother, a teacher and community leader in Nashville, TN, where Gayle was born.

Clark County Clerk

Diana Alba began working at the Clark County Clerk's Office in December 1985 as a District Courtroom Clerk for Department XVI. During the next 15 years she accepted positions of increasing responsibility, working her way up through various supervisory and management positions. In November 2000, Shirley Parraguirre appointed Diana to be the Assistant County Clerk, a position Diana held for nearly nine years. Sadly, Shirley Parraguirre passed away on August 30, 2009.

Amiee serves as the principal department staff liaison at the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management with San Francisco’s local, state, and federal elected officials, as well as officials in the state and federal agencies.

Allegra is an educator and school reformer.  She has opened new high schools and turned around a failing high school which became one of the district’s top performing schools. Currently, she is the principal at George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science, the first public high school to implement Waldorf methods. 

Mary Alex now lives in Charlottesville, VA where she recently graduated from the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. She teaches at Sweet Briar College’s School of Business and has her own consulting boutique firm. Her past clients include organizations in the areas of human rights, prevention of human-trafficking, and amelioration of HIV/AIDS around the world.

Chair and Professor at Southwestern Oregon College

A "re-homesteader," Christina Alexander has lived in Oregon most of her life, settling in Coos County in 1974 to family land, where she lives today. An active community and Democratic campaign volunteer and supporter, Christina serves on the Oregon Coast Community Action board and provides training for the Women's Safety and Resource Center. She previously served with both the Pacific Child Center and the Coos Head Cooperative Food Store. Christina notes that Paul Wellstone's statement, "Politics is what we dare to imagine," is her call in seeking public office.

An experienced political organizer and new media specialist, Chandra Allard currently serves as Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman’s deputy communications director. She is responsible for handling press inquiries and managing the office’s strategy for the website and other new communications media.

Beth Allen grew up in Eliot, Maine and found herself drawn north to Hancock County after high school.  She studied at the University of Maine in Orono. Beth works for KidsPeace New England (a residential treatment facility serving children.) Beth has been with the nonprofit for the past 12 years and has enjoyed the many roles she has held within the organization.  Beth and her partner Valerie are raising 2 daughters in Fletchers Landing Township. Beth, Valerie and daughter, Fiona (6) were thrilled to welcome their families’ newest addition, baby Oakley born in October.


Dr. Carole Allen is a pediatrician with extensive experience in clinical practice, practice administration and medical home development.  Her advocacy experience includes success in developing smoke-free workplace laws and regulations, as well as promotion of social justice and child-friendly policies.  As president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics she is leading an effort to invest in early childhood as the basis for lifelong health and success.

Lincoln County Supervisor District 19
District Court 27 Judge
Candidate for House District 60, Rio Rancho

I am a Democrat!  I strongly believe in the democratic values that have always supported the common person.  I have worked tirelessly for those values.  I am a member of the board of the Democratic Women of Sandoval County  and member of Organizing for America.    

Tanene Allison is a political and communications strategist, new media innovator, and poet. She most recently worked on launching a start-up focused on diversifying and creatively fueling the national discourse, before putting that project on hold to focus on turning Texas Blue.

Chair, Young Democrats of Massachusetts

Elaine Almquist (Medford) is an advocate for the participation of Youth and Women in politics. She serves as the Communications Chair for the Young Democrats of America, and the Chair of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts. Ms. Almquist is also one of four Young Professionals Co-Chairs for the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, and recently won a seat on the Democratic State Committee.

Lilia earned her bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing a law degree at Phoenix School of Law. Lilia brings her passion for collaboration, solidarity and social change to her work as an activist locally and internationally.  Born and raised in Southern California, Lilia moved with her family to Baja California, Mexico at fifteen and experienced the bicultural reality of a cross-border life.


Tanir Ami heads Clinic Ole in Napa Valley after four years at the Community Clinic Consortium in Richmond. She is excited to watch community health centers transition from being in the shadows to demonstrating to the nation that they do provide the best care, with the most efficient technology and the most incredible group of practitioners, in the most innovative ways.

Political Director, MLEV

Megan Amundson is the Political Director for the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters. A long-time environmental activist, Megan has a Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts.  Megan has been an environmental advocate for 6 years and prior to that was an editor for college-level foreign language textbooks. She is also on the board of the Harvest Coop in Cambridge and Jamaica Plain.

Darlene Anderson is an Education Advocate professional in Sacramento, CA.

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