Future Majority Team

Mark Riddle, President

With over two decades of work in the political arena Mark’s work has been instrumental in key Democratic wins across the country from Members of Congress, Governors and Attorneys General. Mark was a partner in a major media firm, served as political director for a DC based PAC, and as a strategist for fortune 500 companies, top Democratic donors, and advocacy campaigns. In addition to his work in politics, Mark serves as the President of the New Leaders Council, the nation’s largest progressive leadership training organization for next generation political and business entrepreneurs.


Julianna Smoot, Senior Advisor

Julianna Smoot is co-founder of Blue Lake Strategies, a Detroit based public affairs consulting firm and previously partner and co-founder of the Smoot Tewes Group, a Washington, D.C.-based firm. Ms. Smoot has served in senior roles in President Obama’s Administration and on both of his presidential campaigns. During the 2008 presidential election, Ms. Smoot served as National Finance Director for the Obama for America campaign, and during his first term, she served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and later, as White House Social Secretary and Deputy Assistant To the President. In 2011, she served as Deputy Campaign Manager for President Obama’s re-election effort. During both election cycles, she set new fundraising records. Previous experience includes work for prominent Democratic senators, including Senators Dick Durbin, Tom Daschle, and Chris Dodd. She currently serves on the Obama Foundation Board and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Board.

Dan Sena, Campaigns Director

Dan was recognized by the Washington Post and NBC as the chief architect for the 2018 Democratic takeover of the House; which resulted in winning 40 races. Dan served as the DCCC’s Executive Director for the 2018 election cycle and is the first Hispanic to have held the position. In 2016, Dan served as Deputy Executive Director and Director of Analytics, Voter Contact and Strategy at the DCCC. Previously, he served as the Political Director for the Democratic Governors Association, as campaign manager for top-tier U.S. Senate races. 


Vince Frillici, Development Advisor

Vince manages political philanthropy strategies for family offices and provides development strategies for non-profit organizations. For nearly 15 years, Vince was a senior campaign operative in Democratic politics, having served as a senior advisor and National Finance Director to former U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd for over seven years. As a member of Dodd’s senior staff, Vince built and led a paid and lay finance team who raised $20 million in ten months for Dodd’s presidential campaign, in addition to leading his finance effort for his 2004 Senate re-election and his Leadership PAC’s 2006 cycle activity. 


A'shanti Gholar, Senior Advisor

A'shanti Gholar is the founder of The Brown Girls Guide to Politics and the CEO of AFG Consulting. She currently serves as the political direct for Emerge America, the only organization dedicated to recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office. A grassroots organizer and activist for women, communities of color, and progressive causes for 15 years, A'shanti has experience in building coalitions, program development, and community and political engagement.


Alexis Hebert, War Room Coordinator

Alexis Hebert is a digital strategist who works with progressive candidates, organizations and issues. She has worked for a political and advocacy messaging and media firm and was previously the Deputy Executive Director for Emerge Kentucky. Part of the Emerge America network, Emerge Kentucky recruits, trains, and inspires women to run for all levels of political office.

Dustin Robinson, War Room Director

Dustin is a digital strategist who works with progressive candidates and organizations. At New Leaders Council, Dustin oversees all aspects of NLC’s branding, marketing, and its digital operation to support promoting NLC’s nearly 8,000 alumni. Dustin ran the digital operation for Democratic National Committee Vice-Chair Michael Blake, and re-election to the New York State Assembly. Dustin helped manage the Progressive Change Campaign Committee on-line program for the 2018 midterm election. He also served as an executive advisor for constituent services and digital strategist for Attorney General Conway and was a field organizer for President Obama’s re-election campaign in Colorado.


Kait Saier, Deputy Finance Director

Kait Saier is a democratic political & fundraising consultant. She has been a member of Congressman Hakeem Jeffries’ campaign team since 2015, assisting in all aspects of campaigning and fundraising. Recently, Kait served as Senior Associate at a leading fundraising and consulting firm for local and state-wide politics in Massachusetts. Prior to attending college, Kait worked overseas for various nonprofits, establishing after school programs and raising funds for local community groups. Kait graduated from Hunter College CUNY in New York City as a JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholar from the Roosevelt House for Public Policy. She is a Survivor Fellow for Everytown for Gun Safety and lives in D.C. with her husband and their cat.

Robert J. Shapiro, Ph.D., Policy Advisor

Robert Shapiro is the founder and chairman of Sonecon, LLC, a private firm in Washington D.C. that provides analysis and advice to U.S. and foreign government officials, business executives, and leaders of non-governmental organizations on economic and security-related policy matters. Dr. Shapiro has advised, among others, Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Vice President Albert Gore, Jr., British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Secretary of State and Senator Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin, Timothy Geithner and Jacob Lew, and other senior members of the Clinton, Obama and Trump administrations and the U.S. Congress.


Matt Tompkins, Chief of Staff and Finance Director

Matt was involved in leading fundraising operations for many high profile political campaigns ranging from top tier U.S. Senate and Congressional races, statewide & local races in Kentucky and in surrounding states; as well as 527 groups across the country including the Democratic Governors Association. During his career he has helped build the New Leaders Council the nation’s premier progressive leadership training organization for next generation political and business entrepreneurs

Future Majority's War Room

Future Majority's fully operation war room is staffed by a group of the best and brightest digital strategists and volunteers with massive social media following. They are not listed here because they're on the frontlines of the fight to save democracy -- and we aren't going to let our opponents see us coming. 

Future Majority Creative Team

Marshall Herskovitz

Marshall is a writer, director and past president of the Producers Guild of America who has won numerous awards for his work in television and film. A Philadelphia native, he has helped create popular TV series thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, and Once and Again, and in 2007 created the groundbreaking online series and social network quarterlife, which at the time was the Internet’s most successful scripted series. Among the films he has produced are Legends of the Fall, Traffic, The Last Samurai and Blood Diamond. He also directed Jack the Bear and the cult-favorite Dangerous Beauty. He currently serves as the Showrunner for Nashville on CMT.


Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg is the New York Times #1 internationally bestselling author of 18 novels, including Orphan X. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages. He is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). He has written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios (including The Book of Henry), and written, developed and produced television for various networks.


Callie Khouri

Callie is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, producer and director born in Texas and raised in Kentucky. After writing Thelma and Louise, she created other successful projects centered around strong female leads including Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and the hit TV series Nashville. A consistent advocate for women and progressive causes, she has sat on the board of the Writer’s Guild and Hollywood Women’s Political Action Committee, and been involved and commended by the National Women’s History Museum.


Billy Ray

Billy wrote the screenplay for "Captain Phillips," which was nominated for an Academy Award and won the WGA Award. His other films as either a writer or writer/director include "The Hunger Games," "Shattered Glass," "Breach" and "State of Play." He also created and Executive Produced (with Chris Keyser) the Amazon television series "The Last Tycoon."

Shawn Ryan

Shawn has been writing for television in Los Angeles since he was 23. Shawn worked on the writing staffs of Nash Bridges and Angel before creating and Executive Producing the FX series The Shield. During the seven-year run of The Shield, Shawn was nominated for an Emmy for writing, won the Golden Globe for Best Television Drama, received two AFI Awards and captured a Peabody Award for television excellence. Shawn has created and/or Executive Produced The Unit, Lie To Me, Terriers, The Chicago Code, Last Resort and Mad Dogs. Shawn co-created and oversees two programs currently on the air – S.W.A.T. on CBS and Timeless on NBC.