Meet Our Team

Leigh Ackerman, Coordinator

Leigh oversees the office and supervises our student Fellows. Along with them, she coordinates many of our programs including Vote Everywhere, Miami SOUP, and RISE Alt. Breaks. Leigh also serves as a liaison to student organizations as well as campus and community partners.

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Kelsey Demel, Vote Everywhere Ambassador

As a Vote Everywhere Ambassador, Kelsey represents the Vote Everywhere program and the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Kelsey organizes voter registration efforts, plans and facilitates civic engagement workshops, and generally works to engage students in the political process.

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Sophia Feller, Graduate Program Advisor 

Through a practicum experience in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program, Sophie assists with development and coordination of our RISE Alt. Breaks program. In the role, she advises Site Leaders, facilitates training, researches best practices, and oversees participant recruitment and selection.

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Betsy Grout, Social Media & Marketing Fellow

Betsy works to promote the work we do in the office on campus and in the community. She works specifically on marketing for Miami SOUP. Along with the other Social Media & Marketing Fellows, she coordinates all office social media.

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Natalie Knoepfle, Social Media & Marketing Fellow

Natalie works to promote the work we do in the office on campus and in the community. She works specifically on marketing for RISE Alt. Breaks and coordinates all office social media along with the other Social Media & Marketing Fellows. 

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Ambika Kumar, Miami SOUP Fellow

Ambika is responsible for planning, implementing and assessing Miami SOUP - a crowdfunding, mini-granting dinner which celebrates and supports innovative community change projects in the region. Miami SOUP is an opportunity for teams of students, faculty/staff, and community partners to make a significant impact and contribute towards real change. In addition to her work on SOUP, Ambika also facilitates workshops and presents on behalf of the office on a range of community engagement topics. 

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Makenzie Mercer, Vote Everywhere Ambassador

As a Vote Everywhere Ambassador, Makenzie represents the Vote Everywhere program and the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Makenzie organizes voter registration efforts, plans and facilitates civic engagement workshops, and generally works to engage students in the political process.

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Avery Walke, Community Engagement Fellow

Avery works to support programs in the office and help us prepare for upcoming events. She also meets one-on-one with students and organizations who are interested in getting involved in the community.

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