Jesse (he/him/él), originally from Southern California, is a recent Boston College graduate with a BA in Political Science and a minor in International Studies with an overall thematic concentration in Ethics and International Social Justice. With local community non-profit work experience during his summers in his hometown, Jesse has worked on helping children and families enjoy resources addressing youth development, family wellness, MFT and counseling services. He is passionate about all things social justice, which includes healthcare reform and believes in the ability to unite and strengthen all patients in America by being able to connect with them via intercultural competence.
Temi has worked on political campaigns across the Southeast, most recently at ActBlue. She brings years of experience of advocacy, organizing and coalition building through strategic alignment to P4AD. Temi is a first-generation Nigerian American who received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Frostburg State University and her J.D from Howard University.
Audrey (she/her) has worked in advocacy communications for over five years, most recently at M+R, where she led earned media strategy for reproductive rights, criminal justice, housing, food advocacy, and humanitarian campaigns. She has also worked as an organizer for local, state, and federal campaigns across the country. Originally from the Bay Area, California, Audrey is a graduate of University of California Berkeley (Go Bears), where she double-majored in Sociology and Theater Performance studies. She is passionate about making health care accessible to all Americans, and believes in the power of uplifting patients’ voices in the news in order to influence legislation.
Merith’s commitment to health equity began nearly two decades ago working alongside young people living with type 1 diabetes in Ecuador. Her formative grassroots organizing combined with a master’s degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine motivated her to co-found the 100 Campaign in 2012, aimed at reframing the narrative around insulin access as a human rights issue and reducing the barriers to access.
Most recently, Merith served for eight years as executive director of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines in North America, an international, student-driven organization that seeks to improve access to and affordability of life-saving medicines researched and developed at universities. In March 2020, she launched the Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 campaign via UAEM and, in conjunction with the Center for Artistic Activism, to advocate for equitable access to COVID tests, treatments, and vaccines.
Merith is a connector, a movement-builder and a creative. She also serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of the ACCISS study addressing the Challenges and Constraints of Insulin Sources and Supply. She speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Wendy is a seasoned operations professional in the health care sector with a primary focus in HR administration, lobbying compliance, and finance/budget tracking. Her experience includes five years as VP of Operations at the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) and 10 years as Sr. Manager, State Government Affairs & Operations at CVS Health.
Emily (she/her) brings years of digital strategy experience to P4AD from her years working for political campaigns and consulting firms. As digital director, she works to elevate the fight for lower drug prices online and to mobilize the patient community through social media. Emily is passionate about stopping Big Pharma’s influence on elections and politics.
Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communication at American University in Washington, D.C.
Natalie has worked in health care policy both at the state level and on Capitol Hill. She is excited to bring her combination of advocacy and legislative experience to the fight for lower drug prices. Natalie graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in political science and history and is committed to increasing access to high-quality, affordable, equitable health care for all.
Ian (he/him) is interested in creating equitable change through storytelling and lifting up marginalized voices. Before coming to P4AD, Ian worked as a field organizer in rural North Carolina for the 2020 election and interned at The Hub Project, working on healthcare and tax justice campaigns. He is a graduate of UNC Charlotte, where he studied English and Political Science.