Introducing the Emerging Leaders Project class of 2017-18


Fellow Democrats,

It is with great excitement that today we officially announce the members of the 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Project class!

Created and operated by volunteers, the Emerging Leaders Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization that closely partners with the Indiana Democratic Party to provide free training for up-and-coming young leaders who have an interest in running for office or working on campaigns.

In this, the fifth year of the program, more than 200 Hoosiers from around the state applied for one of the 40 available slots in the class. A selection committee made up of members of the Emerging Leaders Project Inc. Board of Directors, program alumni and representatives from the Indiana Democratic Party recently reviewed the applications and made final selections – a difficult process.

After much consideration, we are proud to welcome the following individuals to the Emerging Leaders Project!

Amy Allen Sekhar, Richmond        

Jacob Burnett, Mishawaka            

Chris Chyung, Dyer           

Aspen Clemons,  Anderson            

Stephanie Crandall, Fort Wayne   

Matt Cummings, Greencastle       

Jolie Dalton, Indianapolis

Christina Downey, Noblesville       

Bennett Fuson, Indianapolis          

Poonam Gill, Fishers        

William Grover III, Floyds Knobs   

Matthew Gunn, Indianapolis        

Lovell Houston, Zionsville

Peter Iversen, Bloomington           

Hannah Klass, Newburgh

Kristen Matha, Indianapolis          

Pedro Navarrete, Terre Haute       

Maria Norman, Fort Wayne          

Erika Oliphant, Bloomington         

Hanna Omar, Columbus  

Matthew Parr, Lafayette

RaCia Poston, Indianapolis            

Amanda Qualls, Goshen  

Regina Robinson Ungar, Evansville             

Michael Rodriguez, Hobart            

Ronnie Saunders, Indianapolis    

Nic Sigler, Bloomington  

Nicholas Siler, Milltown  

Andrew Stanley, Indianapolis       

Pablo Svirsky, Indianapolis            

Susan Turner, Terre Haute             

Elizabeth Valencia, Indianapolis   

Emily Voorde, South Bend             

Elaine Wagner, Columbus              

Stephanie Wakeland, Bloomington             

Heather Walker, Hobart  

James Wells, Carmel        

Martha Whitmill, Bloomington    

Michelle Wietbrock, West Lafayette           

Lauren Zuber, Fort Wayne           

To learn more about the Emerging Leaders Project, Inc., the selection process, or to make a donation please visit our website at

Democratically yours,

Jeff Harris

Chair, Emerging Leaders Project, Inc.

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