Board Members

President

Lilah Pomerance is the Deputy Director for Government Relations at SEIU. She built her career in political campaigns and policy making, working for the Democratic Coordinated Campaign in 2000, and later overseeing field campaign efforts in several states for the 2004 John Edwards presidential bid. For the 2004 general election, she ran a national young voter campaign. Between campaigns, she advised Senator Charles Schumer as part of his Judiciary Committee staff. Lilah spent 2005 in Nicaragua, where she consulted for the Central American Women's Fund through the American Jewish World Service Corps program. After earning her MBA in 2008 from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, she joined SEIU. Lilah lives in DC with her husband and three children.


Treasurer

Joe Sandler is a member of the firm Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock, P.C., in Washington, D.C., concentrating in campaign finance, election law, non-profit organizations, government ethics and regulation of lobbying and corporate and tax issues affecting political and advocacy activities. He has served as staff counsel for the Democratic National Committee, and was general counsel of the Rules and Credentials Committees for the 1988 Democratic National Convention. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, he taught courses, as an adjunct professor, on regulation of government influence, at William & Mary Law School and in 2010, at University of Pittsburgh Law School. In 2011, Joe was appointed by the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates to serve on the Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law, established by the Maryland General Assembly. Joe was elected to serve President of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington beginning in July 2012, and previously served as Vice Chair of JCRC and as co-chair of its Maryland Commission.


 

Seth Johnson currently serves the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) as an Assistant Director of Political Action, overseeing the department’s political communications, research, financial and compliance functions and running the unions Independent Expenditure programs. Seth has run campaigns for the union in more than a dozen states. Seth previously worked as a budget, tax and intergovernmental finance analyst in AFSCME’s Public Policy Department, for the Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts, at the U.S. House Committee on the Budget and for Federal Funds Information for States. Seth holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in government from Cornell University. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Kate and their dog Nessie.


Carla Ohringer Engle is the State Communications Director at AFL-CIO. She serves as the lead in developing strategy for field communications and overseeing field and state communications staff. Prior to joining AFL-CIO, Engle was the treasurer and co-founder of Democracy Partners, a progressive consulting firm launched in the summer of 2011.  Additionally, since 2008, she served as the president of Progressive Strategies, a member of Democracy Partners. While at Progressive Strategies, Engle helped launch OpenLeft.com and consulted for a variety of different organizations including DailyKos, MoveOn.org, Ford Foundation, Democracy Alliance, Change to Win, Planned Parenthood, the Center for Community Change, and USAction. She has also served as the Executive Director of American Family Voices and the Director of the Progressive Donor Network.


Daniel Solomon is the President of the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation, and a founder and current board member of DC Vote, a non-profit organization dedicated to gaining voting representation in Congress for the District of Columbia. Daniel is a board member of the University of the District of Columbia School of Law Foundation and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. In addition, Daniel has been active in raising over $1 million for the Tzedec program of The Jewish Funds for Justice (now Bend the Arc), which pools Jewish investments to support low-income communities in the DC area. Prior to his work with DC Vote, Daniel was a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he focused on international labor rights and child labor violations.


 

Michelle SternthalMichelle Sternthal works as Senior Domestic Policy Adviser at Oxfam America, where she advocates for federal policies that help low-wage and vulnerable workers. Prior to this position, Michelle was Policy Director at the Main Street Alliance, where she worked to make the business case for progressive economic and labor policies.  She has served as a lobbyist for the March of Dimes and has done consulting work for SEIU and JUFJ.

 


Michael Tacelosky is the President of Survos, a survey platform and micro-tasking technology built on Amazon Turk. He was a co-founder of Smokefree DC, a group of citizens that worked to prohibit smoking in indoor public places across DC, and served as president of Smokescreen from 1995 - 2009. Michael is a graduate of Villanova University.

 


Bruce Turnbull. Photo by Mark Wolff.Bruce Turnbull co-chairs the Criminal Justice Task Force of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and is a member of the Lawyers’ Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Bruce previously served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Washington Regional Office of the American Jewish Committee and co-taught a course on “Jews and the Civil Rights Movement” at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. He serves as pro bono counsel to the Bolechow Jewish Heritage Society, an organization he co-founded to restore and preserve Jewish heritage for the Ukrainian town of Bolechow and the surrounding region.