About

WHAT WE DO

Invest In America is a campaign-style operation to influence the national debate in favor of robust public investment — from tackling the coronavirus crisis, to rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, to investing in the needs of working families, to creating long-term economic growth. Invest in America uses research, polling, expert validators, and targeted communications to reach and persuade elected officials and the American public.

WHO WE ARE

Our campaign is run by battle-tested operatives fresh off the nation’s most competitive presidential, congressional, and advocacy campaigns. Together, we’re aggressively making the case that bold action from our government is both urgently needed and overwhelmingly popular, and that prioritizing budget cuts isn’t smart politics or good policy. Invest In America is a fiscally sponsored project of the Economic Security Project. Meet the team below:

Zac Petkanas

Senior Advisor

Zac is a veteran strategist and messaging expert. He served as Director of Rapid Response for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and communications director for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. After 2016, he served as senior advisor to the DNC and built the acclaimed Trump War Room to hold the new administration accountable through its first 100 days. His favorite public investment is the Brooklyn Bridge.

Elizabeth DeHaan

Executive Assistant

Elizabeth comes to the Invest in America team with over eight years of administrative experience. Her most recent role was supporting a boutique victim’s rights law firm in Brooklyn, New York. Her favorite public investment is Social Security.

Paul Dhillon

Research Director

Paul most recently worked at the DCCC, first as a Research Analyst and then as a Senior Research Analyst on their Independent Expenditure. Paul has also worked on sustainability policy in the City of San José’s Environmental Services Department. His favorite public investment is our national parks – especially Yellowstone!

TJ L’Heureux

Press Secretary

TJ joins the Invest in America team from the campaign world, previously working on the communications team that helped elect Mark Kelly to the U.S. Senate and as a press aide on the Pete Buttigieg presidential campaign. His favorite public investment is public education — particularly the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Bilingual Education Act. 

Jack Miller

Communications Director

Jack most recently worked as a strategic communications advisor and speechwriter at USAID. He has campaign experience in more than a dozen states and served in two congressional offices as communications director. Jack started his career in the environmental movement. His favorite public investment is the U.S. National Park system.

Lee Sova-Claypool

Digital Director

Lee is a digital communications expert who most recently served as Director of Influencer Engagement for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign. Previously, she ran digital campaigns for Stand Up America and Everytown for Gun Safety. Her favorite public investment is the Human Genome Project.

Nadia Semmar

Director of Outreach

Nadia comes from a digital organizing background, doing electoral work for candidates like Elizabeth Warren and Ilhan Omar. Most recently, she did digital outreach for Color Of Change in some of the most competitive 2020 Senate races in the country. Her favorite public investment is New York City’s subway system.