Invest In America is a campaign-style operation to influence the national debate in favor of robust public investment — both to combat the coronavirus crisis in the short-term and to create growth and prosperity in the long-term. We’re aggressively making the case that bold action from our government is both urgently needed and overwhelmingly popular — and that prioritizing deficit reduction and budget cuts are neither smart politics nor good policy.



Invest in America is using comprehensive research, rapid response polling, targeted paid communications, and expert validators to reach and persuade the media, elected officials, key decision-makers, and the American people with our message. Every element of this campaign is being run by battle-tested operatives fresh off the nation’s most competitive presidential, congressional and advocacy campaigns. 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

Director of Policy Research

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!

Jake Hajdu

Director of Outreach

Jake was the Wisconsin State Director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential run in 2016 and the Wisconsin Senior Strategist for Elizabeth Warren’s run in 2020. He was also Director of Outreach for Tammy Baldwin and Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. His favorite public investment is Medicare.

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. 

Madeline McDaniel

Communications Director

Madeline spent the 2020 cycle at Everytown for Gun Safety, supporting their largest-ever political program with earned and paid media strategy. Before sparring with the NRA, she managed comms for economic development agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Her favorite public investment is SNAP — no one should go hungry in one of the richest countries in the world!

Juan C. Niño

Director of Opposition Research

Juan oversaw the DCCC’s paid media research as a Senior Research Analyst for their Independent Expenditure. He previously worked for Senator Sherrod Brown’s 2018 Senate re-election campaign as well as for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. His favorite public investment is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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

Deputy Director of Outreach and Digital Engagement

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.