We are a group of organizers from Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. Deeply concerned about women's electoral progress in the aftermath of the election, we decided that the best way to create national change was to go back to the ground. We're progressive, collaborative, and into pushing the boundaries of tried-and-true candidate recruitment tactics. 


Emma Brown, Co-Founder & Executive Director

Before starting First Ask, Emma worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign in Ohio. She has also worked for Emily Cain’s 2016 U.S. House campaign (ME-02), The Cook Political Report, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She earned a B.A. in Government and English from Colby College.

Anna Brichacek, Co-Founder & Campaigns director

Before joining Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, Anna worked in field on campaigns at the state, local, and national level in Virginia, Connecticut, and Ohio. She's a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a Government and History degree and is a proud Cleveland native. 

Melody Alemansour, Digital Director

Melody is ecstatic to be the Digital Director of First Ask. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she completed a fellowship with the Women's Campaign Fund in Washington DC, helping fundraise for progressive women running in 2014. Before joining the Clinton campaign in Iowa, Melody interned at the White House Communications Department and worked on the Advance team for President Obama. A native Californian, Melody is ready to do what's necessary to find progressive, female leaders who will do the work we both need and deserve. 

Jewell Porter, Training Director

Jewell Porter is an alumna of Hillary Clinton's campaign in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a proud graduate of Denison University where she obtained a bachelor of arts degree in political science.


Nneka Maceo, Organizing Director

Nneka Maceo, currently leading the First Ask organizing efforts attains expertise in networking, building relationships with elected officials and community leaders. A valuable element to her organizing efforts, has been her current and prior experience working on local, congressional, and presidential campaigns. Nneka holds a bachelor's degree in political science and is currently a prospective law student. Her experience, knowledge, and hard work in many communities has allowed her to build a passion to ensure neighborhoods and individuals continue to foster to their fullest potential. In her spare time, Nneka enjoys reading and running to Lake Erie. 

Max Drickey, Research Director

Max Drickey is thrilled to be the Research Director for a start-up by and for women.  He is a veteran of three campaigns, and most recently worked as a deputy director for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign in Cleveland.  He graduated from Oberlin College with B.A's in Politics and English.