Meet Our Team

From our headquarters in Austin, we are focused around-the-clock on making big changes. Our backgrounds are varied, but our commitment is singular and strong.

Royce Brooks

Executive Director
royce@annieslist.com

Fort Worth native Royce Brooks joined Annie’s List in July of 2018 as our Executive Director. Her background, experience and passion for representational democracy will ensure Annie’s List continues to make this year, and every year, the year of women winning.

Royce honed her leadership in a career encompassing both policy and electoral politics. Before joining Annie’s List, she worked with city leaders, researchers and community members to develop a policy agenda addressing inequality in Atlanta as the city’s first-ever Chief Equity Officer.

Prior to that, Royce helped to shape a policy vision here in Texas as the policy director for Sylvester Turner’s successful campaign for Mayor of Houston. She also guided more than 250 civic leaders and stakeholders through the consensus development of strategic policy priorities during Mayor Turner’s transition process.  Before joining Mayor Turner’s campaign, she served as the statewide policy director for Wendy Davis’s 2014 campaign for Texas governor.

Royce has worked in both houses of Congress, including as a legislative counsel and subcommittee staff director in the United States Senate, where she led oversight and legislative efforts related to oil spill remediation, drinking water protections and more.

Royce served as a policy analyst with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a public policy research institution focusing on issues of concern to communities of color.  Early in her career, she was a legislative assistant for Martin Frost, former Chairman of the U.S. House Democratic Caucus. There she was responsible for policy issues including energy, health care, technology and finance.

Royce is a graduate of Rice University, Harvard Law School, and Dunbar High School in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kimberly Caldwell

Programs Director
kimberly@annieslist.com

As Program Director, Kimberly Caldwell helps progressive women all along their leadership journey become stronger political candidates, elected leaders and campaign supporters. Prior to joining Annie’s List, Kimberly spent nearly five years at Share Our Strength in Washington, DC, as the Senior Program Manager at the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices. There she led strategy, resource development and training for Summer Meals programs.

Kimberly’s first job was as the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Kelly White Campaign for State Representative in 2004 where she learned campaign operations, hard work and heartbreak. She then spent four years at Greenlights for NonProfit Success (now Mission Capital), where she consulted with dozens of local nonprofits each year on projects related to strategic planning and board governance.

Kimberly currently serves on the board for All Girls Considered, a new podcast produced by middles school girls to tell the stories of inspirational women. Previous community leadership roles include serving on boards for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) in Austin, Little Rock and Nationally.

Kimberly holds a Master of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin.

A native Austinite, Kimberly lives in Crestview with her husband and two daughters. She spends her free time parenting, chatting, adventuring (mildly), learning and completing small tasks for her mother.

Monica Gomez

Political Director
monica@annieslist.com

Monica Gomez was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up in New Mexico politics. She was exposed to campaigns from a very early age, sometimes spending her birthdays at primary election parties.
Monica volunteered on her first political campaign as a 16 year-old freshman in college. She has been actively involved with the New Mexico Democratic Party since the 2004 Presidential Election, serving as a state central committee member, chair and vice-chair of the New Mexico College Democrats and a committee member of the Hispanic Caucus of the College Democrats of America.
One of her most notable wins was the defeat of an eighteen-year incumbent to elect her father to the New Mexico House of Representative in 2014. In 2016, she moved into Texas politics, serving as the campaign manager for State Rep. Lina Ortega’s primary race (HD-77). She later returned for the general election to manage State Rep. Victoria Neave’s successful campaign in Dallas (HD-107), one of the closest races in the state.
She holds two undergraduate degrees from New Mexico State University, where she is working to finish two masters degrees. In her spare time, Monica enjoys flower arranging and is a regionally ranked floral designer.

James Canup

Development Director
james@annieslist.com

A native Texan and Longhorn, James Canup is a nonprofit professional who, for nearly 20 years, has served in a variety of development and executive roles in charities and advocacy organizations including the American Red Cross, Texas League of Conservation Voters, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

James specializes in uniting individual philanthropy with civic engagement, collaborating with donors and volunteers to achieve shared objectives. He is committed to building a better future for all Texans.

James lives in Austin with John Henry, an 11-year old standard poodle/German short-haired pointer mix. He vacations at Caddo Lake and “plans to” camp at Big Bend “someday”.

Amanda Finucane

Content Manager & Digital Strategist
amanda@annieslist.com

Having spent most of her life in the northeast between Maryland and New York, Amanda is excited to call Texas her new home as a member of Annie’s list. After pursuing degrees in business management and marketing from the University of South Carolina, she came across her passion for creative strategy and went on to receive her Masters degree from LIM in the business of fashion management. She spent several years working in the fashion industry where she managed areas everywhere from sales, administration, e-commerce, marketing and communications.

While her passion for the creative field continuously grew, she sought to apply her skills in a more purpose-led area working toward social impact. She began her work with Annie’s List this year and feels grateful and passionate about working to elect progressive women alongside such a hardworking team. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys reading, painting and knitting and exploring the all Austin has to offer with her boyfriend, Grant.

 

Amy Godoy

Fundraising Events Manager
amy@annieslist.com

Amy Godoy is an Austinite, born and raised. In fact, both sides of her family trace their Central Texas roots back more than a century. She’s a Longhorn, too, having graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Government.

From there, Amy moved to New York to attend the Institute of Culinary Education and learn the ways of the kitchen. Though she completed the comprehensive program, Amy took to the pastry kitchen and concentrated on bringing smiles to the tables of Manhattan. After moving back to Austin she switched to the catering business, first in the bakery and then into the office as an event planner and coordinator.

Amy has 15 years of experience organizing and coordinating events of all sizes and types, from intimate dinners at home to lavish weddings to fundraising galas. She’s planned events for presidents, governors, and even Martha Stewart.

She’s excited now to get in on what Annie’s List is doing for Texas and looking forward to bringing her expertise and organizational skills to the cause. When not at work or out eating a great meal, Amy is usually at home with her husband, her son and their puppy, Leo.

Ana Harris

Programs Coordinator
ana@annieslist.com

Ana Harris is a political and nonprofit professional with experience in organizing and community building. A Dallas native, Ana is thrilled to be back in her home state after spending nearly six years in the Boston area. Ana served as the campaign manager for a city council race in suburban Boston, and comes to Annie’s List from the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, where she worked in fundraising to lead and expand the young philanthropist group. Ana’s dedication to increasing the number of smart, Democratic women in American politics can be seen through her in her volunteer work with Emerge Massachusetts, and her previous internship with Annie’s List while an undergraduate. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College. After her time spent in New England, Ana is grateful for the warm weather and sunshine, and that no one laughs when she says, “Y’all.”

Shellie Hayes-McMahon

Operations Director
shellie@annieslist.com

Shellie Hayes-McMahon joined Annie’s List in July, 2018. She first got to know the organization as an endorsed candidate in May when she narrowly lost her bid for the Cedar Park City Council. Shellie has more than 25 years of management experience, using her Democratic values to put employees first in pursuit of business goals. She has successfully led teams at Costco, Williams Sonoma and Natural Grocers.

Shellie currently serves on the Cedar Park City Council’s Parks, Arts and Community Enhancement (PACE) Committee, where she helps direct city resources to provide cultural experiences and improve quality of life. She is also an overactive member of Wilco Dems, bringing her younger son along while her husband and older son support from home.

Jacob Kalbfleisch

Development Coordinator
jacob@annieslist.com

Born and raised in Texas, Jacob has lived in Austin for seven years after growing up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He is an alumnus of the Annie’s List internship program, completing internships in both communications and development while finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is passionate about working to advance the representation of marginalized groups in politics and learning how to improve social justice advocacy, especially at the intersections of race and gender. In his free time, Jacob enjoys training for 10Ks, eating too much Tex-Mex, listening to pop music, and finding new places to brunch.

Max Lars

Political and Programs Manager
max@annieslist.com

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Max has experience working on progressive campaigns with a background in policy research. Most recently, Max was the Field Director for Annie’s List Endorsed Candidate Sheryl Cole’s campaign for House District 46.
In 2013, Max moved to Texas to join Wendy Davis’ gubernatorial campaign as a Field Organizer in Dallas. Following that campaign, Max served as a Policy Aide for former State Rep. Craig Eiland in Austin. Last Legislative Session, he worked as the Senior Policy Analyst for State Rep. Donna Howard. In this position he was able to work on crafting state education policy with education stakeholders like The University of Texas, Austin ISD, and The Texas Education Agency.
Max holds a degree of Criminal Justice from Southern University at Shreveport. Outside of work, he is an avid movie-goer a lifelong fan of the New Orleans Saints, and a fan of all things hip-hop.

Gracie Padilla

Political Coordinator
graciela@annieslist.com

Gracie Padilla, a Dallas native, has extensive nonprofit experience and a background in policy research. Before joining Annie’s List, Gracie worked as a research analyst for the Texas Legislative Council. There she was assigned to ten, high-volume House committees. Prior to that, she served as an advocate at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and on the direct services team at the Girls Empowerment Network. Gracie is dedicated to helping elect progressive women. She frequently checks the #txlege hashtag on Twitter, and is especially passionate about health and human services, public education and election law. Gracie received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and is a former Annie’s List political intern. She and her dog, Hadley, are regulars at Zilker Park.

Flavia Sanches

Graphic Designer
flavia@annieslist.com

Flávia has extensive experience creating exceptional visual design for web and print, as well as a solid understanding of branding and corporate identity. In addition to 10 years of agency experience, Flávia holds a Masters degree in graphic & editorial design from the prestigious Fine Art University of Oporto, Portugal, Europe, where she lived for many years. She also holds a post graduate degree in branding from the Catholic University of Paraná State, PUC, Brazil, the country where she was born and raised. As a graphic designer, Flávia served non-profit organizations in Washington DC for several years—and dedicated herself into accelerating good practices in the graphic design field that focused on small business entrepreneurship in Latin American. In 2015, she moved to Austin to work in the finance industry as a visual designer. Now, Flávia is with us, doing what she believes she does best, helping Annie’s List design the path to elect more women into power!