Our Staff

Romy Carpenter

Executive Director

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Romy joined SNAP in the spring of 2015. She believes that grassroots organizing, like what SNAP does, is the best way to move progressive politics forward. College affordability and climate change are among the issues she is most dedicated to, and, growing up in Maine, she has developed a passion for environmental protection. While not fighting for political progress, you might find Romy lounging in the sun or hiking around the Greater New Haven area. 

Contact Romy Carpenter here.

Holly Geffs

Communications Director

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Holly joined SNAP in Fall 2014, upon arriving at Yale, and her focus is on revamping the outreach strategies and online presence of SNAP.  Her interest in politics began in Middle School when she became involved in efforts to improve elementary public schools in her Connecticut hometown. Her first experience in grassroots organizing came in the 2012 election cycle when she canvassed for campaigns in her local community. In Summer 2016 she worked as a Legislative Intern for US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Holly is extremely interested international relations and womens issues, and is looking forward to a career in government. SNAP’s work is particularly important to her because of its grassroots approach to creating big-picture change in American politics. In addition to SNAP, Holly is a member of the Yale Debate Association and is passionate about photography.

Contact Holly Geffs here. 

John Kauffman

Finance Director

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John joined SNAP in early 2015 as a freshman.  Hailing from a small Illinois town, John was introduced to political advocacy upon arriving at Yale when he worked on Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy's successful 2014 reelection campaign.  As an active member of the Yale College Democrats and VITA, a national volunteer tax preparation program, John is passionate about bringing awareness to progressive issues and making a meaningful impact in the lives of people in his community.  SNAP's values are especially important to John because of its emphasis on preparing our generation's future political leaders and activists.  John is also a competitive bowler and enjoys composing music in his free time.  

Franklin Eccher

Fellowship Director


Franklin Eccher is a sophomore at Yale University, and a prospective American Studies major. Franklin hails from Montrose, Colorado, where he first began working in progressive activism on grassroots campaigns in his hometown. Franklin's work with SNAP focuses mainly on managing SNAP's fellowship program, where he strives to seek out other college-aged progressives and activists in order to provide them the resources to make a meaningful impact in grassroots politics. Aside from SNAP, Franklin is a curriculum and research associate for the Teaching Peace Initiative, and a co-founder of the Yale Student Alliance for Gun Safety. Franklin also enjoys fly fishing, brewing beer, and Bon Iver. 

Contact Franklin Eccher here. 

Daniel Vernick

Co-Political Director

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Daniel joined SNAP PAC as a freshman in Fall 2015. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign inspired Daniel to engage in politics. He has been involved in dozens of local, state, and national campaigns, from interning for Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign and MA State Senator Will Brownsberger’s congressional campaign to organizing a student movement in support of the Yes for Belmont budget override campaign. Over previous summers Daniel has worked as a Blue Lab associate at Liberty Square Group and later as a legislative intern in the office of MA State Rep John Hecht. Daniel also served as Membership Director and then Chief of Staff of the High School Democrats of America. Daniel is passionate about engaging youth in politics. He believes that the status quo of politics is unacceptable and is energized to continue fighting for a better future. He joined SNAP PAC because he believes deeply in the importance of electing bold progressive leadership who will fight the establishment to solve issues that matter to young people. In his free time, Daniel enjoys hiking and just being outdoors.

Contact Daniel Vernick here.

Nicholas Girard

Political Associate

DSC_9998_(3).JPGNick joined SNAP in fall 2015. He hails from the small town of Stafford, Connecticut. In 2013, he started his involvement in politics with his local Democratic party. From there, he lead political operations for his local state representative’s campaign and volunteered with Governor Dan Malloy’s re-election bid. Nick served on the national staff of the High School Democrats of America and as a finance intern with the Connecticut Democratic Party. He finds his political inspiration from his parents' history stories and is devoted to campaign finance and elections law. Nick firmly believes in the importance of ensuring that everyone has the right to vote and participate in politics. When not involved in politics, Nick enjoys photography, web design, and imagining what politics could be while watching The West Wing and House of Cards.

Contact Nicholas Girard here. 

Chris Rice

Associate

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Chris joined SNAP in Spring 2015. He began his political involvement as an intern for the Harris County Democratic Party in 2010. After working as a field organizer for several state and national elections, Chris joined the local political scene and was hired for a city council campaign as an office manager. After winning the election, Chris interned for the Houston City Council and managed constituent services and legislative research. Soon after, Chris served as a representative in the Greater Houston Workforce Development Committee to help provide solutions to his district school board and local businesses to improve the local economy. Outside of his political engagement, Chris enjoys playing music, volunteering, and travelling. 

Contact Chris Rice here.

Joyce Ho

Associate

Joyce joined SNAP in the fall of 2016. Her involvement in political campaigns first began in the summer of 2014 when she campaigned for New York Attorney General Eric Schneidermann' s re-election campaign. Joyce is passionate about social justice and race relations, dedicated to bringing about more diversity in political, economic, and social arenas. She adamantly believes that all of our institutions should accurately reflect the heterogeneity of our nation. Joyce is also a fervent environmentalist, particularly interested in the intersection of environmental conservation and racial relations.  Beyond SNAP, Joyce loves learning new languages, practicing hot yoga, and hiking. 

Mila Rostain

Senior Advisor

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Mila currently serves as the Senior Advisor of SNAP PAC. She worked as the Political Director from November, 2014 until assuming the position of Executive Director in May 2015. Previously, she has been involved in several political campaigns, beginning with John Kerry’s Presidential campaign. Since then, she’s volunteered for mayoral, senatorial, and gubernatorial campaigns. Outside of SNAP, Mila advocates for reproductive rights and economic justice. In her free time, Mila loves nothing more than to play a good board game.

Contact Mila Rostain here.

 

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