Andrew Janz, Founder
Andrew is a deputy district attorney in Fresno County and former candidate for Congress whose insurgent campaign against Republican Devin Nunes received national attention and ignited grassroots activists and small dollar donors from all over the country — resulting in the most money raised of any Democratic challenger in the House.
Raised by immigrant parents, Andrew has lived the American dream and understands the promise that it holds — and has dedicated his life to protecting our rights and ideals. Andrew is a member of VPP’s Board of Directors.
Heather Greven, Executive Director
A California native and graduate of CSU East Bay with a B.A. in Political Science, she has served as a campaign manager and field director in key California state legislative and congressional races. During the 2016 cycle, she worked as a pollster on races across the country, including Bernie Sanders’ presidential primary race. In 2017, Heather ran Andrew Janz’s Congressional challenge to Congressmen Devin Nunes in California’s 22nd district. Raising over 9.1 million dollars and performing a 25+ point swing in this ruby-red district, bringing rookie candidate Andrew Janz within single digits of Nunes.
After the midterms, Heather joined NextGen America’s communications team, the nation’s largest youth voter organization, where she first served as the National Press Secretary before taking over as the Communications Director in 2020. Heather now serves as the Executive Director of the Voter Protection Project, a leading political action committee that fights back against voter suppression efforts directly at the ballot box.
Emily Michalakes, Digital Director
A New Englander through and through, Emily grew up in the great state of Maine and has lived in Massachusetts for over a decade. Like many college students/millennials, a summer internship on the Obama Campaign in New Hampshire kick started her career as an orgnanizer, issue activist, and campaign strategist. Prior to joining the Voter Protection Project as their Digital Director, Emily was the State and Local Outreach Manager for the north east region at Actblue, where she managed a team of associates who helped candidates build digital fundraising programs and to embrace the idea that small dollar donors are an important force in our elections.