Rob “Biko” Baker – Executive Director
Rob “Biko” Baker is the Executive Director of the League of Young Voters, and a nationally-recognized leader. Based in Milwaukee, Baker is a pioneer in running city-level, data-driven voter turnout campaigns that dramatically increase the voter participation of young urban citizens. A leading voice on field campaigns targeting young African American voters, Baker serves on CIRCLE’s research advisory board and is a board member of the New Organizing Institute. He is also a well known communicator around elections, as well as cultural and political issues including gun violence and voting rights. In addition to being a former contributor to The Source, he has appeared on C-SPAN, Fox News and CNN. A popular and powerful speaker at conferences and events, Baker has interviewed luminaries Cornel West, Russell Simmons, and Howard Dean, and has been on panels with many of the nation’s strongest progressive voices. Baker holds a Ph.D in History from UCLA.
Sam Patton – Chief of Staff
Sam Patton graduated from Oberlin College in 2005, and moved to New York City to pursue a career in the film industry. Dissatisfied by its commercialism and looking to make an impact in the world, he started as an intern with the Brooklyn League in 2007 and has not looked back since. Over six years on the national team, he has experienced nearly all facets of League work, from Operations and Accounting, to Communications and Data Management. As Chief of Staff, he oversees all national staff to execute the League’s 2013 online programming and interface with our state-based field staff. He has appeared on Huffington Post Live, Bay Area NPR affiliate KQED, and in numerous print publications.
Cathy Thomas – Operations Manager
Cathy joined The League after a long, unfulfilling career in the retail industry,and is pleased to be putting the knowledge obtained there to good use. She has lived in New York for almost a decade and is also a musician. Cathy co-composed a musical that was in the Fringe Festival, once accompanied Liza Minnelli singing “New York, New York” (she’d be happy to tell you that story!), and can be spotted playing pianos and singing in microphones all around town. She is so excited to have a front row seat watching The League inspire and encourage the youth of our country.
LaShunda Campbell, Brand Manager
LaShunda was introduced to the League in 2010 as a field organizer and established herself as a rising activist through her Party With A Purpose (PWAP) campaign– an initiative focused on completing voter registrations and pledge cards, disseminating voter guides and mixtapes at night clubs, festivals, and concerts in downtown Atlanta. Shortly after executing the PWAP campaign, she moved to New York to pursue a master’s degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University. After working in consumer and corporate communications at Edelman, she decided to return to her passion: public service. Her primary goals are to implement strategic campaigns to promote awareness of politically-relevant topics, build relationships with key stakeholders and to create positive publicity of programs to enhance democracy and civic engagement. She enjoys spin cycling, writing poetry, traveling and hosting dinner parties in her free time.