Olivia Thompson is the founder and president of The Blueprint. She has been in political organizing since graduating from the University of Tampa in 2017 with a bachelors degree in political science.
She trained canvassers and volunteers for the 2018 midterm elections in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania as well as being a field organizer.
Her political work in Florida began in 2019 when she started volunteering with the Hillsborough County Democratic Party and created the position of Volunteer Coordinator as well as lead the expansion of their social media. After holding position of volunteer coordinator for 2 years, she became passionate about helping other organizations expand their infrastructure for organizing and started Blueprint.
She currently does content creation for Hillsborough County Democratic Party as well as their photography. To learn more about Olivia's journey to starting Blueprint, see Inspiration.
Ant Avila is Vice President of The Blueprint and is a passionate community activist and experienced organizer. They studied Political Science, Sociology and Organizational leadership at Arizona State University, completing a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.
They Organized for Senator Elizabeth Warren's Primary Campaign, for the Florida Democratic Party, and the Florida Coordinated Campaign, as well as being the former Vice Chair of the Pasco County Democratic Party. Ant is distinctly focused on increasing grassroots capacity to fight for progressive policies, that center, working families, the BIPOC community, and Trans Rights.
Yolanda Brown serves as the Treasury, compliance director and CPA for The Blueprint. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Brown Financial and Consulting Services Group, LLC. Yolanda has over 16 years of 501c(3), 501c(4), PAC, 527, and state party operations experience.
Yolanda previously served as the Deputy Director of Grants and Finance for Serve DC – the District of Columbia Government agency dedicated to promoting service as an innovative, sustainable solution to the challenges we face as a community and a nation. At Serve DC, Ms. Brown was responsible for grants management, including the annual oversight of more than $2 million in AmeriCorps and more than $4.5 million in U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants.
Prior to joining Serve DC, Ms. Brown worked at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board maintaining specialized program, project, and contractual data for use in assessing program performance. Ms. Brown attended Towson University, where she studied Geography with a concentration in Urban Planning and Development.
Jay Rhoden is the Secretary and has been involved in political organizing since 2016. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelors degree in political science while interning with Congresswoman Kathy Castor.
After graduating, Jay worked for Kathy Castor as a legislative and senior legislative intern before becoming a staff assistant and working on her digital team in her D.C. office in 2019.
During the 2018 midterm elections, Jay worked as the Field Director for Kristen Carlson's congressional campaign where developed a field plan, managed canvassers and volunteers as well as strategy.
Jay currently works in D.C. helping to built out digital campaigns to capture support for legislative initiatives. His current focus is on economic, environmental and healthcare policies.
Kodi Seaton boasts a unique balance of creative and technical proficiency, coupled with a strong background in print and design. Kodi has helped small businesses, startups and non-profits develop brand identities and marketing strategies, leading them toward long-term vision, and strengthening their messages across platforms.
He has served as a graphic designer to clients of various industries, including Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Commission, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, NDC Partnership, Economic Club of New York, the Council of Urban Professionals, RARE Steakhouse, the Urbanworld Film Festival and the 43 Alumni for Joe Biden super PAC.
In 2014, during his time at the Pew Charitable Trusts, his illustrative work on children’s nutrition was retweeted and promoted by then-First Lady Michelle Obama.
Kodi is also a blogger, podcaster and health enthusiast, profiled by PEOPLE magazine, Extra, The Insider, the Huffington Post, Fitbit and more.
Fundraising Committee Chair
Mark Hanisee is the Chair of the Fundraising Committee and has been involved in political organizing for decades. He graduated from Florida Southern University with a degree in political science and business.
After graduating, Mark spent 30 years in employee benefits where he became Chair of the Political Action Committee for the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU). During his time with the NAHU he lobbied for the employee benefits industry, including fundraising, and supporting candidates.
Mark was elected treasurer of the Pinellas County Democratic Party (FL) where he served for one year before becoming the organization's Chair for 4 years. In 2015, Mark was appionted Executive Director of the Hillsborough County Democratic Party where he has served since, doing strategy and fundraising, as well as working with elected officials and candidates.
At Blueprint, we are honored to have highly experienced former campaign staffers and organizers as a part of our team. These talented individuals have helped with races at the local, state and national level and bring with them an abundance of knowledge, strategies and skills.