Building Back Together Announces Key Staff Additions; Expands Summer Programming to Highlight Biden-Harris Achievements

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Building Back Together (BBT) – the only group dedicated to advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s policy agenda – announced new key hires to bolster its efforts to effectively communicate the positive impacts of the policy accomplishments that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have achieved for all Americans while in office. The new hires include Andrea Lozano, digital content manager; Ashley Alvarez, political director; and Javier Gamboa, deputy executive director. Most recently, BBT hired Paydon Miller as director of strategic initiatives to lead BBT’s new department dedicated to prioritizing implementation work and Blake Goodman to serve as communications director.

“From day one, Building Back Together has remained true to its core mission: to help move the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America agenda forward. We’ve been able to do so by assembling one of the largest, most diverse coalitions supporting this administration. Now, we’re taking our efforts a step further by assembling a diverse, innovative, and smart team that allows us to further our mission: telling our core constituents about all the incredible work the Biden-Harris Administration has done over the past three years and how policies like the Inflation Reduction Act, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and others are directly impacting their livelihoods and communities for the better. I am proud of the organization we’ve built and how we’ve risen to the challenges to make sure we’re upholding President Biden’s vision for our country,” said Building Back Together Executive Director Mayra Macías.

Since its inception, BBT has built one of the largest, most diverse winning coalitions to help advance the policy agenda set by the Biden-Harris Administration, investing more than $40 million in paid media and other initiatives, specifically around the four major pieces of legislation: the Bipartisan Safer Communities Actthe CHIPS and Science Actthe Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and the Inflation Reduction Act.

BBT is also expanding its programming this summer through a number of campaigns that include working with local partners and White House officials and Cabinet Secretaries on a series of local events to amplify how the major pieces of legislation signed into law are impacting local communities; running several paid media campaigns, including a content creator program that highlights a number of policies aimed at Black, Latino and youth audiences; and continuing to mobilize coalition partners, especially those part of BBT’s implementation working group, to amplify resources going into communities.

BBT’s work is primarily focused on reaching out to Black, Latino, and youth constituencies in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

About the new hires:
Javier Gamboa is a seasoned campaign professional. He was the first DACA recipient to work for the Democratic Party shortly after President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program went into effect in 2012. Javier has held key positions at both local and national levels, most notably serving as the Hispanic Media Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2016 and 2018 election cycles, when Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives. He has also worked in the Latino progressive space, serving as senior advisor and communications director for the Latino Victory Fund, aiming to elect more Latinos at all levels of government.

Paydon Miller brings more than a decade of experience in progressive policy, advocacy, and communications. After cutting his teeth in Wisconsin politics, he’s spent his career building state and national programs to make higher education more affordable, expand access to quality health care, protect voting rights, and more. He most recently served as Senior Director of Communications at We The Action, and has previously worked with Enroll America, Young Invincibles, Town Hall Project and other leading advocacy organizations.

Blake Goodman is a political communications professional rejoining BBT as Communications Director. Having served as National Press Secretary in the 2022 cycle, he led national, state and local earned media efforts for the organization — working to align communications strategy across BBT’s coalition of partner organizations and uplifting policy successes at all levels. Blake came out of Michigan state politics, where he worked for years as Chief of Staff to Michigan House Energy Vice-Chairwoman Mari Manoogian and State Director for Humane Society of the United States.

Ashley Alvarez is an attorney bringing nearly a decade of experience working across all levels of government to BBT. She began working with the Democratic Party as the Senior Associate Director of Allied Groups & Labor Engagement for the 2020 Convention, before joining the Biden Coordinated Campaign in Arizona as the Voter Protection Director for Maricopa County—the largest overturned battleground county in the nation. More recently, she served the City of Chicago as a Committee Director and Legislative Counsel, where she strengthened legislation and introduced initiatives such as one of the largest city-wide pandemic relief programs.

Andrea Lozano has been at the forefront of digital campaign work, showcasing her creativity and strategic thinking on platforms like TikTok and Instagram. She has collaborated with organizations such as the National Urban League, Voces De La Frontera, Democratic Party of Wisconsin and Leaders Igniting Transformation, leveraging digital platforms through content, advertising, multimedia, and various forms of communication to advocate for positive social change.