About the State Innovation Exchange

Elected officials and staff across the country are writing legislation that will shape our future. At SiX, we provide trusted, expert resources to inform and enhance that work. Together, we’re building the legislative wing of the progressive movement.

SiX aims to encourage cross-pollination among states, providing a platform for the best ideas to spread and grow. We’re an ally in tough fights, and we provide cover in places where our resources make the biggest impact.

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Leadership

Executive Management

Board of Directors

Advisory Board

Executive Management

Nicholas Rathod, Executive Director

Nick Rathod became executive director of the State Innovation Exchange following the merger of PSN, CSI and ALICE. Prior to leading this organization, Nick served as the director of state campaigns for Mayor Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, where he oversaw legislative campaigns around issues of gun safety and violence prevention. He also served as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) assistant director of intergovernmental and international affairs, where he helped build the structure of the CFPB.

Previously, Nick served as a special assistant to the President and deputy director for intergovernmental affairs at the White House. He was responsible for setting up the Intergovernmental Affairs office for the Obama White House and was primarily responsible for President Obama’s policy and political work in the states and U.S. territories.

Nick served as a senior advisor to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, and senior manager of state and regional affairs at the Center for American Progress. A lawyer by training, Nick has experience as a civil rights attorney and community organizer, with a focus on language access, housing discrimination, and immigrant rights issues. He is a founding member and former chairman of the board of directors of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national nonprofit dedicated to empowering the South Asian community.

Nick is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American University Washington College of Law Alumni of the Year Award, National South Asian Bar Association’s Public Interest Attorney of the Year Award, and the Frederick B. Abramson Foundation Award, recognizing him as one of Washington, D.C.’s top public interest attorneys.

Board of Directors

Naomi Aberly, Director

Naomi Aberly is a political activist and civic volunteer who focuses her efforts on Women’s Health. She has been deeply involved in progressive politics, policymaking and fundraising at the state and federal levels for the past fifteen years.

She is currently a Vice Chair of the DNC, and a member of the Democratic Victory Task Force of the DNA. Naomi is also an Advisory Board Co-Chair of Organizing for Action and co-founder of Women Invest to Elect, a political giving circle in Boston, MA.

She joined the Obama for America National Finance Committee in early 2007 and continued as a National Finance Committee member for the 2012 election. She has been a substantial fundraiser for Senate and House campaigns nationwide since 2004.

Naomi serves on the boards of both the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF). She is Vice Chair of the PPFA board and co-chairs the Development Council of both PPFA and PPAF. She also chairs the Planned Parenthood Federal PAC and created the PPAF Victory Circle.

She was elected a life board member of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, having served that organization as development committee chair, Board Chair and Chair of its recent $20 million capital campaign. She also served on the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Action Fund board.

She is a former board chair of Annie’s List in Texas. She is a member of the Planned Parenthood Leadership Council, the Women Donors Network, and the EMILY’s List Majority Council. She is also an active supporter of the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Center for American Progress and the Texas Organizing Project.

In addition to her political work, Naomi has also served as a board member of the Belmont Hills School, Dallas Museum of Art, KERA Public Media for North Texas and The Center for Progressive Policy Priorities.

Kim Anderson, Director

Kim Anderson currently serves as Senior Director of the Center for Advocacy & Outreach at the National Education Association (NEA). In this role, Ms. Anderson oversees the organization’s Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy Department, Government Relations Department, Human and Civil Rights Department, and Minority Community Organizing and Partnerships Department. The Center is responsible for advancing the NEA’s mission, vision, and core values through federal and intergovernmental advocacy, collective bargaining and representational advocacy, social justice advocacy and leadership development, as well as outreach to and advocacy with external partners.

During Ms. Anderson’s tenure at the NEA, she previously directed the Government Relations department and was responsible for advancing policy on behalf of NEA’s over 3 million members at the federal level and within intergovernmental organizations. Prior to that, as Manager for Issue Advocacy in the Campaigns and Elections Department, Ms. Anderson oversaw the execution of over $23 million of NEA independent expenditure projects, issue advocacy work, ballot measure efforts and helped represent NEA in numerous national coalitions and partnerships, including serving as a Board member or holding leadership positions in many.

Paul Booth, Director

Paul Booth, a Washington, DC, native, was born for a life of public service unionism. His father worked for the U.S. Department of Labor and the International Labor Organization and his mother was a social worker. Paul attended Swarthmore College and earned a degree in political science. There, Paul was involved in the emerging student movement for participatory democracy and became national secretary of Students for a Democratic Society.

In that capacity, Paul organized the first march against the war in Vietnam. Then, at a University of Chicago sit-in, Paul met Heather Tobis, a campus leader. Three days later, he asked Heather to marry him. Two days after that, she agreed. Today, Heather and Paul are parents to Eugene and Daniel and grandparents to Henry, Sophie, Max and Oscar. Before joining AFSCME, Paul was a researcher at the Adlai Stevenson Institute and the research director for the United Packinghouse Workers. Paul worked with Saul Alinsky to form Citizens Action Program. He has been a board member of the Midwest Academy since its founding by Heather.

In 1974, Paul joined AFSCME as the International union representative for Illinois. He helped organize the state employees there, a hugely successful campaign that led to the founding of Council 31. He went to work for Council 31 and then returned to the International union as area director for Illinois.

As organizing director, Paul led AFSCME’s organizing program through the tumultuous Reagan years. While organizing director, he oversaw the union’s rapid growth in New Mexico, Maryland, Kentucky and Puerto Rico. Paul then took his organizing expertise to the executive office first as assistant and then executive assistant to the president. There, he worked with others to develop the AFSCME Organizing Model.

Raj Goyle, Chair

Raj Goyle is the CEO of Bodhala, a technology company in New York City. He was recently a business and philanthropic advisor to the family office of Shelley and Donald Rubin. A Kansas native, Raj served in the Kansas House (2006-2010), where he was the first Democrat elected in his district and the first South Asian elected in the state. In 2010, he ran one of the strongest campaigns in the country for election to the US House.

He served on the 2012 Obama National Finance Committee and was an early member of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign committee. He has served both as a Senior Fellow and a senior policy analyst at the Center for American Progress.

Raj is a board member of the NYC Coalition Against Hunger and NewDEAL Democrats. Raj graduated from Duke and Harvard Law.

Joel Rogers, Treasurer

Joel Rogers is the founder of the State Innovation Exchange. He was the director of CSI and ALICE, both of which had first been projects of COWS, the high-road research and strategy center he founded and continues to direct at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Joel is the Sewell-Bascom Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology at Wisconsin. He has written widely on American politics and public policy. Along with hundreds of articles, his books include On Democracy, Right Turn, Metro Futures, The Forgotten Majority, What Workers Want, American Society, and, most recently, Cities at Work. He is also a contributing editor at The Nation and Boston Review.

Joel is a longtime social and political activist in the peace, labor, civil rights, and environmental movements. Over his career, he has worked for or advised many governments, candidates, and movement leaders, and helped found and operate several progressive NGOs, including the Center for a New Democracy, New Party, Economic Analysis and Research Network, Apollo Alliance, and Emerald Cities Collaborative.

Along with many academic honors, Joel is a recipient of one of the MacArthur Foundation’s annual “genius” prizes. Newsweek identified him as one of the 100 living Americans most likely to shape U.S. politics and culture in the 21st century.

Ken Sunshine, Director

Ken Sunshine founded Ken Sunshine Consultants (later to become Sunshine Sachs) in 1991, and over the past three decades the firm has acquired clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations, labor unions, and political figures to some of the biggest household names in the entertainment, music, and sports industries. Sunshine Sachs specializes in: corporate image programs, crisis communications, reputation and issues management, consumer and lifestyle marketing, public affairs, media relations, event promotion, and communications skills training. Before starting his own firm, Ken ran the public relations department of ASCAP, where he supervised events featuring internationally acclaimed music artists.

Sunshine has advised on media consulting and public policy for over thirty years, and has been a longtime activist in the civil rights movement. Sunshine’s career in Democratic politics began with the McGovern Presidential campaign in 1972 when he was elected as a delegate to the Democratic Convention. For decades, Sunshine has advised many national and local campaigns for such candidates as Bob Abrams, Bella Abzug, Hugh Carey, Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy, Mario Cuomo, Walter Mondale, Jesse Jackson, David Dinkins, Bill Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama and Bill DeBlasio. He served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Dinkins.

He has lectured widely on public relations, politics, and image management and has been a guest on television interview shows such as The Today Show, Nightline, Dateline NBC, CNN, 60 Minutes and MSNBC.

Richard Trumka, Director

Richard Trumka is president of the 12.5 million-member American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the largest organization of labor unions in the country. An outspoken advocate for social and economic justice, Trumka is the nation’s clearest voice on the critical need to raise workers’ wages in this slow and painful economic recovery. He heads the labor movement’s efforts to create an economy based on broadly shared prosperity and to hold government and employers accountable to working families.

Elected president of the federation in 2009, Trumka shapes the economy in two primary ways—by leading the mobilization of masses of working people through a nationwide network of state and local labor federations, and by working one on one with government executives, legislators and business leaders. The goal is adopting progressive, pro-worker laws and policies at every level to improve life for working families.

Trumka, who served as AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer from 1995 to 2009, has devoted his career to improving workers’ lives through a strong collective voice on the job. His leadership is focused on union organizing and collective bargaining, as well as the federation’s advocacy for labor law reform in Congress. Trumka also spearheads initiatives to help workers’ organizations partner or affiliate with the AFL-CIO, modeled after a 2006 partnership agreement with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). In 2011 the federation affiliated the National Taxi Workers Alliance and entered partnerships with the National Guestworker Alliance and the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Meanwhile, the AFL-CIO’s community affiliate Working America continues to expand, growing to more than 3.2 million members. Since 2003, Working America has organized in neighborhoods across the country, reaching people who do not belong to unions but who share union values.

Advisory Board Members

  • Aniello Alioto, NARAL Pro-Choice America

  • Pete Altman, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

  • Peter Ambler, Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS)

  • Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

  • Ady Barkan, Center for Popular Democracy (CPD)

  • Jeremy Bird, 270 Strategies

  • Ellen Bravo, Family Values @ Work (FV@W)

  • Christine Chen, Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

  • Ron Collins, Communication Workers of America (CWA)

  • Cathy Duvall, Sierra Club

  • Richard Eidlin, American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)

  • Stephen Geer, Geer Strategies, LLC

  • Arkadi Gerney, Center for American Progress (CAP)

  • Andrew Gillum, Young Elected Officials Network (YEO Network)

  • Ben Goldfarb, Wellstone Action

  • Sondra Goldschein, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

  • Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)

  • Sarita Gupta, Jobs With Justice (JWJ)

  • Michael Huttner, The Huttner Group

  • Saru Jayaraman, Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United

  • Margarida Jorge, Women’s Equality Center (WEC)

  • Jeremy Kalin, Eutectics Consulting LLC

  • Lawrence Mishel, Economic Policy Institute (EPI)

  • Zachary Norris, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

  • Zinelle October, American Constitution Society (ACS)

  • Jodeen Olguin-Tayler, Demos

  • Deepak Pateriya, Center for Community Change (CCC)

  • Kal Penn, Actor and Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement

  • Michelle Ringuette, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

  • Peggy Shorey, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

  • Greg Speed, America Votes

  • Mitch Stewart, 270 Strategies

  • Stephanie Taylor, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)

  • Robyn Thomas, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (LCPGV)

  • Gloria Totten, Progressive Majority

  • Roger Vann, State Voices

  • Jason Waskey, Environmental Consultant and Former OFA State Director

  • Jenn Watts, New Organizing Institute (NOI)

  • Buffy Wicks, Priorities USA Action

  • Ben Wikler, MoveOn.org

  • Karundi Williams, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

  • Brad Woodhouse, American Bridge 21st Century (AB21)

  • Haeyoung Yoon, National Employment Law Project (NELP)

FAQ

Where did the State Innovation Exchange come from?

SiX combines the resources of three previously independent state policy non-profits: the Progressive States Network (PSN), the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange (ALICE), and the Center for State Innovation (CSI). Consolidating resources from each of these organizations allows SiX to offer an unprecedented home for state and local elected officials to discuss and drive progressive policy initiatives, building on the best ideas and the greatest successes from across the country.

What resources does SiX offer?

To begin with, our library of legislation allows you to look at model legislation from across the country on a range of issues. For additional resources specific to any of our campaigns, visit the campaigns page.

Can anyone join SiX?

Yes. You don’t need to be an elected official, or even work for one, to join SiX. You don’t need an account to access our library of legislation and learn about our campaigns, but by creating an account, you can choose topics to focus on and see the information most relevant to your work or your interests, whenever you log in.

Who runs SiX?

Our team consists of our SiX staff and board of directors, as well as an advisory board that guides the organization’s direction. Learn more about our leaders here.

What can I do to support SiX?

Thank you for your support! If you find our resources helpful, sign up to receive e-mail updates from us. Share SiX with your friends and colleagues through Twitter, Facebook, or email. Finally, consider making a donation to help us continue moving this work forward.