Board of Directors

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Rebekah DeHaven, Director

Rebekah is an attorney and activist. Prior to joining private legal practice, Rebekah served as the Director of Law & Policy for a national animal advocacy organization and has served in several other progressive non-profits in strategy, policy, and as a liaison with Capitol Hill. She strives to use the law and politics to end animal exploitation and to raise public awareness of the issue.

In her free time, Rebekah enjoys spending time with her family, working with a local trap-neuter-vaccinate-return group on behalf of community cats, and is involved in local politics. For fun, she likes to experiment in the kitchen making delicious vegan versions of old family recipes.

Julie Germany, Treasurer

Julie Germany served as the COO of Generation Opportunity and as the Vice President of Digital Strategy at DCI Group, a grassroots public affairs firm in Washington DC. She is on the board of advisors for the Army Heritage Center Foundation, which seeks to tell the story of the American soldier.

She has also served as the Director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet and the Director of Marketing and Communications for The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. Julie is the principal author and editor of several publications, including Constituent Relationship Management for State Legislators; Best Practices for Political Advertising Online; Constituent Relationship Management: The New Little Black Book of Politics; and Person-to-Person-to-Person: Harnessing the Political Power of Online Social Networks and User-Generated Content; The Politics-to-Go-Handbook: A Guide to Using Mobile Technology in Politics; and The Political Consultants’ Online Fundraising Primer. She co-authored Putting Online Influentials to Work for Your Campaign, and she has authored chapters in Campaigning for President 2012, The Routledge Handbook of Political Management; Campaigning for President 2008: Strategy and Tactics, New Voices and New Techniques; Voting in America; and Rebooting America. She has appeared in national and international newspapers, magazines, and media, including MSNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News, CBS, and NBC.

In 2008 Julie was honored as a Rising Star by Campaigns and Elections’ Politics Magazine, and in 2015 she was awarded the 40 Under 40 award by the American Association of Political Consultants. In 2011, she co-founded the mCitizen Summit ( with a group of mobilists in government and advocacy. Julie also served until 2013 as the founder and chairperson of the annual CampaignTech conference, hosted by Campaigns & Elections magazine. CampaignTech focuses on using technology in the politics, policy, government, and elected office spheres. Julie is a co-founder of the Association of Social Media and Higher Education and a founder of Mobile Monday DC, the local chapter of an international community of mobile technology experts and enthusiasts.

As an undergraduate, she studied Literature at Messiah College. She was a Pew Younger Scholar of Literature at the University of Notre Dame. She received an M.A. from The George Washington University. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where she and her husband spend their free time herding their four cats — Jasmine, Bert, Ernie, and Trucker Cat — and their dog Violet, whom they rescued from a taxpayer-funded animal research lab.

Alyssa Canobbio Hackbarth, Director

Alyssa Canobbio Hackbarth is the Media Relations Manager for the Tax Foundation. Prior to joining ALEC she was the War Room Director of the Washington Free Beacon.

When not working or volunteering with White Coat Waste Project, Alyssa enjoys taking in baseball games, going to art museums, hanging out with her new husband Sean, sailing, and learning everything she can about her new DSLR camera. She also enjoys dark roast coffee and reading thriller novels.