Our people are our strength

Meet Our Team

Meet the talented COMPETE team that powers our clients’ success.

Zach Mandelblatt

President

Zach co-founded Digital Reach, a marketing firm that works with tech companies in Silicon Valley. After Trump won, he started knocking on doors and registering folks to vote. In 2018, he cut his political teeth working for Congressional campaigns across the country and as Paid Digital and Social Media advisor for the Digidems. Zach founded COMPETE after realizing he could best help Democrats by bringing successful digital strategies over from the tech world to politics.

Courtney Abeyta

Director of Operations

Courtney is the brains behind the scenes at COMPETE. She has conquered the administrative world working in industries ranging from print advertising to healthcare.  She keeps COMPETE’s trains running on time so everyone else can focus on doing an excellent job for our clients. Courtney witnessed our politics becoming more and more toxic, and co-founded COMPETE to do her part to bring us back to a more equitable and harmonious place.

Jaden Slagle

Director of Campaigns

Jaden is a lawyer turned organizer turned digital enthusiast. In 2014, he moved home to Texas to work for Wendy Davis. After he caught the campaign bug, he organized in Kansas, Missouri, Virginia, and Maryland before moving to Iowa to work for Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal. He has since managed campaigns in Virginia, Michigan, and Florida. Somewhere in there, he found the time to learn to code.  Through his campaign travels Jaden realized the value of investment in digital, which led him to co-found COMPETE.

Emily Sayer

Lead Graphic Designer

Emily is a graphic designer and content creator whose passion is helping Democratic candidates build winning digital media campaigns. She served as the social media manager and digital organizer on Andy Kim’s winning 2018 campaign for Congress in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District, and is devoted to making Democratic politics more accessible and recognizable online.

Chris Ricci

Western Region Coordinator and Strategist

Chris founded and ran Chris Ricci Presents, Inc. an event promotion firm in Central California.  When Trump won the 2016 election, he was compelled to get involved politically. He worked with the social media teams of TJ Cox in CA-21 and Josh Harder in CA-10, and on texting campaigns for Democratic candidates.  Chris is a member of the Stanislaus County Democratic Central Committee and founded the Modesto Democratic Club.

Keith Frederick

Director of Messaging

Keith Frederick is the owner of FrederickPolls based in Arlington, Virginia. FrederickPolls is one of the country’s leading issue and political polling firms. Keith has 35+ years’ experience providing strategic message and targeting advice.  Recognizing that digital is the future of communication, Keith co-founded COMPETE to provide message testing expertise and invaluable experience navigating the political market.

Adam Perry

Designer + Illustrator

Adam is an experienced Creative Director and children’s book author with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. He is skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Logo Design, Advertising, Video, and WordPress, and possesses a strong arts and design professional graduated from the Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts.

Kimberly Humke

creative strategist

Kimberly is a retired professional dancer, entrepreneur, writer, and life-long activist. She is a frequent contributor to local news publications and manages content creation for several not-for-profit organizations. Kimberly is passionate about creating strong messaging that hits the mark eloquently. In college, she double majored in Women’s Studies and Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. When she’s not dreaming up new concepts for COMPETE, she is chasing around an exuberant 2 year old and an adventurous 13 year old.

Andrew Curtis

Graphic Designer

Andrew Curtis is a Virginia-based graphic designer who focuses on helping clients in finding the right visual solution for their creative problems. A graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, he was also involved in AIGA (American Institute for Graphic Arts) while in college. Andrew has been involved in several local Startup Weekends & Hack-A-thons.

Mackenzie Lucas

Digital Strategist

Mackenzie is a digital media and communications professional passionate about building brands, campaigns, and online movements for positive change. She started her career as a Web Designer, and, after her time working in the U.S. House of Representatives as Communications Director, she saw the growing need for digital in politics. In her role as Digital Strategist at COMPETE, she builds kick-ass websites, compiles reports, and places digital ads to help progressive campaigns win.

Juan Calderón

SPANISH LANGUAGE CONTENT MANAGER

Originally, born in Morelia, the capital of the beautiful State of Michoacán, México. Juan migrated to the US at a very young age and now calls the State of California home. Juan has worked with not-for-profit organizations, engaged in the Labor Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Movement, and many other causes that serve the purpose of achieving a better quality of life for everyone.  He has experience as an administrative assistant, a community organizer, and a freelance translator.  

Pretzel

Director of Puplic relations

A key member of the team, Pretzel is constantly working to keep morale high.  When asked for remarks for his “Meet the Team” blurb Pretzel reBARKED that he is “PAWsitively thrilled by COMPETE’s ability to unLEASH the power of the internet for our clients.” We don’t know HOWL we could do it without this guy HOUNDING us with his good (boy) ideas.