Director Devin Simpson Director Devin Simpson
Strategic Advisor Lauren Pescatore Strategic Advisor Lauren Pescatore
Senior Video Producer Melissa Rogers Senior Video Producer Melissa Rogers
Graphic Designer Katelynne Vizcayno Graphic Designer Katelynne Vizcayno
Writer Michael Mershon Writer Michael Mershon
Writer Andrea Ruggirello Writer Andrea Ruggirello
Communications Associate Katrina Schmidt Communications Associate Katrina Schmidt
Director

Devin Simpson

Devin brings valuable experience in strategic communications to the Tax Credits team. Devin holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism. As a member of the TCWF team, Devin is responsible for the Weekly News Round-Ups, blogs, website and social media.

For support and technical assistance with communications materials involving tax credits for working families, or for general tax credit-related inquiries, please contact Devin.

Strategic Advisor

Lauren Pescatore

Lauren has been managing the TCWF team since 2012. She brings years of experience working with state and national advocacy groups on both economic and education policy. As director, Lauren develops strategic communications plans to improve tax credits at both the state and federal level, tracks legislation, conducts interviews with key policymakers and thought leaders, provides support for advocacy groups and regularly blogs on key policy developments. She speaks often about tax credits on Capitol Hill and at various partner events.

For support and technical assistance with communications materials involving tax credits for working families, or for general tax credit-related inquiries, please contact Lauren.

Senior Video Producer

Melissa Rogers

Melissa Rogers is a video producer and multimedia specialist with a penchant for documentary filmmaking, photography, and motion graphics. For over a decade, Melissa has cultivated her production skill set while working for a variety of nonprofits, academic institutions, and freelance clients.

Prior to joining The Hatcher Group, Melissa honed her storytelling skills towards social advocacy while serving as Director of Production of Stone Soup Films, producing pro bono documentary films and providing strategic communication support for local nonprofits. While there she helped create Breakthrough, a Fledgling Fund Engagement Lab documentary that followed three DC schools and their struggle to implement student-centered change strategies within a highly traditional system.

For support and technical assistance with communications materials involving tax credits for working families, or for general tax credit-related inquiries, please contact Melissa.

Graphic Designer

Katelynne Vizcayno

Katelynne is a creative problem solver and a graphic designer at The Hatcher Group who has a strong love for art and inspiring others. Prior to The Hatcher Group, Katelynne worked as a freelance artist creating portrait paintings, cover art, and logos and branding. She also worked at a local restaurant designing chalkboards. She received her A.F.A at Montgomery College with a focus in Studio Art, and her B.F.A at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a focus in Graphic Design. Katelynne is at a new chapter in her life where she is determined to get involved and explore creative opportunities where art and design make a difference for others.

For support and technical assistance with communications materials involving tax credits for working families, or for general tax credit-related inquiries, please contact Katelynne.

Writer

Michael Mershon

Michael has more than 20 years of experience in political communications, strategy and advocacy. Prior to joining TCWF, he served as director of advocacy and communications at Sojourners, a leading faith-based social justice advocacy organization in Washington.  He began his career as an intern in the office of U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), where he rose to assistant press secretary.  He then spent 17 years as press secretary and senior advisor to U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA).

For support and technical assistance with communications materials involving tax credits for working families, or for general tax credit-related inquiries, please contact Michael by email at Michael [at] thehatchergroup.com or by phone at (301) 656-0348.

Writer

Andrea Ruggirello

Andrea has more than a decade of experience in writing on education and anti-poverty initiatives. Prior to joining TCWF, Andrea spent two years as an AmeriCorps member with City Year, working with underserved youth in Boston Public Schools. Afterward, she joined City Year’s Program Design team, working on afterschool programming, family engagement, and school events. Andrea also worked at LIFT, a national nonprofit that works to break the cycle of poverty for families, as a grant writer.

For support and technical assistance with communications materials involving tax credits for working families, or for general tax credit-related inquiries, please contact Andrea.

Communications Associate

Katrina Schmidt

Katrina provides writing and communications support to TCWF. Prior to joining TCWF, Katrina workedwith the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services, leading community engagement and education efforts around anti-poverty initiatives and resources. She graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in international politics. While a student, Katrina conducted education research and coordinated a tutoring program for English Language Learners.