About

Innovative Design.

Evidence-based Strategies.

Woman Owned & Operated.

Laura Tamman

Founding Partner

As a PhD candidate at CUNY’s Graduate Center, Greenlight’s Founding Partner Laura Tamman has a unique combination of campaign experience and academic training that enables her to understand and operationalize current research in a way few consultants can.

With nearly two decades of experience in national, state and local politics, Laura is a veteran political strategist. Under her leadership, Greenlight has managed extensive mail programs for a diverse group of clients including Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, NEA, and NextGen.

Prior to founding Greenlight, Laura led the development and execution of direct mail programs for Knickerbocker SKD. She managed the firm’s engagements with high-profile clients such as Bloomberg for Mayor and Obama for America.

Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University in England.

Emily Passini

partner

With nearly two decades of experience in campaign management, coalition building, and grassroots advocacy, Emily has an impressive track record of winning tough fights. She served as the Chief of Staff to Nashville Mayor David Briley leading efforts to establish a $15/hour minimum wage for all Metro employees; investing an historic $750 million in affordable housing; and bringing 10,000 new jobs to the city. As the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus Director in 2006, Emily held House Democrats in the majority without losing a single seat. It was the first time in a decade that Democrats did not suffer a net loss.

Named a “2016 Top 40 Under 40” by the American Association of Political Consultants, Emily has worked on campaigns in more than 30 states. She has served as a regional Political Director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) where she oversaw the strategic and spending decisions in 13 states across the country. Additionally, Emily was the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities in Governor Phil Bredesen’s administration.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Emily holds a bachelor’s degree In Urban Studies from Rhodes College, and a master’s degree in Urban Anthropology from the University of Memphis. A member of the organizing committee that launched Emerge Tennessee – the 17th state affiliate of Emerge America, Emily served as the Founding Board Chair. She was 2018 recipient of the Nashville Athena Young Professional Leadership Award. Emily lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

elizabeth wilson

creative director

Greenlight’s Creative Director, Elizabeth Wilson has more than two decades of experience creating visuals for some of the most exciting brands, and candidates, in the country. 

Before joining Greenlight Elizabeth worked on Madison Avenue as a Senior Art Director for Robert A. Becker. There she helped launch major pharmaceutical brands like Celebrex, Zoloft, and Plavix. She has also created artwork for premiere brands including Vera Wang, Gray Goose vodka and Audi as well as for television launches such as HBO’s Girls, Boardwalk Empire, and MTV’s Real Work Reunions. Elizabeth has also designed artwork for iconic musicians such as Jay-Z, Beyonce, David Bowie, & The Killers, as well as premiere organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation. She was educated at the School of Visual Arts, The Cooper Union, and the New York Studio School. 

Elizabeth is a graduate of Kenyon College, with degrees in History and Fine Art.

 

Tasha Ellis

chief operating officer

In her role as Greenlight’s Chief Operating Officer, Tasha manages the day-to-day operations and execution of the firm’s direct mail programs.

Tasha is a seasoned community activist having previously served as the Treasurer for the Davidson County Democratic Executive Committee and as a current member of the board for an annual community event that serves over 3,000 underserved immigrant children. She is also a founding contributor of the 260 Change Fund, a black philanthropic giving circle.

Tasha holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University and an MBA from Trevecca Nazarene University.

matt anderson

senior vice president

As Greenlight’s Senior Vice President, Matt Anderson works with campaigns to develop messages that win.

Matt is a long-time communications professional who created winning direct mail campaigns in Tennessee and Colorado. Those included Democratic primary campaigns for Denver area candidates who went on to pick up seats held by Republicans. Prior to joining Greenlight, he served as press secretary for the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus, amplifying the voices of Democratic Senators well above their numbers in the legislative body.

Outside of his work for the Senate Caucus, he led earned media efforts for Protect Our Care that sought to protect the Affordable Care Act. He has served as an elected member of Davidson County Democratic Party Executive Committee and was selected as a New Leaders Council fellow in 2017.

Before he began working in politics, Matt was a reporter and community news editor for The Tennessean. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

Sam Warlick

Vice President

As Greenlight’s Vice President, Sam Warlick works with campaigns and candidates to reach diverse audiences across multiple platforms with emotionally resonant stories.

Sam is an experienced digital strategist and speechwriter who previously served as Digital Director to Nashville Mayor David Briley.

Before joining the mayor’s office, he oversaw digital communications for several leading urbanist advocacy groups in Washington, DC.

Sam is a Nashville native and holds a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. In his spare time, he practices winemaking under the craft label Two Mules Farm.

Ravi Charan

Director of Analytics

Ravi Charan has extensive experience as a data scientist in both the private and political sectors. As a Business Analyst for McKinsey, Ravi’s worked with large health and P&C insurers to understand their claims. As the founder of a YC fellowship company, he worked on personalizing education. Ravi earned Bachelor degrees in both Mathematics and Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).