About Us

Since launching in the wake of the 2016 elections, the Sister District Project has grown to over 25,000 volunteers across the country. Our volunteers raised more than $350,000 in small-dollar cash donations directly for our candidates in 2017, plus another $350,000 in partnership with allied organizations. We made over 81,000 phone calls, wrote 40,000 postcards, knocked on 30,000 doors, and sent 185,000 text messages. 

We’re developing partnerships on the national and local levels with Indivisible, Swing Left, Flippable, One Vote at a Time, Adopt-a-State, MarchOn, Together We Will, Solidarity Sundays, along with countless other progressive organizations and local groups.

We’re also proud to be an organization founded and led by women, including women of color. Four out of five of us quit our jobs to be with Sister District full time.


The Sister District Project activates the power, passion, and creativity of volunteers to win elections and turn states blue. 


By 2020, the Sister District Project will lead the movement to turn state legislatures blue and ensure fair redistricting by empowering an enduring community of volunteers who are formidable in their ability to help Democrats win elections. 


Integrity: We believe in doing what is right even when nobody else is looking.

Strategy: We are thoughtful and deliberate in forming our plans, setting our priorities, and deploying our resources, always ensuring that they advance us toward our goals.

Kindness: We work collaboratively and treat people both inside and outside our organization with respect and generosity. 

Creativity: True to our scrappy beginnings, we encourage innovation and ingenuity at all levels. 

Tenacity: We move forward with a curious and problem-solving attitude, and we do not give up. 

The Sister District Team



Rita is the founder and visionary behind Sister District, and she oversees all aspects of the Project. Under her leadership, SDP has become one of the most vibrant and focused grassroots organizations to spring up after the 2016 election. She holds a B.A. from University of California, Davis, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Follow Rita on Twitter: @rita_b_bos

Gabrielle Goldstein, director of political strategy and policy

Co-Founder Gaby Goldstein oversees political strategy for the Project, including the selection of "Sister Races" that the Project supports.  She coordinates with Sister Race campaigns to provide targeted campaign services based upon the campaign's specific needs. Gaby holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and is a PhD candidate at U.C. Berkeley. Follow Gaby on Twitter: @gaby__goldstein

Candis Mitchell, director of information and finance

Co-Founder Candis Mitchell maintains responsibility for technology issues and technological organization. Additionally, she is responsible for the financial planning and record keeping of the Sister District Project. Candis graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S., holds a M.A. from The George Washington University, and received a J.D. from Tulane University.

Lala Wu, director of engagement and partnerships

Co-Founder Lala Wu leads the efforts to build out the Sister District Project's organizational infrastructure to support meaningful, sustained engagement by volunteers and donors both during critical election seasons, and year-round. She works to ensure that as the Sister District community grows, it grows together with and amplifies the efforts of other existing and emerging local efforts. Lala received her B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University, and her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Follow Lala on Twitter: @_lala_wu_



LYzz Schwegler, director of Communications and advocacy

Co-Founder Lyzz Schwegler leads the communications strategy and execution for Sister District, including messaging and branding. She is passionate about sharing knowledge and making complex concepts (like electoral politics) accessible to everyone. Prior to Sister District, Lyzz was a marketing professional in both the non-profit and private sectors, focusing first on Middle Eastern issues and later on science and engineering communications. She is passionate about social justice and gender equity issues, holds a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and is a Masters of Public Policy candidate at Mills College. Follow Lyzz on Twitter: @LyzzS


Ben Gould, National Field Director

Ben works directly with campaigns to administer the field programs for Sister District—postcarding, phonebanking, canvassing, and textbanking. He also supports Sister District teams nationwide, including growing new and expanding existing teams. Ben has previously served as a campaign manager for a state legislature race and gained experience working on the campaigns of Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). He holds a B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University.


ADVISORY Committee & STAFF Volunteers

The Sister District Project is fortunate to have on its team an incredible group of exceptionally dedicated volunteers who help to carry out core functions of the organization. The Sister District Project is also advised by a number of experts in the fields of politics, policy, community organizing, technology, finance, law, and beyond.