Meet Us

ACTION was founded by students at Tufts University passionate about civic education and advocacy. We are supported by Tisch College and the Leonard Carmichael Society. Learn more about our current board members below.

Danielle Piccoli

President
Danielle is a senior studying Political Science and Economics and is from Scarsdale, New York. She has been involved in ACTION since her freshman year at Tufts and joined because it gave her an opportunity to teach younger students about civic engagement and encourage them to use their newfound advocacy skills. She is super excited to be this year's President! Her favorite ACTION memory is co-hosting Stacey Abrams’ virtual event with Tisch College.

Raksha Ramanan

Event Planning Co-Coordinator
Raksha is one of ACTION's Event Planning Coordinators. She is a senior from Chapel Hill, North Carolina majoring in International Relations and Psychology. She’s been with ACTION since her freshman year and has loved collaborating with passionate peers to advance concrete goals about civic engagement. Raksha loves that ACTION works beyond partisanship to further civic education in our local community. Her favorite ACTION memory was conducting a virtual workshop about community organizing with inspiring local organizers in Medford and Somerville!

Gabriella Lewis

Event Planning Co-Coordinator
Gaby is one of the Event Planning Coordinators of ACTION and this will be her fifth semester in ACTION. She is a junior studying political science and minoring in economics. Gaby decided to join ACTION because she loves working with kids and she thinks civic education is essential in schools to form a civically engaged community. Her favorite ACTION memory was working with Strong Women Strong Girls on a workshop for young girls where they wrote letters to female politicians they admired and asked for policy changes they thought were important.

Olivia Iannini

Education and Curriculum Director
Olivia is a senior from Newburyport, Massachusetts majoring in Political Science and Sociology with a concentration in data analysis and interpretation. Olivia has been with ACTION since her first year at Tufts, and loves how ACTION works to foster civic participation in students in the Boston area and political engagement at Tufts. Favorite ACTION memory: Democracy coaching at Charlestown High School in fall of 2019!

Alison Cedarbaum

Outreach Director
Alison (she/her) is a sophomore from central New Jersey majoring in International Relations. While she just joined ACTION at the beginning of her first semester, she has always been dedicated to civics and empowerment of young people. She participated in and led several programs in high school that promoted civic engagement, and is now eager to give similar opportunities to students in the greater Boston area through outreach!

Jack Lehrhoff

Media and Design Director
Jack (he/him) is a sophomore from Westchester, NY. He studying Economics and Philosophy, and this is his first semester with ACTION. He joined action because it intersected his interests in politics, civic engagement, and education, and has enjoyed helping with marketing material and planning ACTION’s next conference!