All inquiries about Opportunity Nation should be sent to Alan Khazei. 


Monique-Bio-Head-ShotMonique Rizer, Executive Director

Monique Rizer is the Executive Director of Opportunity Nation. Under her leadership, the team has grown supporters by 35 percent and developed “Our Opportunity Nation,” a national opportunity plan that garnered the endorsement of more than 130 organizations and was featured in the Washington Post. Learn more about Monique.


Melanie-Anderson-Bio-PhotoMelanie Anderson, Director of External and Government Affairs

Melanie Anderson is the Director of External and Government Affairs at Opportunity Nation, leading on Opportunity Nation’s bipartisan federal policy efforts that advance the goals of the organization’s call to action. Learn more about Melanie.


Eddy-Head-ShotEddy Encinales, Special Projects Manager

Eddy Angélica Encinales is Opportunity Nation’s Special Projects Manager. In this capacity, she supports the Executive Director in her daily operations and works on a variety of projects that involve all aspects of running this national campaign, such as leading the Opportunity Leaders Program. Learn more about Eddy. —–



Erica Gordon, Senior Communications Manager

Erica Gordon plays a critical role as Opportunity Nation’s chief storyteller, data interpreter/translator, and articulator of nuanced messages to diverse audiences – including policymakers, elected officials, funders, coalition members, media and the general public. Learn more about Erica.


ReneGornall René Gornall, Director of Development

René Gornall is the Director of Development at Opportunity Nation and is responsible for cultivating strategic relationships and partnerships that advance the goals and mission of the coalition. Learn more about René.


Stacy-Heit-HeadshotStacy Heit, Director of Communications and Events

Stacy Heit is the Director of Communications and Events of Opportunity Nation, leading the campaign’s efforts to make economic opportunity a central part of the national dialogue. Stacy also directs all of the campaign’s major events, including the National Opportunity Summit. Learn more about Stacy.


Juanita Tolliver, Coalition & Advocacy Manager

As Opportunity Nation’s Coalition & Advocacy Manager, Juanita leads the strategic expansion, engagement and mobilization of Opportunity Nation’s Coalition in a collective advocacy effort driving policy change and impact at the local, state and federal levels. Learn more about Juanita.







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