Meet Our Team
Eli is a staff writer at The Washington Post, where he writes for the national staff. He won a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting and was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 2013, 2016 and 2017. He is the author of two books. He and his wife, Rachel, live in Portland, Or., with their three young children.
Louis is a Director at Time Warner Inc., where he works in the corporate strategy department. He previously worked for J.P. Morgan in both New York and London, where he helped launch and grow various businesses in Hong Kong, the UK, and the US. He received his M.B.A from The Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. He lives in New York City.
Bert Kaufman is currently the head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs for Zoox, an early stage robotics company in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Zoox, Bert advised Revolution, the Case Foundation and Glassdoor, Inc. From 2013 through early 2016, he served as Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he helped lead the Secretary's overall strategic engagement with the business community domestically and internationally and helped build the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Bert served as Executive Director at Business Forward, an organization he helped to launch in 2009 and served as Vice President at Portico Policy Advisor. He has a B.A., M.S., and J.D. from Syracuse University, is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and lives in Palo Alto, Ca. and Washington, D.C.
Jessica Sher the Director of Talent for TenSquare, a national charter school support organization based in Washington, DC. She was previously the Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships for Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School for nearly four years and oversaw all Out of School Time programs at the school for the prior three years. Jessica is active in the community as a member of the Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet and an executive committee member for the DC region of the Anti-Defamation League. Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan.
Alma Gill has worked in various roles at USA Today for more than 20 years, including newsroom administrator for the Money section and executive assistant to the newspapers two executive editors in print and online. After taking the buyout in 2008, she became the assistant to the Vice President of Leading Age. During that time she was asked to speak on Capitol Hill regarding the Obama Healthcare Initiative and caring for our elderly citizens. Unable to stay out of the newsroom, she has returned to journalism, and is currently working for the National News and Politics Editor of The Washington Post.
Rick Maese is a sports reporter for the Washington Post. A New Mexico native who now makes his home on Capitol Hill, Maese previously wrote for the Baltimore Sun, the Orlando Sentinel and The Albuquerque Tribune. Maese, who graduated from the University of New Mexico, has covered several Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series and most every other major sporting event.
Robert Samuels travels the country to tell stories showing how politics in Washington are impacting the lives of everyday Americans. He joined The Washington Post in 2011 after spending five years at The Miami Herald. Robert, who grew up in The Bronx and graduated from Northwestern University, became a part of the Press Pass Mentors team in 2013 and is the most likely to cry each year when mentees leave for college.