MEET THE TEAM

March For Our Lives Iowa  2020-2021

State Directors 

Esha Bolar — SHE/HER

STATE DIRECTOR

Esha Bolar is a sophomore at Johnston High School. She participates in Mock Trial and Speech and Debate. She helped organize a walkout affiliated with MFOL in her school following the Parkland shooting in 2018 with more than 500 students taking part. Since the walk out she’s been an advocate for the prevention of gun violence, and other human rights issues. She’s very politically active and believes speaking truth to power is MFOLIA’s most useful tool. Esha hopes to go to law school and one day take on congress.

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Andrew Dunn— HE/HIM

STATE DIRECTOR

Andrew studies ethics and public policy at the University of Iowa and has been involved with gun violence prevention and systemic justice advocacy since 2014. Andrew was a speaker at the first March for Our Lives rally in Des Moines in 2018. The organizer of the rally in Des Moines, Progress Iowa, awarded the Marcia Nichols Progressive Advocate of the Year Award to Andrew and other speakers for their calls for reform and contributions to the progressive movement. After graduation, Andrew intends to pursue further education in public policy or law.

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Executive Team 

Abigail Wharton — SHE/HER

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR 

Abigail is the Communications Director for March For Our Lives Iowa. She is also a freshman at Johnston Middle School where she participates in Iowa Students For Tobacco Education and Prevention, Mock Trial, her school’s March For Our Lives chapter, cross country, and track and field. She is interning for Johnston City Councilman Suresh Reddy while also volunteering for multiple political campaigns. She is also trying to do her part at the Capitol as a member of Iowa Youth Congress. Abigail believes that youth voices are important, and she is excited to amplify them.

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REBECCA LYONS — SHE/HER

ORGANIZING DIRECTOR 

Rebecca is the current State Organizing Director for March For Our Lives Iowa! She is a student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City studying Political Science, International Relations, and Critical Cultural Competence. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Rebecca has been an advocate for gun violence prevention since the Ferguson Black Lives Matter protests and has continued to be an activist in her new home of Iowa City through various marches and organizations. On campus, Rebecca is an ambassador for the Student Advancement Network, a volunteer for Hawk the Vote, and is involved with the Undergraduate Political Science Association, as well as various other civic engagement activities! She is excited to empower, educate, and mobilize all Iowans, especially our younger generations, to fight for gun violence prevention policies, and to save lives.

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NICK PRYOR — HE/HIM

DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS 

Nick is a junior at the University of Iowa studying political science and Latin. Nick has served as a core-member and co-founder of Students Against School Shootings, a field organizer for Zach Wahls’ successful state senate campaign, and as a field organizer for Let America Vote.

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ALISTAIR ENTZ— HE/HIM

BUDGET AND FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR

Alistair is a junior at Johnston High School. He participates in Speech and Debate, Math Club, and the schools marching band, jazz band and concert band. In his free time, Alistair enjoys playing piano and
guitar, exploring technology, and following motorsports such as Formula One. Alistair is extremely passionate about bringing an end to gun violence and hopes that being a part of March For Our Lives Iowa can help to achieve that goal.

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AKSHARA ESWAR — SHE/HER

IDEA COORDINATOR 

Akshara is currently serving as the IDEA Coordinator for March For Our Lives Iowa. She is a freshman at Johnston Middle School where she loves to take part in jazz band, National History Day, and Mock Trial.
Akshara enjoys photography, swimming, and reading in her free time. She has been learning Indian Classical music for nine years. She is a passionate advocate for all social justice issues. After participating in a walk out following the Parkland shooting in 2018, she became invested in helping end gun violence in America. Akshara hopes to go to business school and pursue a career in finance, business, or economics.

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ORGANIZING TEAM

KYLE KOPF —

HE/HIM

COLLEGE ORGANIZING DEPUTY 

Kyle is the College Organizing Director. He is also a sophomore at the University of Iowa studying political science. Kyle got involved in March For Our Lives activism after the Parkland shooting when he spoke at the 2018 and 2019 Des Moines March For Our Lives events. Outside of politics and activism, Kyle enjoys watching Vikings football and spending time with friends.

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OLIVIA GAYTHER—

SHE/HER

NORTHERN ORGANIZING DEPUTY

Olivia is stoked to serve as the Northern Iowa Organizing Deputy! She
is a senior at Forest City High School and participates in activities
such as student council, Interact club, softball, and marching band,
among others. Olivia became interested in activism when she was in
middle school and is excited to take her first big step in becoming a
voice for individuals and communities who are unable to use theirs.
She hopes to empower youth in Northern Iowa and across the state
through this experience!

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DOMINIC EASTMAN —

HE/HIM

WESTERN ORGANIZING DEPUTY 

Dominic Eastman is the Western Organizing Deputy for March For Our
Lives Iowa. He is a junior at Sioux City East High School. At school
he participates in student council, Speech, Gay Straight Alliance,
March For Our Lives East High, and on his spare days likes to help
tutor after school. Dominic enjoys politics and trying to get involved
as much as he can. Some days you'll find Dominic working in a food
truck or at home listening to Prince.

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GABI MICHALSKI —

SHE/HER

CENTRAL ORGANIZING DEPUTY

Gabi Michalski is a junior at Johnston High School. Gabi is a part of
Speech and Debate, National History Day, and Math Club. She also
participates in her school's jazz band and marching band as a saxophone. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and playing
piano. Gabi is very passionate about March For Our Lives and ending
gun violence. She is active in attending protests and fighting for
justice. Gabi hopes to work in a field where she can dedicate herself
to helping others.

 

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COMMUNICATIONS TEAM

ELLA BERGEN —

SHE/HER

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE 

Ella is currently serving as one of March For Our Lives Iowa’s
Communications Associates. A sophomore at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Ella is a Strategic Political Communications, Public Relations, and Politics triple major. Outside of working with MFOL, Ella has worked as a Student Activist Coordinator for the Iowa branch of Amnesty International, a human rights organization that also focuses on the gun violence epidemic both domestically and abroad. Ella has also worked with a nonpartisan voter education organization called Vote Smart and on multiple local and presidential campaigns.

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LAUREN WESSLING — SHE/HER

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE 

Lauren is a freshman at Johnston Middle School and is very excited to serve her first term as a Communications Associate for March For Our Lives Iowa. Lauren is involved in Mock Trial, Best Buddies, and First Tech Challenge. She plans to go to college and get a degree in
political science, then later attend law school. After that, she hopes
to pursue a career in politics. Lauren can’t wait to work with the MFOLIA team and help educate people about gun violence.

 

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KIDAN GIRMA —

SHE/HER

CONTENT AND DESIGN ASSOCIATE 

Kidan is very excited to serve as March For Our Lives Iowa's Content and Design Associate. She is a junior at Johnston High School and is involved in many extra curricular activities such as cross country, Academic Decathlon, Student Council, Mock Trial, TSA, and band. Kidan is also involved with the Community of Racial Equity at her school and volunteers around her community. Kidan remains active with politics as she helped run one of the very first MFOLIA chapters at her high school. Not only that, but she advocates for racial equality in her district, exemplified by her attending and speaking at the Johnston rally where students talked to school administrators and board members about racial issues in schools. She is looking forward to being on the team this year.

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POLICY TEAM

SIRI MANDAVA —

SHE/HER

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS ASSOCIATE 

 

Siri is a Legislative Affairs Associate and a senior at Johnston High School. She's extremely passionate about preventing gun violence and increasing youth involvement in politics. She started a youth organization a year ago to help motivate the youth to become better people. Siri is currently an intern in the Kumar for Congress political campaign and is taking classes in law and public policy to further her knowledge. In her free time, she partakes in extracurriculars such as Student Council, Science Olympiad, and debate. She will be captain of the debate team this school year. Siri plans to major in political science and business and aspires to go to law school and run for Senate.

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LEXI DUFFY—

SHE/HER

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS ASSOCIATE 

Lexi Duffy is a junior at Okoboji High School where she is involved in Speech and Debate, Mock Trial, and theatre, along with music and sports. She is excited to join the MFOLIA team as a legislative affairs associate and to have the opportunity to learn more about the mechanics of policy making. In her free time, she can be found running, biking, and swimming, as well as reading up on current events and other news. She hopes to use this platform to educate her community and is looking forward to her first term with March For Our
Lives Iowa!

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