CEO & Founder
Connor Farrell is the CEO and Founder of Left Rising. He started his career in politics in 2013 working as a finance associate on a congressional campaign in Michigan. In the years since, he’s been the finance director for Abdul El-Sayed’s campaign for Governor, and led the finance teams for Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel as well as the successful statewide voting rights ballot proposal, Proposal 3.
Connor oversees Left Rising’s work with every single campaign and organization. He studied political science at the University of Chicago and has an MBA from Western Michigan University. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis with his fiancée, cooking, and trying to play piano.
Fundraising DirectorTaeka Haraguchi is a Fundraising Director at Left Rising. Taeka got her start in politics at Democracy Now! and the PCCC in 2014. She has since worked on municipal, statewide, and federal campaigns In several capacities including Finance Director for No IDC NY’s successful challenge to 6 GOP-aligned Democratic legislators, and Finance Director for Tiffany Cabán’s historic campaign for Queens District Attorney. She lives in arguably the world’s greatest city, New York City, and accordingly is three parts bodega bagels and coffee. She hopes to master how to make an omelette one day. She believes passionately in the fight for a dignified life for all with a Green New Deal and decarcerating our country.
Blake Thompson is a Fundraising Director at Left Rising. Blake got his start in politics as an intern for Senator Jon Tester in 2012 while a student at the University of Montana. In the years since, he has worked on campaigns in South Carolina, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Montana, New York, Missouri, and Kentucky. Most recently, Blake served as the finance director for Congressman Mondaire Jones and Lucas Kunce’s US Senate Campaign. Outside of politics, Blake enjoys exploring the mountains and lakes of beautiful Montana, where he currently resides. He can be found gardening, throwing pottery, or soaking in a natural hot spring.
Elizabeth Mazorra is the Operations Manager at Left Rising. Elizabeth first began learning about progressive politics and policies while teaching English in South Korea. She is an alumna of Movement School and was the Finance Director for Victoria Burton-Harris for Wayne County Prosecutor in Michigan. Elizabeth is passionate about education and supports candidates who focus on investing in their communities through improving public school systems and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. She now provides support to our staff by handling the day to day operations of the company.
In her spare time, she practices jiu jitsu and spoils her dog. She currently lives in Central New Jersey.
Senior Fundraising Associate
Bridget Kenney is a Senior Fundraising Associate at Left Rising. She received her BA in Communications from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, and went on to get her start in politics as a marketing intern at the DNC in 2017. After moving back to Syracuse, she worked as call time manager for Dana Balter’s campaign which led to her working with local candidates and building campaign foundations. Bridget enjoys astrology, Survivor, making Spotify playlists, and watching Chelsea FC matches. She currently lives in Washington D.C.
Senior Fundraising Associate
Abigail Culbertson is a Senior Fundraising Associate at Left Rising. She attended the University of Georgia and received her International Affairs degree in 2021. Prior to campaigns, Abby worked in the district office of Congressman David Scott. She then transitioned to Congresswoman Lucy McBath’s primary election in 2022, which, as a result of partisan gerrymandering, pinned her up against former Congresswoman Carolyn Bordeaux. Shortly after winning this race, Abby moved out to Oregon to fundraise for the newly created 5th district, resulting in the election of now Congresswoman Andrea Salinas. Prior to joining the Left Rising team, Abby worked in a hybrid role on the Hill as Staff Assistant for Congresswoman Lori Trahan and Finance Director for her campaign. Outside of politics, Abby enjoys the outdoors, reality TV, and attending sports events.
Junior Fundraising Associate
Isabella Vargas is the Junior Associate at Left Rising. She is in her last year of undergrad at the Ohio State University, studying political science. Isabella got her start in politics here at Left Rising as an intern, and is located in Columbus, Ohio. Outside of work and class, Isabella is often cooking, hanging out with her roommates, or learning the piano.