Realworks Program Manager


Serena Finlay

What do you want to solve? How? Why?
The lack of opportunity for young, diverse folks in politics. There are many barriers to entry- for example if you work on a campaign you need a reliable car, a laptop, and an understanding your job has an end date. I have found that by and large folks on campaigns and working for elected officials are white and middle to upper class-young people with safety nets. I think this is a huge problem because staff is everything for elected officials and having some diversity around is more than just doing the right thing- it would create different ideas and platforms that help a larger array of folks.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you while pursuing that work?
On one of the last nights of the 2018 campaign cycle I casually ate jelly beans from my sweatshirt pocket for dinner.

What would you do if you had absolute power?

What do you believe that no one else does?
That JFK’s assassination was an accident that the government decided to cover up. If you’ve watched the documentaries you know what I’m talking about.

What do you think everyone should google to learn more about?

What are you listening to? (eg. music, podcast)
The new Maggie Rogers album

What is your tagline for 2018?
“Can I steal you for a sec?” Sorry, yes I do watch The Bachelor.

What new innovation or org have you heard about working in this space that excites you?
So far Hey, Charlie

Who would you most like to switch places with for a day?
Michelle Obama

What's your secret talent no one knows about?
I can lick my elbow

Who is your biggest inspiration?
Honestly, my friends.

What are reading or what have you read recently that you love?
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones!