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Who We Are

We are a citizen-driven, voluntary group of people who believe America can be, and should be, a country where level-headed views work to find compromise and consensus.

We are ordinary people. Our ambition sounds radical right now because it is increasingly uncommon. We don’t think a belief in moderation and cooperation are radical. We think these approaches are ideal.

Our party’s origin and leadership includes moderate policymakers, politicians, and proposed reforms that originated from both major parties.

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Hagar Chemali

Hagar Chemali

Director

I helped start SAM because I often feel unrepresented - sitting in the middle, voting with and without conviction. I was done feeling as though there was no viable alternative—a party and candidates who put the country’s interests before theirs.

My goal is to get the word out about SAM as much as possible so that Americans across the nation can see that together we can fight for our country’s best potential.

Zach Colby

Zach Colby

Field Director

I’ve lived in very red and very blue places and always felt powerless to affect change. Seeing the growing divide after the 2016 election made me want to get involved firsthand.

I do a little bit of everything and help steer the SAM ship day-to-day. Come stop by SAM’s Hub in Denver and say hello!

Alana Dunagan

Alana Dunagan

Director & Treasurer

I joined SAM because it gave me hope. Sometimes it seems like politics will just inevitably get worse and worse—but it’s not inevitable, we have a choice. I chose to join SAM to create better options for America’s majority in the middle, and to build a healthier democracy for everyone.

I work on finance and operations for SAM.

Peter Groome

Peter Groome

Director

I helped start SAM after the 2016 election because I felt our country had bottomed-out politically and was in need of a new party choice focused on integrity and finding common ground.

My focus is to build and grow the SAM brand.  

Eric Grossman

Eric Grossman

Director & Vice Chairman

I helped start SAM because I believe this nation can and must deliver better government to our citizens.  We should strive to leave our children a world with fewer problems, not more. The two dominant parties are only interested in power for power’s sake.  There is a better way.

I want to convince people that this can be done — that the two-party monopoly can be disrupted.

Duane Hughes

Duane Hughes

Director

Our country finds itself at a key inflection point, where we want the future and the past at the same time. Rather than watch the old politics of division continue to play out,  I wanted to do something about it. I joined SAM. SAM looks to unite and represent a new majority. I am excited to be a part of it!

I intend to leverage my network to make SAM’s efforts as inclusive as possible. This means honing the message and spreading the word among populations that heretofore have been traditionally underrepresented.

Drisana Hughes

Drisana Hughes

Associate Director

I joined SAM because I want to run for office one day and I don’t want to have to compromise on my values or ideals. I believe the way the current two-party system is set up, politicians sometimes have no choice but to govern with their party in mind, before their constituents. 

I help out with SAM in any way that I can! At the moment, I am focused on our party-building efforts in New York.

Jim Jonas

Jim Jonas

Chief Political Strategist

We need a new force - a new party - in our politics that will serve the interests of the majority of Americans that want our elected leaders to focus on fixing problems instead of finger-pointing and self-serving partisan distractions. SAM will force greater electoral competition, more voices, and more credible choices into a system that desperately needs it.

I bring a couple of decades of political consulting and electoral reform experience to work with the SAM team on national political strategy, communication and outreach.

Sarah Lenti

Sarah Lenti

Director & Former CEO

I first joined SAM as a Board Director because I believe that civility, respect, and dignity must be re-introduced to the American political system.

As SAM’s former CEO, I helped kickstart SAM operationally with a kick-ass team of political newbies. I am excited to watch where the team goes and how it grows.

Finally, and, as a mentee and former employee of Secretary Condoleezza Rice, I care deeply about the security of our nation.

Maryfrances Metrick

Maryfrances Metrick

Director

I joined SAM because I believe in the promise of our nation and the dreams of our Founders. The two party system is broken and endangering the political and economic health of our country. But we can fix that problem and I want to be part of the solution. 

I bring commitment, determination, hope and business experience.

Scott Muller

Scott Muller

Chairman & Director

As a founder, I want SAM to be a beacon to a new generation of leaders. For too long, our politicians and the two dominant political parties have found safe places in the wrong places.  I want to change that by helping to create a new party which will not be beholden to the extremes and will be able to govern for the real majority.

I have a clear sense of the contribution SAM can make to the work being done by countless others and a commitment to make that contribution matter.

Kenneth Polite

Kenneth Polite

Director

I joined SAM because our current party system has removed moderation, collaboration, and compromise from our political landscape.

I bring experience from the frontlines of our criminal justice system, one of the few areas where individuals across the political spectrum have worked together to achieve reform.

Alicia Wilcox Prokos

Alicia Wilcox Prokos

Executive Director

I joined SAM because I want Americans to believe in their government again. Not big government or small government, just government. I believe it has the power to improve people’s lives. 

I bring entrepreneurial as well as corporate management experience to the challenge of building the SAM brand in all 50 states. I manage all aspects of building the party under the oversight of our Board of Directors.

Suzanne Besu Truchard

Suzanne Besu Truchard

Director

Suzanne is an attorney and real estate broker in Napa Valley specializing in winery and vineyard acquisitions. She is an active member in the nationwide Cuban-American community, serves on OLE Health Foundation Board, and is mother of two rambunctious children.

Michael Willner

Michael Willner

Director

Real change happens when people pursue impossible dreams. I joined SAM because I found a group of committed Americans working tirelessly to disrupt the broken two-party monopoly.  Our goal is to offer voters more choice in the voting booth.

I bring business management experience along with a little political experience. I also bring an overwhelming desire to get our nation back on track.