who we are
Way to Win works with coalition of funders and organizations including Women Donors Network Action, Movement Voter Project, Solidaire Action Fund, Democracy in Color, Propel Capital, The Solutions Project, and Groundswell Action Fund. We seek to embody a shared ethos of political funding that brings together near term strategic wins and long-term power-building.
Way to Win Co-Founder & President
Founding Executive Director, Texas Future Project
Tory Gavito is President of Way to Win and is responsible for steering the vision and strategy of the power network of donors and strategists. Prior to Way to Win, Tory was Founding Executive Director of the Texas Future Project. Under Tory’s leadership, the Texas donor table transformed from an idea to a powerhouse institution; established the Texas Future Project Research Center; and developed and financed a strategic plan to make Texas competitive statewide by 2022. Alongside powerbuilding strategists, Tory organized donors around races that culminated bringing the loss margin in Texas to a mere 2-points in 2018, making it a battleground 2020. Tory has a JD from Saint Mary’s University School of Law, was an advocate for immigrants in the workplace for a decade, and grounds her work in movement-building. Tory’s career is inspired by her grandmother and namesake, who immigrated to Texas from Mexico in the 1940s.
Way to Win Co-Founder & Vice President
Co-Founder and Former Executive Director, Solidaire
Leah co-founded Solidaire, a network of philanthropists who are committed to funding social movements with a focus on racial and economic justice. For the first five years, she served as Founding Executive Director and grew the membership from a small handful of progressives to a vibrant community of over 160 members. Leah has a PhD from Princeton University, where she studied religious philosophy and political theory and wrote her dissertation on the history of the concept of solidarity. She has served on numerous boards, and acts as an advisor to her family foundation, the Sister Fund. Her writings have been featured in The Nation, Huffington Post and Politico, and she has been profiled by Salon, Avenue Magazine, and San Francisco Magazine. Born and raised in New York City, she has lived in Egypt, Syria and the West Bank, and now resides in San Francisco.
Jenifer Fernandez Ancona
Way to Win Co-Founder
Vice President of Strategy & Member Engagement, Women Donors Network
Jenifer helps to run WDN, a national community of 220 progressive women donors who leverage their wealth, power, and community for a more fair, just, and sustainable world. Jenifer also directs WDN Action, a 501(c)(4) organization advancing justice through advocacy, funding, and civic engagement of underrepresented communities. She has a wide range of experience in communications, donor organizing, strategy development, grassroots organizing, and multi-racial coalition building. Jenifer has worked as Director of Strategic Communications at Citizen Engagement Laboratory, as a consultant to the Democracy Alliance, as a top legislative aide in the California State Assembly, and as a news reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Jenifer holds a BS degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University. She lives in Oakland with her husband, Dan Ancona, and their 7-year-old son.
Nicole is a Vice President of Way to Win, working on the larger landscape of partnerships to strengthen and create the infrastructure needed to win elections, advance transformative policy, and build lasting power. Prior to Way to Win, Nicole was the Co-Executive Director of the California Donor Table, where she worked with a broad base of funders, political donors, labor leaders, practitioners and state and local community leaders to invest in and support the civic engagement and electoral priorities of California’s new majority communities. As a queer, multiracial Pacific Islander and first generation high school and college graduate, she has a deep commitment to equity, and brings over fifteen years’ of local, state and national experience leading racial, economic and climate justice organizations. Nicole serves on the boards of Groundswell Action Fund, Outdoor Afro, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), and is an advisor to Threshold Foundation’s Climate Strategies Funding Circle.
Director of Programs & Operations
Tori joined Way to Win at its founding in 2017 and currently serves as Director of Programs and Operations. Miyagi marshals internal resources and organises programming and services for Way’s power network of donors and organisers. Tori was previously Program Manager and principal deputy of a philanthropic fund at the Democracy Alliance where he managed the funding process for a portfolio of high-performing power building organisations on behalf of individual and institutional donors. Within progressive philanthropy, Tori constantly advocates for under-resourced communities and their most authentic leaders. Tori is a member of Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Tori was born and raised in a union family on O‘ahu island in Hawai‘i. He remains Okinawan American.
Director of Resource Strategy
Originally from the Texas Hill Country, Taylor has spent nearly a decade working at the nexus of resource acquisition, programmatic strategy development, and communications to catalyze progressive change. Her work has run the gamut—she’s driven communications for major organizations, including three statewide progressive advocacy and communications organizations in a battleground state and a major political party in Texas, while managing organizational growth through the recruitment of new major funders and partners. She’s designed eye-catching, envelope-pushing campaigns for multi-year and multimillion-dollar projects around destigmatizing abortion and expanding voting rights, and she’s advised winning campaigns for local and federal races alike in both Texas and Colorado. Taylor’s a Swiss Army practitioner, and she’s particularly passionate about ending violence against women, expanding voting rights, and resourcing brilliant organizers who are reflective of their communities and hold the vision, plans, and deep community relationships that are changing the face of power around the country.
ELISE Jangmi PYO
Director of Design
Elise is a modern day nomad, who has spent the past 25 years traversing the globe. After moving to NYC, she joined The Public Society, a design-thinking firm focused on creative disruption. Elise became deeply involved in environmental and social justice work there, partnering with clients including Greenpeace, Avaaz, the Carbon XPRIZE, The Rockefeller Foundation, Beautiful Solutions (with Naomi Klein), The Urban Future Lab, The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, Conergy, and Mosaic Solar. She previously worked with Solidaire and Solidaire Action Fund, where she helped to launch the Emergent Fund and design the JustFund portal. Elise believes that design and inclusive innovation are powerful tools for transformation: they help us see a more just and beautiful world is possible, and invite us to join in its creation. In December 2018, she moved from Brooklyn, New York to O‘ahu, Hawai‘i – where she enjoys spending time with her baby niece and family, focusing on nature and wellness, and learning to mix up the perfect mai tai.
Deputy Political Director
Born in Louisiana and raised in Northern Virginia, Kellie started her political career in 5th grade when share acted as Bill Clinton’s campaign manager in her school’s mock presidential election. Since then she had made a career of advocating for a variety of progressive causes, including working for Planned Parenthood, USAID, the Democratic National Committee, Unity ‘09, and EMILY’s List. Most recently she was the Director of Partnerships & Training at the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center where she provided strategic assistance to national and in-state partners, directed and expanded the training and state legislative programs, and led planning for the annual Road Ahead Conference. Kellie graduated from Wake Forest University, where she studied Political Science, German, and International Studies.
Dailey is an Alabama native with a long time interest in politics and social reform. She graduated from the College of Charleston in 2015 with a political science degree, and she spent most of her senior year working for Charleston’s mayoral candidate Ginny Deerin. Dailey is poised to bring her project management and administrative experience to the senior leadership of Way To Win, fulfilling her passion to help advance long-lasting progressive change. Before joining the team, Dailey worked for nationally-known artist Chris Roberts-Antieau, supporting the growth of Antieau's three gallery spaces, assisting the gallery director, and managing the artist's studio. She also previously worked as an executive assistant and paralegal to a prominent New Orleans attorney. Dailey will reside in Austin, TX, where she is excited to explore the city and listen to some live music.