Mari Schimmer helps direct and support Choice USA’s national trainings and leadership institutes. A California native and a graduate of University of California Santa Cruz, Mari interned with Choice USA’s Communications Department in fall 2003 through the UCDC program. Mari joins Choice USA after six years with Grassroots Campaigns, Inc., where she worked to build the progressive movement as Assistant National Recruitment Director; oversaw organizing staff and volunteers to get out the vote through the 2008 and 2010 elections; and organized volunteers around renewable energy campaigns in Colorado, New Mexico and Wisconsin. When she is not organizing, Mari is usually exploring DC or perfecting her vegetarian cooking skills. Follow her on Twitter @MariCat.