Mission & Vision
Politiscope exists to instill confidence in voters by educating them with factual, reliable, and easy-to-understand political information in a central location. Our goal is to change the perception of politics and reshape the way political information is sought out and consumed.
Politiscope strips away the unnecessary complexity of politics and empowers voters with raw, unbiased information about elected officials and the policies they support.
Meet The Team
Walter Powell Jr.
Cofounder, Chief Branding Officer
Walter Powell is a 4-year NFL Player and Entrepreneur. He launched the successful clothing line, SPKZ, in New York through VaynerMedia selling snapback caps and other headgear. Walter also owns real estate in St. Louis, Missouri where he restores damaged properties and opens them up for retired US Veterans. He actively works with other athletes and entrepreneurs to promote leadership and financial security to underprivileged communities.
Cofounder, Chief Innovation Officer
Jackson White is a 10-year Entrepreneur and business owner who began his journey at age 17. Since then his company, Frathouse Productions, has organized and hosted nearly 600 events all across the United States, independently toured to 43 cities nationally and raised tens of thousands of dollars to bring underprivileged music artists from St. Louis to perform at music festivals such as SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Cofounder, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer
Israel Lopez is an M&A and Securities Attorney and former collegiate football player turned Technology Entrepreneur. Israel is combining his political experience with a decade of experience as an Entrepreneur. Politiscope is his third technology venture. He was named as one of the 29 Most Powerful Latinos in Wisconsin in 2017 and is one of the youngest to be named on In Business magazine’s “40 Under 40” list.
Cofounder, Chief Strategy Officer
Brandon Williams is a former NFL Player, Author, Commentator and Innovator, who serves on the teaching team at Zion City International Ministries, a faith-based organization. Brandon has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Entrepreneurship and is a Certified Life Coach with the International Coaching Federation. He has been happily married to B. Marcell Williams since 2011 and together they have five children.
Chief Operations Officer, VP of Finance
Kristin Elvinger consults for early-stage startups to help them develop financial operations and build healthy cultures. Most recently, she managed finance, scaled operations and lead diversity and inclusion at a San Francisco startup that doubled its revenue and tripled its headcount in the four years she was there. A Virginia native, she earned a dual degree in Finance and Economics at Virginia Tech and is passionate about social impact.
Director of Marketing
Holly Schlaefer specializes in marketing, client relations and project management with experience in technology, publishing and industrial automation. Most recently, she led a team as a Project and Account Manager for the sixth largest client account at the top translation agency in the world. Holly puts her customers and clients first by listening to their needs and conducting meaningful conversations. She focuses on organization and efficiency while promoting a positive and innovative team culture. Holly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and an International Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Bob Roberts is an Army Veteran and Senior Software Engineer with over a decade of experience. Specializing in building web apps with Ruby on Rails, he has worked on and led projects for various companies ranging from startups to leading brands. Bob is an expert on all phases of the Software Development Life Cycle and excels in communicating with clients, team members and stakeholders. Additionally, he is a volunteer mentor for Operation Code, which is a nonprofit charity that teaches Veterans and their families about programming.
Reggie Thedford Jr.
VP of Content
Reggie Thedford is a licensed Attorney and a 2018 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. After graduating law school, he started his own consulting business, WAVES Consulting, LLC., where he provides a variety of services such as lobbying, program management and implementation, sales and marketing. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Reggie received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University.
Business Development Associate
Arjun Rastogi manages New Business at Gary Vaynerchuk’s latest venture called the Sasha Group. Most recently, he helped build athletes’ brands under the Vaynerchuk brothers at VaynerSports and has now shifted his efforts to assist early-stage and small to mid-sized businesses. From Northern Virginia, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the College of William & Mary as a 2018 graduate.