Amanda Aragon, New Mexico

Amanda joins the 50CAN fellowship from the New Mexico Public Education Department as the director of strategic outreach. Prior to that, she spent six years in the energy sector at ConocoPhillips as the director of stakeholder relations. Amanda is a first-generation college graduate with a degree in international business and Spanish from the University of Tulsa.


Arash Kamiar, Florida

Arash joins 50CAN after serving as partner and publishing manager for six years at Prior to his work in publishing, he served as a public policy scholar for Florida Blue in Jacksonville where he researched and wrote on health policy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida State University and a master’s in public policy from Jacksonville University.


Tish Johnson, New Jersey

Tish joins 50CAN with over 15 years of combined financial, government, legal and corporate experience. Tish is the founder and CEO of the capacity-building firm The Groundwork Agency and is currently the co-chair of the program committee for the I Have A Dream Foundation-Newark and legal advisor for Girls: Live, Love, Laugh, Inc. Tish is an adjunct professor at Essex County Community College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Spelman College and a juris doctorate from Georgia State University.


Seth Saavedra, New Mexico

Seth joins 50CAN most recently from the NACA Inspired Schools Network, where he served as director of talent and advancement. Prior to that, Seth spent eight years with Teach For America, serving first as a corps member and teacher at Bridgeport Public Schools before transitioning to national roles including vice president of school systems talent matching. Seth holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, philosophy and English from the University of New Mexico.