WUDL Advisory Board

The Washington Urban Debate League's Advisory Board is a group dedicated to spreading the educational benefits of policy debate through public middle and high schools to under-served communities in the DC area. Members of the advisory board are very involved in the WUDL, judging at debate tournaments, recruiting new volunteers, organizing fundraising events, and coaching teams and more in their spare time.  

The Advisory Board is built upon three pillars: 

  • Community

  • Service

  • Fundraising

Each member of the Advisory Board has agreed to serve a term of 1 year, to contribute their time to volunteering at WUDL tournaments and events, and to using their network to build support for the WUDL. 

Advisory Board Members


Chair: Ethan Van Ness 

Fundraising Coordinator: Michael Fuentes

Outreach Coordinator: Jessica Moore 

Events Coordinator: Matt Rose

Secretary: Ohm Gore

Judging Coordinator: Kathy Beckman

Ethan Van Ness
Senior Legislative Aide, U.S. House
Kathy Beckman (Training)
(Ret.) Senior Trainer, Instructional Designer. US Department of State
Matthew Rose
Director, US Policy and Advocacy, Health Gap (Global Access Project)
Renee Reneau
Senior Associate, CLS Strategies
Monica Hanratty
Researcher, American Oversight
Ohm Gore
Lead Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Joe Karam
Associate Attorney, Offices of Joseph L Manson III
Jonathan Gonzalez
Associate, McCandlish & Holton, Litigation Practice Group
Jessica Moore
Senior Data Scientist at LMI
Andrew Arsht
Attorney, Federal Judiciary
Michael Fuentes
Sales Development Rep. at Vorsight
Allison Pickett
Director, External Affairs Strategy and Engagement Team, Capital One
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