Nancy Rodriguez

Nancy Rodriguez leads ACS’s media relations strategy as part of the Communications Department. Before joining ACS, Rodriguez was a journalist for nearly 20 years, focusing on education, state government and the impact of both on students and their families.

Rodriguez has been a communications and media relations professional since 2011. She served seven years as the Assistant Director of Communications and Media Liaison for the Kentucky Department of Education and, most recently, was press secretary for the Council of Chief State School Officers, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states and other U.S. jurisdictions.

Rodriguez received her B.A. from Hofstra University in English with minors in communications and international affairs and holds a Master’s in communications from Bellarmine University.

A native Rhode Islander, Rodriguez lives in Virginia with her husband and son.

 

Aidan Beals

Aidan Beals joined ACS in July 2019 and currently serves as the Communications Fellow. He provides digital strategy support and assists with general media relations, as well as designing communications campaigns and drafting reports on metrics. He is involved with the creation and implementation of ACS's email marketing and website strategy.

Before joining ACS, Aidan was an intern in the Labor Policy office of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions in the office of the ranking member. In addition to other internships in Congress, local government, and policy groups, Aidan has led local political organizations and participated extensively in the local electoral process.

Aidan graduated from the University of California San Diego in 2019 with a B.A. in Political Science/Public Policy magna cum laude. Besides studying and participating in local politics, Aidan spent his time cooking, hiking, and wishing he could surf.

Alexis Sargent

Alexis joined ACS in August 2019 and currently serves as the Communications Associate. She helps manage legal press relations, media strategy, and policy marketing implementation for ACS.

Before joining ACS, Alexis interned for the U.S. Department of Justice— Office on Violence Against Women, the United Nations (UNFPA), and for U.S. Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence.

Alexis graduated from Michigan State University’s James Madison College and Honors College, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. At MSU, Alexis studied social relations and policy, women's and gender studies, and music. She served as a research assistant to Professor Cris Sullivan and Writing Center Director Joseph Cheatle, and was involved in campus sexual assault prevention and student government. Alexis was also named a 2019 Rhodes Scholar Finalist.

 

Alexandra Walker

Alexandra Walker leads ACS’s digital strategy as part of the communications department. Before joining ACS, Walker managed communications for Families USA and Alliance for Justice's nonprofit advocacy project.

Walker has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor, and content strategist in digital media helping nonprofit organizations tell their stories and achieve their program and fundraising goals. She previously held editorial and project manager positions at several public interest media organizations. This includes PBS, where her work on a child marriage investigation helped the "Now on the News" program win a Gracie Award.

Earlier in her career, Walker worked in statewide and national organizations dedicated to improving the treatment of sexual assault and domestic violence victims in the legal system.

Walker is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

William Lutz

William Lutz brings over two decades of strategic nonprofit communications experience to his role as Vice President of Communications at ACS, having led communications departments for numerous organizations dedicated to progressive and social justice causes, including legal aid for low-income communities, women’s reproductive rights, the environment, and the uninsured.

Prior to joining ACS, Mr. Lutz served as Senior Director of Communications at Families USA, overseeing a 12-person team during the 2017 national fight over Obamacare repeal. He also served as Communications Director at Defenders of Wildlife, one of the nation’s premier wildlife conservation organizations, during numerous legislative battles over key environmental protections. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lutz served as Communications Director for NARAL Pro-choice America and for the Legal Services Corporation. He also has significant political experience, having run several independent expenditure and ballot initiative campaigns, and has worked for several private firms including MSHC Partners and GMMB. He also is the founder and principal of Lutz CS Communications.

Mr. Lutz is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Stuyvesant High School and the George Washington University. He resides in VA with his wife, two daughters, and five cats.