Our Team

"Whatever you choose to do, leave tracks. That means don't do it just for yourself. You will Want to leave the world a little better for your having lived."

Meet The CREW

Gabe Rutan-Ram

Executive Director

Originally from the North Georgia mountains, Gabe moved to Knoxville back in 2015, shortly after graduating from the University of Georgia with a background in media management. Moving from rural Georgia to Knoxville, he spent the next five years traveling around Tennessee. During that time, he witnessed firsthand the destructive path of laissez faire policy on rural communities and committed to do something about it. He joined ChangeTN in the fall of 2020 with the goal of giving everyone in Tennessee a voice at the table to move the state forward.

Madison Hicks

Digital Director

Madison has been involved in politics since she was in high school where she was the Secretary of her chapter of the Young Democrats. Madison was a Social Media Intern in the 2020 election cycle and also works as a freelance social media writer.

As a public educator, Madison has seen Tennessee’s lack of care for public education. She wanted to continue to work with progressive candidates to improve the public education system in Tennessee. Madison loves working with candidates all across the state, & she is so excited to see what’s next!


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