Chris Merrill — Executive Director

Chris joined the Equality State Policy Center as executive director in 2018. He was previously the associate director and communications director of the Wyoming Outdoor Council, a Wyoming-based conservation organization. Prior to that Chris was an award-winning journalist with the Casper Star-Tribune and the Idaho State Journal. He also lived and worked in Ecuador, Bolivia, and South Korea, where he taught English. Chris has a master’s degree in English and an undergraduate degree in political science, with an emphasis on economics. He lives in Laramie with his wife and two children.

Anastasia Marchese – Civic Engagement Coordinator

Ana moved to Wyoming in 2015 to further her rock climbing and academic pursuits. She has a degree in Social Work with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. As an emerging professional social worker, she is passionate about creating positive change within communities. She loves working with ESPC because we provide political support and opportunity for all people in Wyoming.

Jen Simon – Senior Policy Advisor

Jen Simon serves as Senior Policy Advisor to Equality State Policy Center addressing equitable policymaking in Wyoming through The Gender Lens Project. She consults on gender, healthcare, cross-partisan leadership, and democracy reform. Governor Mead appointed Jen to the Wyoming Council for Women where she serves as Vice Chair. She is the founder of the Wyoming Women’s Action Network and a co-founder of Womentum. She holds a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University and a BA in art and art history from Colorado College. She resides in Teton County with her husband Adam and their dog Gus.

Stefani Farris – Development Writer

Stefani joined the Equality State Policy Center in 2020. She has worked in Wyoming’s nonprofit sector for the last 20+ years, most recently as the associate director of the Wyoming Outdoor Council. Stefani holds a master’s degree in creative writing and undergraduate degrees in English and Women’s Studies. She lives in Lander.