We're volunteers uniting America one conversation at a time.

Our Story

Our story begins in 2016 with two groups starting independently of one another — on opposite coasts of the United States. Coincidentally, both founders chose the same name “Crossing Party Lines.” Their shared vision led them to create a volunteer platform to unite Americans through warm and engaging conversations.

Lisa Swallow, an author and educator living in Portland, Oregon, was inspired by political conversations with a cousin to design simple process for engaging in respectful conversations about politics of the day.

Kareem Abdelsadek, a management consultant living in New York City, was driven by a sense of civic duty to apply his skills to uniting America through conversations among people from all walks of life.

Prompted by a time of unprecedented political polarization, these two visionaries, their energetic team of volunteers, and over 3,000 CPLs members are uniting America one conversation at a time.

Our Volunteers

Behind each of our meaningful cross-party-line interactions, there is a team of committed volunteers:

  • Facilitating conversations
  • Running Zoom
  • Researching topics
  • Designing this website
  • More!
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Our Leadership Team

Crossing Party Lines is led by a small group of individuals who are passionate about exploring our unique and shared values as a national community.

Kareem Abdelsadek

Co-founder, Chairman of the Board

Mark D. San Marino

Board Member

Ashley Smoluk

Board Member

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