About Us

Integrity First for America (IFA) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to holding those accountable who threaten longstanding principles of our democracy—including our country's commitment to civil rights and equal justice. 

Using the courts, and the court of public opinion, IFA seeks to protect the integrity of our democracy by fighting back against efforts to dismantle the norms that have kept America strong. 

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Our Team

Amy Spitalnick

Executive Director

Amy joins IFA with over a decade of experience in government, politics, and advocacy. She most recently served as Communications Director and Senior Policy Advisor to New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood. Amy previously served as an advisor and spokesperson for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and as Communications Director in the New York State Senate. She has also worked for a number of federal, state, and local campaigns and advocacy organizations. Amy was named a City & State 40 Under 40 Rising Star in 2013. She graduated from Tufts University.

Madeline Hicks

Communications Director

Madeline Hicks worked at IFA as a Research and Communications Associate for a year before beginning her role as our Communications Director. A graduate of Tulane University, Madeline’s time in New Orleans was marked by public service. She worked as an EMT for Tulane Emergency Medical Services, a free ambulance service in Uptown New Orleans, and conducted investigative work in the Orleans Public Defenders Office. She served as the Undergraduate Student Body President from 2015 to 2016, and she was honored by the Newcomb College Institute twice for her leadership.  In 2016, Madeline took time off from school to work as a field organizer for a presidential campaign in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Monica Graham

Board Chair

Monica Graham was founder and General Partner of Graham Partners, a technology-focused hedge fund based in New York from 1996 to 2010. Since 2010, she has acted in an advisory role to the organization. Monica began her career at Oppenheimer & Co. before working at Drexel Burnham Lambert. She then worked as an analyst at Sloate, Weisman, Murray & Company. Monica then founded her own consulting firm, Graham Investment Advisors, which advised hedge funds, before founding Graham Partners. Since leaving Graham Partners as General Partner, Monica has founded and run the Graham Family Foundation.


Dmitri Mehlhorn

Dmitri Mehlhorn

Board Member

Dmitri Mehlhorn is a partner at the investment network Vidinovo. He serves on the fiduciary and advisory boards of several companies and nonprofits, including Aquicore, Demosphere, APDS, GoKid, The Beans, and WiserCare. Dmitri began his career at McKinsey & Company, then served as Chief of Staff and antitrust counsel at O’Melveny & Myers. For seven years, Dmitri was Managing Director at Gerson Lehrman Group, a leading expertise exchange. He was then the President of Bloomberg BNA Legal. Dmitri also served as a Senior Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. He is a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute and the Johns Hopkins Institute of Education Policy. He has co-founded several nonprofits, including Hope Street Group, StudentsFirst, and the Great New England Public School Alliance.

Susie Tompkins Buell

Susie Tompkins Buell

Board Member

Susie Tompkins Buell inspires through her activism, philanthropy and spirit. Susie seed-funded Emerge America in 2002, an organization now in 22 states dedicated to training women to run for public office. Her support for equal representation has helped to increase the number of women in the U.S. Senate and other public offices. Susie is a trailblazing entrepreneur, having co-founded the apparel company, Esprit, and pioneered a progressive corporate culture. Susie was one of the originators of socially conscious marketing that helped to raise awareness of important social and environmental issues among employees and consumers. Susie is a proud grandmother of eleven. She relishes time at home or out in nature with husband Mark Buell, friends, family, and two beloved Jack Russells.