Executive Team

Rye Barcott
Rye Barcott
Co-Founder & CEO

Rye Barcott served in the U.S. Marine Corps and co-founded Carolina for Kibera, a non-governmental organization that invests in talented youth in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. After the Marines, he worked for the former CEO of Duke Energy, then co-founded and led Double Time Capital, a clean energy investment firm. He earned his MPA and MBA from Harvard, where he was a Center for Public Leadership Social Enterprise Fellow.

Kahlil Byrd
Kahlil Byrd
Senior Strategist

Kahlil Byrd’s expertise is building and leading large, disruptive, technology-based advocacy and political reform organizations. He was president of the education reform effort StudentsFirst and Co-Founder and CEO of Americans Elect. He is the founder and CEO of the FPPCO | Invest America, an advisory firm and fund building a community, joining social and political entrepreneurs with funders committed to cross-partisan policy transformation. Kahlil is a board member of With Honor and Take Back Our Republic.

Ellen Zeng
Ellen Zeng
Political Director

Ellen Zeng was a counsel earlier in her career at the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and at the U.S. Senate Rules Committee. Last cycle, she was a Deputy Political Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and before that has served as campaign manager for several congressional races. She received her B.S. in electrical engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and her law degree cum laude from Harvard.

Alex Johnson
Alex Johnson
Political Director

Alex Johnson has a long history working on political campaigns ranging from City Council up to the Presidential level. His experience includes winning campaigns of United States Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Richard Burr (R-NC), as well as experience in public affairs and independent expenditure work during the 2014 cycle in support of Senator Thom Tillis. Alex received his B.S. in political science from the University of Iowa.

John Mahony
John Mahony
Chief Operating Officer

John Mahony served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer after graduating from Cornell University. After the Marines, he served as the Director of Internal Operations for RedOwl Analytics before earning his MBA from The Wharton School. Before joining With Honor, he was a McKinsey & Company consultant and the Director of Operations for the African Leadership University School of Business.

Ted Probert
Ted Probert
Chief Advancement Officer

Ted Probert served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves for 21 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2014.  For the last 25 years, he has spearheaded the fundraising efforts of four independent schools: Lawrenceville, Kent, Westminster, and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he served as campaign director for the Exeter Initiatives, which raised $352M. He earned his B.A. and Certification in Secondary School Education from Duke University.

Lori Campbell
Lori Campbell
Administrative Manager

Lori Campbell led the executive administrative team at Carolina Handling working directly for the CEO. During her tenure, she completed her B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from Strayer University graduating summa cum laude, and was honored with the Jim Swittenburg Award for Customer Service Excellence. Before joining With Honor, she was an executive assistant to the managing partners of a private equity investment firm.