Our Team

Matt Scharfstein – Executive Director

Matt Scharfstein is the Founder and Executive Director of The Loyal Opposition. Matt volunteered with Hillary for America during the 2016 Presidential campaign and became an active Trump resister after the election, founding The Loyal Opposition to encourage civic activism.

Raised in New York City, Matt first became interested in politics as a teenager volunteering for Michael Bloomberg’s 2001 Campaign for Mayor of New York. He studied Political Science and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he remained active in political issues.

Before founding The Loyal Opposition, Matt worked in legal marketing, corporate public relations and as an investor. He is also a certified scuba instructor.


Karen Kirchen – Managing Director, Director of Strategy & Treasurer

Karen Kirchen is Co-Founder, Managing Director, Director of Strategy & Treasurer at The Loyal Opposition. She is a retired corporate lawyer with 30+ years of experience as a senior lawyer representing a global financial institution in New York City. Karen’s experience includes all aspects of international banking transactions and regulation.

Karen oversees, researches and directs most of the day to day content and strategy for The Loyal Opposition, in addition to acting as Treasurer.

Karen splits her time between New York and Southern Florida. Her retirement passions, in addition to the Resistance, include travel, outdoor sports and health research.


Julie Frontera – Director of Graphics

Julie is an artist and all around creative soul, doing renderings, planning and design work for contractors most days; her passion lies in turning ideas into visuals, blending perfectly with her interest in politics and history.

Julie’s activism dates back to the first Earth Day, marching as a young teen and picking up trash in a run-down Detroit park. After lessons learned in a 16 year detour to hospice nursing, Julie returned to the art world and promised herself she’d dedicate more time to things that inspire. Never one to hold back voicing her thoughts and feelings, artwork and graphics have become a favorite way to communicate them, with social media providing the outlet.

Julie also recently opened an online Etsy store where she offers some of her artistic creations.


Adrienne Kirschner – Director of Communications

Adrienne Kirschner is the Director of Communications for The Loyal Opposition. After working over a decade in the software industry, Adrienne transitioned to the nonprofit sector where she has focused on strategic planning, communications, and fundraising. Adrienne has had a lifelong interest in politics, particularly public policy in the areas of education, healthcare, and the environment. After the 2016 presidential election, Adrienne became deeply concerned about the need for a more informed and engaged citizenry and became a passionate advocate for civic engagement. Adrienne believes in the power of the people and uses her voice to inspire action–“Democracy is not a spectator sport.”


Avi Bueno – Director of Policy Advocacy

Avi Bueno is the Director of Policy Advocacy at The Loyal Opposition, where he focuses on analyzing and comparing current U.S. policies to the policies in autocratic regimes, both past and present. He has a passion for politics, which began at an early age, and signed up as a poll worker as soon as he was eligible to vote. He is most keenly interested in the nuances of policy, both foreign and domestic.

Avi’s educational background includes philosophy (with specific focus on philosophy of religion and epistemology), political science, and psychology. His professional experience includes years of project management at a private equity firm and current work in healthcare administration at a preeminent medical college/hospital.

Avi believes that the most important attribute of any democracy is an informed populace. Truths must be emphasized and falsehoods must be publicly addressed and debunked.

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