Work Experience

Change.org, Washington, DC
Consultant/writer, Campaigns Department

January, 2011-Present

  • Author email campaigns on a wide variety of subjects.

  • Identify campaigns ripe for email activism, provide guidance for complementary field and press strategies to maximize campaigns' impact and likelihood of success.

  • Work to develop new campaigns that incorporate strong personal narratives and distinct, winnable targets.

Working Assets/CREDO Mobile, San Francisco, CA
Campaign Manager, Political Department

May, 2008-August, 2009

  • Directed CREDO's national online activism program, authoring and deploying e-mail action alerts to over one million readers every week; coded my own emails using HTML.

  • Oversaw ongoing election administration work in seven states in cooperation with the Democracy Alliance and Common Cause (CO, FL, MI, NM, OH, PA, WI) – this work was key to ensuring fair election practices during 2008.

  • Ran the largest pollworker recruitment program in the nation with an eye toward election protection in 2008; recruited over 12,000 volunteers.

  • Created demographic-based marketing strategies to expand Working Assets’ mobile business.

  • Evaluated grant applications, performed due diligence, and made recommendations to CREDO's President and Board to aid in the company's funding work. (CREDO/Working Assets has donated over $60 million to progressive non-profit organizations.)

The Alliance for Retired Americans (AFL-CIO), Washington, DC
Deputy Director, Field Mobilization Department

April, 2007-May, 2008

  • Created, implemented and oversaw grassroots field plans for this 3.5 million member organization; managed over a dozen field staff and department administrators.

  • Helped to create the retiree role in the AFL-CIO’s Health Care for All campaign and Employee Free Choice Act campaign, among others.

  • Traveled around the nation to help grow and improve the work of state retiree organizations.

  • Worked with coalition partners including labor unions, religious organizations, etc.

  • Chartered and built new organizations in states without a retiree activism structure.

  • Made public appearances (rallies, radio, etc.) to promote the work of the Alliance.

National Association of Letter Carriers, Washington, DC
Regional Field Coordinator, Central Region

November, 2005-February, 2007

  • Coordinated legislative and political activism among union members in ten states.

  • Advised the NALC President on competitive political races in my region.

  • Co-created and implemented fundraising structure for the NALC’s PAC, which is among the top 20 progressive PACs in the nation; raised tens of thousands of dollars throughout my region.

  • Attended fundraisers, met with Congressional members and candidates on behalf of the NALC.

  • Planned press events relating to activism in my region.

Ohio AFL-CIO Take Back Ohio Campaign, Columbus, OH
Director, Vote by Mail Initiative

July-November, 2006

  • Designed/ran first-time statewide Vote by Mail program; brought in over 12,000 voters.

  • Hired and supervised a staff of twenty employees, union releases, and volunteers.

  • Oversaw all aspects of the field plan including direct mail and phones.

  • Worked with Boards of Elections in Ohio’s 88 counties to ensure the effectiveness of the program.

  • Presented the program at the AFL-CIO Executive Council Meeting in Chicago; was subsequently asked to train staff in other states to run Vote by Mail programs using my field plan as a model.

  • Played significant role in the broader Take Back Ohio campaign, including authoring all Get Out the Vote phone scripts and directing GOTV for Columbus.