I'm a strategist and organization-builder working to advance democracy and build a world where everyone can thrive.
I'm currently a Pritzker Fellow at the University of Chicago, where I'm leading a seminar on democracy renewal with a movement-building lens. I also serve as Senior Democracy Fellow with Propel, a New York-based investment and philanthropic venture, and I regularly serve as a strategic advisor to US-based political and civic organizations. Recent consulting projects include convening national conversations on the threat of white Christian nationalism; supporting the coalition effort to defend the 2020 election results; informing a foundation's multi-year vision and plan around progressive power-building; counseling organizations on governance reforms and executive transitions; and advising political donors.
Previously, I spent 7 years as Executive Director of MoveOn Civic Action, mobilizing millions of grassroots members in campaigns to extend & defend access to health care for millions of people; to protect democracy against accelerating assaults; to fight for the dignity and safety of immigrants; and much more,
I led a top-to-bottom overhaul of MoveOn in a time of tremendous growth, increased visibility, and impact. In close partnership with MoveOn PAC Executive Director Ilya Sheyman, I quadrupled MoveOn's budget and base of sustaining donors, tripled the size of the staff team, and dramatically grew our membership and reach. We also raised millions of dollars for other organizations and for humanitarian relief.
My work in national media has included numerous appearances on MSNBC, CNN, and CSPAN, and interviews with print publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Glamour Magazine, Huffington Post, and a range of other outlets. My writing has appeared in outlets including The Nation and ImpactAlpha.
I serve as chair of the board of MoveOn, and as a member of the boards of Public Citizen and the National Domestic Workers Alliance. I'm an advisor to a number of other activist efforts and civic start-ups. I live in the Chicago area.
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