We provide political campaigns with access to world-class talent, training and technology to implement digital strategies needed to win, powered by a growing community of over 13,000 skilled volunteers. Tech For Campaigns (TFC) gives political candidates access to a caliber of digital talent that is hard to come by, especially in state and other down-ballot races. This digital boost provides a competitive edge, while offering tech workers opportunities to volunteer their skills in a meaningful and impactful way—turning political passion into hands-on involvement.
How TFC Started
TFC started as an idea between 3 tech entrepreneurs: What if, instead of just volunteering time and money, they could volunteer their expertise in web development, social media, paid marketing, and data analysis? They created a Google Doc to share the idea with friends, and within 72 hours had 700+ volunteer signups from Silicon Valley’s most sought-after tech and digital talent. Fast forward to today and they’ve built the largest digital, political volunteer network in the U.S.
Over the last decade, even as Democrats won at the federal level, they lost serious ground at the state level: over 900 individual seats and control of 39 state government bodies were lost over the last four election cycles.
State legislatures decide how federal and state districts are drawn (aka redistricting) and control the destiny of legislation on major topics from healthcare to education to equal rights. Despite their importance, state races raise relatively little money and struggle to get attention from campaign professionals. This is why we focus, especially but not exclusively, on state legislatures and winning back control.
In order to reverse gerrymandering, implement progressive policies, and help “flip the House,” we must start with the winning back control of the states.
Meet the team
Jessica was most recently CEO of Tech For Campaigns, having founded the organization in 2017. Prior, she was Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Social Capital, a leading venture capital and investment firm and was Cofounder & CEO of FounderDating (acquired by OneVest), the Linkedin for entrepreneurs. Jessica led Business Development and was GM of Platforms at Bebo (acquired by AOL for $850M). She is an advisor to several companies, sits on the board of the A.Alfred Taubman Institute at the University of Michigan and was recently named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Director of Engineering
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Aki is a software engineer experienced in designing and maintaining data analysis systems. They started their career at Google fighting product abuse, before moving to Indiegogo, then taking a break from tech to design a card game. Aki's tech roots are in web development, and they hold a BA in Mathematics from UC Berkeley.
Greg Dale is Director of Campaign Relations for TFC where he focuses on bringing new technologies to new audiences in useful ways. After beginning his career in investment management at J.P. Morgan and First Republic, Greg worked as a product manager and account executive at Chartboost, a mobile ad platform, and was the Founding Business Lead at Myra Labs, which focuses on bringing artificial intelligence to customer care. Greg holds a BA from UC San Diego.
TJ Rutkowski is Head of Operations, and focuses on making TFC’s programs work seamlessly for campaigns and volunteers. TJ is no stranger to highly stressful customer-centric environments and he was the TFC Arizona State in 2018. He recently launched Saint Luna Spirits and is a Board member at The Center for Khmer Studies, in addition to having held digital strategy and product roles at top global companies including Fidelity Investments, Citibank, Credit Suisse, TIAA and TE Connectivity. TJ holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Northeastern University.
Danielle Riley is an experienced digital designer, creative director, educator, and life-long liberal. After years in marketing and advertising agencies building digital experiences for clients such as Cox Communications and HumanGood, she now brings her passion for design to causes that have a positive impact on the world. Danielle has a B.A. in journalism from CSUF.
Jack is a leader and operator of growing product teams in B2B as well as B2C marketplaces, including OpenTable, CrowdFlower/Figure Eight, Pipefy and InterActiveCorp. Equally broadly experienced outside of software product leadership, he began his career in the newsroom at The Washington Post and served as a strategy consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Jack has received an MBA from Columbia University and a BS from Georgetown University.
Ping is software engineer experienced in a wide range of projects. They started their career at Google.org working on energy efficiency and crisis response. Since then he has always looked for a way to use his skills to make an impact, including with Doctors Without Borders. Ping hold a BA in Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo and a Ph.D in Computer Science from Berkeley
Craig Koester is a State Director, ensuring that TFC projects are delivered with high quality and campaign partners are highly satisfied. Craig spent the first half of his career in management consulting, serving the U.S. government with PricewaterhouseCoopers/IBM, and a wide range of industries in the U.S. and Europe with Bain & Company. He then transitioned to tech, including operations, analytics, and product management at LinkedIn and Outpace Systems. Craig has a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Stephanie is Chief of Staff, and focuses on fundraising, board operations and other strategic initiatives. Previously, she was an EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence) at Wilbur Labs, an SF-based startup studio that built and scaled businesses using digital ad automation. Prior, Stephanie spent time on Google's ads team, working with many of the fastest growing mobile apps. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Genomes and Psychobiology of Behavior and Decision Making from Duke University.
Carla Hayes is a State Director, ensuring that TFC projects are delivered with high quality and campaign partners are highly satisfied. She has more than a decade of marketing communications experience for top global real estate franchises, working across email and content marketing, product launches, public relations and brand management. She spent her early career in social services. Carla earned both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Communication from Rutgers University.
Krisserin Canary is a State Director, bringing 14 years of experience working in tech to drive impactful results for campaign partners. Krisserin specializes in retention and growth marketing, and was an early team member at Dollar Shave Club, Headspace and most recently codeSpark. She is also the founder of Good Job, a tool created to help people track their happiness at work. Krisserin has a B.A. from UCLA in English and Political Science.
Chris is a product development and marketing executive with extensive experience leading the development, launch and operations of consumer Internet products in large and small organizations. As a pioneer in the online music industry, Chris founded the first digital media department at a major record label (Atlantic Records) and oversaw the worldwide operations of Yahoo! Music. He has been the chief product executive for several early-stage startups in music, media measurement and the automotive industry. Chris holds a B.S. and M.A. from Stanford University.
Courtney is the Staffing & Operations Manager where she focuses on matching our skilled volunteers to campaign projects. Her background is in sales and account management with experience at Carrot Fertility, Yesware, and an internship with LinkedIn. Courtney is a regional organizer for Swing Left, and a long-time TFC super volunteer. She has a B.A. from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Communications and Global Politics.
Rob Harol brings years of experience as a digital product leader, delivering ad-supported solutions for various consumer-facing content and lead generation platforms such as Leaf Group, Prodege, and Machinima. As a metrics-driven State Director, Rob partners with campaigns to drive measurable success. He holds a B.A. from UCLA in Economics and Political Science and is a USAF veteran.
Gautham is a software engineer & designer. He most recently got his Master's in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon. Before that, he worked at Google on the Material Design team. He's passionate about design systems, generative art, and ethical tech.
Isha Mehra is a data scientist with experience in organizing events for social justice and education. Most recently, she spent two years supporting the Newsfeed Experience team at Facebook and speaking at the TAMU Datathon. Isha also hosted a grassroots virtual fundraising event for racial equality and is part of an amazing team that creates and promotes difficult community conversations in her hometown of Lexington, MA. She has a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Machine Learning from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dylan Holmes is the Texting Program Director for TFC where he focuses on empowering all Campaign Texting projects running in the 2020 election cycle. They bring years of experience leading product and project teams in high-growth startups, and most recently built digital platforms for clients like Airbnb and Slack. Dylan has a B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College.
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Thy is a State Director with more than a decade of experience in user acquisition, product marketing and CRM. With a focus on data and creative - she works with campaign partners to help deliver high ROI and impactful results. Thy has experience leading growth efforts for companies such as The New York Times, Nickelodeon and most recently Duolingo. She holds a B.B.A from University of Technology Sydney, Australia.
Pete Kazanjy is a serial founder, and seasoned early stage Saas executive, advisor, and investor. Pete founded TalentBin, a category-defining talent search engine and recruiting CRM, which exited to Monster Worldwide in early 2014. Pete is passionate about HR tech, marketplaces, and tech-enabled sales and sales operations. Prior to TalentBin, Pete worked in product marketing and product at VMware, having graduated from Stanford in 2002.
Lisa brings decades of management and technology experience having previously served as president and CEO of Neustar, a global information and analytics services company, from 2010-2018. Previously, she held leadership positions at several Fortune 500 companies, including AOL, Time Warner and Viacom. She is a board member of several public companies.
Ian Ferguson is an entrepreneur and a designer in equal measure. Both analyst and artist, he believes that good design and tactical business objectives are inseparable. He currently develops software and user experiences for emerging brands in both the technology and non-profit sectors through his own creative studio, Res Facta. From 2011-2016, he oversaw product and brand development as a founder of Kitchit, a marketplace connecting diners with professional chefs for full-service, at-home dining. Prior to Kitchit, Ian was a Consultant at Bain & Co. and earned a BA at Yale and an MBA from Stanford.
Political Advisory Board
Rep. Charles Booker successfully ran for State House in Kentucky in 2018, becoming the youngest African American in the house in over 90 years, where he fought for common sense gun safety reform, prescription drug cost relief, voter protection and restoration, in support of labor unions, for economic justice, against racial injustice and more. After a successful first run for US Senate in the 2020 Kentucky Democratic Primary, Rep Booker recently founded Hood to the Holler, a 501c4, to work on voter restoration and more, and to help positively transform our future.
Jennifer Carroll Foy is a Democratic candidate for Governor in Virginia. During her time in the legislature, Jennifer has led the way on the Equal Rights Amendment, proudly supported the successful fight to expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians, and passed a budget that includes a 3% salary increase for teachers and a 2% salary increase for law enforcement officers in the Commonwealth.
Mike Collier is currently an advisor in Texas to the Biden for President campaign, concurrently serving on Biden’s National Finance Committee and the Biden Economic Policy Council. He made Texas history in 2018 by coming closer than any Democrat in 20 years to being elected Lt. Governor of Texas. He was the 2014 Democratic Nominee for Texas Comptroller and served as Finance Chair of the Texas Democratic Party.
Howard Dean served as Governor of Vermont for six terms from 1991 to 2003. He gained national prominence as a leading Democratic candidate in the 2004 Presidential election. Dean serves on the Board of Directors for National Democratic Institute (NDI) and travels to emerging democracies around the world promoting increased participation for women and youth as well as grassroots organizing.
Fentrice D. Driskell serves on the Insurance and Banking Subcommittee, the Energy and Utilities Subcommittee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Select Committee on Research Institutions, where she serves as Ranking Democratic Member. She also serves as the Parliamentarian of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus. Rep. Driskell is an AV Preeminent-rated attorney who currently practices law with Carlton Fields in Tampa, Florida.
Representative Anna V. Eskamani previously served as the Senior Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and is a PhD student studying Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. On November 6, 2018 Anna was elected to serve the great people of House District 47 with a vote margin of 57% to 43%, flipping a legislative seat, and becoming the first Iranian-American elected to any public office in Florida.
Jena Griswold is Colorado’s 39th Secretary of State and the youngest Secretary of State in the country. In 2019, Griswold spearheaded and passed into law, one of the largest democracy reform packages in the nation. This year, she is a leading voice in expanding mail ballots to every eligible American. In 2018, Jena was elected as the first Democratic Secretary of State in Colorado since 1958, the first democratic woman Secretary of State in Colorado’s history, and only the 10th woman in Colorado’s history to hold current statewide constitutional office.
Delegate Elizabeth Guzman, a native of Peru, is a social worker and public administrator who represents the 31st District of the Virginia House of Delegates. In 2017, Guzman became the first Hispanic immigrant woman ever elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and in 2018 she delivered the Spanish-language response to the State of the Union address. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Education Committee, the Chair of the Social Services Subcommittee of the Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee, and on the Labor and Commerce Committee.
State Senator Jeff Jackson has helped build a bipartisan coalition to end gerrymandering, has formed the state's first Early Childhood Education Caucus, and has introduced a number of bills to modernize our criminal laws, including finally closing the revoke consent loophole. Before serving in the NC Senate, Jeff Jackson served in Afghanistan with the Army and worked as an assistant district attorney. He continues to serve in the Army National Guard and is in his third term in the NC senate.
Mike Johnston is the President and CEO of Gary Community Investments, which aims to transform the lives of low income children in Colorado. Mike was a senior education policy advisor to Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign and transition and was elected to two terms in the Colorado State Senate from 2009-2017 where he passed over 100 bills with bipartisan support. Mike is a fluent Spanish speaker and holds degrees from Yale College, the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Yale Law School.
Representative Shevrin D. Jones is currently running for Florida Senate. He is the Executive Director of Florida Reading Corps, an AmeriCorps Program that uses evidence-based reading intervention strategies to get children reading by the third grade, founder of LEAD Nation, one of South Florida’s top youth organizations for leadership development training, and founder of the South Florida Youth Summit, the largest gathering of young people in South Florida.
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins has served in the Alaska Legislature since 2012, representing Sitka and rural Southeast Alaska, and outside the legislature he's helped start Outer Coast, Alaska Fellows Program, and Covid Act Now.
Leanne made history in 2015 as the first woman to represent the 161st Pennsylvania House district, flipping a seat controlled by Republicans since the Tea Party wave of 2010. She serves as Democratic Secretary of the Labor & Industry Committee, member of the Appropriations Committee, member of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Vice Chair of the SAFE Caucus, which addresses gun violence prevention, and Co-founder of the Climate Caucus in the Pennsylvania House.
State Representative Donna Lasinski is serving her second term in the Michigan State House of Representatives. She is a member of the House Tax Policy Committee, Insurance Committee and is the Minority Vice-Chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, while also serving as the Michigan House Democrats Campaign Chair.
Joe Lockhart served as White House Press Secretary during President Bill Clinton’s administration. In addition, Joe served as communications advisor and press secretary for several politicians and presidential candidates. Joe co-founded the Glover Park Group and later served as a senior advisor to John Kerry during his 2004 presidential campaign. Joe has held senior positions at Facebook and at the NFL. Joe is currently co-host of Words Matter podcast and a CNN political analyst.
JA Moore represents portions of Berkeley and Charleston Counties in the South Carolina House of Representatives. He was elected in November 2018 becoming the first chef to serve in the State House and has been a fierce advocate for improving mental health in schools, nutrition, and ending gun violence during his first term. He owns a catering company in North Charleston and lives in Hanahan with his wife and newborn daughter.
Rep. James Talarico earned his B.A. degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and his master’s degree in Education Policy from Harvard University. He currently serves as the youngest member of the Texas Legislature, sitting on both the Public Education Committee and the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee. In his first term, Rep. Talarico helped write historic school finance reform legislation that infused Texas schools with $11.6 billion in new education funding.
Senator Scott Wiener represents San Francisco and northern San Mateo County in the California State Senate. Elected in 2016, Senator Wiener focuses extensively on housing, transportation, civil rights, criminal justice reform, clean energy, and alleviating poverty. He chairs the Senate Housing Committee and also chairs the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus.
Meet some of our
Engineering Manager, CZI; formerly Facebook
TFC Data Team
Senior Data Scientist, HBO
Chris Hurst VA-12 and Hiral Tipirneni, AZ-08
UI/UX Designer, Slalom Build
Shelly Simonds, VA-94
Senior Product Manager, NerdWallet
Chris Hurst, VA-12
Senior Cloud Engineer
Senior Data Scientist, Linkedin
Virginia House Democratic Caucus
Senior Engineer, Slack
Virginia House Democratic Caucus