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 11,700 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.
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.
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.
Director of Engineering
Home District: MT at-large
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Strategic Account Manager, Yesware
Senior Cloud Engineer
Senior Data Scientist, Linkedin
Virginia House Democratic Caucus
Senior Engineer, Slack
Virginia House Democratic Caucus