Helping down-ballot Democrats be better at the Internet
Tech for Campaigns’ (TFC) mission is to leverage the expanding reach of technology and digital communications to build electoral power for down-ballot Democrats throughout the United States.
To do that, we are building a lasting and permanent digital entity for the Democratic Party. Today, we build tools that help us identify and scale digital and tech best practices, and provide political campaigns with access to world-class talent to implement digital strategies needed to compete. TFC is powered by a dedicated full-time staff and a growing community of over 16,000 skilled volunteers from companies including Apple, Netflix and Google.
Our efforts are substantially, but not exclusively, focused on Democratic state parties and state legislatures working in swing districts. The candidates elected in these state and local races are responsible for the great majority of legislation that affects most Americans’ daily lives and yet consistently operate with small budgets and over-allocate to expensive, traditional media. TFC gives them access to a caliber of digital talent typically unavailable to them, providing a competitive edge. At the same time, we offer tech workers an opportunity to volunteer their skills in a meaningful and impactful way and turn political passion into hands-on involvement.
TFC started as an idea between three tech entrepreneurs in early 2017: 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. The TFC model was first deployed in 2017’s Virginia state legislative elections and has grown to have worked in scores of states and with hundreds of campaigns since.
From 2009 to 2017, at the state legislative level, Democrats lost 1,000 seats and control of 39 chambers at the state level. They only gained one-fifth of those back by 2020. State legislatures control the destiny of reproductive rights, gun violence prevention, and voting rights and elections. Despite their importance, state races raise relatively little money and thus struggle to get attention from campaign professionals. TFC helps reverse this with a three-pronged strategy:
We've worked with over 525 campaigns on over 800 digital projects, registered 434K people to vote by mail, and were pivotal in flipping or breaking supermajorities in 5 state chambers.
Greg Dale is CEO of Tech for Campaigns. 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.
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.
As Head of Ops, Amanda ensures TFC programs go off without a hitch and, most importantly, volunteers enjoy their experience on TFC projects. Amanda is no stranger to scaling in fast-paced environments, as she spent her pre-TFC days leading operations at early stage startups. When she's not on zoom calls strategizing how to turn state legislatures blue, Amanda can be found exploring new restaurants in Austin and attempting DIY renovations on her 1968 fixer-upper home. Amanda holds a BBA in Marketing Analytics from the University of Texas and has held business development and operations leadership positions at several top Bay Area technology companies including Oracle, HoneyBook, Cvent, and RevenueCat.
Ping leads the in-house technology projects that help us scale up our effectiveness and impact. He came to TFC with a long history working as a software engineer, usability professional, and technologist in politics, elections, disaster response, and humanitarian relief. While at Google.org, he cofounded the Google Crisis Response team, and he has been to the field with MSF (Doctors Without Borders) in countries facing Ebola epidemics and political insecurity. Ping has a BASc from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, where he was part of the technical team commissioned by the California Secretary of State to perform a security review of the state's electronic voting machines.
Sarah spent most of her career in New York advertising agencies, building campaigns for household brands such as Spotify, Sour Patch Kids, and Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. She brings expertise in data-driven marketing strategy and media, particularly digital. Her focus since leaving agency life has been on aligning herself with organizations that contribute a meaningful, positive impact on the world. In 2017, Sarah was nominated for The Drum’s 50 Women under 30, which recognizes outstanding women in digital and creative. She holds a BA in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to joining TFC as Head of Marketing, Lauren started her career in tech at Google in the early aughts and spent the last decade leading growth and brand for ecommerce startups. She holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Lauren served as the local board chair for Generation Citizen and first joined TFC as a Team Lead volunteer in 2020.
Gina is leading TFC's voter turnout initiative for the 2022 midterm election season. She advises early stage mission-driven start-ups on strategic growth and prior to TFC was a founding member of Blueland, where she was CMO. Gina received her MBA from Harvard Business School and undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University.
Jessica is a software engineer for TFC with an emphasis on data. She is focused on building tools that help campaigns learn quickly and make effective choices. Prior to joining TFC, Jessica had a decade of experience building products for applied math and data applications, first as a staff engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and then as a data scientist at an educational nonprofit. She holds a Master of Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley.
A passionate relationship builder, Allie brings new campaigns and candidates into the TFC universe as the Campaign Director. She previously managed the voter engagement program at Democracy Works, helping partners leverage civc technology to mobilize their communities and increase voter turnout. Between calls with campaigns, Allie spends her winters enjoying the Green Mountains and her summers exploring the shores of Lake Champlain.
Grace Forster is Tech for Campaign’s Fundraising Coordinator. After graduating from Albion College in 2021, Grace worked to flip state legislative chambers as the Major Gifts Assistant at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. In 2020, Grace fundraised to support MI State Representative Sarah Anthony’s re-election campaign.
Laura brings 15+ years of digital experience to her role as a state director for Tech for Campaigns. She was previously a product leader at Quizlet, where she drove the company’s strategy around teachers. Prior to that she founded the marketing department, leading all marketing functions from user growth to lifecycle to communications. She’s spoken at SXSW, Twilio Signal, Product Marketing Summit, University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, and the California Language Teachers Association. Laura hails from Palo Alto, California and graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Political Science. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons.
Jamie brings over a decade of data-driven product development, digital advertising and campaign experience to his role as State Director. Jamie led inbound product marketing and stakeholder adoption across a number of initiatves at Meta, spanning political advertising, data partnerships, ad measurement and trust & safety. At Trilogy Interactive he brought his passion for experimental design to help Democratic campaigns achieve their digital fundraising and advertising objectives, work he enthusiastically resumes at TFC. Jamie holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Michigan.
Colleen started her career as a marketer and has worked in all levels of marketing roles for a Silicon Valley pioneer, nonprofits, startups, and social enterprises. In 2018, she jumped feet first into grassroots organizing. After serving as California regional organizer, she became Swing Left's Organizing Director for Arizona, Florida and many of the non-battleground states in 2020. She supported hundreds of grassroots groups and thousands of volunteers while also working with state legislature campaign staff. She's excited to join Tech for Campaigns to merge her marketing experience with her passion for organizing.
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.
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.
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.
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 uses non-profit and for-profit investments to transform the lives of low income children in Colorado. Mike began his career as a teacher in rural Mississippi with Teach For America, which inspired him to write his acclaimed book, “In the Deep Heart’s Core.” 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.
State Representative Domingo DeGrazia is serving his second term in the Arizona House of Representatives. He is the Democratic Whip and serves on committees on Judiciary, Rules, and Ethics. He is an attorney with CIPP/US certificate advising small and medium size businesses on data privacy as well as handling appellate representation in fundamental rights cases. Along with a juris doctorate degree, he holds a master's of Aeronautical Science and a bachelor's degree in Aerospace.
State Representative Mari Manoogian is serving her first term in the Michigan State House of Representatives. She is a member of the Energy, Commerce and Tourism, and Military, Veterans and Homeland Security committees, while serving as Assistant Democratic Whip, Treasurer of the Progressive Women's Caucus. She also serves on the Michigan House Democrats Campaign Board, is a co-chair of Armenian-Americans for Biden, and was a keynote speaker at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
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. Before being elected to the Senate, Senator Wiener served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing the district previously represented by Harvey Milk, and chaired the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.
Sam Steyer worked as a Surrogate and Family Liaison on his father, Tom Steyer’s, presidential campaign. Before joining the campaign, he was a Co-Founder and the Head of Analytics for Station A, a software company serving the clean energy industry. His previous work used data science and software to solve problems in energy, food, and sustainability. He serves on the Leadership Board of Tech for Campaigns and Co-Chairs TFC's Political Advisor Board. Sam holds an M.S. in Computational Math from Stanford University and an A.B. In Applied Math from Harvard University. He was born in San Francisco (CA-12) and lives there today.
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