We provide political campaigns with access to world-class talent and technology to implement digital strategies needed to win, powered by a growing community of over 4,500 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 Alter is Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Social Capital, a leading venture capital and investment firm. She is also Cofounder and Board Member of Tech for Campaigns, the digital arm for progressive and centrist political candidates. Previously, she was the 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). Prior to Bebo Jessica worked in business development at Hands-On Mobile. 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.
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.
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.
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 an 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.
Hasham Ali is an experienced engineering leader with a passion for usability and scalable solutions. Since starting his career at Zynga, he has held lead engineering roles at Chartboost, a mobile ad platform, and Rocket Games, a mobile gaming startup. Most recently, he was CTO at Penn Interactive Ventures. Hasham graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.
Kendall Collins was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer of AppDynamics (acquired by Cisco for $3.7B).
Prior to AppDynamics, Kendall served as an executive at Salesforce for 12 years across a wide range of business and product functions, and subsequently as an advisor. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the core Salesforce Cloud business unit and also served as the global Chief Marketing Officer of Salesforce for 3 years.
Prior to Salesforce, Kendall worked at Siebel Systems, Oracle, AT Kearney, and Procter & Gamble. He graduated with a B.S. in Commerce with Distinction from the University of Virginia, a concentration in East Asian Studies, and studied in Taiwan.
Bob Trahan is an experienced engineer and in a former life, Bob was founder of the software engineering tools company, Phacility. Prior to founding his own company, Bob worked at Facebook as a Director of Engineering. These days Bob is pursuing his culinary dreams and is an avid cook and baker.
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.
Carla has been working in tech since last century, leading teams to create amazing user experiences. She was an early hire at Esurance, where she built and led award-winning digital product & UX teams. She currently heads Product and Marketing for BusinessBlocks, an EdTech start-up.
Samuel has worked in politics for about 15 years, mostly as a digital marketer. He has worked for many politicians, including Barack Obama and two senators: Claire McCaskill and Cory Booker. Samuel is a big believer in applying technology to political organizing and is very excited to be working with Tech for Campaigns this cycle!
Jeff has experience leading projects across a variety of industries. He began his career with educational companies that emerged from the PLATO system at the University of Illinois, and this experience cemented his passion for continual learning. From there he shifted to produce open-source games with THQ-Volition. Most recently he worked as a digital strategist and customer experience advocate in healthcare.
TJ is a State Lead for TFC where he works with state caucuses to help shape digital strategy and run successful projects with TFC volunteers. His prior experience includes launching new online products and services at Fidelity Investments and TIAA, customer acquisition through digital marketing for Citibank, and leading digital transformation programs at Credit Suisse and TE Connectivity. He is passionate about using technology and data to create business value and strengthen customer relationships. TJ holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Northeastern University.
Home District: TX 19
Mary started her career at Deloitte Consulting then moved into the tech industry. She has held various roles in business operations, program management, client service, and sales. Most recently she was a consultant with Exponential Talent, a consulting firm focused on diversity and inclusion programs, and before that, a Vice President at Rackspace, a cloud technology company.
Meet some of our
Acquisition Marketing Manager, Thumbtack
Rob Quist for Congress and Justin Nelson for AG
Engineering Manager, CZI; formerly Facebook
TFC Data Team
Senior Data Scientist, HBO
Chris Hurst VA-12 and Hiral Tipirneni, AZ-08
UI/UX Designer, Green Rubion
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