Digital Fundraising Manager, Bernie 2016
Michael is the Digital Fundraising Manager for Bernie 2016 and a Senior Campaign Strategist at Revolution Messaging. Michael previously worked at Change.org, where he lead the team responsible for email campaigning in the United States. He also lead the team running the campaign started by Trayvon Martin’s parents calling for the arrest of their son’s killer. Michael previously worked with progressive political blog Firedoglake, leading campaigning around whistleblower advocacy, workers’ rights and safety, and marijuana legalization. He came up through the labor movement at SEIU and the workers’ rights nonprofit American Rights at Work. Michael got his start in online organizing as the co-founder of Generation Dean, Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign’s young voter organizing effort. Michael has a degree in documentary photography and political science from American University.
Digital Director, Hillary for America
Jenna Lowenstein is the Digital Director at Hillary for America, where she leads the team that is using technology, design, video, email, and other content to help elect the first female president of the United States. Prior to joining the campaign, Jenna served as VP of Digital at EMILY’s List, Deputy Digital Director for the Democratic National Committee, and Deputy Digital Director for Terry McAuliffe’s successful campaign for governor of Virginia. She also held six or seven hundred different jobs at the social good start-up Change.org, where she helped grow a community of more than fifty million people worldwide who want to see change — and then connect them with the tools they need to make that change happen.
Director of Digital Strategies, AFL-CIO
Nicole is the Director of Digital Strategies at the AFL-CIO. She was previously the Online Organising Manager at the Sunlight Foundation. Nicole managed development and implementation of online tools used by Organizing for America field staff and volunteers, including Neighbor to Neighbor and My.BarackObama.com. She held a range of roles with Obama for America coordinating volunteers, and training staff. Nicole also managed and prepared slates of potential nominees for legal positions in the Obama Administration as part of the Presidential Transition.
VP Analytics, Global Strategy Group
Emily has worked at the intersection of communications, digital, research, and analytics for nearly 10 years. In her role at GSG, she is part of a team that leverages new techniques in predictive modeling, data science, and analytics. Emily’s experience includes traditional consulting in corporate environments, electoral politics and data science. She started off her career working at McKinsey & Company specializing in consumer insights and predictive modeling. In 2010, she took that experience to the Democratic National Committee where she oversaw analytics and polling for all targeted races in the west and southwest regions. She left the DNC only to become a founding member of Obama’s 2012 analytics team heading national constituency analytics and finishing the cycle as the Data Director in Colorado. Following the election, she took on the role of Data and Analytics Director for KIPP, a charter school network. Emily recently completed a Masters of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, while simultaneously consulting on a variety of analytics projects for clients, including the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, Oscar Health, EMILY’s List, the AFL-CIO, and Hillary for America. She received her B.S. in mathematics from Bryn Mawr College.
Project Manager Community Organising, Ko Awatea
Alexandra Nicholas is Project Manager, community organising trainer and coach at Ko Awatea, Centre for Health Improvement and Innovation Auckland, New Zealand.Her organising work is focused on issues of social justice and equity for Pacific and indigenous New Zealand Māori youth. Most recently, she was lead organiser of ‘Handle the Jandal,’ a by-youth, for-youth campaign unleashing Pacific and Māori youth leadership to enhance mental health and wellbeing. Alex has presented her work and led community organising trainings in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand contributing to global learning on the impact of social mobilisation and organising as an approach to working with communities to create health.
Community Organising Manager, Environment Victoria
Jane manages the Community Organising program at Environment Victoria, state based environment charity that works on energy transitions to tackle global warming and campaigns to protect nature. They have a community of 350 volunteers and 70,000 supporters across the state, and work together to build community power in areas that matter politically and to use that power to get good policy outcomes for climate and our environment. They are using the community power they’ve built to pressure the Victorian state government to increase the ambition of their climate plan. They want to make sure that Hazelwood closes soon and in a way that support the working community in the Latrobe Valley, and want to make sure there is a plan that includes strong pollution cuts and planned closure of all 4 of our big power stations.
Media and Communications Manager, People with Disability Australia
El Gibbs is the Media and Communications Manager for People with Disability Australia. She is also an award winning writer, who specialises in social policy and disability issues. She has worked in politics and the community sector for two decades in communications. She’s on twitter @bluntshovels and has an unhealthy interest in Senate Committees.
Lead Organiser, Sydney Alliance
David is the Lead Organiser at the Sydney Alliance. The Alliance brings diverse Sydneysiders from religious, community and union organisations to organise on issues of the common good – affordable housing, public transport, protecting weekends, refugees and climate justice. David has been with the Sydney Alliance for 6 years and with over ten years of community organising is an experienced professional working for social change and organisational renewal. Before the Alliance, David was President of the UTS Union Board, then the National Union of Students. As National President he campaigned in Australia and India to secure the 2009 reforms of International student rights and won increases to youth allowance for rural and poor students. David plays a leadership role within the Uniting Church, sits on the NSW Synod Standing Committee and is an elder at Leichhardt Uniting. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and International Studies. He is a nostalgic Coastie.
Advocacy Development and Networks Officer (Community Organiser), Cancer Council NSW
Carolyn ‘shows the love’ to the Cancer Council’s volunteer community advocates. She has a background in social work and training. She previously worked as the training coordinator with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. A recent career highlight was the successful campaign to get NSW government to abolish co-payments on chemotherapy drugs, a $76 million commitment.
Manager of Community Organising & Outreach, WWF Australia
In 2015 Reece was chair of the Sydney Organising Committee for the People’s Climate March – the largest and most diverse of its kind ever held in Sydney. Reece first began campaigning on climate change during the years he spent working in community development in the Kingdom of Tonga. Since joining WWF in 2012, he has focused on new strategies to engage, support and organise non-traditional allies on climate change, including the Faith community, Health sector, Pacific Islander community, Farming community and Firefighting community. He is passionate about exploring the ways behavioural economics, digital mobilising and relational organising can work together to broaden and strengthen participation in democracy.
Digital Community Engagement Planner, WWF Australia
Kate is a Digital Community Engagement Planner at WWF Australia who believes that change can’t be driven by a small few. She hopes to inspire and empowers others to take action to create effective social change.
Convenor, CANA Community Organising Hub
Stephanie began her life as an activist with Greenpeace in the 90's, and has since been an organiser/educator with the Trade Union movement. During this time she has worked for the NSW state public service union (PSA). and the council of trade unions (ACTU). Stephanie has also worked for the Sydney Alliance as a Community Organiser. Her most recent role was Organising Manager at the PSA, where she worked with her peers to transition the union to an organising focus. Stephanie has strong skills in facilitation, training, relationship building and mentoring and she is excited to be working with the climate movement to build and exercise power to create the change we want.
Advocacy Advisor and Campaign Coach
Anita is an independent advocacy advisor and campaign coach, and one of Australia’s most respected public health campaigners. Until recently, she spent 12 years at Cancer Council NSW as Manager, Policy & Advocacy and Director of Health Strategies. She has played a leading role in securing federal and state government support around tobacco control, cancer screening, and support for cancer survivors. Previously she worked with the Community Services Commission of NSW. Anita has a Bachelor of Arts, and a Masters in Administrative Law and Policy, both from the University of Sydney. She was awarded a Fellowship for the Stanford University Executive Program for Non-profit leaders, and completed the Harvard Kennedy School program on Leading Organizing and Action.
Chair, Hunter Cancer Action Network (HCAN)
James Garlick is a cancer survivor and part-time history and economics teacher from Newcastle. He is currently doing an honours thesis in history at The University of Newcastle. James has volunteered for Cancer Council NSW for over 7 years in both fundraising and advocacy. He is the Chair of the Hunter Cancer Action Network (HCAN) and played a lead role in the Hunter component of Cancer Council's extremely successful Saving Life 2015 campaign.
Principle Strategist, NetChange Consulting
A digital pioneer for two decades, Jason is the principal strategist at NetChange Consulting (formerly Communicopia). He has led digital transformation projects and campaigns for some of the world’s most recognized social change organizations and movements including Human Rights Watch, NRDC, the City of Vancouver, the Elders, the UN Foundation, and the David Suzuki Foundation.
Digital Campaign Manager, 350.org
James is a writer, organiser and digital campaigner. He spends most of my time helping build a global climate movement at 350.org.350.org's online campaigns, grassroots organising, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries. As Digital Campaign Manager, James works with a global team of digital organisers and local leaders to build, support and amplify the climate movement from the grassroots up. Prior to his time at 350, James was the Digital Campaign Coordinator for Oxfam Australia.
Social Media Specialist, Amnesty International Australia
Jessie Mawson is Social Media Specialist for Amnesty International Australia. Jessie is a commsy/campaigny/webby all-rounder with a long history in the non-profit sector. Currently Social Media Specialist at Amnesty International Australia, Jessie was previously Communications Advisor at The Wilderness Society where she worked on the campaign that saved Walmadan (James Price Point) in WA's Kimberley region from a destructive gas hub. Before that, Jessie held a Communications Officer role at UNICEF in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Deputy Director, Australian Progress
Rebecca leads Australian Progress’ learning and community initiatives. She was previously Global Director of Learning and Development at Change.org, where she led on campaign innovation and learning for teams across 20 countries, and Chief of Staff at GetUp. Rebecca also spent seven years in senior roles with the independent Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, broken by a stints with Obama for America in South Carolina and Ohio in 2008.
Co-director, Community Organising Fellowship, The Change Agency
Fee Mozeley co-directs the Change Agency's Community Organising Fellowship program. Fee is a community organiser and environmental advocate who believes that social change requires understanding what motivates, inspires and empowers communities. She is an experienced facilitator, trainer and educator. Fee was initiated into grassroots organising by leading a community alliance during a protracted three-year campaign to protect urban fig trees in inner city Newcastle. She coordinates the Change Agency’s Community Organising Fellowship and is a lead facilitator for the program. Fee has worked as a community organiser with the Hunter Community Environment Centre in Newcastle NSW, coordinating an alliance of more than twenty community and environmental groups to prevent the approval of a fourth coal terminal. Fee is committed to strengthening community networks to resist the coal and gas boom, safeguarding a healthy future for her three awesome children.