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.
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.
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.
Head of Communications, Greenpeace NZ
Nick Young is the head of communications for Greenpeace NZ, where he's worked for 15 years leading digital and online mobilisation. He joined Greenpeace after pioneering online activism in New Zealand with the Native Forest Action campaign, which worked to stop the logging of old-growth forests on New Zealand’s West Coast. As well as being a dedicated practitioner of digital campaign judo, he’s hung off ship’s anchor chains, blockaded buildings, crossed oceans on Greenpeace ships, and travelled to the Arctic and Subantarctic, all the while using digital media to communicate, inspire and mobilise.
Executive Director, Essential
Peter Lewis is the Executive Director of Essential, one of Australia’s leading strategic communications companies. Peter has more than 20 years experience in the media and worked as a journalist and political adviser before establishing his own consultancy. He is responsible for Essential’s Digital and Innovation teams, and has driven a range of ground-breaking projects including digital campaigns like Every Australian Counts campaign for the NDIS and the Never Alone campaign for the Luke Batty Foundation. Peter works with the Essential Research team to produce the weekly Essential Report and is called upon extensively as a political commentator.
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.
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.
Head of Digital, Agency
Tom is an expert in digital technology and online communications, especially in the area of youth – he directed UN Youth communications in Australia for several years. He’s a vegetarian who loves tending to his courtyard garden to shake off hours spent swimming in code. Tom’s a firm believer in the transformative power of education, and reckons digital media can give us all the knowledge and all the access we need to change the world for the better.
Executive Director, OrganiseUs
Tabatha combines her creative and strategic communication skills with the unique goal of bringing world class digital training to people looking to change the world for good. OrganiseUs has a clear goal — to build a community of practice for digital organising. Communication, campaign, digital, data and design specialists, they craft creative solutions and share skills, offering in-depth training programs across digital strategy, tools, data management, design and organising. Tabatha has over 18 years' experience developing engagement, media and communication strategies for progressive non-profits, and over seven years as a daily news and feature journalist. What motivates her? She once lived 30 metres up a Karri tree and has never lost sight of the view.
Digital Campaigns Manager, Essential
Kim leads the digital and production team at Essential and is a digital communications specialist. She spends her days (and most nights) developing evidence-based strategies and implementing them through digital technology. Kim also has extensive experience in advertising, website development, user experience and supporter engagement to drive successful campaigns. Kim is a firm believer in the power of narratives and networks to create impact. She has worked with many organisations to develop websites and digital campaigns including National Disability Services, Luke Batty Foundation, WWF, Australia, AMCS, Australian Education Union and more.