The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and its nearly 1 million members and growing nation-wide believe in fighting for bold progressive change. It's not enough to agree with us on the issues we champion -- heroes in Congress and candidates on the campaign trail that we support also believe in fighting for these values.
Founded in 2009 by Adam Green, a former MoveOn online organizer and Democratic party communications worker, and Stephanie Taylor, former MoveOn and SEIU organizer, the PCCC has been at the forefront fighting for progressive change ever since.
The Nation magazine awarded PCCC “Most Valuable Campaign” of 2011. MSNBC’s Ed Schultz calls PCCC “the top progressive group in the country.”
Some campaigns our members have taken on include:
- fighting to save the public option as part of health reform
- championing real net neutrality to keep the Internet open and free
- pressuring President Obama to let the Bush tax cuts expire
- supporting Elizabeth Warren to successfully set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- fighting to preserve and expand our social safety net including Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security
- working to pass Elizabeth Warren's plan to reduce student loan debt
- supporting bold campaign finance reform
- fighting to for Wall Street reform and accountability
In addition to issues, we help bold progressives campaign, get elected, and bring the fighting spirit with them to Washington. We endorse bold candidates, help them run efficient and effective campaigns, raise money for them through grassroots donations, and give volunteers the opportunity to help these campaigns succeed.
So far, our members have done great things for candidates, like:
- helping Bill Halter make tens of thousands of phone calls and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to take on Blanche Lincoln on the Arkansas Senate Democratic Primary
- running the draft Elizabeth Warren for Senate campaign in Massachusetts in 2012 by raised over $1,170,000 million through over 70,000 small-dollar donations for her campaign
- making over 2 million phone calls to voters in 2012 including over 574,000 calls for Elizabeth Warren and over 1 million calls in 2010 through our Call Out The Vote program,
- helping over 30 PCCC-endorsed candidates win their elections in 2012
- raising over $1,200,000 and making over 1,000,000 calls to voters for our slate of bold progressives running for Congress in the 2014 election
- helping helped candidates from the "Elizabeth Warren wing" of American politics including Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), Brian Schatz (HI-Sen), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), and Mike Honda (CA-17) defeat more conservative opponents in tough 2014 primary battles
- making over 4 million calls through our Call Out the Vote program in 2014 for progressive candidates across the country
- raising nearly $1.5 million with over 97,000 small-dollar, grassroots donations
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The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) is a national grassroots organization with a mission of building progressive power. With nearly one million members, we help bold progressive candidates elected and work with them to govern progressively. We focus on economic populism and democracy issues -- including expanding Social Security benefits, Wall Street reform and accountability, and bold campaign finance reform.
Stephanie Taylor — Co-Founder
Stephanie Taylor, Co-Founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), has spent the last 15 years working on labor, electoral and advocacy campaigns throughout the country. She is a former union organizer and a pioneer in the area of scalable field, using technology and field to achieve results. She has a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an MFA from Columbia, and is a PhD candidate in American history at Georgetown. Her political commentary has appeared in Salon, The Nation and Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter @StephanieTaylor.
Adam Green — Co-Founder
Adam Green, Co-Founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC). For four years, he worked as Director of Strategic Campaigns and Civic Communications Director for MoveOn.org. Previously, Adam served as the Democratic National Committee’s press secretary in Oregon for the 2004 presidential campaign, communications director for the New Jersey Democratic Party in 2003, and press secretary for the top winning Democratic U.S. Senate race of 2002. He has a B.A. from George Washington University and a law degree from University of Virginia. He is a frequent contributor on both MSNBC and CNN. Follow him on Twitter @AdamGreen.
Jacqueline Arasi — Software Project Management Consultant
Jackie helps develop smart requirements and keep technology
projects moving forward. She began work as a software project manager in 2004 on a suite of web tools for community organizing, has actively participated in open source software communities, and was a part of a leadership team that worked to incorporate technology intelligently into a broader movement for more livable, bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly cities. She has been fascinated with software as a tool for resource management, project planning and successful "campaigning" since the first time she played the Oregon Trail in her 2nd Grade Computer Lab.
Sarah Badawi — Director of Finance Support
Sarah joins the PCCC with experience in both nonprofit and campaign fundraising. Most recently, she served as the Development Director of an organization focused on campaign finance reform, and in 2012, she was an integral member of the finance team for Elizabeth Warren's successful campaign for the U.S. Senate. Sarah received her B.A. in political science from the University of Florida and a law degree from George Washington University.
Marissa Barrow — Press Associate
Marissa has had an interest in politics before she could spell the word, and spent her first all-nighter watching Florida switch colors on CNN in 2000 as a ten-year-old. In 2008, she was one of the youngest delegates to the Texas State Democratic Convention. While earning her Bachelor's degree at Louisiana State University, she worked as a radio reporter for LSU's daily newspaper, The Daily Reveille, and rose to become the managing editor of digital media. She spent the summer of 2011 interning at the Democratic National Committee's new media department. In the 2012 election cycle, Marissa served as the communications director for a state senate campaign in North Texas.
Max Bittman — Web Developer
Lacey Connelly — Training Director
Lacey has worked on campaigns for ten years, from campaign management to fieldwork to finance reports. A self-described "training junkie," she is excited to strengthen the progressive movement by making sure we all have the skills we need to win. After a decade of life on the road, traveling from campaign to campaign, Lacey recently moved back to her hometown of Hurricane, WV. Follow Lacey on Twitter at @ChasingOm.
Laura Friedenbach — Campaign Director
Laura joined the PCCC with diverse public sector and nonprofit experience. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and a MSc in International Public Policy from University College London. Prior to joining the PCCC, she was a press intern in the U.S. Senate, interned in the British House of Commons and did communications work and international affairs research in the nonprofit sector. Laura previously held the position of Press Secretary at the PCCC.
TJ Helmstetter — Director of Media Relations
TJ joins the PCCC with a nine-year background in earned media, issue advocacy, and political campaigns. He has previously served as the communications director of the Working Families Party; a digital strategist at Blue State Digital; and in communications, campaign manager, and fundraising roles on U.S. House races in Wisconsin, New York, and his native New Jersey. TJ lives in Washington, DC, and can frequently be found on an Amtrak train back to New York.
Jack Hilson — Digital Production Director
Prior to working with PCCC, Jack worked as a consultant with a progressive digital marketing firm on clients like SEIU, The Smithsonian, The American Cancer Society, Human Rights Campaign, and AARP. An organizer at heart, Jack got their start working to create safe community spaces for women and LGBTQ folks on their college campus at Florida State University. They have also worked as an advocate for domestic and sexual violence victims and as a direct mail consultant with The Campaign Workshop.
Ethan Jucovy — Lead Technical Architect
Ethan has been a professional Python software developer since 2006. Before joining the PCCC, he built web applications for community organizers and government transparency at a NYC-based nonprofit, and distance learning platforms and new media teaching tools for Columbia University professors. He is active in open source communities and has made core contributions to prominent Python projects like Django, Plone and Virtualenv. One day, he hopes to build software that will help all the robots evolve better.
Summer Lollie — Executive Assistant
Summer Lollie is a native Texan who has spent the last ten years of her life immersing herself in politics. Summer graduated from Washington and Lee University with a major in Politics and with two minors, one in Poverty Studies and one in African American Studies. Summer has volunteered with several local, state and national campaigns, served as a Communications intern for the Democratic National Committee, followed money in politics while writing for the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets blog, and has organized teachers and school employees in Louisiana. As a fellow for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Summer has had the opportunity to mobilize thousands of Bold Progressives across the United States to Call Out the Vote for progressive candidates.
Kenton Ngo — Director of Analytics
Kenton Ngo specializes in data, analytics, online ads, and GIS. He knocked his first door in 2003 and was one of Virginia's first state politics bloggers while starting in field organizing for local campaigns, where he first started using data and studying political geography for targeting. He holds a BA from George Mason University and an MA from the University of Florida and has worked in polling, digital, and field. He currently manages PCCC's email database, long-term testing, and digital advertising programs.
Monica Owens — Associate
Monica joined PCCC in October 2014 and immediately set to work on the Call Out the Vote program, mobilizing volunteers, educating voters, and introducing folks to our helpful robot friend, HubDialer. Monica currently lives in Washington, DC where she's worked on public education and feminist advocacy for the past three years. Prior to joining PCCC, she mobilized progressive state legislators from over thirty states around public education policy issues with Progressive States Network. Monica is also a lobbyist and Communications Director for the DC National Organization for Women where she works to advance legislation that expands women’s access to healthcare, education, and fair working conditions in the District. Monica has a B.A. in English from The University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.A. in American Cultural Studies from The George Washington University, where she researched the neoliberalization of higher education.
Jen Rafanan — Designer
Jen is a designer and activist living in Georgia. She got involved with politics in 2008, volunteering for Obama, and started her involvement with Young Democrats of Georgia by founding her county chapter in 2009. In 2014, Jen finished her term as the Executive Vice President of this statewide organization where she received a lifetime achievement award in recognition of her years of service. She currently serves as Activism Chair of the Executive Board of Young Democrats of Atlanta and on Georgia WIN List’s Inaugural Women to Watch Advisory Council. A California native, she has been a Georgian for the past 10 years, now calling Atlanta home. Jen is excited to be able to combine her passions and talent for design and politics on the staff of PCCC.
Ryan Rasmussen — Campaigner
Ryan Rasmussen recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado with his Bachelor's degree with double majors in Political Science and History. He has been active in local and state politics for the past 6 years, including leading student groups for state higher education funding and for more sustainable practices on campuses. He even petitioned and campaigned for electoral reform in his hometown of Fort Collins. Ryan is excited for his opportunity with the PCCC to get involved with Progressive politics in a big way.
Keith Rouda — Organizer
Prior to getting bitten by the organizing bug, Keith spent over 20 years in the private sector in advertising agencies, web development, IT strategy, talent acquisition, human capital management, and consulting across industries including consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, and health care. SINCE getting bitten, he was a regional organizer with MoveOn.org supporting and developing volunteer leaders in Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. Since 2012 he has been a field organizer on Tammy Baldwin's campaign in Wisconsin, an issue advocacy campaign in New York City, Cory Booker's campaign in New Jersey and, worked with the New Jersey Education Association on Barbara Buono's race against Chris Christie.
Kayla Wingbermuehle — Campaigner
Prior to joining the PCCC, Kayla was the Field Director for Lori Saldana’s 2012 campaign in California’s 52nd Congressional District. She began her political career as an Associate at Hilltop Public Solutions, where she worked on races and initiatives in Colorado, Missouri, Washington and California. A St. Louis native, Kayla graduated from Missouri State University in 2010. She currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Ansley Tuten has been active in Georgia Democratic politics for almost a decade. She has been active with the Young Democrats of Georgia ever since her first semester at the University of Georgia, and has worked with great candidates up and down the ballot in every election cycle since 2006. She has previously served as the County Affairs Director for the Democratic Party of Georgia, and is the current Secretary for the Young Democrats of Georgia, where she oversees media relations and communications with members. She resides in Gainesville, Florida where she is pursuing a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Florida.
Erin is a recent graduate of George Mason University who is returning to politics after a brief hiatus during her last few years of college. Her degree is in Art & Visual Technology with a Focus in New Media. In addition to being a Graphic Design Fellow with PCCC, she is also the Jr Environmental Graphic Designer with GMU where she designs wayfinding and museum type display signs.