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 — Legislative Affairs
Sarah leads our legislative outreach effort to build support for PCCC policy initiatives, working closely with congressional allies and their staff to incorporate bold progressive ideas into their legislative priorities. Most recently, Sarah helped lead the effort to build broad support for the Big Idea of debt-free college on the Hill resulting in a joint resolution introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. Prior to joining our Hill team, Sarah was a key member of PCCC’s electoral team working with endorsed candidates on building strong fundraising programs in a competitive cycle. Sarah received her B.A. in political science from the University of Florida and her J.D. 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
Lauren Bush — Chief Operations Officer
Lauren brings eight years of experience lobbying for increased consumer protections and supporting women candidates on the campaign trail and in office. She last served as Director of Political Parity, a program to educate and engage stakeholders to increase women’s political representation nationally. As a member of Senator Gillibrand’s New York office, Lauren served on the event planning team for the inaugural Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit. Lauren was honored by Pew Charitable Trusts in her consumer protection efforts, at both state and federal levels, to advocate for the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act. A lifelong supporter of civic participation, she was a Girl Scout in her home state of Kentucky for over a decade, earning her the Bronze Award. Lauren received her MPA in public policy analysis from New York University and a BA in art history from the University of Kentucky.
Abigail Collazo — Senior Digital Strategist
With more than a decade of experience, Abigail has spearheaded digital organizing and strategic communications for top tier, competitive campaigns across the country. She served as Deputy Digital Director for the Obama for America campaign in Florida in 2012 and Deputy Campaign Manager for the Maine Senate race in 2014. In the private sector, Abigail has worked as Vice President of Digital Engagement and Analytics at DDC Public Affairs, where she crafted and executed digital rapid response and crisis communications for Fortune 100 companies. Abigail began her online activism work as a blogger and later Editor for the feminist blog Fem2.0. Originally from New York, Abigail holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University in Global Security Studies and a BA from Mount Holyoke College in Political Science. She resides in Washington, DC where she is a coxswain for a local crew team and performs in competitive karaoke.
Courtney Hagen — Senior Lobbyist
Courtney Hagen, Senior Lobbyist, works with the Legislative Affairs team to engage Members of Congress and their staff on PCCC legislative priorities and policy campaigns. Prior to joining PCCC, Courtney spent over a decade working in politics in Washington, DC, including at several top lobbying and consulting firms and at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Courtney has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Foreign Affairs and History from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Policy from the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy.
Quentin James — Electoral Director
A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Quentin James is the Co-Founder & COO of Vestige Strategies, LLC. Most recently Quentin was the Black Americans Director for the Ready for Hillary PAC. In his role, Quentin directed the PAC’s outreach to the black community across the United States, and helped recruit over 50,000 African American grassroots donors and over 3 million grassroots supporters. Formerly the National Director for the Sierra Club’s Sierra Student Coalition, the nation’s largest youth environmental organization, Quentin directed the organization to train, empower, and organize youth to run effective campaigns that resulted in tangible environmental victories and developed leaders for the environmental movement. From 2009-2013, Quentin served as a National Board Member for the NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.
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.
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.
Jen Rafanan — Design Team Manager
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 — Online Member Engagement Director
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.
Jesica Wagstaff — Special Assistant
Jesica joins the PCCC after nearly eight years on Pennsylvania Avenue. Most recently, she served as a legislative assistant in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, tracking both pressing and continuing legislative issues. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, she assisted Senator Mark R. Warner, as well as covered the impact of local and federal legislation on economic development and college access and affordability for local policy journals. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Kayla Wingbermuehle — Debt-Free College Campaign Director
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.
Michelle Wright — Training Director
Michelle Wright has over a decade of experience as a trainer, organizer and advocate. For years, she has worked at the intersections of anti-Black, social justice and LGBTQ advocacy. She has facilitated public narrative trainings, implemented non-violent direct actions and has trained at national conferences. A California native new to the DMV area, Michelle is excited to use her storytelling and training expertise to contribute to the dynamic organizational landscape as the Training Director at PCCC — especially during this time in history.
Prior to joining PCCC, Somer campaigned with BACORR and the National Organization for Women. For the past five years, Somer also created diverse and mindful content for mobile games. Sharing her time between the tech industry and advocacy organizations, she is happy to focus on progressive politics. Originally from Sacramento, she resides in San Francisco, CA.
Scott comes to PCCC with over 20 years as an art director/graphic designer. In 2014, he did a three-month digital fellowship with Organizing for Action then became the digital designer as part of the Wendy Davis for Texas Governor Digital Team. In the past, he has volunteered with groups like Big Brother, Habitat for Humanity and as a reserve police officer when he lived in Minnesota. He and his wife Michelle recently relocated back to the Chicago area where Scott has immersed himself in the digital tech community.