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 Development Analyst
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.
Mike Barney — Senior Field Strategist
Mike Barney was born and raised in the small town of Beaver, Pennsylvania, 30 miles north of Pittsburgh on the banks of the Ohio River. He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he began his campaign career as an Organizing Fellow for OFA in the summer 2012 while pursuing a B.A. in Political Science. Since then, he has traversed the country working through the grassroots to elect both federal and statewide candidates. Most recently, Mike was a deputy field director for Bernie 2016 in Nevada and Washington and field director in Kentucky and New Mexico.
Marissa Barrow — Deputy Press Secretary
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 Operating 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 — Electoral Director
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.
Ian Graham — Digital Production Manager
Ian Graham is a news junkie and nerd who worked has worked for more than 10 years as a journalist, writer and digital strategist for non-profits and government agencies. In 2014, he jumped into politics, working to counter right-wing attacks on Democratic presidential candidates. Ian is an Eagle Scout and graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism. He’s excited to join the PCCC in advancing progressive issues and candidates.
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.
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.
Maria Langholz — Operations & Compliance Associate
Maria comes to PCCC with 6+ years of organizing within the progressive movement. Most recently she served as Logistics Coordinator for Democracy Spring, and supported 1000+ people in their act of civil disobedience. Last year, Maria led the SustainUS delegation of 22 young people in lobbying, direct action, and media production at the UN climate negotiations. Maria graduated from Macalester College where she studied Environmental Studies and Applied Mathematics & Computer Science. Although Maria is now based in DC, she is a proud Midwesterner through and through.
Somer Loen — Design Associate
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.
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.
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.
Lucy Sedgwick — Training Director
Lucy Sedgwick is the Training Director for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC). Prior to this, Lucy served as the Associate Director of the Training Center of The Public Interest Network, where she oversaw internal trainings for their 500+ staff. Previously, Lucy worked as an Assistant Organizing Director for Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing. In this position, Lucy helped to run their classroom training, directly managed several teams of organizers, and developed and led field campaigns on behalf of partner organizations, including Green Corps’ successful partnership with New Yorkers Against Fracking to convince Governor Cuomo to ban fracking in New York State. Lucy received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and resides in Denver, Colorado.
Kait Sweeney — Press Secretary
Kait has been framing political messages for close to a decade. Most recently, she served on the Bernie Sanders campaign as the Deputy Communications Director for Nevada and the Communications Director for Illinois. She helped President Obama win Virginia in 2012 as a regional press secertary, worked on several Illinois races, and was the Deputy Director of a non-profit mental healthcare organization. She received her BA in political science from the University of Illinois and her MPA in public policy from the London School of Economics. She’s always up for a trivia contest, dominates video games, and is a passionate advocate of the oxford comma.
Jesica Wagstaff — Special Assistant to Stephanie Taylor
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-Brown — 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.
Ra Shad Gaines
Ra Shad Gaines is a native of Aiken, SC and resides in the Greater Washington DC area. Gaines currently is the Chairman of the Black Caucus of the Young Democrats of America and founder of the Progressive Leadership Summit. Gaines is very active in the social justice realm and publicly engages in discourse surrounding inclusion and parity. Gaines hopes his work will help bridge the gap between civil rights and social justice and to leave the world more equitable than when he entered it. Gaines is currently a candidate for the presidency of the Young Democrats of America.
Jeremiah Lowery is a Washington, D.C. native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland. He is a progressive activist and has worked on issues ranging from workers’ rights, campaign finance reform to universal childcare . Jeremiah has worked with and organized low-income residents in the Washington, D.C. area on the issues of political empowerment and sustainability. He hosted the “Heal DC” radio show on WPFW 89.3 FM Pacifica Radio, a radio show that focused on food justice and environmental issues.
Christina is one of PCCCs Virtual Field Fellows. She has worked in tech, education, neuroscience, and architecture. Now she feels the pull to politics. Born in California, raised in Virginia and Massachusetts, Christina has returned to the west coast, this time in Northern California. In her free time she volunteers with Home Away from Homelessness, an after school tutoring program for transient and homeless youth, and likes to hike in the beautiful California redwoods.