About

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:

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

You can join the PCCC and help us fight by signing up for our email list -- click here!

You can learn more about our mission hereour team here, and if you're a member of the press, you can go here for more press resources.

Our Mission

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.

We also advocate for bold leadership on the most important and pressing causes. Read about our  campaigns, and sign up to join our fight.

Our Team

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

Max is a mostly front-end developer excited about applying javascript magic to PCCC challenges. He's been working at startups in the Bay area and is really happy finally to be at an organization whose politics mirror his own. He's also working on peoplesopen.net, a community mesh network for the East Bay, with some Oakland hacker folks. Max is originally from Colorado and currently living in Oakland.

Olga Blyumin – Associate

Olga started working in Progressive politics in 2011 as the operations manager of a Democratic primary campaign in Illinois' North Shore. She then worked as a development associate for a small non-profit where she found a passion for data. She learned how to master data management while working for a corporate consulting firm and is now excited to apply her skills at the PCCC. She holds a BA in Political Science from McGill University and a Master's in Sociology from the European University in St. Petersberg. After earning her MA, Olga worked as a research intern at the Russia-Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She's fluent in Russian and can still read Le Petit Prince in French.

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.

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 — Electoral 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 — 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.

Kaeleen Ringberg – Compliance Associate

Kaeleen started working in electoral politics in 2010, and most recently managed a congressional race in the 2014 mid terms. She has a degree in Community Development and spent many years as a community organizer in her home town of Ashland, Wisconsin.

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.

Erin Whalen – Designer

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 was a Jr Environmental Graphic Designer who designed wayfinding and museum type display signs.

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.

Our Fellows

Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She has managed many successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. Katherine also serves as the Editor & Publisher of Burnt Orange Report, the largest progressive blog in Texas. Outside of work, she is a huge fan of UConn women's basketball and a craft beer enthusiast.

Jeanine Johnson

Jeanine has experience on the local, state, and national levels. As the President of the DC Chapter of the National Organization for Women, she moves legislation that promotes equity for women and girls in the District. Formerly a volunteer lobbyist with Lobby Corps, she met with congressional staffers to discuss legislation important to women, girls, and families. Jeanine worked with state legislators to advocate for progressive legislation. In 2014 she graduated with a Master of Professional Studies in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University.

Aly Johnson-Kurts

Aly comes to PCCC with experience as an environmental activist and press secretary, most notably for gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and the U.S. youth delegation to the UN climate talks.

Ted Jones

Social work background; graduated from the Univeristy of Michigan with MSW. Became a community organizer and school social worker in Detroit, MI after graduating and worked on a winning state house campaign. Was hired to be a Legislative Director in the Michigan House of Representatives for State Representative Rudy Hobbs. Later became Senior Fellow for Public Policy and Public Affairs for the Michigan Nonprofit Association. Joined Rudy Hobbs for Congress first as a policy consultant and then as a Campaign Field Organizer in the 2014 primary election cycle. Joined the Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign as a Mid-Michigan Campaign Field Organizer for the general election. Took a brief sabbatical to finish a book on experiences as field organizer on a congressional campaign before joining the PCCC as a Training Fellow for their first National Candidate Training.

Michelle Martinez

Michelle Martinez joins the PCCC with over 10 years experience raising funds and organizing communities both in the USA and abroad. Most recently she was Finance Director for Congressman Rick Nolan's successful reelection campaign in 2014. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in political science and is fluent in French and Spanish.

 

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