About

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 $1,17o,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 5 candidates from the “Elizabeth Warren wing” of American politics including  Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), Brian Schatz (HI-Sen), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Mike Honda (CA-17), and Pat Murphy (IA-1) defeat more conservative opponents in tough 2014 primary battles

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.

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.

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.

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 — Press Secretary

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 an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London. Prior to joining PCCC, she interned in the U.S. Senate and the British House of Commons and worked on communications and international affairs research in the nonprofit sector.

TJ Helmstetter — Director of Communications Support

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.

Tim Hernandez-Tarafas — Campaign Services Specialist

Prior to his work in electoral politics, Tim spent six years in the tech sector in various roles working for Apple’s corporate offices. Since catching the political bug in 2012, he has been a field organizer on the Obama campaign in Illinois, Terry McAuliffe’s campaign in Virginia, a Manhattan Borough President campaign in New York City, ran a House of Delegates race in Maryland, and has been fighting on the front lines for marriage equality in his home state of Virginia. Tim is excited to put his experiences to work at the PCCC to help bring change. He enjoys iced lattes, puppies, and traveling the country with his standup comedy act.

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.

Anna Massoglia — Consultant

Anna has a research background in government operations, public opinion, elections, data analytics, and various areas of the law. Most recently, Anna has worked to enhance digital diplomacy efforts through the U.S. Department of State Virtual Student Foreign Service program and assisted with drafting legislation at the D.C. Council. Anna holds B.A. degrees in Psychology and in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics from North Carolina State University. She is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.

Anton Medvedev — Online Organizer

Anton started organizing around labor and reproductive rights issues at the University of Maryland: College Park. Upon graduation, Anton worked with sex worker rights, affordable child care, animal rights, and reproductive rights organizations throughout DC. Prior to becoming a PCCC fellow, he was a fellow with Barack Obama’s campaign in Virginia.

Cecilia Mills — Executive Assistant

Cecilia is a recent transplant to Washington, DC from LA where she had worked as a canvasser to help secure equal rights for the LGBT community. Throughout her academic career at Clemson University and Arizona State University she remained steadfast to progressive causes and worked with various non-profits and advocacy groups. Cecilia is extremely excited to put her education and experience to work at PCCC to help make a change! As a Clemson grad Cecilia is a DIE HARD Tiger football fan and probably has way too much orange in her wardrobe.

Megan Murdock — Senior Designer

Megan lives in the Salt Lake Valley with her fiance, dog, and three cats. She has 8 years of experience as a web designer, specializing in user interaction. Her passion for providing good user experiences has propelled her to where she is today and she is excited to make a positive impact with the PCCC. In her free time she loves camping, reading, cooking, and performing in the circus.

Kenton Ngo — Director of Analytics

Kenton grew up in Virginia and now lives in Florida, specializing in data, analytics, and GIS. He knocked on his first door in 2003 and was one of Virginia’s first state political bloggers. While blogging, be began doing field organizing for local campaigns, where he first started using data and studying political geography for targeting. After graduating from George Mason University and working as a state legislative campaign manager, he moved to Florida to work for polling firm Hamilton Campaigns for 2012. He recently earned his M.A. in political science from the University of Florida.

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 and currently serves on the Executive Board of Young Democrats of Atlanta and the Fulton County Democratic Party. She was recently selected to serve 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.

Keith Rouda — Organizer

Before coming to politics, 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 then he has organized with MoveOn.org, Tammy Baldwin’s Senate campaign in Wisconsin, Cory Booker’s Senate campaign in New Jersey and, working with the New Jersey Education Association, Barbara Buono’s race for Governor against Chris Christie. At PCCC, Keith’s portfolio includes campaign finance reform and Net Neutrality.

Ben Young — Senior Field Strategist

Ben Young is a successful field strategist for Democratic campaigns across the country, specializing in congressional races. Ben started his career organizing field efforts in New Haven for then-Mayor John Destefano. Ben then ran the field program for Sean Patrick Maloney’s successful 19-point Democratic primary campaign for Congress in 2012. Most recently, Ben was Get Out The Vote Director for Bonnie Watson Coleman’s successful campaign for Congress in NJ-12, achieving a 15-point victory due to strong turnout — after polls showed it a one-point race. Ben also ran field programs for Mark Murphy for Congress and Daylin Leach for Congress — and is skilled at voter targeting, GOTV, and running data-driven field programs. Also a member of the IE Team.

Kayla Wingbermuehle — Director of Field Support

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

Marissa Barrow

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 culminated her media to 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. Thanks to her tenure as a barista at Starbucks, her brothers often call her Marista.

Devon Brown

Devon has been active in politics since high school, volunteering for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign ahead of Utah’s Super Tuesday primary and on through the general election. During subsequent summers home from college, he interned with the state Democratic Party, a local congressional race, and the Utah ACLU affiliate. He has a B.A. in political science from George Washington University, and while living in DC has assisted several campaigns with fundraising and interned at the Climate Action Campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Center for American Progress. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar and screenwriting.

Ansley Tuten

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.

Ryan Williams

Ryan has recently graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. degree in Economics. Ryan has previously interned at EMILYs List where she worked with Major Gifts and assisted in event planning and donor research.

Independent Expenditures Team

Clay Schroers — IE Campaign Manager

Since 2004 Clay has worked on a variety of campaigns for Democratic candidates in Hawaii, New York, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. In 2010 he managed Rep. Bill Owen’s successful re-election following his special election victory, and in 2012 he managed Rep. Dan Maffei’s successful comeback race after losing in 2010. In 2014 he managed Senator Brian Schatz’s campaign to victory in the Democratic Primary in Hawaii.

Kevin Franck — IE Communications Advisor

Kevin is a former Democratic Party spokesperson and campaign veteran. In 2012, Kevin served as Communications Director for the coordinated campaign that helped send Elizabeth Warren to the U.S. Senate. He has guided the Democratic Party’s strategic communications efforts in Louisiana and Massachusetts and got his start working as an analyst and legislative associate for People for the American Way. Kevin lives in Boston and is a graduate of Antioch College and Columbia University.

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