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, 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
  • making over 1 million phone calls in our Call Out The Vote program with Democracy for America in 2010 for candidates such as Raul Grijalva, Alan Grayson, Russ Feingold, Joe Sestak, and more
  • endorsing our first candidate of 2012, Eric Griego, and helping him raise money  in New Mexico’s 1st district
  • helping draft Elizabeth Warren to run for Senate in Massachusetts in 2012 by raising over $1,000,000 and engaging tens of thousands of donors and volunteers
  • and endorsing a slate of bold progressives for Congress in the 2012 election

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 an organization powered by our members that builds long-term progressive power. We elect bold candidates to Congress and mobilize around progressive policy priorities. Our recent work includes leading the Draft Elizabeth Warren for Senate movement, working to win two recall elections against Wisconsin Republicans, supporting the 99% movement and Wall Street accountability, and pushing Congress to tax the rich while protecting programs like Social Security and Medicare.

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 fieldwork to finance reports. She was a member of the inaugural P100 class in the spring of 2013 and is now excited to build the progressive movement through training campaign staff and volunteers. She hasn’t had much time to consider what to do with “free time” over the past few years, but Doctor Who and board games sound fun! Lacey recently moved back to her hometown of Hurricane, WV.

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 6 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.

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.

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, at different times, councils 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, working with the New Jersey Education Association and Barbara Buono’s race against Chris Christie.

Michael Snook — Chief Information Officer

Michael is an organizer from Charlottesville, VA, specializing in data, targeting and technology. He was the PCCC’s first employee, and now leads the tech team. He loves finding new ways to do things, measuring the unmeasurable, and building applications that empower activists to do great organizing.

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.

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

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.

Kevin Ma

Kevin is currently an undergraduate graphic design student at the Rhode Island School of Design. He’s previously interned at the Starbucks’ Global Creative Studio in Seattle and with Starbucks’ design team based in Shanghai, China where he lived for 10 years. Kevin also does occasional freelance graphic design work.

Anna Massoglia

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.

Jen Rafanan

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.

Shabana Shaheen

Shabana was born and raised in the DC area. She has experience in field organizing and has worked on campaigns at the federal, state, and local level. Shabana learned the importance and power of being politically active from her father, a lifelong union member. She currently resides in Richmond, VA working on her BA in Political Science and Social Justice. In her spare time, she enjoys binge watching, bike riding and playing the guitar.

Olivia Shestopal

Olivia’s political journey began on the day she was born, Bill Clinton’s first inauguration. She was first bitten by the organizing bug in 2012 when she interned on a PCCC-endorsed Congressional campaign in Connecticut’s 5th district. Since then, she has helped organize for several campaigns including Marylanders for Marriage Equality and the Obama Campaign, and has interned at various organizations including the Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC. Currently, she is completing her last year of a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.

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.

Josh Wolfsun

Josh Wolfsun began organizing in 2004 (with his two moms) for equal marriage rights in Massachusetts. In 2006, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he co-organized a youth-run benefit concert that raised more than $14,000 for youth empowerment in New Orleans schools. In 2007, Josh founded a nonprofit, youth-run film company which produced two regional television shows and three short films, one of which was nationally recognized. Josh interned with the Elizabeth Warren for Senate campaign and started working with the PCCC in 2012. This year Josh served as Swarthmore Hillel’s communications coordinator, promoting, managing, and speaking with international press outlets about the organization’s decision to become an Open Hillel. Currently a Political Science and Religion honors double major at Swarthmore College, he is excited to be back with the PCCC this summer.

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