The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC, BoldProgressives.org) is a million-member grassroots organization building power at the local, state, and federal levels. It engages in electoral work and issue advocacy work on democracy issues and for economic populist priorities. The PCCC has raised over $22 million in grassroots donations for its electoral and advocacy work, and directly for progressive candidates and committees.
Senator Elizabeth Warren said: “PCCC members were with me since the beginning — even before there was a beginning! Now, we have lots of work to do together.”
Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor founded PCCC in 2009, and we’ve been fighting for progressive change ever since.
Some of our issues include:
- Expanding Social Security
- Debt-free college
- Allowing everyone to buy health care coverage through Medicare
- Wall Street reform and accountability
- Stopping surveillance and protecting privacy
- Stopping bad trade deals like TPP
- Free and open Internet
- Paid family leave
We also support candidates running for office through fundraising, volunteers, training, and technology. We’ve supported candidates with millions of phone calls to voters through our Call Out The Vote program, and trained thousands of candidates and campaign staffers in the nuts-and-bolts of running for office.
We also have a proud affiliation with the P Street Project (c4).
Meet Our Team!
Stephanie Taylor is the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and the Progressive Change Institute (PCI), and has spent 20 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. Taylor has appeared or been profiled in hundreds of news stories including ABC, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and others. She has been honored by the Congressional Progressive Caucus for her work, and serves on the advisory boards of the State Innovation Exchange (SIX) and X-Lab. She is a founding member of the influential Women in Politics and Technology (WIPT) community. Taylor has a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. from Columbia. She’s a mom and stepmom to two awesome girls. Find her on Twitter @StephanieTaylor.
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 the University of Virginia. He is a frequent contributor on both MSNBC and CNN. Follow him on Twitter @AdamGreen.
Jackie Arasi 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 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.
For the past ten years Sam Barrett has been working around the country on Democratic campaigns. A St. Louis native, he has been the Finance Director on a number of Congressional campaigns and, most recently, managed Brad Ashford's re-election effort. When not campaigning, Sam enjoys watching the best baseball team in the world (the St. Louis Cardinals) and walking down the street petting every puppy and dog he sees. He's excited to bring his finance experience to the PCCC.
Marissa Barrow 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 10 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.
Lauren Bush 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 M.P.A. in public policy analysis from New York University and a B.A. in art history from the University of Kentucky.
John Deans joined PCCC after nearly nine years with Greenpeace USA as an organizer and campaigner on many issues including climate change, coal and nuclear, toxic chemicals, and arctic drilling. John grew up in Maine and has lived in western New York, North Carolina, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. He now resides in Denver with his wife and their dog, Odin, and cat, Gambit. He has a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Emily DiVito was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL. Only after moving to Massachusetts to attend Wellesley College was she finally able to find a place in progressive politics, campaigning for Elizabeth Warren and President Obama. After earning her B.A. in American Studies from Wellesley, she joined the Bernie Sanders campaign in New Hampshire and traveled to several different states as an organizer. Emily first joined PCCC as a member of the electoral team, spending several months in 2016 on the ground with our bold progressive candidates before transitioning to the role of Special Assistant.
Kate Gifford continues her work at PCCC after joining the team as a legislative fellow. Originally from Montclair, NJ, she has been passionate about progressive politics since her days of rallying her classmates to sign a different petition a week in middle school. Kate attended American University and graduated with a double major in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and International Studies. Over the past five years of living in DC, Kate has interned for several progressive non-profits.
Ian Graham is a news junkie who has worked for more than 10 years as a journalist, writer, and digital strategist in the non-profit and government sectors. He also serves on the board of the Skatepark of Baltimore, a non-profit organization dedicated to building local public skateboard facilities. Ian is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism.
Courtney Hagen, Senior Lobbyist, works with the Legislative Affairs team to engage members of Congress and their staffs 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 B.A. 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 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 non-profit, 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. He's long hoped to build software that will help all the robots evolve better, but he's no longer convinced that's wise.
Maria Langholz comes to PCCC with 6+ years of organizing within the progressive movement. Most recently she served as Logistics Coordinator for Democracy Spring, and supported 1,000+ 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.
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 B.A. from George Mason University and an M.A. 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.
Amanda Pittman is a native of the DC suburbs, and like everyone who grew up there, she has managed to find her way to Richmond, Virginia. She's bounced around a few different fields, but most of her work has been in journalism and advertising. She got her start writing reviews for concerts around DC and Richmond, and later attended Miami Ad School in San Francisco to get a taste of the West Coast. Most notably she's written for Mashable and produced work for The Martin Agency. When she's not hanging out with her dog or telling jokes at an open mike night, she enjoys going to local shows and eating her way through the city.
Rachel Queirolo was the Assistant Director of Development at Rock the Vote, working on voting rights, civic engagement and education, and mobilizing millennials to get to the polls. Prior, she did a short stint in Colorado as a Deputy Finance Director on a Senate campaign. Beginning in human rights advocacy with an international focus on trafficked women, Rachel got her start working for the oldest progressive multi-issue policy think tank in Washington, the Institute for Policy Studies. Rachel also worked in development roles at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and at a national security and foreign policy think tank. Rachel received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, where she studied politics and Russian and Eurasian studies.
Jen Rafanan is a designer, originally from California, who now calls Atlanta home. She is also a grassroots activist at heart, and fights the good fight for bold, progressive issues. Jen 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, she finished her term as Executive Vice President of the statewide organization where she received a lifetime achievement award in recognition of her years of service. In addition, she has served in various elected positions within the Democratic Party at the state and local levels. Jen is excited to be able to combine her passions and talent for design and politics on the staff of PCCC.
Prior to getting bitten by the organizing bug, Keith Rouda 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, and Cory Booker’s campaign in New Jersey, and he's worked with the New Jersey Education Association on Barbara Buono’s race against Chris Christie.
Before joining PCCC as Training Director, Lucy Sedgwick served as the Associate Director of the Training Center of The Public Interest Network, where she oversaw internal trainings for their 500+ staff. Lucy previously 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.
Renitta Shannon has been a consistent and effective community organizer for over a decade. She is a graduate of the Georgia Stand Up Policy Institute and an active member of 9to5 Working Women Atlanta. She is a former Executive VP for the Georgia State Chapter of the National Organization for Women and an active participant in the Fight for $15 campaign. Renitta is regularly intertwined in movements for economic justice, racial and gender equality. In 2016, Renitta launched her campaign to represent the 84th District in the Georgia State House. She ran as a strong progressive campaign against a conservative 8-year Democrat incumbent and won. In January 2017, she was sworn into the Georgia State House of Representatives, serving on the following committees: Insurance, Governmental Affairs, and Small Business Development.
Teddy Smyth worked on the Clinton campaign in North Carolina during the 2016 general election, managing a team of organizers across eight rural counties. Before that, he helped run NextGen Climate's campus program in New Hampshire, where his hard work resulted in the youth vote swinging the 1,017 vote difference for Maggie Hassan. Teddy's organizing roots are in the fossil fuel divestment campaign at Middlebury College. He also loves CSAs, dogs, people power, spreadsheets, and biking around Richmond, VA.
Jen Still brings over 10 years of experience in the visual design field as a graphic, UI/UX, and web designer. Graduating from Oregon State University with a B.A. in Art History and Fine Arts, she strives to create memorable and meaningful design that improves the user's experience. Jen was the lead designer in developing the social platform for the health and hormone tracking application Lucine Women. She has also worked as a designer at Oregon State University on websites with in the Student Affairs department, such as the new student resources site to help new students feel at home on the OSU campus.
Kait Sweeney 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 secretary, worked on several Illinois races, and was the Deputy Director of a non-profit mental health care organization. She received her B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois and her M.P.A. 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.
Breiana Thompson is a native of Florida where she began her career in activism and politics. She earned her BS in criminology and sociology from Florida State University and went on to be a field organizer on a congressional campaign. Shortly after, she moved to Atlanta to continue providing a voice for underserved communities while working tirelessly on local campaigns to ensure progressive leaders are elected as new cities are developing. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at Nova Southeastern University.
Rita Usher is a passionate organizer who moved to Atlanta to fight for reproductive justice. She was up for the challenge of working in a red state with laws that oppressed marginalized communities and succeeded in mobilizing young folks to take action. Originally from Los Angeles, she studied communications at Alabama State University, a Historically Black University centered in the birthplace of the civil rights movement. She is unapologetic in her quest for justice for all, and finds that being a servant-leader is crucial in today's world.
Jesica Wagstaff 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.
Loryn Wilson Carter is a digital media strategist and writer who helps business owners and brands transform their social media presence. Loryn’s passion is developing digital strategies for companies that want to improve their outreach to women and people of color. On her blog, Loryn gives best practices and lessons on how to better use social media not only to enhance communications strategies for companies and non-profits, but also to use it as a tool to connect with audiences of color. She has run social media and SMS campaigns for NAACP, Center for Community Change, YWCA USA, and the National Education Association. Loryn has written for AlterNet, Clutch.com, BlogHer.com, and Revelist.com. She has also been featured on CNN. She is the author of Win The Internet: Best Practices for Twitter and Facebook.