Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and its over 950,000 members 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
- and fighting to preserve our social safety net and prevent cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security
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
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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.
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 MSNBC, CNN, and Current TV. 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.
TJ Bateman — Data Manager & Training Coordinator
TJ Bateman is a former high school teacher. Though this is his first foray into progressive politics he has long been a supporter of progressive causes and candidates. He lives with his wife and two dogs in Nashville, Tennessee.
Max Bittman — Web Developer
Forrest Brown — Senior Organizer & Director of Online Marketing
Forrest began his career in progressive politics with the PCCC in 2009 while still in high school. He’s played a variety of roles at the PCCC over years before taking on online marketing in 2011. He is a student at Harvard in Cambridge, MA.
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 Davila — Web Developer
Laura graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and worked as software developer for the university’s Center for Teaching and Learning. A Laredo native and longtime, outspoken progressive, Laura is thrilled to join PCCC on its mission. She currently lives in Austin, where her love of progressive politics, live music, and great food mix. Laura spends most of her free time drawing at coffee shops, experimenting with vegan recipes, and practicing guitar.
Kimberly Fountain — Campaign Director
Kimberly brings eight years of organizing experience and fourteen years of non-profit experience to PCCC. Kimberly has held previous positions with AAUW, United to End Genocide,1Sky, TrueMajority, GCI for MoveOn.org Political Action, and AID Atlanta. She lives in Stafford, Virginia with her husband, Andre and a plethora of newts and turtles.
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.
Karissa Gerhke — Director of Member Engagement, Target States
Karissa comes to the PCCC from the environmental movement where she mainly organized against dirty energy. After graduating with a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Florida, Karissa went on to organize with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. She successfully sought to prevent the construction of a proposed coal plant in rural West Texas. When she’s not working to build power, Karissa likes to don her Wellies and explore her current home – Portland, OR.
Taeka Haraguchi — Finance Associate
Taeka Haraguchi joins the PCCC with a diverse range of experiences. She was born in New York City, moved to Japan and attended an international school, and then studied at Durham University in the UK majoring in Politics with a year abroad in Krakow, Poland under her belt. Since graduating, she has participated in grassroots organizing, as well as Development and Fundraising in the non-profit sector. She firmly believes in the freedom of the press and has participated in independent media. She has been an activist and advocate for progressive policies ever since she can remember.
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.
Drew McConville — Senior Designer
Drew began working with the PCCC through the Next Generation of Talent project where he designed the Petition for the Public Option, a full-page ad that ran in theNew York Times at the height of the battle for the public option. In addition to working with the PCCC, he has worked in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, with voting rights groups and the Boston Election Department to help improve the Boston’s poll worker training program, and in higher education. Drew currently lives in Illinois with his wife, Kassie, and their dog, Beacon.
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.
Taylor Putz – Training Associate
Taylor Putz began his organizing work as a high School senior in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where he started a youth organization in order to change the alcohol culture which is notorious in Wisconsin. Soon after graduating, he was hired as a staff member for Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County to work with young people and community leaders to make alcohol less available, attractive, and acceptable. Taylor graduated with a BA in international studies from Marian University in spring 2013 and while at Marian he served as the President of the Student Government. Taylor also worked as a field manager for a successful District Attorney election during the summer of 2012 and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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.
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.
Westley Bayas III has been active in local and state politics in Louisiana since his internship at the Louisiana Democratic Party in 2006. Recently, he served as the New Orleans Director for Stand for Children, an education advocate organization, and as the Deputy Director of the City of New Orleans’ Neighborhood Engagement Office. In addition, Westley has worked as Deputy Field Director for the Mitch Landrieu for Mayor Campaign and as Southern Louisiana Regional Field Director for the Democratic National Committee. Bayas, a New Orleans native, sits on the board of several local community organizations, is a life member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., a New Leaders Council alum, and graduated from LSU in 2007.
Giovanni was born in Tokyo, grew up in Charlottesville, VA and headed to Pacific Union College in California for college. His previous experience includes working as the communications associate at Ready for Hillary PAC, a research and media monitoring internship at American Bridge, and serving in national and statewide communications roles with the College Democrats of America and the California Young Democrats, respectively. He loves traveling, eating vegan food, and drinking lots of coffee.
Amy is an activist who studied Advertising and Sociology at Penn State. She’s contributed her skills to non-profits, health centers, newspapers, local businesses, and grassroots campaigns. Previously she lobbied, organized, and designed for Sexual Violence Awareness Week, and she recently designed content for the nonprofit Stop Street Harassment. She can’t keep her passion for social and economic justice separate from her design work and is excited to put the two together for PCCC! She spends a lot of time devouring information online, talking politics with her twin sister, and teaching herself to draw and paint.
Caitlin Mauk joins the PCCC with experience in the public sector and electoral politics. She recently graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, and spent her four years in Boston active in the College Democrats both in her school’s local chapter and in the College Democrats of Massachusetts. Prior to becoming a fellow, she interned for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and studied/interned abroad in London, working for a Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons. During the 2012 campaign cycle, she was a Campus Organizer for the Elizabeth Warren Senate campaign. She currently lives in South Carolina, and is excited to work to advance to progressive movement.
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, and is now working on an M.A. in political science from the University of Florida.
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.
As a native of Detroit and a graduate of the University of Michigan, Branden been involved in social justice and Community Organizing projects for the last five years in urban communities throughout the United States. Most recent, Branden was the Lead Organizer for the Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (IndyCAN), a member of the PICO National Network – the largest faith-based organizing network in the country – leading the local campaigns on violence reduction, restorative justice, and investment in public transportation. Branden began his organizing career with Detroit Action Commonwealth, organizing homeless and formerly incarcerated citizens pass a fair hiring ordinance. He later worked with the Texas Organizing Project and Together Baton Rouge as an Associate Organizer, helping to organizing congregations around issues of Education, Mass Incarceration and improving mass transit in Baton Rouge.
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.
Joshua Wolfsun grew up and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. He began organizing in 2004 by volunteering and advocating (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 in New Orleans to help re-shape their failing schools. In 2007, Joshua founded a nonprofit, youth-run film production company which produced three short films, one of which was accepted into a national film festival. Starting in 2009, he founded and produced two youth-run television shows, a monthly news program and a bi-monthly sketch-comedy show, both of which aired on local television across Western Massachusetts. He is currently majoring in Political Science and Religious Studies at Swarthmore College. Joshua interned with the Elizabeth Warren for Senate campaign, and started working with the PCCC in 2012. He is excited to be back with the PCCC this summer, and looks forward to helping forward the movement.