Laura PackardI'm a digital/new media and communications strategist, progressive political consultant, voting rights and health care advocate, writer, and small business owner (PowerThru), currently based in Las Vegas. I've worked on Democratic campaigns from city council to U.S. Senate and with small to large non-profits across the country over the past decade.

In 2015 I started a voting rights-focused group, called Voter Rights Action. In the spring of 2017, I was diagnosed with cancer (stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma). After a grueling 6 months of chemotherapy and a month of radiation treatment, as of March 2018 I am in remission. For now. Hopefully forever.

I've been blocked by President Trump on Twitter, thrown out of my U.S. Senator's town hall, and reached millions of people across the country with my story while fighting to protect our health care. I now serve as co-chair of the national Health Care Voter campaign.

I'm a partner at PowerThru Consulting, a growing national progressive digital consulting shop. At PowerThru we help nonprofits and Democratic campaigns use technology to spread their message and organize and activate their supporters online, to create change offline. We have staff in several states, and work with non-profits of all kinds and on progressive state and federal issues, campaigns and elections. We've won four Reed awards and three Pollies for our work to date (including Best Congressional Website in both, Best State/Local Organization Website, Best County/Local/Judicial Website and Best Use of Twitter).

I'm a regular contributor to Campaigns & Elections magazine, Huffington Post, and Epolitics. I've appeared on MSNBC, and my story has been featured in publications from US News & World Report to Newsweek and People.

I love my work at the intersection of digital technology and advocacy, and I also love to teach and help others use technology to effectively accomplish their organizational mission. I often share best practices at national and regional conferences such as AAPC, Art of Political Campaigning, CampaignTech, Campaigns & Marketing Summit, NTC, Netroots Nation, Organizing 2.0 and RootsCamp, webinars for Progressive Majority, Salsa Labs and others, and trainings in-person for small groups around the country including for Wellstone's Advanced Campaign Management School, Amalgamated Transit Union, Camp Wellstone, Center for Progressive Leadership, Clean Air Task Force, Democracy for America, HRC, New Leaders Council and New Organizing Institute.

I've worked with and trained at non-profits and campaigns in several states over the years, covering online strategy development, organizing and outreach, fundraising, messaging, advertising and social media. I'm more than happy to talk your ear off about email deliverability too, if you'll let me.

Many of my presentations and trainings can be seen in written form on the PowerThru blog. In 2012 I helped rewrite the Democracy for America training manual's online organizing chapter, including contributing two new sections on online advertising and fundraising. Both of those sections are cross-posted on our blog. I also rewrote and updated the online organizing training for Camp Wellstone, and Camp Wellstone's Advanced Campaign Management School at the end of 2013. I'm slowly working my way through writing a book on digital organizing for progressives and Democratic campaigns in 2018.