I’m a digital/new media and communications strategist, progressive political consultant, voting rights and health care advocate, writer, and small business owner (PowerThru). 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 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, I am in remission. For now. Hopefully forever. The Affordable Care Act saved my life. But all the time I was fighting cancer, I had to fight my own U.S. Senator (the FORMER Senator Dean Heller) and my President in order to keep my health insurance.
I’ve been blocked by President Trump on Twitter (now unblocked!), thrown out of my (FORMER) U.S. Senator Dean Heller’s town hall, and reached millions of people across the country with my story while fighting to protect our health care. I serve as co-chair of the national Health Care Voter campaign. In fall of 2018, I also traveled on a bus tour around the country with Protect Our Care to 24 states/over 11,000 miles, talking about the GOP sabotage of our health care and holding elected officials accountable for their votes.
In 2018 I started a non-profit called Voices of Health Care to organize adults with serious medical conditions. Sign up for our weekly(ish) newsletter to keep up-to-date with the attacks on our health care nationally and in the states, and find out how you can fight back.
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). We also have a brand new $500 website package for downballot Democratic candidates, DemCampaignSites.com.
Based on my longtime interest in voting rights (I served as a polling place precinct inspector in the city of Ann Arbor for a couple decades, and ran the Secretary of State Project in 2010), in 2015 I started a voting rights-focused group called Voter Rights Action.
I’m a regular contributor to Campaigns & Elections magazine, Huffington Post, and Epolitics. I’ve appeared on MSNBC and many local news programs and podcasts, spoken at United State of Women, and my personal story has been featured in publications from US News & World Report to Newsweek and People. My personal videos for NowThis have been viewed over 20 million times. I have been used as an expert source on digital campaigning or been written about in publications from the New York Observer to Ad Age, from NBC News to the Washington Post, and appeared as a campaign expert on LBC Radio (UK) and CTV News (Canada).
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 digital best practices at national and regional conferences such as AAPC, Art of Political Campaigning, CampaignTech, Campaigns & Marketing Summit, NTC, Netroots Nation, Organizing 2.0, the Reed Awards, 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 have also been a guest lecturer at George Washington University’s M.P.S. in Political Management program.
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.
On the Anniversary of the ACA: Reality and Gratitude
Last Friday was the 8th birthday of the Affordable Care Act. Because it just saved my life, this birthday was especially meaningful to me…
2018.03.27 / 2min read. Read More
A lot can happen in a year.
March 6th was the one year anniversary of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act…
2018.03.27 / 3min read. Read More
Should Ethics Matter For Consultants?
I’m a digital consultant, at PowerThru. I’ve been in the professional campaigns world for over a decade now, and consulting for much of…
2017.04.03 / 3min read. Read More
What’s Next for #PureMichigan?
The voting in Michigan and the national spotlight may be over (for now), but we continue to endure major challenges in Michigan, in Flint…
2016.05.08 / 3min read. Read More
Why are elections so broken this year?
New York brought another wave of disenfranchised voter stories, election chaos and more, adding on to what we’ve already heard from…
2016.04.20 / 2min read. Read More
We Broke Michigan
The voting in Michigan and the national spotlight may be over (for now), but we continue to endure major challenges in Michigan. Here’s…
2016.03.28 / 3min read. Read More