Manager Confessions: This Meeting Could Have been an Email

Manager Confessions: This Meeting Could Have been an Email

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Thursday, Oct. 7 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Oct. 7 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Is “progressive manager” an oxymoron? Many of us have seen people in that role oppress and take advantage of others. And most of the resources out there are written by white, corporate-centric people. How do we challenge these olds patterns and systems? How do we live our values as progressives in management roles? This panel will explore our struggles and shortcomings, our aspirations, and how we can continue to push for the progressive movement to treat management as a hard skill, not an afterthought.


Lola Elfman

Lola Elfman

Lola Elfman Greene is a founder and CEO of DevelopWell, as well as a Leadership Coach and Master Trainer with a passion for creative learning and social change.

DevelopWell is a womxn-owned and operated coaching and consulting practice that develops leaders and teams in values-driven organizations with a holistic and innovative approach. Our team brings years of experience from the technology, organizing, and People & Culture fields to ensure our clients are employing the best structures and practices that will allow their teams to achieve their full potential.

Lola’s work focuses on developing strong leaders and teams through coaching, team building, and talent development. She has set the standard for engaging and productive team retreats and meaningful management practices with groups like ActBlue, Sunrise Movement, UltraViolet and others.

Lola believes that everyone is a leader, not just line managers or the C-Suite, and that everyone has the potential to positively impact their organization, their families, and the world.

Other sessions: Develop Management: Leading Teams, Managing the Work

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Malinda Frevert

Malinda Frevert

Malinda Frevert has 13 years’ experience running digital programs for political organizations and campaigns. She cut her teeth organizing farmers, ranchers, and city folks against the Keystone XL pipeline at BOLD Nebraska. Since then she’s worked on electoral campaigns in Minnesota and Ohio, organized hundreds of thousands of feminists online with UltraViolet, been email director at EMILY’s List, and served as deputy digital director at the DSCC.

She’s been managing teams for 7 years and organizing Manager Confessions panels at Netroots for the last 5 years. Her favorite soapbox is that we need a lot more support for managers in the progressive movement.

Justin Jenkins


Justin Jenkins is a seasoned campaign strategist who has executed cutting-edge digital programs for high-profile campaigns, including Northam for Governor in 2017, McCaskill for Missouri in 2018, Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential primary campaign in 2019, and Mark Kelly for Senate in 2020.

Before starting electoral work, Justin received his master’s degree in political communication from American University and his bachelor’s in political science and communication from the University of Arizona.

Justin has nearly ten years of experience managing diverse teams across multiple fields and a strong interest in developing compassionate, inclusive, and sustainable work environments centered on thoughtful organizational communication structures.

Justin is currently the Deputy Campaign Manager for Senator Mark Kelly’s 2022 re-election campaign.

Ruby Sarron

Ruby Sarron

In 2015 Ruby began her career dedicated to shifting the power structures of our country. After fundraising with nonprofits for 3 years, Ruby dove head first into the world of political campaigning as the Deputy Training Director for the 2016 Hillary For America campaign in the battleground state of Ohio. In 2017, Ruby moved to EMILY’s List, where she supported the planning and execution of a year-long Run to Win training program empowering hundreds of pro-choice Democratic women to take their first steps in running for office. In 2019, Ruby moved back to her hometown of Boston to build an ActBlue training team! Here, in collaboration with the incredible ActBlue staff, she works to build and deliver content that provides candidates, campaigns, nonprofits and movement leaders the support and resources they need to create and run a digital fundraising program. Ruby currently lives in Maine with her husband Zach and their two cats Mr. Hops and Mr. Squirrel.

Other sessions: Digital Fundraising 101: Building People Power with Small-dollar Donors