Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Saturday, Aug. 20 10:00 AM (Eastern)
Ends: Saturday, Aug. 20 11:00 AM (Eastern)
The progressive digital space looks very different from when we last got together in-person at NN19. At that time, the digital tools landscape was in flux, with new private equity investment and new acquisitions announced seemingly every month. Now, we’re left with just a handful of tools representing vastly different approaches to building technology. On one hand, we have for-profit, private equity-backed models. On the other, we have nonprofit, cooperative models. In this panel, we’ll compare these approaches and discuss the way forward for the progressive movement, with input from leading figures in our movement.
Brian Young is the founding Executive Director of Action Network, a non-profit provider of technology to the progressive movement. Previously, he spent nearly a decade working at the forefront of the digital revolution in politics, serving as John Kerry’s Digital Director, consulting with many major progressive organizations, and helping getting the Howard Dean campaign’s digital strategy get off the ground in 2003. He’s also run Congressional campaigns, been a documentary filmmaker, a community organizer, and a union member as a film/television technician in IBEW.
Nicole is the CEO at stac labs, an organization dedicated to bringing best in class data and technology support to hard side groups. Nicole has spent most of her career at the intersection of politics and technology, and is an alum of the Obama ‘08 campaign, Sunlight Foundation, the AFL-CIO, and Action Network among others.
Jacky Chang currently works as a Fellow at Schmidt Futures, focusing on how to build sustainable technology culture, ecosystems, and development practices in organizations focused on social impact. She previously served as a political appointee in the Biden Administration as the Senior Advisor for Technology to the Administrator of the General Services Administration, and as Chief Technology Officer of the Biden Administration, running the team that built and supported technology that broke fundraising records and helped turn out over 81 million Democrats. Prior to her time in politics, Jacky started her career in Silicon Valley as a full-stack engineer for a variety of small, fast-paced startups like Eventbrite and Stripe.
For 10 years, Rachel has been working on online campaigns, helping build email lists for clients, and managing activism technology at Daily Kos. Before joining Daily Kos, Rachel worked on issues at the intersection of Media, Technology, and Democracy after spending several years working on issue-advocacy and field campaigns on the East Coast and Mid-West.