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Tomorrow, leave it all out on the field...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tara Bardella
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organizecats.jpgWell,the 2016 cycle is in full swing! This month, history will be made in Philadelphia. And in just a few short months, we will know what direction our country will be heading in for the next 4-8 years! Organizing will play a critical role in determining this direction. What happens out in the field, on the doors and phones will make the difference between a President Clinton or Trump, the balance of Congress - and the Supreme Court. Now more than ever, progressive campaigns need organizing talent to help bring home the win! That’s why the next installment of our 2016 Summer Brownbags Series, Field Organizing and Issue Advocacy, taking place tomorrow, July 7th from Noon-1 PM at Working America HQ here in DC. Here are the field and advocacy all-stars we will be hearing from on the panel!:

  • Gregory Jackson, Jr. - For Our Future PAC: Political activism is personal for Greg Jackson, not just because of his belief in the causes of the progressive movement, but given his firsthand brush with DC gun violence while working for Organizing for America in 2013. Jackson was hit by a stray bullet on a DC street—the recovery process spanned nearly two years. Jackson ran field for President Obama’s 2012 campaign in North Carolina, later serving as field director of the DCCC during the 2014 cycle. Last year, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser tapped Jackson to lead the district’s office of community relations, where he launched a new civic engagement initiative to bring together government agencies, residents, business and community leaders. For the ’16 cycle, Jackson is back on the campaign trail as the national field director of For Our Future PAC, a coalition of unions and Democratic groups that will help push the progressive agenda in states across the country ahead of November.

  • Scott Seeborg - Working America: Scott’s passion and leadership experience lies in building online and offline communication models that attract people from all walks of life to public health and social justice issues- empowering communities to take action. Working as both a national recruitment campaign coordinator and a local organizer, Scott  learned how to strategically plan and implement successful campaigns, while keeping the big picture in mind. The ability to approach an audience from diverse geographic, political, cultural, and economic perspectives has proven critical to Scott’s success with wide ranging locations, budgets, analytic systems, organizing models and people. He has worked with a wide range of organizations, including: Clean Water Action, AFL-CIO, America Votes, SEIU and the Ohio Democratic Party. Scott currently serves as Senior Field Operations Specialist at Working America.

  • Jordan Tenedora - Grassroots Unwired: Jordan serves as the Business Development Director at Grassroots Unwired, a non-partisan company that provides solutions to automate campaign canvassing and election day activities providing efficiency, accountability and improved reporting to campaign directors. Before joining the team at Grassroots Unwired, Jordan worked for a variety of organizations, including American Bridge 21st Century. Jordan has also served in Campaign Manager roles on municipal campaigns in California and New Mexico. Jordan was also the President of the Asian Pacific American Student Association while attending his alma mater, Saint Mary’s College of California, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics in 2010.

We can’t wait to meet these talented folks tomorrow - we hope you can join us! Seats are going fast, though, so please be sure to grab yours today!

P.S: Can’t make it tomorrow? No worries - you can join us for our other upcoming Summer Brownbag. If you attend two or more sessions, you'll be eligible to join us for a special lunch with former Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Biden and Gore and our Executive Director Kouri Marshall on August 4th!