The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC, BoldProgressives.org) is a million-member grassroots organization building power at the local, state, and federal levels. It engages in electoral work and issue advocacy work on democracy issues and for economic populist priorities. The PCCC has raised over $26 million online in grassroots donations for its electoral and advocacy work, and directly for progressive candidates and committees.
Senator Elizabeth Warren said: “PCCC members were with me since the beginning — even before there was a beginning! Now, we have lots of work to do together.”
Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor founded PCCC in 2009, and we’ve been fighting for progressive change ever since.
Some of our issues include:
- Expanding Social Security
- Debt-free college
- Allowing everyone to buy health care coverage through Medicare
- Wall Street reform and accountability
- Stopping surveillance and protecting privacy
- Stopping bad trade deals like TPP
- Free and open Internet
- Paid family leave
We also support candidates running for office through fundraising, volunteers, training, and technology. We’ve supported candidates with millions of phone calls to voters through our Call Out The Vote program, and trained thousands of candidates and campaign staffers in the nuts-and-bolts of running for office.
We also have a proud affiliation with the P Street Project (c4).
Meet Our Team!
Stephanie Taylor is the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and the Progressive Change Institute (PCI), and has spent 20 years working on labor, electoral, and advocacy campaigns throughout the country. She is a former union organizer and a pioneer in the area of scalable field, using technology and field to achieve results. Taylor has appeared or been profiled in hundreds of news stories including ABC, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and others. She has been honored by the Congressional Progressive Caucus for her work, and serves on the advisory boards of the State Innovation Exchange (SIX) and X-Lab. She is a founding member of the influential Women in Politics and Technology (WIPT) community. Taylor has a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.F.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. She’s a mom and stepmom to three awesome girls. Find her on Twitter @StephanieTaylor.
Adam Green, Co-Founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC). For four years, he worked as Director of Strategic Campaigns and Civic Communications Director for MoveOn.org. Previously, Adam served as the Democratic National Committee’s press secretary in Oregon for the 2004 presidential campaign, communications director for the New Jersey Democratic Party in 2003, and press secretary for the top winning Democratic U.S. Senate race of 2002. He has a B.A. from George Washington University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. He is a frequent contributor on both MSNBC and CNN. Follow him on Twitter @AdamGreen.
Jackie Arasi helps develop smart requirements and keep technology projects moving forward. She began work as a software project manager in 2004 on a suite of web tools for community organizing, has actively participated in open source software communities, and was a part of a leadership team that worked to incorporate technology intelligently into a broader movement for more livable, bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly cities. She has been fascinated with software as a tool for resource management, project planning, and successful “campaigning” since the first time she played the Oregon Trail in her 2nd Grade Computer Lab.
Sarah Badawi leads our legislative outreach effort to build support for PCCC policy initiatives, working closely with congressional allies and their staff to incorporate bold progressive ideas into their legislative priorities. Most recently, Sarah helped lead the effort to build broad support for the Big Idea of debt-free college on the Hill resulting in a joint resolution introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. Prior to joining our Hill team, Sarah was a key member of PCCC’s electoral team working with endorsed candidates on building strong fundraising programs in a competitive cycle. Sarah received her B.A. in political science from the University of Florida and her J.D. from George Washington University.
Marissa Barrow has had an interest in politics before she could spell the word, and spent her first all-nighter watching Florida switch colors on CNN in 2000 as a 10 year-old. In 2008, she was one of the youngest delegates to the Texas State Democratic Convention. While earning her bachelor’s degree at Louisiana State University, she worked as a radio reporter for LSU’s daily newspaper, The Daily Reveille, and rose to become the managing editor of digital media. She spent the summer of 2011 interning at the Democratic National Committee’s new media department. In the 2012 election cycle, Marissa served as the communications director for a state Senate campaign in North Texas.
Jonathan is the Call Out the Vote Director for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Prior to this, he was a Training Fellow, where he helped to organize and recruit candidates for PCCC's National Candidate Training. He has worked on several campaigns at the state and local level, and was the communications intern at Forward Majority, which works to flip state legislative seats blue. Long ago, he was a professional actor, and worked in theater, television, and film. Jonathan received his B.A. from Vassar College and his M.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Jasmine Gales is a Memphis, Tennessee native with a burning desire to see reform in policy and electoral politics that reflects the needs of marginalized and underserved people, especially Black communities. She has pushed for civic engagement in grassroots communities by establishing a Neighborhood Advisory Board in Goodlettsville, TN and by developing Nashville’s first Black Millennial Voter Registration Rally. She spent the summer of 2016 working with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in Washington, D.C., which further ignited her preexisting passion for civil rights and social justice. After graduating with an M.P.A from Tennessee State University, Jasmine relocated to D.C. to work at the nexus of progressive politics and civil rights. She has been named a Rising Star by the American Society of Public Administration and is on a continued mission to use her skill to bring the voices that matter most in Democracy to the decision-making table.
Emily DiVito was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL. Only after moving to Massachusetts to attend Wellesley College was she finally able to find a place in progressive politics, campaigning for Elizabeth Warren and President Obama. After earning her B.A. in American Studies from Wellesley, she joined the Bernie Sanders campaign in New Hampshire and traveled to several different states as an organizer. Emily first joined PCCC as a member of the electoral team, spending several months in 2016 on the ground with our bold progressive candidates before transitioning to the role of Special Assistant.
Courtney Hagen, Senior Lobbyist, works with the Legislative Affairs team to engage members of Congress and their staffs on PCCC legislative priorities and policy campaigns. Prior to joining PCCC, Courtney spent over a decade working in politics in Washington, DC, including at several top lobbying and consulting firms and at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Courtney has B.A. degrees in Foreign Affairs and History from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Policy from the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy.
Ethan Jucovy has been a professional Python software developer since 2006. Before joining the PCCC, he built web applications for community organizers and government transparency at a NYC-based non-profit, and distance learning platforms and new media teaching tools for Columbia University professors. He is active in open source communities and has made core contributions to prominent Python projects like Django, Plone, and Virtualenv. He's long hoped to build software that will help all the robots evolve better, but he's no longer convinced that's wise.
Sonya McGrady is a compliance professional with over 10 years of experience in federal election law. As a compliance agent, she’s served on the presidential campaigns of John Edwards and Kerry-Edwards, the Obama transition, and most recently Martin O’Malley’s campaign for president. Sonya has also served as the compliance director for House races throughout the country, including most notably the Doug Owens campaign against incumbent Mia Love in Utah (2014 and 2016 cycles).
Kenton Ngo specializes in data, analytics, online ads, and GIS. He knocked his first door in 2003 and was one of Virginia’s first state politics bloggers while starting in field organizing for local campaigns, where he first started using data and studying political geography for targeting. He holds a B.A. from George Mason University and an M.A. from the University of Florida and has worked in polling, digital, and field. He currently manages PCCC’s email database, long-term testing, and digital advertising programs.
Lucy Olena is a progressive trainer and strategist who helps turn activists into organizers and candidates into elected officials. She currently serves as the Training Director for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, where she teaches hundreds of bold progressive candidates at the federal, state, and local level how to run and win campaigns. She has spent over a decade organizing communities in support of various issues and candidates, from Oregon to Connecticut, from Michigan to Texas, and everywhere in between. Lucy is a nationally-recognized trainer, regularly presenting for the State Innovation Exchange, the Young Democrats of America, Emerge America, the National Democratic Training Committee, and others. Lucy lives in Denver, Colorado where she serves on the boards of Emerge Colorado, Colorado Young Democrats, the Colorado Blueflower Fund, and the Whittier Neighborhood Association. When she’s not in the classroom, Lucy can be found whipping up a good meal at home with her wife Charley and their lab-mix Perseus.
Amanda Pittman is a native of the DC suburbs, and like everyone who grew up there, she has managed to find her way to Richmond, Virginia. She's bounced around a few different fields, but most of her work has been in journalism and advertising. She got her start writing reviews for concerts around DC and Richmond, and later attended Miami Ad School in San Francisco to get a taste of the West Coast. Most notably she's written for Mashable and produced work for The Martin Agency. When she's not hanging out with her dog or telling jokes at an open mike night, she enjoys going to local shows and eating her way through the city.
Rachel Queirolo was the Assistant Director of Development at Rock the Vote, working on voting rights, civic engagement and education, and mobilizing millennials to get to the polls. Prior, she did a short stint in Colorado as a Deputy Finance Director on a Senate campaign. Beginning in human rights advocacy with an international focus on trafficked women, Rachel got her start working for the oldest progressive multi-issue policy think tank in Washington, the Institute for Policy Studies. Rachel also worked in development roles at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and at a national security and foreign policy think tank. Rachel received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, where she studied politics and Russian and Eurasian studies.
Jen Rafanan is a designer, originally from California, who now calls Atlanta home. She is also a grassroots activist at heart, and fights the good fight for bold, progressive issues. Jen got involved with politics in 2008, volunteering for Obama, and started her involvement with Young Democrats of Georgia by founding her county chapter in 2009. In 2014, she finished her term as Executive Vice President of the statewide organization where she received a lifetime achievement award in recognition of her years of service. In addition, she has served in various elected positions within the Democratic Party at the state and local levels. Jen is excited to be able to combine her passions and talent for design and politics on the staff of PCCC.
Prior to getting bitten by the organizing bug, Keith Rouda spent over 20 years in the private sector in advertising agencies, web development, IT strategy, talent acquisition, human capital management, and consulting across industries including consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, and health care. SINCE getting bitten, he was a regional organizer with MoveOn.org supporting and developing volunteer leaders in Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. Since 2012 he has been a field organizer on Tammy Baldwin’s campaign in Wisconsin, an issue advocacy campaign in New York City, and Cory Booker’s campaign in New Jersey, and he's worked with the New Jersey Education Association on Barbara Buono’s race against Chris Christie.
Jen Still brings over 10 years of experience in the visual design field as a graphic, UI/UX, and web designer. Graduating from Oregon State University with a B.A. in Art History and Fine Arts, she strives to create memorable and meaningful design that improves the user's experience. Jen was the lead designer in developing the social platform for the health and hormone tracking application Lucine Women. She has also worked as a designer at Oregon State University on websites with in the Student Affairs department, such as the new student resources site to help new students feel at home on the OSU campus.