Our mission is to mobilize the tech community to support policies that keep the American Dream achievable in the 21st century.
We support comprehensive immigration reform, improving the quality of American education, and encouraging more investment in scientific innovation.
With teams located across the country, FWD.us brings together a diverse group of organizers, entrepreneurs, and innovators. Together we develop and deploy online and offline direct advocacy tools to engage at the district, state, and national levels.
Joe founded FWD.us to organize and engage the tech community on issues of vital importance to America's global competitiveness.
Previously, he founded Causes and co-founded NationBuilder to realize his belief that social networks enable community organizing at a previously unknown scale. These two successful companies combine the best of traditional organizing with new technologies, making the tools of democracy more widely available and empowering people to become leaders.
As Executive Director of FWD.us, Todd Schulte manages the organization’s staff and departments, its internal operations, and its political engagements in Washington and throughout the country.
Mr. Schulte previously served as Chief of Staff at Priorities USA Action, the Super PAC supporting President Obama's re-election. Prior to that he served as Congressman Scott Murphy's (NY-20) Chief of Staff and worked at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He resides in Washington, DC with his beautiful chocolate lab Pippa and even more beautiful wife Lindsey.
With extensive experience on statewide and national campaigns, Mr. Jesmer manages FWD.us’ immigration reform strategy and policy and legislative operations, while overseeing grassroots operations in research and earned and paid media.
As the former Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Mr. Jesmer also cultivates relationships for FWD.us on the Republican side of the aisle, and advises FWD.us staff on reaching out to conservatives.
Kym oversees aspects of our digital program including social media, email and web marketing, digital analytics, online ads, and video. She previously worked for Independent Voter Network and the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Temple University.
Lisa Conn brings to bear vast experience in community organizing and electoral politics. As FWD.us's National Organizing Director, she leads her talented team in directing the problem-solving spirit of the tech community to innovate political advocacy. Lisa seeks to activate those around her, and is passionate about empowering and training a new generation of leaders to bridge the gap between technology and government.
Alida Garcia is the former National Latino Vote Deputy Director of Obama For America's 2012 reelection campaign. As FWD.us’s Director of Coalitions & Policy, Garcia advises on immigration policy and oversees our external relationships with a diverse coalition of allied groups and individuals dedicated to passing comprehensive immigration reform.
Kate Hansen most recently worked as the communications director for the Democratic Governors Association’s successful 2012 cycle. Hansen has run communications operations for members of both the House and Senate and has wide-ranging experience on progressive statewide and national campaigns.
Sasha directs the development of our long-term policy agenda. He has previously worked as an attorney at SEIU, an advisor to the president of the Center for American Progress, and a grant maker at the Open Society Foundations.
As Chief of Staff, Emanuel runs FWD's development operation and all Funder relations. Emanuel comes to FWD after over 3 years of campaign and advocacy experience. He previously ran one of Equality California's street canvassing operations, worked at the White House in the Office of Public Engagement and on President Obama’s re-election campaign in New Hampshire. Emanuel was also Co-President of the Student Body at Williams College where he successfully ran and won four elections.
David leads the engineering team at FWD focusing on building better tools to bring citizens and government together. Previously he ran engineering at Samasource and has over a decade of experience building high performing teams and systems.
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