About .us

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.

Founders

FWD.us founders are a diverse group of leading innovators, entrepreneurs, job creators, and business owners from the tech community.


Aditya Agarwal
Vice President of Engineering
Dropbox
Dan Benton
Founder and CEO
Andor Capital Management
Jim Breyer
Partner
Accel Partners
Matt Cohler
General Partner
Benchmark
Ron Conway
Special Advisor
SV Angel
John Doerr
General Partner
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Bill Gates
Chairman of Microsoft and Co-chair
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Joe Green
Founder
FWD.us

Reid Hoffman
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
Drew Houston
Founder and CEO
Dropbox
Chamath Palihapitiya
Founder / Managing Partner
Social+Capital Partnership
Sean Parker
Managing Partner
The Founders Fund
Ruchi Sanghvi
Vice President of Operations
Dropbox
Jeff Rothschild
Vice President of Engineering
Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg
Founder and CEO
Facebook

Major Contributors


Tim Armstrong
CEO and Chairman
AOL, Inc.
Steve Ballmer
CEO
Microsoft
George Bousis
Founder and CEO
Raise.com
Juan Calle
Founder
.CO Internet S.A.S.
Garrett Camp
Founder
Expa
Steve Chen
Co-founder
YouTube

Brian Chesky
CEO and Co-founder
Airbnb
Stan Chudnovsky
VP of Growth, Global Strategy and Special Ops
PayPal
Chris Cox
Vice President of Product
Facebook
Lars Dalgaard
Founder and CEO
SuccessFactors
Bita Daryabari
Founder & Executive Director
Pars Equality Center
Faquiry Diaz
President and CEO
Tres Mares Group

Barry Diller
Chairman and Senior Executive
IAC
Stanley F. Druckenmiller
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Duquesne Family Office LLC
John Fisher
Chairman of the Board
KIPP
Paul Graham
Co-founder
Y Combinator
Noosheen Hashemi
President and Co-founder
The HAND Foundation
Reed Hastings
Founder and CEO
Netflix

Chad Hurley
Co-founder and CEO
AVOS
Josh James
Founder and CEO
Domo
Peter Kellner
Founder and Managing Partner
Richmond Global
Dick Kramlich
Co-Founder and Chairman
NEA Management Company
Max Levchin
Co-founder and Chairman
PayPal and Yelp
Doug Leone
Partner
Sequoia Capital

Jeremy Levine
Partner
Bessemer Venture Partners
Phil Libin
CEO
Evernote
Michael Loeb
President and CEO
Loeb Enterprises
Joe Lonsdale
Partner
Formation 8
Andrew Mason
Co-founder
Groupon
Marissa Mayer
CEO, President, and Director
Yahoo!

Mary Meeker
General Partner
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Dave Morin
Co-founder and CEO
Path
Jon Oringer
Founder and CEO
Shutterstock
Hadi Partovi
Co-Founder and President
Code.org
Greg Penner
General Partner
Madrone Capital Partners
Alison Pincus
Co-Founder and Chief Partnership Officer
One Kings Lane

Mark Pincus
Founder, CEO & Chief Product Officer
Zynga
Keith Rabois
Partner
Khosla Ventures
Hosain Rahman
CEO and Founder
Jawbone
Dan Rosensweig
Chairman and CEO
Chegg
Yuda Saydun
Advisor
Venture Hive
Justin Shaffer
Product
Facebook

Eric Schmidt
Executive Chairman
Google
Rishi Shah
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Contextmedia
Darian Shirazi
CEO and Founder
Radius
Brad Smith
General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs
Microsoft
Kevin Systrom
CEO and Co-Founder
Instagram
Gary Vaynerchuk
CEO and Co-Founder
VaynerMedia

Padmasree Warrior
Chief Technology & Strategy Officer
Cisco
Fred Wilson
Managing Partner and Founder
Union Square Ventures and Flatiron Partners

Moving us forward Our Team


Acting President Todd Schulte

As Acting President 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.


Campaign Manager Rob Jesmer

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.


Associate Digital Director Kymberly Bays

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.

National Organizing Director Lisa Conn

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.


Coalitions and Policy Director Alida Garcia

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.

Communications Director Kate Hansen

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.


Director of Policy Planning Sasha Post

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.

Director of Development Emanuel Yekutiel

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.


Director of Engineering David Yoon

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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