Todd Schulte is President of FWD.us, an organization started in April 2013 by key leaders from the business and technology community to promote policies to keep the United States competitive in a global economy, starting with commonsense immigration reform and criminal justice reform. Todd has been with the organization since its founding. FWD.us is currently working on the ground in over 30 states across the country, engaging a diverse set of constituencies including business leaders, faith leaders, law enforcement, and the undocumented and immigrant rights communities to bring about real policy solutions.
In addition to immigration, Todd’s policy background includes work on healthcare and financial regulatory reform. Prior to joining FWD.us, Todd served as Chief of Staff at Priorities USA Action, the super PAC that supported President Obama’s reelection, and, from 2009-2010, served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20). Starting in 2005, Todd spent two election cycles at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where he helped Democrats regain and expand their majority in the House of Representatives in both 2006 and 2008.
Todd lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Lindsey, baby daughter, Sylvia, and their chocolate lab, Pippa. Contact Todd on Twitter: @TheToddSchulte
With extensive experience on statewide and national campaigns, Rob 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.
Peter Boogaard served as a White House and National Security Council Spokesman as well as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to working in the Obama Administration, Mr. Boogaard worked on Capitol Hill as press secretary for U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter.
Cammie Croft is the Chief Community Officer and Managing Director of FWD’s SF headquarters where she oversees the office and leads their technology, creative, digital, and partnerships teams. She is a former Deputy Executive Director of Amnesty International USA and served in the Obama Administration at both the White House and U.S. Department of Energy spearheading the adoption of technology and digital tools to improve how government engages and serves the public. Ms. Croft lives in Oakland, CA with her husband, son, and two ungrateful cats.
Mark Delich is a former senior advisor to Senator John McCain, where he was on the forefront of issues involving homeland security and immigration. He also previously served as director of policy at the Reform Institute and worked as a lead staff for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. At FWD.us, Mr. Delich oversees the organization’s congressional outreach efforts to strengthen relationships with bipartisan lawmakers.
Lola Elfman is the former Director of Staff Development at Change.org, the world’s largest petition platform, where she led people-focused programs and development as the company scaled from 60 to over 300 staff in 19 countries. Her focus and passion is for developing resilient leaders at all levels, supporting managers in leading effective teams, and fostering excellent organizational culture. Ms. Elfman lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and son.
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, Ms. 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.
Jen Martin manages the Organizing Department at FWD.us, which operates across seven different tech hubs to engage tech talent in immigration advocacy. Previously Deputy Director of Coalitions and Policy, Ms. Martin’s extensive policy background includes building bipartisan coalitions and running successful field and GOTV efforts during congressional campaigns. She now leads our talented team of organizers and is passionate about applying her policy expertise to FWD.us’ efforts on the ground.
Zoë Towns is the former Criminal Justice Project Director at the Pew Charitable Trusts where she collaborated with state leaders, administrators, practitioners and advocates to drive legislative reforms in Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, Louisiana, and elsewhere. Earlier in her career, Ms. Towns helped found and run The Bronx Freedom Fund, a nonprofit bail fund in the South Bronx. Ms. Towns leads our growing criminal justice reform work.