Demond Drummer is an organizer and civic innovator whose work in Chicago has been recognized by the Obama White House, Code for America and the Aspen Institute. He is currently co-founder and executive director of New Consensus. Demond’s notable projects include CoderSpace, a computer science learning lab where high school students develop leadership skills for a changing world, and LargeLots.org, a community-driven effort to reclaim and repurpose city-owned vacant lots in Chicago. An alumnus of Morehouse College, Demond was a field organizer for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. Demond lives with his wife and one-year-old daughter in Chicago.
Zack Exley was a senior advisor to Bernie Sander’s 2016 presidential campaign, and was a co-founder of Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats, which recruited and ran dozens of unconventional candidates for the 2018 midterms such as Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. With Becky Bond, Zack co-authored Rules for Revolutionaries, a book of organizing lessons and principles. In ancient internet times, he was the co-founder of the New Organizing Institute, and played a major role in the rise of online politics in his work with MoveOn.org, Howard Dean, John Kerry, the Obama campaign and as the non-profit practice director of a global software company called ThoughtWorks. He had a side career in online fundraising, working with global NGOs, including the Wikimedia Foundation, where he built a $90 million per year fundraising program to keep Wikipedia free and independent. Zack spent his 20’s working as a union organizer all over the United States.