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.
Rhiana Gunn-Wright was previously the Policy Director for Abdul El-Sayed’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign. A 2013 Rhodes Scholar, Ms. Gunn-Wright has also worked as the policy analyst for the Detroit Health Department, the Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow of Women and Public Policy at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), and as a policy intern in for former First Lady Michelle Obama. Ms. Gunn-Wright graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 2011 with majors in African American Studies and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Anna Scanlon previously worked as a political campaign operative, with experience managing statewide, federal and local races for Democrats across the country. As an organizer, Anna has led teams that have knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors and raised millions of dollars for progressive candidates and causes. She received her BA in Government and International Relations from the University of Texas at Austin, where she worked as a researcher on international development and foreign policy. She currently resides in her hometown of Washington DC.
Giulianna Di Lauro Velez is an organizer based in Orlando, Florida. She worked in policy research for three years before joining the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign, and subsequently served as the Electoral Manager at Our Revolution. She has a B.A. in Social Sciences with a concentration in politics and a minor in rhetoric from Utrecht University.
Randy Abreu is an attorney from the Bronx, New York. Born to low-income immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic, Randy brings a unique perspective to the table of organizing around big ideas. He began his professional career as a Law Fellow on the House Judiciary Committee where he advocated for women to maintain their rights to access reproductive health services. He then transitioned to the Federal Communications Commission (‘FCC’),
where he helped draft cybersecurity regulations for a transition to 5G spectrum. Soon after, Randy was appointed to serve in the Administration of President Barack Obama as an Advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s office of Technology Transitions and Clean Energy Investment Center. Following the Obama Administration, Randy returned to New York to implement the tools he learned in D.C. and uplift the standard of living of his community in The Bronx and Upper Manhattan. During this time, Randy met and volunteered for future U.S. Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Following the historic victory in the 2018 Primaries, Randy served as the Political and Policy Director to Ocasio-Cortez and helped build relations with progressive leaders. In this role, he was part of a team that structured and executed a plan to position Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez as an ally and leader on the Green New Deal. Randy is passionate about the intersection of common issues such as social justice, bridging the digital divide, and building a 21st century economy.
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.