Meet the #BootCamp9 Class!

We’re excited to introduce the participants of our Digital BootCamp 2015 class! This year’s BootCampers are an example of the NOI Community and the way we are building—and strengthening—the progressive digital talent pipeline. Our 48 participants come from 20 states around the United States—and four countries: Canada; France; India; and Nigeria.

For all of us, participants, trainers and coaches alike, it will be an unforgettable week. From start—Sunday, July 26—until finish—Saturday, August 1, it will be a week filled with intense learning, hands-on training, networking, community building, and camaraderie. And when we’re done, our BootCampers will emerge ready to take on challenges back home and change the world!

We look forward to sharing their progress with you. If you haven’t already done so, join the BootCamp Seedlist. You’ll follow their progress as they run a fictional campaign all next week. Sign up now!

Meet our 2015 Digital BootCampers and welcome them to Washington, D.C. this week as they join the ranks of hundreds of BootCamp alumni:


Alex PatersonAlex Paterson

Alex is the Communications Director for Canada 2020, an independent, progressive think-tank based in Ottawa. He is also the Director of Training for Progress, a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting and training progressive campaigners across Canada. He previously worked as a policy assistant on Parliament Hill, as a communications strategist for Greenpeace, and a news producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Alexis Nava TeodoroAlexis Nava Teodoro

Alexis is the Community Engagement and Policy Advocate at the ACLU of Southern California. He is based in Santa Ana.

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Allan Byroo

Allan works in the medical field as a Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide. He lives in Los Angeles. In addition to being a CNA, Allan is certified in CPR and fire safety. He began organizing while he was at high school.


Allison OrdmanAllison Ordman

Allison is a native Iowan with a background in communications. She has served on a range of Iowa campaigns, most recently as a communications advisor to Ravi Patel’s campaign for the U.S. Congress (IA-01). Allison’s experience includes gubernatorial campaigns, issue advocacy for Organizing For America and working in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in Washington, DC.

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Amee AminAmee Amin

Amee is a co-founder of Article 25, a Massachusetts non-profit dedicated to building a global people’s movement for the right to health. She recently finished an anti-poverty organizing fellowship. Amee is passionate about utilizing digital strategy for health justice campaigns.

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27ab58dAna Suarez

Ana is the Communications Coordinator at the Latin American Coalition, based in Charlotte, NC. Her previous experience includes working as a legal clerk, and as an immigrant rights program intern.



Andrew CrookAndrew Crook

Andrew is a student at Cornell University studying for a Master’s Degree with a focus on collective representation. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Marcus spent five years as a senior journalist for Australia’s leading independent news outlet, His experience includes writing on financial issues for the Business Spectator (Australia), serving as a public policy adviser for the Victorian State Government and stints at the AFL-CIO and its Solidarity Center. Currently, Andrew is a media affairs intern at the American Federation of Teachers.

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Athena MontesAthena Montes

Athena is a training and development professional in Orlando, FL. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Political Science and Mass Communications, with a Public Relations focus. Athena previously worked on political campaigns in field and advocacy for Alex Sink for Governor, OFL-FL 2012, The Action, and Scouts for Equality.

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Audu KadiriAudu Kadiri

Audu is a community organizer who is actively involved in human rights advocacy, HIV prevention, Youth and Community Development as well as good governance and accountability. Audu has over ten years experience as a public health advocate with a particular interest in HIV Prevention and Research. He is currently in the U.S. as an asylum seeker, entering the country in February 2014.

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Brooke ButlerBrooke Butler

Brooke is a digital communicator from Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University. After working as a data analyst in the energy sector, Brooke began organizing with the South Carolina Democratic Party. She serves as the social media and outreach coordinator for the non-profit Liberty & Access for All while also co-instructing coding courses at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington.

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Bryan EllicottBryan Ellicott

Bryan is the Supervisor for Runaway Homeless Youth Drop-In Services at The Door–A Center of Alternatives in the Greater New York City region.

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Chelsea McDonnellChelsea McDonnell

Chelsea lives in Medford, MA. She graduated from Emmanuel College in May with an English degree with a Writing and Literature focus. She works as a Digital Content Associate in the marketing team at ActBlue. In that role, Chelsea is primarily responsible for fundraising emails, social media, and writing website content.

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Christopher CaseyChristopher Casey

Christopher is an Organizer with Consumer Union, the Policy and Action arm of Consumer Reports. He works with the Financial Services Team focused on providing leadership for financial services & product matters impacting consumers. The team has a special focus on student lending, safe payments, banking fees, and safeguarding the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Christopher has a broad and diverse background in electoral politics, offline organizing, online organizing, and issue advocacy. Prior to joining CU, he served as the National Organizer for Political Action, helping to expand its activist and volunteer leader base dramatically. At MoveOn, he devised and executed campaigns to pass the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank, and electing progressives to Congress in 2010. Christopher began his career as a Field Organizer for Obama For America, rising progressively to Deputy Field Director where his region of responsibility set voter registration, volunteer recruitment, and turnout records.

Christopher is a summa cum laude graduate in History and Economics from the Honors College, State University of New York at Albany.


Cortez WrightCortez Wright

Cortez is a Southern Black Non-Binary Queer Femme feminist organizer and social media strategist from Atlanta, GA. They are the Communications & Development Associate for SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! in Atlanta, Georgia. They are passionate about training and organizing for marginalized communities, particularly with under-served Black and Queer populations.



Dany SigwaltDany Sigwalt

Dany is a fourth-generation native Washingtonian. She has been working in community-based non-profits since before college. Her focus is building out effective communication and grassroots fundraising infrastructures for tiny to small organizations. Dany serves on the board of Empower DC.

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26cfddcDeAndré Q. Jones, has dedicated his life to being a public servant for the greater community and an advocate of social justice. A native of Americus, Georgia, DeAndré is the founder of Organized Arts LLC – a public affairs firm that provides counsel, creative media development and strategic communication planning that empowers communities and agents of change. DeAndré works alongside CMOs, community organizers and public officials throughout Georgia and Florida on a variety of progressive initiatives. More recently, he has organized with organizations such as the Florida Democratic Party, the Dream Defenders, Keeping Guns Off Campus, NAACP and the Georgia House Democratic Caucus. Recently, he is the Lead Coordinator for the Voter Access Institute in Atlanta, GA.

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Dipanwita DasDipanwita Das

Dipanwita is the Founder & Director of Das Social Strategies operating in Washington, D.C., Delhi, and Kolkata. She works with social impact organizations to achieve maximum impact using digital communications and strategy. She has helped lead digital and content strategy for organizations such as the Sehgal and PVBLIC Foundations and starting the social impact digital communications practice across client verticals for the MSLGRoup. Along with her social impact and foundation clients, Dipanwita has trained more than 250 non-profit leaders from 55 countries in effective management skills, as Training Manager for the Atlas Corps Fellowship.

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Emilio VicenteEmilio Vicente

Emilio is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied Public Policy. An undocumented student, he has been active on campaigns for tuition equity in North Carolina. Emilio also worked to hold the UNC Board of Governors, the ruling body for the university system, accountable to students, faculty and staff.



Erin BelitskusErin Belitskus

Erin is the Development Coordinator at the Brother’s Brother Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA. She is also the Boston and Pittsburgh Chapter Director for The New Leaders Council.



Eve ZuckermanEve Zuckerman

Eve is a Franco-American organizer who got her start as a volunteer on the Obama ’12 Presidential campaign. She was also a Chapter Lead for Organizing for Action. Eve has worked as a freelance consultant on the NationBuilder platform for advocacy groups, unions, and campaigns. She is preparing to return to France, serving as the deputy digital director on Alain Juppé’s presidential campaign.

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Ian CeraoloIan Ceraolo

Ian recently joined NextGen Climate’s team in New Hampshire as its director of operations. Prior to joining NextGen, he was a political appointee in Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration. Ian’s experience includes working as an organizer for the 2013 Virginia coordinated campaign, and the 2012 Obama Presidential campaign in New Hampshire.

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Javier RomoJavier Romo

Javier is a political organizer at the start of his career. After graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2013, he became a fellow for the Wendy Davis for Governor campaign in the fall of 2014. After his fellowship ended, he was invited to participate in their Academy Field Organizing program responsible for organizing a section of San Antonio. After completing the program, Javier continued volunteering through the November election.



Jillian RileyJillian Riley

Jillian is a community organizer in rural southeast North Carolina, and at the start of her career. After graduating from St. Olaf College in 2014 with a degree in Political Science, she joined the AmeriCorps VISTA program working with a community development organization. In this work, she uses Asset Based Community Development tools to build and support neighborhood coalitions. Jillian also interns with a district judge, coordinating expungement clinics for minors. She plans to attend graduate school in 2016 pursuing a dual degree in Law and Social Work.

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Jose NunezJose Nunez

Jose is the Political Organizer and Digital Director for the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel. Previously, he worked as a digital strategist for the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

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Juan PenalosaJuan Penalosa

Juan is a senior vice president at Mercury Public Affairs. Juan’s campaign experience includes the 2012 Presidential re-elect, and managing front- line Congressional, statewide and local races in Florida, California, and the Midwest. Prior to his career in political campaigns, Juan worked as a geophysicist in South America and also in international development, aiding developing nations and multi-national NGO’s implement reforms, new departments and expansion of public services.

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Julie ThompsonJulie Thompson

Julie is a PR professional, providing communications, marketing, and social media support for the Michigan Senate Democrats in the State Legislature. She is skilled in drafting correspondence, social media content, and project management. Julie is the communications specialist, and one of the voices behind both the caucus’ official social media channels and the Senate Democratic Leader’s channels.

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Julissa cardenasJulissa Cardenas

Julissa is the Communications Coordinator for Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley in California. Her previous work includes journalism and broadcast communications. Julissa is passionate about immigration and women’s reproductive health care rights.

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Kevin RackhamKevin Rackham

Kevin is a communications intern with the Working Families Party of Oregon. He has three years of experience in using social media and email in statewide campaigns. Kevin has worked on a variety of issues, including the fight for paid sick days in Oregon, and debt-free higher education. He is passionate about using new technology to bridge the gap between rural and urban communities in Oregon.

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Kimberly LettKimberly Lett

Kimm is an attorney, an advocate and founder of floWERS!, an inspirational group encouraging and supporting women, and #sheSpeaksUP!, which generates awareness to issues affecting women and girls and globally focusing on race, class and gender. Kimm has an extensive background in the legal field working on consumer advocacy issues. She has also been a radio announcer. Kimm’s goal and passion are to use her voice to bring awareness and change.

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Lauren FarberLauren Farber

Lauren is a Marketing Associate at Catalist in Washington, D.C. Her experience includes working as a Digital Communications Associate at Blue State Digital, and as a Staff Assistant at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). Lauren was also a Finance Assistant on Senator Richard Blumenthal’s 2010 campaign in her home state of Connecticut.



Martin CampbellMartin Campbell

Martin is an assistant field manager and campaign coordinator at the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG). He studied Political Science at Grinnell College and currently resides in Madison, WI.

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Matthew SteinrueckMatthew Steinrueck

Matthew owns his own business in Minneapolis. In 2012, he was a Field Organizer for Organizing for America. In 2010, he was the Youth Vote organizer for the Keith Ellison for Congress campaign.



Megan FitzpatrickMegan Fitzpatrick

Megan is a senior writer for Public Interest GRFX, the in-house communications team for the Public Interest Network, which includes Environment America, U.S. PIRG, and other nonprofits. She graduated from Brown University in 2011 with a degree in Environmental Studies.

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Melissa AmarawardanaMelissa Amarawardana

Melissa is a political communications professional with a specialty in tech writing and design. She lives in Washington, D.C and will be finishing her MS in Political Science this fall, after completing a research capstone on negative partisanship and group mentality.

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Mia RebackMia Reback

Mia is a climate justice organizer in Portland, Oregon. She primarily works with 350 and Rising Tide, taking a lead role on media and communications for a variety of climate justice campagins. Mia graduated from Reed College with a BA in Environmental Studies and Economics.

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Miguel CruzMiguel Cruz

Miguel is an immigrant from Oaxaca. He is the Chapter Manager at the ACLU of Southern California, a position he has held since April 2010. Prior to becoming the Chapter Manager, he worked for ACLU SoCal from 2006 to 2009. Miguel has managed the structure, leadership development and advocacy campaign operations by all regional volunteer chapters at ACLU SoCal. Miguel is an experienced community organizer and campaign coordinator.

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Neal, who hails from New York, is a specialist in risk analysis and political data. He has worked internationally with Democrats Abroad and Moody’s Egypt affiliate. His experience in the United States includes working for Planned Parenthood and directing Senator Mark Udall’s Colorado political data program.


Nicholas SellaNicholas Sella

Nicholas is the Senior Multimedia Specialist at the National Education Association in Washington, D.C. Prior to taking on this position he was the Communications and Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy Assistant at the NEA. He was also the Original Content Editor at



Peter KORCHNAKPeter Korchnak

Peter manages digital communications for the Death with Dignity National Center. Previously he worked or contracted for social service organizations. An immigrant from Slovakia, he has background in business and international relations. Parallel to supporting good causes, Peter is building a career as a nonfiction writer.

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Rebecca RuechelRebecca Ruechel

Rebecca is an IT professional, an event consultant, an organizer, a graduate of Emerge Wisconsin, and a native Milwaukeean. Coming from a technical background, she has a BS in Management Information Systems from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Most recently, Rebecca has worked as a Production Support Specialist for a financial company and as a Field Organizer for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

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Rosie BrownRosie Brown

Rosie is the Digital Organizer for the National Domestic Workers Alliance in Washington, D.C. In this role, she leverages technology to identify and connect domestic workers, including Nannies, housekeepers and home care workers, with each other. Previously, Rosie has organized at Unite Here, analyzed and implemented the political strategy at UAW, and supported the international work of Comisiones Obreras (Spain), and been a Field Organizer at Field Strategies.

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Sandra DuranSandra Duran

Sandra is the Constituency Affairs Associate for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, based in San Diego, CA.




Taylor CampbellTaylor Campbell

Taylor is a Digital Strategy Fellow at Fission Strategy, based in New York. He is currently pursuing a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy & Economics. Taylor has worked in development, research, content sourcing, website management and design, data analysis, strategy and digital media. He is passionate about social and cultural issues affecting underserved and disadvantaged communities, and how technology can be leveraged to mobilize large numbers of people.



Tessa LevineTessa Levine

Tessa is the Childcare//Fight for 15 Northern California Lead Organizer for SEIU. Before joining the labor movement, Tessa was introduced to organizing through working with Mujeres Unidas y Activas as part of Bend the Arc’s Community Organizing Residency Program. With MUA, Tessa focused on immigration reform on national and local levels. She has a BA in Global Studies and Social Movements from LIU Global.



Vladan IvkovicVladan Ivkovic

Vladan is the Labor Education Specialist for the Eastern Region of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA).



Wendy HeinigWendy Heinig

Wendy is the founder and owner of Reliable Resolutions, a mediation, advocacy, and training company. She also works as a full-time organizer for the Michigan Education Association. Additionally, Wendy spends time volunteering for the Michigan court system as a mediator for divorce and parenting time cases. For the past 12 years, Wendy has served in many capacities at the MEA advocating and protecting the rights of employees in the K-12 public schools, Higher Education institutions and Intermediate School Districts of Michigan. She has been successful in creating trainings designed specifically for women. Wendy travels the country training on personality and temperament theory.

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Zoe Wong-WeissmanZoe Wong-Weissman

Zoë is Digital Divestment Organizer at, where she leverages online tools to support the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment campaign. Before working with, Zoë studied at UC Berkeley. She grew up on the Lost Coast of California, and makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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