About ActBlue

Who We Are

ActBlue is an online toolset that makes it easy for donors to connect with the candidates and causes they support.

Our Mission

At ActBlue, our mission is to democratize power by putting powerful fundraising tools in the hands of grassroots donors across the United States.

How We Do It

Fundraising

Our fundraising tools allow everyone to have a powerful voice in the country's future. By giving through ActBlue, our donors monetize their passion and empower both themselves and the candidate or cause they support.

Participation

The ActBlue model encourages and rewards participation in the fundraising process. Grassroots donors and fundraisers can track their impact online and in real time, and our clients build a network of invested supporters they'd be hard-pressed to reach otherwise.

Infrastructure

ActBlue's tools have been tested during some of the major fundraising moments of the last nine years, and time and time again they've measured up. Today, their reliability and capacity is second to none and available to all. We're committed to giving our hundreds of thousands of users new and better ways to make their voice heard.

Accountability

ActBlue only accepts donations from individuals, and we direct the money as they specify. We disclose every donation made through ActBlue to the relevant bodies, working to keep the lines of accountability between donors and recipients open.


The ActBlue Team

Staff

Erin Hill, Executive Director

Erin has worked in the Massachusetts State House, on Capitol Hill, and the Democratic National Headquarters in fundraising, operations, and legislative research. In the 2004 cycle, Hill served on the finance staffs of the Kerry-Edwards campaign and the Democratic National Committee. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College with a degree in English literature and a concentration in Public Policy Studies.

Steven Gold, General Counsel

Steve comes to ActBlue with five years’ experience as in-house counsel for the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, a national non-profit organization, and for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of legal disciplines, from campaign finance law to fair lending law to civil and criminal litigation. Steven previously advised on the formation of a separate segregated fund established by a non-profit organization with tens of thousands of members. Most recently, he was trained in mediation and now acts as a volunteer mediator resolving disputes in district courts in his spare time. Steven received a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

Nichole Paulding, Director of Operations

Nichole brings a wealth of organizational experience to ActBlue. Among others, she has worked at the Institute for Training and Development, where she provided program support for eleven international exchange and educational programs for participants from over thirty countries. In addition to her work at ITD, Nichole has worked for the MIT Alumni Association Reunions and Events Team, the Glastonbury, CT, Town Clerk's Office, and HALT, an organization of Americans for Legal Reform. Nichole is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College, where she majored in History and French.

Alyssa Twomey, Director of Customer Service

Alyssa joined ActBlue after graduating with a B.A in Political Science from American University. Alyssa has previously worked for Orr Associates, Inc. and U.S. Representative Tom Allen. While at AU, Alyssa was involved with Student Advocates for Native Communities, the AU Alternative Spring Break program and the Women and Politics Institute.

Julia Rosen, Digital Director

Julia brings a decade of online organizing experience on both electoral and issue campaigns to ActBlue. She comes from MoveOn.org, where she served as a Campaign Director, helping lead their electoral efforts, multi-issue advocacy and fundraising. Prior, she worked as the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's Senior Campaigns Director and the Courage Campaign's Online Political Director. She got her start working for Common Cause, bringing her efforts to democratize campaign fundraising full-circle here at ActBlue. Julia graduated from Vassar College with a degree in American Culture, focusing on History and Political Science.

Alexis Chininis, Senior Political Account Manager

Alexis is the former Finance Director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, where she coordinated the fundraising programs for the State Party and legislative caucuses. She served a term in the New Hampshire Legislature, and has worked on many legislative races and on Capitol Hill. Alexis graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs.

Melissa Flores, In-House Counsel

Melissa is passionate about progressive causes and advocacy, and at ActBlue she combines that passion with her legal skills to help clear the way for more candidates and organizations to fundraise. Prior to joining ActBlue, she worked for the Langel Firm, a consumer rights litigation practice, as well as the New York State Attorney General’s office and the Civil Rights Clinic at New York Law School. Melissa received her B.S. from Emerson College in Organizational & Political Communications in 2007, and her J.D. from New York Law School in 2012. Outside of the office she likes to travel and cook.

Eric Hoke, Political Account Manager

Eric served as a Field Organizer for Bernie Sanders and the Vermont Democratic Party. Following Bernie's 2006 election to the U.S. Senate, Eric worked as a Legislative Intern on Capitol Hill. In 2008, he did field work across several states for Barack Obama's primary and general campaigns. Eric has also worked as a paralegal for a firm focused on renewable energy law and served on the Board of Directors of the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, VT. He is currently a Boston Team Leader for HeadCount, a nonprofit that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy. Eric graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Political Science.

Heidi Mitchell, Political Account Manager

Heidi is a graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. As Executive Director of the New Hampshire House Democratic Caucus in 2006, Heidi steered New Hampshire Democrats to their first House majority in over eighty years. She was New Hampshire State Director for Joe Biden's 2008 presidential primary campaign and helped elevate the voice of working families as Political Communications Specialist for the AFL-CIO Labor 2008 campaign in Northern New England. As a Legislative Aide in the New Hampshire Senate, Heidi staffed the nation’s first state legislature with a female majority. Prior to coming to ActBlue, Heidi was Interim Community Engagement Coordinator for a comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault agency.

Kate LaForge, Compliance Associate

Kate joined ActBlue after working as an Employment Specialist with Bay Cove Human Services, where she assisted individuals with disabilities in finding employment. Kate has also completed internships with Congressman Michael E. Capuano and Hospitality Homes, working on research, fundraising, and event planning. She volunteers with the Boston Debate League, Friendship Works, and various state-level campaigns. Kate graduated from Boston University in 2011 with a B.A. in International Relations.

Hannah Brown, Digital Marketing Associate

Hannah graduated from Boston University where she received a B.S. in Communication. Before joining full-time, she interned for ActBlue, as well as for Siobhain McDonagh, MP in her constituent office, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy's campaign, and a Boston advertising agency where she worked on the Red Sox, Churchill Downs, and Highland Street Foundation accounts. She also served as an interactive designer for BU's AdLab agency and as President of the BU College Democrats, helping to organize campus outreach and coordinate volunteer efforts for local and state candidates.

Patrick Frank, Account Executive

Patrick is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford Ohio where he studied Philosophy, Political Science and History. In 2008 he served as a Field Organizer for Barack Obama in Ohio. In the 2010 election Patrick was Field Director for Dan Maffei's Congressional campaign in Syracuse, New York. Following the election, he worked as State Field Director for Common Cause Massachusetts leading a campaign for fair and honest redistricting. In 2012, he rejoined the Obama campaign as a Regional Field Director in Colorado and went on to serve as Access Control Coordinator for the President's Inaugural Ball.

Ross Martin, Data Analyst

Ross joined ActBlue after having worked with several non-profit organizations to promote various facets of both domestic and international community development. Ross has also worked as a consultant for a China-based startup, during which time he was involved with management operations, partnership growth, and company strategy. Though Ross’ efforts have taken him as far as Beijing, he still remains committed to volunteering down the street in Somerville. Ross graduated from Boston College with a degree in International Studies and Economics.

Lauren Schulman, Donor Relations Associate

Lauren joined ActBlue after graduating from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio with a B.A. in Political Science. Before joining ActBlue, she worked as a Finance Intern with Maryland State Delegate Heather Mizeur on her gubernatorial campaign, specializing in fundraising and development. Previously, she worked as a Research Assistant in her university's Political Science Department on a project regarding women's rights around the world. She served as an intern for Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown in 2011, specializing in constituent relations, and volunteered on Senator Brown's 2012 re-election campaign. Though she now resides in Boston, she continues to be involved in Ohio politics and helping to create progressive change in her home state.

George King, Donor Relations Associate

George brings both his people skills and his tennis skills to the ActBlue office, handling all manner of donor questions and concerns and maintaining a top spot amongst the office ping pong players. Before coming to ActBlue, he honed those talents, working as deputy finance director on the Rob Consalvo mayoral campaign and spending several summers teaching tennis at the Chatham Bars Inn. He graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in Government.

Meredith Epstein, Outreach Associate

Before joining ActBlue, Meredith worked for several environmental protection groups, including Environment America, the Sierra Club, and The Ocean Project. Perhaps her passion for protecting natural resources was sparked during her college days at Brown, where she sang in an a capella group that specialized in sea chanteys. Now she puts her organizing skills to work, helping candidates and organizations all over the country build powerful fundraising programs. On her own time, she hones her fiddle skills and cooks up envy-worthy veggies daily.

Noah McKay, Operations Associate

Noah hails from the opposite side of the country--Las Vegas to be exact--and grew up around the opposite side of the political spectrum. He volunteered for his first campaign as a kid, but has since moved over to the Democratic side of things. Prior to ActBlue, he worked at Fund for the Public Interest for clients like Environment America and the Human Rights Campaign. Outside of the office, he volunteers with the Boston Debate League, brushes up on his piano skills, tears through Sci-Fi novels, and marathons TV shows (he believes individual episodes are for the weak-minded).



ActBlue Technical Services

Nate Thames, Executive Director of ActBlue Technical Services

Nate served as the Deputy Finance Director for Congressman Dennis Moore (D-KS), where he was responsible for online fundraising strategy and major events. During the 2004 cycle, Nate worked for the Kansas Coordinated Campaign field program, and later served as Technology Director and Vice President of the KU Young Democrats. Nate graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Bill Kirtley, Lead Developer

Bill has been a professional software developer since the first Bush administration, but ActBlue is his first political gig. He helped build the EnvoyXpress platform from the ground up into a platform powering a $10M internet communications service. Bill has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.

Chris Adams, Software Developer

Chris went to college and sampled 6 majors across 2 different universities. Graduating took a bonus semester and involved accumulating almost twice as many credits as were required. That was a while ago, but the intervening stuff was really more of the same. And well, now he applies his accumulated knowledge to various tasks at ActBlue. He likes bikes, books that are hard to find, and ginger.

Matthew Shanley, Software Developer

Matthew has accumulated years of web development experience across the Boston area tech scene. Most recently he was lead developer at StopBadware, a non-profit security organization that spun off from Havard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Matt holds an M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Braulio Carreno, Software Developer

Braulio lived in Chile until he came to the US in 98 hired by a dot-com to build its IT. After the bubble burst he worked as a freelance developer for several startups in the Boston area before being seduced by the mix of politics and technology and joining ActBlue. Braulio has a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Universidad de Chile.

Decklin Foster, Operations Engineer

Decklin spent his formative years building the kind of computers you can drop-kick and has spent his professional career replacing them with the kind you can't. After dropping out of school, he moved to the Cambridge area for a gig at Harvard assisting neuroscience research. Although politics has long been a passion of his, ActBlue is his first opportunity to work directly to help progressive causes. In his spare time, he is a DJ at Boston Free Radio and various local venues.

Eric Swardstrom, Senior Engineer

Eric started out his career working at big companies like IBM and Oracle, but now he likes working with smaller organizations. We couldn’t be happier that he’s made the switch. Before ActBlue he founded several companies of his own and worked at a startup that provides technology to restaurants for ordering supplies. Now he helps build the tools our campaigns need to win. Outside of the office he likes to cook, travel, and run marathons.



Board of Directors

Matt DeBergalis, Chairman and Founder, founded ActBlue with Benjamin Rahn in 2004 to leverage Democratic activists as effective political evangelists in their communities on- and off-line. ActBlue has raised over $150 million dollars, driving successful fundraising at all levels of the ballot. Now the nation's largest source of funds for Democratic campaigns and organizations, ActBlue represents an alternative vision for grassroots funded politics. Featured in the New York Times for his innovative political work, Matt manages ActBlue's core technology infrastructure. Matt holds M.Eng. and S.B degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Erin Hill

Marc Laitin is a founder and principal of Wired for Change, an online campaign consultancy serving progressive clients. During the 2004 election cycle Marc founded Run Against Bush (now Start Change PAC) and ran the successful Stop Sinclair media advocacy campaign. Previously Marc taught economics and public policy at a Washington, DC public charter school. Marc holds a B.A. from Harvard College.

Benjamin Rahn, Founder, went on leave from a Ph.D. program in theoretical physics to found ActBlue with Matt DeBergalis in 2004 and served as ActBlue's Chairman through April 2009. Before entering politics, Ben was an NSF graduate fellow at Caltech. His work on multi-scale physics has been published in Physics Review A and been presented in conferences around the country, and he received a gold medal at the International Physics Olympiad. Ben has served as Assistant Director of MIT's Research Science Institute, a program for high-school students that has produced more Intel/Westinghouse Science Talent Search finalists than any other organization in the country. In addition to his work with ActBlue, Ben is currently the Resident Physics Tutor at Harvard's Pforzheimer House, where he aids Harvard undergraduates in navigating personal and academic challenges and builds the House's intellectual and social community. Ben holds a B.A. from Harvard College.



We're always looking for great people to join our team. If you're interested in a volunteer or staff position, please let us know. Resumes are always helpful, but not required. Please specify what sorts of work you would most enjoy.