Board of Directors

Darcy Burner (@darcyburner) is Executive Director of, honorary chair of the PCCC, honorary chair of More and Better Democrats PAC, a board member of the Council for a Livable World’s PeacePAC and a national board member for NARAL. The principal author and organizer of “A Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq,” which was endorsed by more than 60 candidates for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, she has been a candidate for Congress in Washington’s 8th District, a group program manager at Microsoft and a software developer at Lotus Development Corp.

Nathaniel Charny, Treasurer works as a union-side labor and employment attorney out of Rhinebeck, NY, representing national, state and local labor unions as well as plaintiffs in class action and individual employment discrimination, wage and hour and civil service matters. Nathaniel has served as Director of Legal Affairs for Professional Staff Congress/CUNY and was Assistant Counsel for the Writers Guild of America East. Nathaniel graduated with honors from SUNY Buffalo School of Law in 1991 and served for two years as law clerk to Hon. Alan N. Bloch, United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania. He has enjoyed appointment as Assistant Professor at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and Adjunct Professor at CUNY Queens College teaching courses on law and social justice.

Kety Esquivel (@KetyE) is Principal of Esquivel McCarson Consulting. Her work has taken her to China and Ethiopia with the UN. She’s coached executives and directed Latino outreach for a Presidential Campaign. She’s been the New Media Manager for NCLR, CEO for LATISM and VP with Ogilvy and Fenton. Kety was a founding board member of HPRA NCC and NLC. She’s the founder of CrossLeft and an author. She’s a former editor of BlogHer, a current blogger on the Huffington Post and a convener of TEDxAdamsMorgan. She has spoken at conferences worldwide including the World Bank’s Entertainment Education Conference and SXSW, as well as conferences in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, El Salvador, Spain, Ireland and Canada. The Maynard Institute included her in their 31 Profiles of Women of Color in Digital Spaces. Kety graduated from Cornell where she served on the Board of Trustees. Her commentary has been featured in the WSJ, HITN, PBS, CNN, NPR, Televisa and Univision.


Dr. Gabriela Lemus (@GabrielaDLemus) is the Executive Director of the Progressive Congress, the non-profit partner organization affiliated with members of the Progressive Caucus since September 2013. Previously she was the Director of the Office of Public Engagement at the Department of Labor from 2009 to 2013. Prior to her work at the Department of Labor, from 2007 to 2009 Lemus was the first woman to be the Executive Director at the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.


Mike Lux (@ProgressiveLux) is the co-founder of Democracy Partners, a consulting firm whose mission is building the progressive movement. Mike is a frequent blogger on Huffpo, DailyKos, and Crooks and Liars. He is the author of the book, The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be. Mike currently serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Arca Foundation, Netroots Foundation, Americans United for Change, Progressive Congress and USAction. He is the chair and founder of American Family Voices (AFV). He also was a co-founder and a former board member of Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Progressive Majority, Women’s Voices/Women Vote, and the Center for Progressive Leadership. He played a role in the early days of launching the Center for American Progress, Air America, and From January 1993 to mid-1995, Mike served as a Special Assistant to the President in the Clinton White House, and has played a leadership role on five Presidential campaigns.

Michael Moschella, Secretary (@mikemoschella / Facebook) is the Director of DKC Analytics, the data, targeting, and digital engagement division of DKC Public Relations, Marketing & Government Affairs, currently ranked as the #1 firm on The New York Observer’s Power 50 list. Mike comes to DKC from NationBuilder, the California-based crm and cms technology developer, where he led a team of fifty digital organizers who supported 8000 businesses, nonprofits, and governments. Mike has also advised pro-democracy movements and political parties around the globe, and helped lead the Truman National Security Project and the Truman Center for National Policy as their Chief Organizer and Political Director. Last year he was named as one of the top 50 campaign influencers in America by Campaigns and Elections Magazine. Mike is a Boston native, an avid whiskey fan, and a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Go Red Sox!

Joel Silberman, Chair (@joelsilberman) is a strategic communications consultant/trainer preparing electoral candidates and progressive congressional leaders for public speaking and media appearances. A recipient of the Kos Media Fellowship during his tenure as media/ message strategist for Markos Moulitsas and Daily Kos, Joel’s new media clients have included Lt. Dan Choi, Jane Hamsher, Matt Stoller, Digby, Jerome Armstrong and Mike Lux. Institutional clients include: Progressive Congress, People for the American Way, GetEQUAL, GLAAD, Young People For, The Young Elected Officials Network, Working Assets, National Women’s Law Center, and Our Time ( Joel’s new company is Media Talent 2.0 Inc and he is one of the Democracy Partners ( An award-winning New York theatrical performer/director, Joel brings show business savvy to progressive messaging.