Board of Directors

An experienced digital advisor and fundraiser, Catherine Algeri (@catherinealgeri) has led record-breaking digital programs for political committees and candidates, including the DSCC, Michelle Nunn, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Richard Blumenthal. Through her current role as Sr. VP/Chief Strategy Officer at Chapman Cubine and Hussey, Catherine served as Senior Digital Advisor for the Kamala Harris for the People Presidential campaign, and continues to guide political and advocacy clients to build robust digital and advertising programs on rapid-response timelines. In 2016, Catherine became the first #Latinx to head up digital for a major Democratic party committee; under her leadership the DSCC saw substantial cycle-over-cycle revenue growth and she worked with campaign managers to build strong digital programs across the country.  

Brittny Baxter (@BaxBrittny) is the Training Coordinator for the Democracy Initiative, a national coalition of 75 movement organizations committed to achieving proactive democracy reform.  She is responsible for the leadership development training as well as the Bayard Rustin Democracy Fellowship Program, for Black, Brown and Queer organizers. With over a decade in electoral and issues organizing experience across the country, Brittny is currently developing a cultural competency in campaigns training curriculum that centers the needs and lived experiences of frontline communities. She also trains and consults on curriculum development for the National Democratic Training Committee.

Darcy Burner (@darcyburner) is the CEO of Buttonsmith, a unionized American manufacturing company. She is the former Executive Director of and a long-time progressive activist. 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, Chair 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. 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. Kety has served as New Media Manager for NCLR, CEO for LATISM and VP with Ogilvy and Fenton and was a founding board member of HPRA NCC and NLC. She’s the founder of CrossLeft and an author and blogger who has spoken at conferences worldwide. The Maynard Institute included Kety in their 31 Profiles of Women of Color in Digital Spaces. She graduated from Cornell where she served on the Board of Trustees.

Liz Jaff (@lizjaff) is President of Be A Hero PAC, an organization she co-founded with activist Ady Barkan. Be A Hero ran the $4 million small dollar donation campaign against Susan Collins, and ran the top performing health care ads in the country for the 2018 cycle. Jaff is an Obama ‘07, ‘08, and 12 alumni; has worked on the Hill; and was VP for Business Development at Crowdpac where she recruited, trained and worked with over 200 local candidates across the country. Jaff worked at the White House, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Department of Commerce. She ran a congressional race in 2014, and has worked with local electeds across the country to raise millions online. In 2017 Jaff ran for DNC Vice Chair on a platform of opening up democratic tech and data. She helped recruit the 2017 DNC Tech team and works with new tech products that aim to break up monopolies and old school tactics and help candidates run for office.

Dr. Gabriela Lemus (@GabrielaDLemus) is the Founder and CEO of Revolution Strategy US, a business management and communications strategy consultancy. Prior to Revolution Strategy US, she was the President of Progressive Congress, a c3 and c4 organization specialized in inside-outside strategic organizing between progressive members of Congress and outside constituencies. As an Obama administration appointee, she served as Senior Adviser and Director of Public Engagement for Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. Dr. Lemus is a passionate advocate for justice, whose career spans more than 15 years in senior strategic leadership roles in congressional and government affairs, non-profit management, policy advocacy and community/civic-engagement. She has built and managed non-profits, has a wide range of experience in building multi-racial coalitions and advocacy campaigns, advancing public policy and civic engagement.

Mike Lux (@ProgressiveLux) is co-founder of Democracy Partners, a consulting firm whose mission is building the progressive movement. Mike is a frequent blogger on DailyKos and Crooks and Liars and is the author of two books, The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be and How To Democrat In The Age Of Trump. He serves on the board of the Arca Foundation, and is chair/founder of American Family Voices (AFV). From January 1993 to mid-1995, Mike served as a Special Assistant to the President in the Clinton White House, was on the Obama/Biden Presidential Transition Team, was a Senior Adviser at the DNC, and has played a leadership role on five Presidential campaigns.

Reyma McCoy McDeid (@RunReymaRun) is the executive director of Central Iowa Center for Independent Living (winner of the 2018 Organization of the Year award from the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission). She is the recipient of a 2019 AT&T Humanity of Connection award and is the first openly autistic person to run for state legislature in US history, garnering a Working Families Party endorsement in the process. She is also a single mom. Her work has been featured in Vice, Pantsuit Nation, and TIME. Her 20 year career in social services has compelled her focus to shift from simply serving marginalized people to addressing how systems creates them in the first place.

Michael Moschella, Secretary (@mikemoschella) is the Director of DKC Analytics, the data, targeting, and digital engagement division of DKC Public Relations, Marketing & Government Affairs. Mike comes to DKC from NationBuilder, the California-based crm and cms technology developer, where he led a team of 50 digital organizers who supported 8,000 businesses, nonprofits and governments. Mike has 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. Mike is a Boston native, an avid whiskey fan and a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.