updated November 23, 2015; addition June 9, 2016)
Co-Founder Charles Lenchner
Charles Lenchner is a political and digital marketing
the Executive Director of Organizing 2.0. He is co-founder of People
for Bernie, an independent effort in support of Bernie Sanders that
began in April 2015. Previously, he was a founder of Ready for Warren,
digital director for the Zephyr Teachout campaign, and digital director
of the Working Families Party. Charles lives in Brooklyn with his
partner and two sectarian communist cats.
Co-Founder and Internet MOM of #FeelTheBern Winnie Wong
Winnie Wong is a radical media maker, internet
organizer of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Sandy.
In the Spring of 2014, she helped to launch Ready For Warren. In the Spring of 2015, she co-founded People For Bernie 2016, and created the viral political hashtag: #FeelTheBern. As a professional concern troll, she is never NOT theorizing the cultural hegemony.
National Digital Director Katherine Brezler
For the last decade she has been working on education policy improvement projects. Most recently she was part of nation wide organizing for the opt out movement. From early anti-war demonstrations to single payer health care organizing Katherine has worked tirelessly to advocate for the 99% and she joins this team's leadership to organize a nation wide movement both online and offline.
National Digital Director Brett Banditelli
Brett Banditelli has been organizing the internet
since usenet and
spends most of his time teaching workers how to occupy the streets,
their workplaces, and the world wide web. He helped maintain the second
longest occupation in the nation for over a year and two months. Brett
holds up the mightiness of the #FightFor15, #WalkmartStrikers and
#FeelTheBern hashtags all across OUR internets.
Organizer (Women For Bernie) Portia A. Boulger
Portia A. Boulger is a grassroots activist who has
unions, women's and human rights for over 40 years. She is active in
national and statewide politics and serves on the Ross County
Democratic Party executive committee. Portia is a team member of Women
for Bernie Sanders and runs their Twitter account.
Co-Founder (Women For Bernie) Pat Downs
Pat Downs is a retired librarian who's spent the last
leveraging resources and building community in libraries. She's created
award-winning jobs and volunteer programs for foster youth and teens. A
writer and trainer, Pat is a co-founder of Women for Bernie Sanders and
is currently serving as their main FB administrator.
National Organizer (Millenials For Bernie,
People For Bernie) Moumita Ahmed
Moumita is a 25 year old political activist, community
nature lover, and dirt-worshiper. She has experience in field
organizing and volunteer coordinating for Campaigns throughout NY State
and worked on Zephyr Teachout's campaign for Governor. Moumita is the
lead organizer for Millennials for Bernie and is also the National
Grassroots Coordinator for People For Bernie.
Digital Organizer, People For Bernie Caleb-Michael Files
Caleb-Michael is a strategist working on Social and Digital Strategy. Caleb-Michael resides in Astoria, New York by way of Knob Noster, Missouri. A Socialist at heart he is stoked to be able to give back by working to elect Bernie.
Vets For Bernie, Director Tyson Manker
Tyson Manker is an attorney, adjunct professor, social
former Marine Corps infantryman combat veteran of Iraq.
Earlier this year, Tyson created the pro-Sanders group ‘Vets For Bernie’ (vetsforbernie.org) as a way for veterans and active-duty service members to connect and get involved in the election. He then worked with the campaign to craft an online letter for military men and women to pledge their support. Several thousand veterans have already signed on... Beyond organizing, VFB works to give veterans a voice by amplifying their support for Senator Sanders. For that purpose, VFB maintains a streamlined media presence across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and Pinterest, which is administrated by dozens of veteran and civilian volunteers. Soon, Bernie2016TV will begin broadcasting a regular ‘Vets For Bernie’ program... Tyson can be reached at email@example.com.
Co-Founder (Women For Bernie) Jenni Siri
Jenni Siri is a freelance graphic artist with a BFA in
Communications. She is a political activist with primary interests in
women's rights, environmentalism and getting money out of politics.
Jenni is a co-founder, organizer and artistic director for Women for
Organizer (People For Bernie) Maximilian Cotterill
Max is a rising senior at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) majoring in Political Science- Public Policy and History. He began his activist career during high school joining Mark Takano's 1st successful campaign in Congress. Since then, Max has engaged in advancing progress through a variety of of means; serving as a Delegate to the CA Democratic Party, member of the San Diego Central Committee, founder of a youth-centric Super PAC, and grassroots organizing of students against the creeping privatization of public education. Max aims to continues CCD's long legacy of electing Democrats across the state-- but more importantly aims to effectively advocate and ensure that elected Democrats stay true to our progressive values.
Lead Organizer, African Americans For Bernie, People For Bernie Stan Williams
Stan Williams is a organizing director for the Organization of Staff Analyst Union in New York City. He is a logistics and support specialist, providing assistance to many movements notably Occupy Wall Street and Millions March NYC, the largest Civil Rights action this decade. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @stanlwilliams.
Media Consultant People for Bernie Patricia Brooks
Brooks has been pitching the media on progressive issues on a
daily-basis for over twelve years. During her career, she has earned
coverage in nearly every major national print, television, radio and
online outlet, and she has facilitated front page articles for multiple
clients in the New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today. She has
worked on over 100 media relations campaigns and offered strategic
communications consultancy for dozens of non-profit clients including
ActionAid USA, The Wilderness Society, and Potomac Conservancy. She
focuses on issues such as economic justice, criminal justice system
reform, access to mental health care, climate change, food security,
and racial and gender equality. She lives in Washington DC with
her husband, Stefan, but grew up
in Avon Lake, Ohio, the daughter/ granddaughter of United Auto Workers
Employees at the local Ford Motor Company.
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The creators of FeelTheBern.org are regular people who individually, and now collectively, are inspired by Bernie Sanders’ campaign for presidency of the United States. We span the socioeconomic and political spectrums, and are located across the country — and globe!
We came together because we wanted to make clear his record on and plans to address the most important issues affecting our communities, nation, and planet. Bernie has an extensive record in public service, so this project turned into a rather monumental group effort that’s mobilized over 125 unpaid volunteers (and counting).
Our researchers, writers, editors, fact-checkers, designers, developers, and organizers have worked hard to create and share this resource. We endeavored to make every issue easy to understand by anyone curious enough to learn more, and to make sure every fact is linked to a legitimate outside source. Learn more about why clear political messaging is so important, and how this informed this site’s creation.
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