Ragtag

Leadership

Brady Kriss, Founder Brady happily finds herself wedged into the center bit of the Venn diagram of technology, tech policy, customer advocacy, community organizing, and democratic participation. In 2011 and 2012, she worked for the Obama for America campaign, first as a call center coordinator, and then as Director of Support, leading a team of interns and volunteers providing tech support for the myriad products put out by the campaign's Tech and Digital teams. In 2016, she organized volunteers to create Open Source tools to support progressive candidates with DevProgress. Brady lives in San Francisco with her family, which includes a dog. Maybe. Could be a gremlin. Brady is still looking into it.

Brady Kriss, Founder

Brady happily finds herself wedged into the center bit of the Venn diagram of technology, tech policy, customer advocacy, community organizing, and democratic participation. In 2011 and 2012, she worked for the Obama for America campaign, first as a call center coordinator, and then as Director of Support, leading a team of interns and volunteers providing tech support for the myriad products put out by the campaign's Tech and Digital teams. In 2016, she organized volunteers to create Open Source tools to support progressive candidates with DevProgress. Brady lives in San Francisco with her family, which includes a dog. Maybe. Could be a gremlin. Brady is still looking into it.

Husani Oakley, Technology Husani is a veteran technologist who has spent over fifteen years building world-class experiences, online and offline, that bridge the gap between art and science. During his time in #agencylife, he’s been the Director of Creative Technology at Wieden + Kennedy, VP Technology + Production at EVB, and Director of Technology at Euro RSCG (Havas). He’s a co-founder of Flavorpill Productions, Atlantico, and Oakley + Partners and currently is CTO at a online investing startup. He lives in the NYC area with his partner and their dog.  

Husani Oakley, Technology

Husani is a veteran technologist who has spent over fifteen years building world-class experiences, online and offline, that bridge the gap between art and science. During his time in #agencylife, he’s been the Director of Creative Technology at Wieden + Kennedy, VP Technology + Production at EVB, and Director of Technology at Euro RSCG (Havas). He’s a co-founder of Flavorpill Productions, Atlantico, and Oakley + Partners and currently is CTO at a online investing startup. He lives in the NYC area with his partner and their dog.

 

Jill Huchital, Product Jill has spent two decades in high tech, working in 3d graphics, video, and technology for social good. Previously an Engineering and Product Director at Google, she was responsible for content management and revenue-generating features on YouTube, new ad formats for AdSense, and using Google technology for social good at Google.org. She left Google to become employee #1 and head of engineering at a short-lived startup, later changing her role to principal engineer. In 2016, she helped to create Open Source tools to support progressive candidates with DevProgress. Jill has a pet newt named Goose.

Jill Huchital, Product

Jill has spent two decades in high tech, working in 3d graphics, video, and technology for social good. Previously an Engineering and Product Director at Google, she was responsible for content management and revenue-generating features on YouTube, new ad formats for AdSense, and using Google technology for social good at Google.org. She left Google to become employee #1 and head of engineering at a short-lived startup, later changing her role to principal engineer. In 2016, she helped to create Open Source tools to support progressive candidates with DevProgress. Jill has a pet newt named Goose.

Brandi Edwards, Communications Brandi is a digital strategist with several years of digital engagement and content marketing experience. She has a diverse background ranging from on-the-ground political and issue organizing at the state and national level to digital organizing strategy with Obama for America, PAWS Chicago, and other nonprofit organizations. She is most interested in how the digital realm can be used to engage users and motivate them to action on behalf of an issue, cause, or candidate.  Brandi calls the Midwest home with her beagle/lab named Watson.   

Brandi Edwards, Communications

Brandi is a digital strategist with several years of digital engagement and content marketing experience. She has a diverse background ranging from on-the-ground political and issue organizing at the state and national level to digital organizing strategy with Obama for America, PAWS Chicago, and other nonprofit organizations. She is most interested in how the digital realm can be used to engage users and motivate them to action on behalf of an issue, cause, or candidate. 

Brandi calls the Midwest home with her beagle/lab named Watson. 

 

Kathy Utley, People Ops Kathy has a unique intersection of skills, experience and education that combine technology with social activism. A former computer programmer, she has been active in progressive causes for over 30 years, developing community programs designed to prevent child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence; managing food security programs for a community center in Madison, Wisconsin; and serving on the Madison Food Policy Council, the Dane County Commission on Poverty, the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union in Central Illinois, and Planned Parenthood of Central Illinois.  Kathy developed a leadership development program for women in Pakistan that was funded by the US Dept. of State under Secretary Hillary Clinton. She was a field organizer for the Obama Campaign in 2008 and most recently volunteered for Hillary for America managing People Ops for their tech volunteer community. Presently, she is the State Chair for Million Women Mentors Wisconsin. She travels between Madison, Wisconsin, and Rockford, Illinois, with her partner Dom and their cat and two guinea pigs.

Kathy Utley, People Ops

Kathy has a unique intersection of skills, experience and education that combine technology with social activism. A former computer programmer, she has been active in progressive causes for over 30 years, developing community programs designed to prevent child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence; managing food security programs for a community center in Madison, Wisconsin; and serving on the Madison Food Policy Council, the Dane County Commission on Poverty, the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union in Central Illinois, and Planned Parenthood of Central Illinois.  Kathy developed a leadership development program for women in Pakistan that was funded by the US Dept. of State under Secretary Hillary Clinton. She was a field organizer for the Obama Campaign in 2008 and most recently volunteered for Hillary for America managing People Ops for their tech volunteer community. Presently, she is the State Chair for Million Women Mentors Wisconsin.

She travels between Madison, Wisconsin, and Rockford, Illinois, with her partner Dom and their cat and two guinea pigs.

Laura Ellena, Outreach Laura is focused on making technology that helps humans achieve their goals. By day, she manages the user experience research team at Ad Hoc, a small software company that came out of the Healthcare.gov rescue and focuses on helping people interact with Government. She recently received a 2017 DCFemTech award. Previously, she worked on police open data as a 2015 Code for America Fellow. Additional interests include plain language, dresses with pockets, and hearing strangers’ life stories on public transit. Laura lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two cats, one of whom will try to introduce himself in any videochat

Laura Ellena, Outreach

Laura is focused on making technology that helps humans achieve their goals. By day, she manages the user experience research team at Ad Hoc, a small software company that came out of the Healthcare.gov rescue and focuses on helping people interact with Government. She recently received a 2017 DCFemTech award. Previously, she worked on police open data as a 2015 Code for America Fellow. Additional interests include plain language, dresses with pockets, and hearing strangers’ life stories on public transit.
Laura lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two cats, one of whom will try to introduce himself in any videochat

 

Ragtag Advisors

Kat Calvin Kat Calvin is the founder of Spread The Vote, an organization dedicated to getting IDs for voters in strict voter ID states. A lawyer and social entrepreneur, Kat has spent her career seeking economic opportunity for women and the black community through education, technology, and entrepreneurship. Kat lives in Los Angeles where she watches a lot of Netflix and occasionally walks to the beach.

Kat Calvin

Kat Calvin is the founder of Spread The Vote, an organization dedicated to getting IDs for voters in strict voter ID states. A lawyer and social entrepreneur, Kat has spent her career seeking economic opportunity for women and the black community through education, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Kat lives in Los Angeles where she watches a lot of Netflix and occasionally walks to the beach.

Harper Reed Harper is an hacker/engineer who builds paradigm-shifting tech and leads others to do the same. Harper loves using the vastness of the Internet to bring people together, whether as CTO of Obama for America, CTO at Threadless.com, or on his own projects. Through the acquisition of his company, Modest, inc, Harper is helping to define the future of commerce at PayPal. You can often find Harper playing with new technologies, looking for something to hack, or enjoying life in Chicago with his amazing partner, Hiromi and bizarre poodle, Lulu.

Harper Reed

Harper is an hacker/engineer who builds paradigm-shifting tech and leads others to do the same. Harper loves using the vastness of the Internet to bring people together, whether as CTO of Obama for America, CTO at Threadless.com, or on his own projects. Through the acquisition of his company, Modest, inc, Harper is helping to define the future of commerce at PayPal.

You can often find Harper playing with new technologies, looking for something to hack, or enjoying life in Chicago with his amazing partner, Hiromi and bizarre poodle, Lulu.

Aki Rose Braun Aki Rose is a nomadic developer, a feminist, and a sometimes-speaker living on the road. She has been doing mission-driven work on and off for most of her career, both in politics and policy, including a Tech Exchange Fellowship with Fight for the Future, as well working with Obama for America 2012 and the Mozilla Foundation. As a programmer Aki Rose focusses on intersectionality and the ethical impact of her work. 

Aki Rose Braun

Aki Rose is a nomadic developer, a feminist, and a sometimes-speaker living on the road. She has been doing mission-driven work on and off for most of her career, both in politics and policy, including a Tech Exchange Fellowship with Fight for the Future, as well working with Obama for America 2012 and the Mozilla Foundation. As a programmer Aki Rose focusses on intersectionality and the ethical impact of her work. 

Cordelia Yu B Cordelia Yu is a content strategist and independent researcher at the intersection of social justice, civic tech, public policy, and digital design. They build inclusive editorial teams to foster communities for social justice and expanding access to communities of knowledge. Their research is in creating models for open governance and technology-mediated deliberative democratic practices. Cordelia cohabitates with two bunnies who have no patience for fascist shenanigans.

Cordelia Yu

B Cordelia Yu is a content strategist and independent researcher at the intersection of social justice, civic tech, public policy, and digital design. They build inclusive editorial teams to foster communities for social justice and expanding access to communities of knowledge. Their research is in creating models for open governance and technology-mediated deliberative democratic practices.

Cordelia cohabitates with two bunnies who have no patience for fascist shenanigans.

Sina Khanifar Sina is an Iranian/British/American web developer and an advocate for better technology laws. Starting in 2013, he led the campaign to legalize cell phone unlocking, which culminated in action by both the FCC and Congress. He’s spent most of the last five years building open source activism tools and running campaigns as a Technology Fellow at the EFF, is a founder of Taskforce.is, and a board member at Repair.org. He continues to live in San Francisco, but will loudly complain about his high rent given the opportunity.

Sina Khanifar

Sina is an Iranian/British/American web developer and an advocate for better technology laws. Starting in 2013, he led the campaign to legalize cell phone unlocking, which culminated in action by both the FCC and Congress. He’s spent most of the last five years building open source activism tools and running campaigns as a Technology Fellow at the EFF, is a founder of Taskforce.is, and a board member at Repair.org.

He continues to live in San Francisco, but will loudly complain about his high rent given the opportunity.

Dan Ryan Dan has been working in web technology for two decades. He served as Director of Front-end Development at Obama for America 2012 and was an early advisor to Hillary for America 2016. Besides his work on the national political stage, Dan has been involved in the Chattanooga community for years, working at the intersections of technology, entrepreneurship, education and journalism.

Dan Ryan

Dan has been working in web technology for two decades. He served as Director of Front-end Development at Obama for America 2012 and was an early advisor to Hillary for America 2016. Besides his work on the national political stage, Dan has been involved in the Chattanooga community for years, working at the intersections of technology, entrepreneurship, education and journalism.

Seeyew Mo Seeyew is a social activist-entrepreneur with expert experience in the use of technology in grassroots organizing. He is an innovative, strategically-minded technical leader who has developed pioneering products and services that have impacted millions of users. A naturalized U.S. citizen, he is grateful for the opportunities he’s had enjoyed and would like to give back by channeling his current entrepreneurial spirits towards implementing democratic ideals.

Seeyew Mo

Seeyew is a social activist-entrepreneur with expert experience in the use of technology in grassroots organizing. He is an innovative, strategically-minded technical leader who has developed pioneering products and services that have impacted millions of users. A naturalized U.S. citizen, he is grateful for the opportunities he’s had enjoyed and would like to give back by channeling his current entrepreneurial spirits towards implementing democratic ideals.

Andrew McLaughlin Andrew McLaughlin is a nerd who's into the Internet, startups, product design, entrepreneurship, politics, public policy, civic tech, free speech, media innovation, rule of law, economic opportunity, and robust democratic institutions. He is a co-founder and partner at Higher Ground Labs, a startup studio and accelerator that invests in and builds companies that can help progressives win election campaigns and policy debates.

Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin is a nerd who's into the Internet, startups, product design, entrepreneurship, politics, public policy, civic tech, free speech, media innovation, rule of law, economic opportunity, and robust democratic institutions. He is a co-founder and partner at Higher Ground Labs, a startup studio and accelerator that invests in and builds companies that can help progressives win election campaigns and policy debates.