Ragtag

Leadership

Brady Kriss, Founder & Executive Director   Brady Kriss is the founder of Ragtag, a group of tech volunteers helping activists, organizers, and candidates leverage technology to amplify their work. Ragtag's volunteer team helps with product design, development, support, and education so that their partner organizations can focus on movement-building more efficiently and with broader impact.  In 2016, Brady organized and led a team of 500+ volunteers at DevProgress, where they created Open Source tools to support progressive candidates. Brady is an alumna of the Obama '12 campaign, where she was a member of the campaign's legendary tech team as Director of Support, and of Democracy Works, where she was the Partner Success Lead for TurboVote. In a past life, Brady was a technology lawyer, focused on software licensing, technology policy, and privacy issues. She likes her new gig better.

Brady Kriss, Founder & Executive Director

Brady Kriss is the founder of Ragtag, a group of tech volunteers helping activists, organizers, and candidates leverage technology to amplify their work. Ragtag's volunteer team helps with product design, development, support, and education so that their partner organizations can focus on movement-building more efficiently and with broader impact.

In 2016, Brady organized and led a team of 500+ volunteers at DevProgress, where they created Open Source tools to support progressive candidates. Brady is an alumna of the Obama '12 campaign, where she was a member of the campaign's legendary tech team as Director of Support, and of Democracy Works, where she was the Partner Success Lead for TurboVote. In a past life, Brady was a technology lawyer, focused on software licensing, technology policy, and privacy issues. She likes her new gig better.

Jill Huchital, Co-founder & Head of 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, Co-founder & Head of 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.

Niq Johnson, PhD, Head of Community & Communications   Niq is a strategist and organizer specializing in organizational communications, social impact strategy, and community engagement. With over 15yrs of experience working within volunteer-run communities on grassroots campaigns, they bring a strong knowledge of mission-driven infrastructure to Ragtag's digital organizing efforts. Though an academic by training, Niq's work focuses on building sustainable social movement infrastructure and practices.  Niq moonlights as the co-founder & editor-in-chief of Color Bloq (formerly EFNIKS), a digital magazine highlighting the experiences and perspectives of LGBTQ+ people of color.

Niq Johnson, PhD, Head of Community & Communications

Niq is a strategist and organizer specializing in organizational communications, social impact strategy, and community engagement. With over 15yrs of experience working within volunteer-run communities on grassroots campaigns, they bring a strong knowledge of mission-driven infrastructure to Ragtag's digital organizing efforts. Though an academic by training, Niq's work focuses on building sustainable social movement infrastructure and practices.

Niq moonlights as the co-founder & editor-in-chief of Color Bloq (formerly EFNIKS), a digital magazine highlighting the experiences and perspectives of LGBTQ+ people of color.

 
Daniel Ryan, Head of Technology   Once upon a time, Daniel was the Director of Front-end Development for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Managing a team of two dozen, he oversaw the development of the online tools and technology that helped raised $690m online, recruited hundreds of thousands volunteers, and registered over 1 million voters. Daniel’s other achievements include serving as a Master Mentor for  The TENN , the Technologist in Residence for the  GigTank 2013 , guest lecturing with the  University of Tennessee Chattanooga  and  Lee University .

Daniel Ryan, Head of Technology

Once upon a time, Daniel was the Director of Front-end Development for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Managing a team of two dozen, he oversaw the development of the online tools and technology that helped raised $690m online, recruited hundreds of thousands volunteers, and registered over 1 million voters. Daniel’s other achievements include serving as a Master Mentor for The TENN, the Technologist in Residence for the GigTank 2013, guest lecturing with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and Lee University.

Laura Edwards, Head of Operations & Registered In-House Counsel   Laura is a professional juggler and cat herder, juggling priorities and deadlines and wrangling humans for nearly two decades. A pragmatist at heart, Laura has spent her professional career helping make convoluted topics and processes more accessible, manageable, and effective. In the early 2000’s she was managing developmental biology research labs trying to find cures for congenital diseases, and then her focus turned to social justice. In the years to come Laura worked as a legal aid attorney representing hundreds of indigent clients per year, and then went on to serve as corporate in-house counsel and head of operations for a rapidly growing tech company. Laura is driven by the desire to be part of a community doing great work with great people, which makes her feel right at home at Ragtag.

Laura Edwards, Head of Operations & Registered In-House Counsel

Laura is a professional juggler and cat herder, juggling priorities and deadlines and wrangling humans for nearly two decades. A pragmatist at heart, Laura has spent her professional career helping make convoluted topics and processes more accessible, manageable, and effective. In the early 2000’s she was managing developmental biology research labs trying to find cures for congenital diseases, and then her focus turned to social justice. In the years to come Laura worked as a legal aid attorney representing hundreds of indigent clients per year, and then went on to serve as corporate in-house counsel and head of operations for a rapidly growing tech company. Laura is driven by the desire to be part of a community doing great work with great people, which makes her feel right at home at Ragtag.

Maureen Gibbons Varela, Community Operations Lead   Maureen has ten years of experience building teams and programs to protect and defend human rights. From 2012 – 2017, Maureen managed the Trafficking Victim Assistance Program, a critical piece of the national response to human trafficking in the US, with the nonprofit USCRI. She is committed to developing and sharing information security knowledge with the goal of catalyzing positive developments in democracy and human rights. Maureen lives in Northern Virginia, where she discovers TV series long after they’ve peaked as cultural phenomena. Her current fixation is Catfish.

Maureen Gibbons Varela, Community Operations Lead

Maureen has ten years of experience building teams and programs to protect and defend human rights. From 2012 – 2017, Maureen managed the Trafficking Victim Assistance Program, a critical piece of the national response to human trafficking in the US, with the nonprofit USCRI. She is committed to developing and sharing information security knowledge with the goal of catalyzing positive developments in democracy and human rights. Maureen lives in Northern Virginia, where she discovers TV series long after they’ve peaked as cultural phenomena. Her current fixation is Catfish.

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

Husani Oakley

Husani Oakley

Kat Calvin

Kat Calvin

Harper Reed

Harper Reed

Jesse Cathan Thomas

Jesse Cathan Thomas

 
Aki Rose Braun

Aki Rose Braun

Sara Hudson

Sara Hudson

Sina Khanifar

Sina Khanifar

Cordelia Yu

Cordelia Yu

 
Seeyew Mo

Seeyew Mo

Andrew McLaughlin

Andrew McLaughlin

Mera Granberg Paul

Mera Granberg Paul