To make it simply irresistible for Americans to become active participants in our democracy.
FOUNDING TEAM MEMBERS
Amelia Miazad is an Afghan-born American lawyer, entrepreneur, and educator. Amelia has a law degree from Berkeley Law and has practiced law as Senior Counsel in a firm, founded non-profits, and led educational programs, initiatives, and social enterprises. Amelia is currently conducting research and developing curriculum on the role of the lawyer in advancing corporate social responsibility, an initiative which she founded at Berkeley Law. An eternal optimist, Amelia believes in the power of collective action and looks forward to building the wall-of-us together.
Amelia’s is a founding team member who leads strategic vision and content development.
Colleen Chien is the granddaughter of two Chinese educators who met in prison after a student protest, and a law professor at Santa Clara University. The mother of two and an engineer by training, prior to becoming a lawyer Colleen did stints in spacecraft engineering, strategy consulting, and investigative journalism (as a Fulbright Scholar). From 2013-2015, she had the honor of serving in the Obama Administration as White House Senior Advisor on Innovation and Intellectual Property where she worked on various policy and education, open data, and access to technology initiatives. Colleen has been named one of the 50 Most Influential People in the World in Intellectual Property and a Silicon Valley Woman of Influence.
Colleen is a founding team member who leads strategy on policy and partnerships.
Kara Ganter is a lawyer, technophile, and pragmatist. Kara has journalism and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and over a decade of experience in higher ed administration, program development, communications, and instructional design. She served as Program Manager at Google and special prosecutor for the DA’s office in Wisconsin. Kara grew up in rural Wisconsin, where it is not polite to talk about politics, but she knows that liberal values are still strong in the Midwest and is passionate about empowering the liberal voices of the Heartland.
Kara is a founding team member who leads creative vision, operations, and design - because even a website about resisting ugly policies should be pretty.
Nicole Neditch serves on the senior leadership team at Code for America, where she organizes a network of technologists and local government leaders who are building products to transform the way that government works for the American people. Nicole is driven by the power of technology and design to increase civic and political participation, especially within communities whose voices tend to be underrepresented. Prior to Code for America, Nicole worked for the City of Oakland on initiatives related to open government, digital service design, and public participation. She has a background in design and web development.
Nicole is a founding team member who leads strategy on technology.
SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST
Terra Mrkulic is a native of the Washington, D.C. area whose passion for politics first developed while volunteering for Senator Barbara Mikulski in 1991. Who knew stuffing envelopes could be so transformative? Terra spent the early part of her career working in travel and education, in Pittsburgh, PA, Boston, MA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands, which gave her the opportunity to explore our world both domestically and internationally at great lengths (ask her about the time she sailed around the world). Nearly ten years ago, she transitioned her career into social media marketing, another personal passion. Now based in NYC, Terra is a Social Media and Content Marketing Director for one of the world’s largest media companies, and super-mom to the world’s funniest (almost) 4-year-old superhero. In her “spare” time, Terra is grateful to connect like-minded people to our big beautiful wall by managing and growing our social presence through community engagement, content generation, and social strategy. Connect with Terra directly via @TerraIncognita.
Larry Magid is the grandson of immigrants who fled religious persecution in Eastern Europe to seek refuge and economic opportunity in early 20th century America. A recovering lobbyist (for the National Governors’ Association), Larry teaches politics and public policy at Mills College and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and seeks to practice what he teaches. Larry has worked as a campaign advisor, field organizer, fundraiser and surrogate speaker for local, state and national candidate campaigns. Prior to joining the faculty at Mills and Cal, Larry served as Executive Director of City CarShare, Deputy Transportation Secretary for the state of California, Executive Director of the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority, General Counsel of the National Governors’ Association, and a policy analyst in the Clinton Administration’s Office of Management and Budget.
Bruce Cohen is an Academy Award® winning producer for American Beauty, and was also nominated for Best Picture for Silver Linings Playbook and Milk. He is an executive producer of When We Rise and served as President of the Board for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
Christopher Edley, jr.
Christopher Edley was the Dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) from 2004 to 2013. He currently serves as President of the Opportunity Institute. Edley has been a leading figure in Democratic policy circles for four decades, serving as a senior member of five presidential campaigns, as an economic policy and budget official under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and as a chair of the Obama-Biden transition team. In 2011 he was appointed by the Secretary of Education to co-chair the congressionally chartered National Commission on Equity and Excellence in Education.