Jessy has had an extensive career working to build power for progressive change, with a particular focus on organizing the millennial generation and combating climate change. Prior to taking on the role of co-executive director at CEL, Jessy Tolkan was a senior fellow with the New Organizing Institute and Citizen Engagement Lab, where she worked to support movement building and campaign execution across the progressive movement. For the four previous years, she was the executive director of the Energy Action Coalition. Jessy received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Political Science and African America-Studies. In 2006, she was named one of the REAL HOT 100 Women in America for her work with young voters. She's been featured in Time Magazine, Hard Ball with Chris Matthews, and Vanity Fair Magazine.
Erin is the Executive Director of Air Traffic Control, a non-profit that helps musicians play an effective, unique, and vital role in the promotion of social justice. Erin’s work in her early twenties to create the Tibetan Freedom Concerts with the Beastie Boys brought international awareness, mobilized hundreds of popular musicians, raised over $5 million, and turned tens of thousands of young people into activists for Tibet. A decade later, Erin continues to work with musicians and other cultural leaders. She is an expert in cultural communications and strategies, and has a passion for engaging new audiences and innovating nonprofit activities.
William is a social entrepreneur, philanthropic consultant, journalist, and political organizer. William recently released his new book, Please Don’t Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation, and the Future of our Super Movement (Akashic Books). Wimsatt has written for Vibe, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, The Nation,and published six books with 100,000+ in print including Bomb the Suburbs,and No More Prisons. He is winner of the Firecracker Book Award for Political Non-Fiction, and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Chicago Headline Club Award for Best First-Person Essay. He has spoken on leadership at dozens of universities including: Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Harvard, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, MIT’s graduate school of Architecture and Urban Planning, and was named by Utne Magazine as “Utne Visionary” and to The Source Magazine’s “Power 30.”
Jenifer Fernandez Ancona
Jenifer Fernandez Ancona is Senior Director of Membership & Communications at the Women Donors Network, a national community of progressive women donors who multiply their impact through shared learning and collective action. She comes to WDN with a wide range of experience in communications, donor organizing, strategy development, grassroots organizing, and multi-racial coalition building. Previously, she worked as Director of Strategic Communications at Citizen Engagement Laboratory, where she helped to launch and grow progressive online organizing initiatives focused on communities of color, including Presente.org andColorOfChange.org. Jenifer also has served as a Senior Advisor to Steve Phillips and Susan Sandler, as a consultant to the Democracy Alliance, as a top legislative aide in the California State Assembly, and as a news reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Crafting clear communications around a new progressive economic narrative has been a major focus, and her work has included consulting to the Roosevelt Institute, Netroots Nation and National People’s Action.
Catherine Bracy runs Code for America's international program. Until November 2012, she was a product manager and director of the Obama campaign's technology office in San Francisco. She also did outreach to the tech community for Tech4Obama. Prior to joining the campaign, she ran the Knight Foundation's 2011 News Challenge and before that was the administrative director at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.