John has over 25 years of experience as a marketing, operations and creative content strategist for brands and organizations seeking to maximize impact and engagement. Previously, he served as VP of Marketing at the Human Rights Campaign where he oversaw brand management and produced the pro-equality “#turnOUT” multi-platform voter engagement campaign during the 2018 senatorial, congressional and gubernatorial elections. For ten years, he worked as Vice President of Marketing Operations and Strategy at Viacom focusing on efforts that enabled organizational alignment and transformation activities. He holds an M.A. in Critical Theory from City University of New York and is passionate about creating social change through coaching and leadership development.
KRATINA BAKER, J.D.
Kratina offers her legal, marketing and branding expertise working as a consultant for attorneys, advocacy organizations and grassroots political campaigns. She has run digital campaigns for important causes such as bringing awareness to an innocent man on death row and is currently preparing a launch for a historical campaign in Oklahoma City politics. Kratina brings a wealth of knowledge to her career due to her array of experiences in different fields. She has a B.A. in Communications from the University of West Florida and received her Juris Doctorate from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.
Hector Castañón is presently Co-coordinator of Ensamble, an organization that promotes community participation and self-determination. He holds a Bachelor's degree in business (ITESO, México), a Master's degree on regional development planning and management (Dortmund Universität/ KNUST, Ghana) and a PhD in Social Anthropology (CIESAS, México). He is a LEAD International fellow on environment and development, convenor of the Fight Inequality Alliance in México, and has been workshop organizer and trainer for grassroots organizations, international agencies, local governments and universities in Mexico and Latin America. He takes part in various citizen groups that work on political participation, Socioeconomic Rights, Right to the City and common resources management.
Heather Cronk serves as Political Organizing Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She most recently served as national co-director of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), where she focused her organizing work on creating a grassroots network committed to undermining white support for white supremacy. Heather hails (mostly) from Kentucky, and lived all over the U.S. Southeast before moving to Maryland, which she's now called home for nearly 13 years. She graduated from Berry College in Georgia and Wake Forest University Divinity School in North Carolina, and enjoys sharing a glass of bourbon with other organizers. (Titles used for identification purposes only.)
Senior Fellow in the International Budget Partnership’s Strategy and Learning Team; former Transparency and Accountability initiative, leading the program’s impact and learning stream.
Daphne McCurdy has over a decade of experience working with activists across the Middle East. Most recently, Daphne served as Deputy Country Representative for USAID/OTI's Syria program, where she oversaw stabilization assistance and served as co-chair of the Essential Services and Governance civilian-military working group. Previously, she served as a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) specialist at the State Department. In that capacity, she developed best practices for CVE programming and helped advance the Obama administration’s CVE Summit Action Agenda. Prior to government, Daphne headed the research program at the Project on Middle East Democracy, where she launched and served as editor of a policy brief series focused on political development in the Middle East and reported on elections in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Morocco. Her analysis on the Middle East has been published in The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and The New Republic, among others. A former Fulbright scholar in Turkey and a Truman National Security Project fellow, Daphne holds an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a BA in International Relations and Economics from Tufts University.
Alison leads learning strategy and practice at TAI, with a focus on reinforcing donor member learning around priority thematic areas and grant making practice. Prior to joining TAI, Alison managed a global portfolio of democracy and governance impact evaluation and research initiatives at Social Impact, Inc., exploring aspects of local government accountability, citizen electoral and political participation and citizen security. Previously, she worked at the National Democratic Institute where she facilitated program design, monitoring and learning efforts with colleagues, managed in-house evaluation and research initiatives, and led citizen participation and elections programming in El Salvador. Alison holds a Master’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a BA in Spanish/International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.
Anh-Thu currently serves as a Director of Special Projects for the Democracy at Work Initiative, where she provides consulting, education and technical assistance to emerging worker cooperatives and developers throughout New York City. Her work has encompassed international human rights, social enterprise, and sustainable fashion. She began her career with the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT), and has launched and consulted on several conscious beauty and fashion brands, including being on the founding team of MAKE Beauty. She studied Classics and Government at Georgetown University and received her JD from the University of Texas School of Law.
GEOFFREY OPIO ATIM
Geoffrey is a Program Officer for Open Society in East Africa’s Health and Rights Program. He has a background in civil society research and has worked with both national and international organizations, most recently working on large-scale health governance programme in Uganda. He is as passionate about social movements and their roles in transparency and accountability.
Ryan currently serves as Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Andor Consulting, a firm that specializes in bridging the gap between people, data, and design. Before starting Andor, Ryan served as the Director of Planning, Assessment and Institutional Research at the City University of New York’s School of Law and has a long history of designing information management systems for organizations of higher education. When not geeking out over spreadsheets and financial management, Ryan supports the amazing, world-renowned band, Tuelo.
CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Runs the OpenGov Hub, the world's first open government-themed coworking community and a network of nearly 40 organizations citizen participation around the globe.