Some of SMT’s staff is full-time. Other staff work on a freelance basis with SMT for 1-60 hours/month. Some are on retainer with groups we are working with on an ongoing basis; others are pulled in for quick consults in their particular area of expertise, or are available for group training. After their first 10 hours, staff join the Freelance Division of the Pacific Media Guild/Communication Workers of America which has given SMT its “Fair to Freelancers” certification.
Rachel Bowman, Staff Partner, Indiana. Rachel has been an online and offline organizer since 2011. She has developed expertise in the field from electoral organizing experiences in Nevada, Ohio and Iowa. She honed her social media skills with Moms Demand Action for Gunsense in America, growing a digital community of people taking real action to end the plague of gun violence. Always searching for new learning opportunities, Rachel was trained by the DCCC, OFA, and many generous progressive organizers. When she isn’t fighting on the frontlines of progressive battles, Rachel spends her time telling bad puns and watching reality television.
Kendra Marr Chaikind, Staff Partner, Massachusetts. Experienced communications strategist with a passion for social and economic justice. A storyteller who loves illuminating complex issues through messaging, social media, research, advertising and rapid response, currently works for the Communications Workers of America, where she supports the union’s online and offline communications programs addressing collective bargaining, political organizing, coalition building and various progressive causes. She started her career as a reporter covering political campaigns, education policy, the automotive industry and health care and holds a degree in journalism and international studies from Northwestern University.
Eli Gerzon, Staff Partner, Boston, Massachusetts. Started and co-led Massachusetts state divestment from fossil fuels campaign, gaining widespread support among legislators, towns, unions, and other groups for addressing climate change. Co-founded Jewish Climate Action Network. One of the so-called “#10PeopleOnTwitter” who stopped the Boston Olympic bid in 2015. Specializing in Twitter: strategically growing followers, getting hashtags trending, and influencing decision makers.
Evan Greer, Staff Partner, Massachusetts. Has been organizing creative, hard-hitting campaigns for over a decade, with expertise in digital strategy and online campaigns, social media outreach, engaging young people, website optimization, testing successful messaging, coalition building, group dynamics, and long-term strategy. Evan is currently the campaign manager at Fight for the Future, a cutting edge non-profit that uses innovative viral technologies to organize some of the largest online protests in internet history. Past organizing experience includes media strategist for the Tarek Mehanna Support Committee, founding continental collective member of Rising Tide North America, and coordinating a volunteer medical clinic in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. Evan has also led workshops and trainings for social change groups across North America and Europe during five years of movement-building performance tours.
H Kapp-Klote, Online/Offline Campaigner-Coach-Strategist, Chicago, IL. Has organized on and offline for the last decade, starting as a queer youth organizer in Kansas. Formerly the Digital Director for GetEQUAL, a LGBTQ organizing network, H’s online storytelling campaigns have reframed what constitutes “LGBTQ issues.” Through building a queer and trans lens for understanding immigration detention, the private prison industry, and police brutality, H’s GetEQUAL campaigns, guided by those often ignored in the LGBTQ community, drew new organizers to offline action while building LGBTQ power across movement spaces. Before working in digital strategy, they organized educators in Maine around food insecurity and child nutrition, leading to the implementation of after-school meal programs, and conducted research on the long running anti-School of the Americas movement that helped connect its leaders with the Occupy movement. Their writing has appeared in Truthout, The Nation, Feministing, and In These Times, and they have coached numerous organizers through placing their work in national publications as part of a broader communications strategy. H is passionate about using online tools to tell stories that can both win real victories and bring people most impacted by harm into the movement. H teaches simple communications tools for those with limited resources, and has helped organizers across movements build strong, sustainable digital strategy. When not online, H writes sci-fi and code.
Harold Moore, Staff Partner, Washington DC. Has been an on and offline organizer for progressive causes for the last 7 years. After leading a canvass on a congressional campaign in southern Indiana in 2006 he has worked in increasingly responsible field, data, communications and new media roles with innovative organizations including Rock the Vote, Call To Action, Obama for America, SEIU and recently the AFL-CIO where he helped lead their national member communication program. Been trained by the DCCC, Camp Wellstone, the New Organizing Institute and many others and hopes to return the favor by helping train, mentor and provide resources for the next crop of troublemakers. When not working to empower the middle class Harold likes to travel, play and watch sports and drink whiskey.
Tom Murosky, Staff Partner, Web Developer, Pennsylvania. Experienced in Front-end UI-UX designs, browser compatibility, and mobile responsive design. Tom has worked on websites since the late 1990’s. Works primarily in WordPress with Bootstrap and is skilled in all aspects of web design and website hosting. Proficient in multiple software packages and all major operating systems.
Aaron Sanger, Staff Partner, Washington State. Experienced corporate campaign strategist. Became a full-time NGO campaigner after 20+ years working as a trial lawyer, handling lawsuits successfully against companies like Exxon and Mobil (later to become ExxonMobil). One successful campaign landed on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and was the first in a series of NGO campaigns—to protect forests, rivers and climate—that he has led and helped to develop (including stopping mega dams in Patagonia, protecting the Great Bear Rainforest and stopping Canada’s Tar Sands). With wife Michele, owns (and she manages) a small organic herbal remedies business, Living Earth Herbs.
Julia Toepfer, Staff Partner, Illinois. Has roots in nonprofit management and communications, which has evolved into digital communications, marketing, and online campaigning for nonprofit organizations. Specialties include multi-channel strategy for online action and fundraising campaigns, brand building, and content creation. Currently works for Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center whose recent campaigns have combined online actions, revealing media stories, and the power of social to win major policy changes in national immigration policy as well as discretion for individuals facing unjust detention and deportation. In past endeavors, Julia has worked on a collaborative campaign to achieve in-state college tuition for immigrant students in Massachusetts, and managed a program to advance human rights in Guatemala.
Michigan Yang, Staff Partner Graphic Design, Connecticut. More than 4 years experience designing websites, graphics, logos, brochures, newsletters, photo retouching, creating materials to help campaigns. When not working Michigan plays hockey, and billiards.
We’re always interested in talking with seasoned organizers with a combination of online and offline experience, as well as web developers with extensive Word Press expertise. If you think you have something to offer, contact us.