Who We Are
SumOfUs.org is a global movement of consumers, investors, and workers all around the world, standing together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable and just path for our global economy. It’s not going to be fast or easy. But if enough of us come together, we can make a real difference.
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Executive Director and Founder – Taren is a dual Australian-American citizen. She has experience with online organizing on four continents and at the global level, including at Avaaz.org, GetUp.org.au, and the AFL-CIO. She was born in Australia, currently lives in San Francisco and enjoys reading science fiction and playing ultimate frisbee for fun.
Tate Hausman, Treasurer – Tate Hausman is the co-founder and director of Civic Innovation Works, an innovation lab that develops new tools and strategies for progressives. He was formerly the Director of Management at MoveOn.org, where he ran experimental voter contact programs that helped progressives rack up victories in 2012. Tate has directed a number of other national political operations, such as Vote Today Ohio, a voter mobilization effort that helped swing Ohio to Barack Obama; and Slam Bush, a hip-hop voter registration drive in 2004. He has worked for two Congressional campaigns, one gubernatorial, and multiple state, municipal and issue campaigns.
Keith Goodman, Secretary – Keith founded the Repower at Home program at the Alliance for Climate Protection, developed and managed the acclaimed online Neighbor- to-Neighbor program for the 2008 Obama campaign, and developed cutting-edge analytics products for the AFL-CIO 2004 political program.
China Brotsky, Director of Operations and Finance – China spent over 20 years at Tides as CFO, Senior Vice-President, and Managing Director. She is a serial entrepreneur and founded online donation provider Groundspring.org (now Network for Good), the Thoreau Centers for Sustainability in NY and SF and a bi-national peer-learning network – The Nonprofit Centers Network. China has a deep personal commitment to environmental and social justice as well as corporate accountability. She also uses her skills in finance and operations on the Board of Directors of Global Greengrants Fund UK, the ACLU of Northern California and CorpWatch.
Johnny Chatterton, Senior Campaign Advisor – Johnny Chatterton lives in London. Before SumOfUs he worked at Change.org on the innovation team and was one of the first campaigners at 38degrees.org.uk. He is passionate about finding ways for campaigning to erode traditional power structures and empower people around the world. He is a co-founder and Executive Director of Campaign Bootcamp, which trains young people to change the world. In his spare time he cycles, swims and plans holidays.
Paul Ferris, Campaign Manager – Paul is an Australian currently living in New York. Before joining SumOfUs, he worked for international campaigning group Avaaz.org, consulted on corporate campaign strategy, and was involved in youth climate organizing. Other than the US and Australia, he’s also lived for significant periods in the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands and Thailand. He’s not bad at long-distance cycling, and definitely not good at cross country skiing, although considers both enjoyable.
Tara Harwood, Analytics Manager – Tara has over fifteen years experience managing technology, finance, and operations for progressive non-profits. She is passionate about developing information systems that are both operationally efficient and information-rich; she often tells people that this is much more interesting than it probably sounds. Past employers include Citizen Engagement Laboratory, Wikimedia Foundation, the Community Clinic Consortium, and the ACLU of Northern California. Tara lives in Northern California with her husband, her daughter, and a puppy named Tesla.
Kaytee Riek, Campaign Manager — Kaytee has over a decade of experience campaigning on issues of global social justice, with a focus on health and HIV/AIDS. In her prior work, she led the grassroots campaign to win a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar investment from the US government in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention around the world. In her spare time, she’s a photographer, graphic designer, raises future service dogs, and is a member of ACT UP Philadelphia, an all-volunteer group committed to ending the AIDS crisis through direct action.
Rajai Bimbo, Campaigns Fellow – Rajai joined the SumOfUs team early fall of 2012. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, he currently lives in France where he’s pursuing a Masters degree in language education. After 4 years in the field of education abroad he is interested in education policy and intercultural education. He’s worked with various student groups in the US, France and India focusing on development, non-government organizations, and language and culture. In his free time he enjoys biking, ballroom dance, cooking and admiring trees.
Martin Caldwell, Campaigner – Originally from the historic city of Lincoln in the UK. Martin recently joined SumOfUs as our first British campaigner. Martin’s background includes working at the online campaigns group, 38 Degrees, the international development NGO, WaterAid and as a staffer for a British Member of the European Parliament. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from the University of London.
Claiborne Deming Jr., Campaigner — Claiborne worked in corporate PR prior to corporate campaigning. He was a Field Organizer with Obama for America – Colorado in the 2008 election and has spent two years teaching English in China. Claiborne tries to take advantage of his ability to work from anywhere to spend his free time surfing, hiking, rock climbing and otherwise escaping beyond the Beltway.
Anthony Mercurio, Operations and Development Associate – Originally from San Francisco, Anthony studied Arabic and International Relations at Boston University. After studying abroad in Morocco, he lived in the West Bank, working with the solidarity movement and volunteering in refugee camps. He came to SumOfUs after leading the UniteHERE for Obama Campaign effort in Reno, Nevada. He has a passion for LGBT rights, labor struggles, and exploring New York City.
Marguerite Pettit, Corporate Relations Manager – Marguerite has been with SumOfUs.org since April 2012. Prior to joining SumOfUs.org, Marguerite worked for a corporate responsibility consultancy in New York City. Originally from Australia, Marguerite began her career as a campaigner with the Wilderness Society where she worked on the campaign to protect Cape York as a World Heritage site and stop the Gunns Pulp Mill. Marguerite has a Masters in Environmental Law and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Sydney.
Ivan Rosales, Administrative Assistant – Ivan first joined the SumOfUs team as an intern in 2012 and returned to work full-time in the fall of 2013. He is currently studying Bioethics at NYU and will be applying to medical school soon. He is interested in healthcare access issues and dislikes corporations that make medicines unaffordable. In his spare time he enjoys going on long runs.
Hanna Thomas, Campaigner – Hanna is a Brit currently based in London and Tel Aviv. Before joining SumOfUs, she chased UN conferences around the world as part of the youth climate movement, founded the East London Green Jobs Alliance, was Co-Director at The Otesha Project UK, got an MSc in Climate Change & Policy, and worked on crowdfunded solar energy campaigns for 10:10. She is also an experienced trainer in anti-oppression and environmental justice. When she’s not at her laptop, Hanna likes biking, baking, and taking photos. She’s also learning the ukelele but it’s not going that well.
Rob Wohl, Campaigner – Before coming to SumOfUs.org, Rob worked as a researcher at Medicare Works, a project developing a strategic plan for Medicare advocacy. He is a founding member of Occupy Our Homes DC, a group that organizes resistance to foreclosures and evictions in the Washington metro area. Rob is focused on partnerships with organizations across the globe. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Sociology from Wesleyan University. In his limited free time he reads a lot of dystopian science fiction about the terrible things that will happen if we lose.
Angus Wong, Campaigner– Angus was a consultant at a firm specializing in Corporate Social Responsibility prior to joining SumOfUs. He has international development and research experience in India, Micronesia, and Latin America. Angus has a degree in Development Economics and Community Planning. In his spare time, he rides his bikes to various social engagements in Vancouver.
Kimberly Ellis– Affectionately known as “Dr. Goddess,” Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D. is an award-winning Scholar, Performing Artist, Activist and Entrepreneur who loves Technology and Social Media. A published author, speaker and producer, her work is found in The Pittsburgh City Paper, in Ebony Magazine, on Alternet.org, Salon.com, Ebony.com, TheLoop21.com, BlackEnterprise.com, MSNBC.com, NPR Radio, BBC_WHYS Radio, Voices of Russia Radio, MomsRising Radio, Sirius/XM Radio and more! As a Creative Organizer, Dr. Goddess is also a Digital Strategist and Social Media Director for Issues, Awareness and Electoral campaigns and Arts Organizations. She is a Digital Trainer for Democracy for America’s “War for Women,” and was on the Organizing for America (OFA) Twitter Team for President Barack Obama’s 2012 Campaign for Reelection. A graduate of the New Organizing Institute’s New Media Bootcamp, Dr. Goddess won the YWCA’s Racial Justice Award and the Thomas Merton Center’s “New Person” Award. She is an expert source for the Women’s Media Center’s “Progressive Women’s Voices” and the co-host of “Ask a Sista: Black Women Muse on Politics, Policy, Pop Culture and Scholarship.” Dr. Goddess also served as a Nightly Trial Analyst for Sirius XM Radio’s “Make It Plain” Mark Matsimela Thompson for the “Florida v. Zimmerman” Trial and launched SocialCourtTV.com, where social media, televised trials and the justice system meet.
Terryn Hall– Terryn Hall is a writer and bookblogger and her work has appeared in PostBourgie.com, Essence, and SoulBounce.com. Her site DopeReads.com covers the literary work of underrepresented authors. Prior to the fellowship she worked as a management consultant and a development associate. Terryn hopes to use the skills learned during this fellowship to advance causes she cares about, which include literacy, political empowerment of communities of color, and voting rights.
Zermina Masaud– Zermina is a British Muslim of Pakistani heritage, living in Peterborough, in the East of England. In 2006 Zermina earned a BA in Islamic Studies with Persian and is currently in the process of completing her master’s degree in Politics and Religion at the University of Birmingham. With a keen interest in religion, human rights, social change movements and anti-colonial struggles, she recently spent 7 months in the US on an Interfaith Community Organising Fellowship with V.O.I.C.E, an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation. She enjoys reading, travelling, watching movies, football (the one without the shoulder pads!) and tea.
Fatah Sadaoui– Fatah Sadaoui recently graduated with a Master’s in Urban Planning and Critical Urban Theory he did in both France (Université Paris 8) and the United States (CUNY Hunter College). For the past three years, Fatah’s academic and activist work has focused on the intersection of urban governance, social justice and arts. From helping immigrant families in his hometown to standing to corporations and fighting gentrification in New York’s Chinatown, Fatah has been a tireless grassroots advocate. Since 2011, Fatah has been a member of the Collectif Contre le Contrôle au Faciès, an organization fighting the French police’s racist practices. Passionate about the arts, Fatah is a photographer and a multi-instrumentalist In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, running, and third-person writing.
Ledys Sanjuan– Ledys is an anti-racist feminist campaigner from Bogota, Colombia. She has campaigned for free education, immigration reform and against racism and sexism. She has a Masters in Critical Global Politics from the University of Exeter in the UK, in her studies she combines activism with academic research and writing. She specialises in the position of Third World women in the international political economy and aspires to work in the World Social Forum. She’s currently starting the Feminists of Colour Network in Bristol, UK where she resides. When not organising a group or a demonstration Ledys is cooking and knitting because she enjoys the simple pleasures of life.
Katherine Tu– From sunny Sydney in Australia, Kat has been a passionate climate change organiser since she joined the Australian Youth Climate Coalition in early 2009. During her time there she’s been to the UN Climate Change Negotiations, done a national road tour getting students to take action on climate change, and coordinated volunteers in the state of New South Wales. Most recently, she was one of the field organisers on the ACT Greens federal election campaign. In her spare time, she likes to go outdoors and pretend that she has some commitment to learning foreign languages.
Jessica Van– With a degree in International Relations and French from the University of British Columbia, Jess has always been drawn to cultures, identity and globalization. She has had extensive intercultural experience working with youth from all over the world, and has been lucky enough to have experienced living abroad in France and Brazil. Since graduating, she has been working in the world of social media and online communications. She is drawn to digital storytelling and social media as a way for good causes to reach the unusual suspects. A dedicated advocate of sustainable and inclusive communities, Jess has channeled her communication background into spreading environmental causes through an ethnic lens, particularly in her role as a founding board member of the Hua Foundation. She works as well as a freelance social media and communications strategist.
Marie Winfield– Marie is a native New Yorker and a law graduate. As a law student, she worked on legal advocacy for immigrants with criminal convictions, workers’ rights, disability rights, environmental justice, and constitutional reform enfranchising ethnic and religious minorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Having lived in Paris, Berlin and Montreal, she enjoys sharing her love of urban spaces, travel and language with her daughter. Back in East Harlem, her interests are international refugee inclusion, parent advocacy in NYC public schools, and community development.
The Advisory Board
- Nanjira Sambuli, Research Lead, iHub Nairobi
- Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International
- Rathana Chea, Mobilization Director, Greenpeace Southeast Asia
- Jeremy Heimans, CEO & Co-founder, Purpose Campaigns; Co- founder of GetUp.org.au, Avaaz.org and AllOut.org
- Nick Moraitis, Director of Make Believe
- Brett Soloman, Executive Director, AccessNow.org; former ED, GetUp,org.au
- Graziela Tanaka, Brazil Campaign Director, Change.org
- Jamie Biggar, Executive Director, LeadNow
- Ben Powless, Defenders of the Land Coalition
- Filip Gregor, Board Member, European Coalition for Corporate Justice; Lawyer at the Environmental Law Service (Czech Republic)
- Paula Hannemann, Campaigns Director for Germany, Change.org
- Paul Hilder, Vice President of Global Campaigns, Change.org
- Alice Jay, Campaign Director, Avaaz.org (Spain)
- Julius van de Laar, Campaign Strategist, www.juliusvandelaar.com (Germany)
- John Wood, Campaigns and New Media Officer at the Trades Union Congress (UK)
- Deepa Gupta, Co-founder, Indian Youth Climate Network
- Simon Billenness, Corporate Campaign & Socially Responsible Investing Consultant
- Ben Brandzel, Director of Strategic Incubation, Citizens Engagement Laboratories
- Charlene Carruthers, Director of Online Engagement, National People’s Action
- Aimée Castenell, Senior Campaign Manager, Color of Change
- John Cavanagh, Director, Institute for Policy Studies
- Chuck Collins, Senior Scholar, Institute for the Common Good
- Richard Graves, VP of Business Development, Ethical Electric
- Sara Haghdoosti, Executive Director, Berim
- Randall Hayes, Founder, Rainforest Action Network
- Ilyse Hogue, President, NARAL Pro-Choice America
- Michael Huttner, Founder & CEO, ProgressNow
- Mike Lux, Co-founder & CEO, Progressive Strategies
- Michael Marx, Senior Campaign Director, Beyond Oil Campaign, Sierra Club
- Marianne Manilov, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Engage Network
- Bill McKibben, Co-founder, 350.org
- Eli Pariser, President of the Board, MoveOn.org
- Ari Rabin-Havt, Executive Vice President, Media Matters
- James Rucker, Founder, ColorOfChange.org
- Betsy Taylor, President, Breakthrough Strategies and Solutions
SumOfUs.org is a 501c(4) non-profit incorporated in Washington, DC, with a 501c(3) fiscal sponsorship arrangement through the New Organizing Institute Education Fund.