Billy Wimsatt is Chief Executive Officer of All Hands On Deck, a political, organizational and communications consulting firm.
All Hands On Deck’s major project for 2010 is www.12weekplan.com (under construction), a structured 12-week voter engagement effort with dozens of client and partner organizations to engage thousands of new volunteers to get out unlikely voters in target districts.
As a 2010 Fellow at Movement Strategy Center, he runs The Field 3.0 Project, a community dialogue and documentation effort to drive the future of field organizing.
Previously, Wimsatt founded and ran the League of Young Voters (2003-2008) which organized 3000+ youth to create 300+ voter guides and impacted 29 state and local elections or pieces of legislation. In 2005, he co-founded Generational Alliance. Over his career as a funder and fundraiser he has helped move more than $8 million to social change. In 2008, he created and ran the Ohio Youth Corps program for the Ohio Democratic Party/Obama For America, which trained and deployed 50 staff throughout Ohio.
Wimsatt has worked for Green For All, consulted for Rock the Vote, MoveOn.org, The DC Project, the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing, and completed Rockwood Leadership Institute’s year-long course for executive leaders.
Social entrepreneur, philanthropic consultant, journalist, and political organizer, Billy Wimsatt is set to release his new book Please Don’t Bomb The Suburbs: A mid-term report on my generation, and the future of our movement (Akashic Books, Fall 2010). He has written for Vibe, Chicago Tribune and published five books with 100,000+ in print including Bomb the Suburbs, and No More Prisons, winner of the 1999 Firecracker Book Award for Political Non-Fiction. He has spoken at Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, and was named by Utne Magazine as “Utne Visionary” and to The Source Magazine’s “Power 30.”
Billy can be reached at 646.346.0248 or email@example.com.
Joanna Klonsky is the Deputy Director of All Hands On Deck.
A Chicago native, Joanna earned her stripes in the political consulting world as a senior writer and account executive at MK Communications, the influential Chicago firm of venerated public policy and media expert Marilyn Katz. Under Ms. Katz, Joanna helped build and implement public strategy, media, advertising and community outreach plans for organizations, political candidates, government agencies and select corporations.
Prior to her work at MK, Joanna served as a writer and editor for CFR.org, the website of the Council on Foreign Relations, covering foreign policy in the 2008 presidential campaign and transition period. She reported from the 2008 Republican National Convention, among other events along the campaign trail, and interviewed everyone from Obama economic policy adviser Austan Goolsbee to Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) to Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). Joanna’s reporting has been published by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and Newsweek, as well as other outlets.
In 2004, Joanna served as coordinator for Peace & Justice Voters, a massive voter registration and mobilization initiative in the metro Chicagoland area aimed at getting out the vote in the general election for then-Senate candidate Barack Obama as well as other progressive candidates.
Joanna graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in political studies and Latin American and Iberian studies. She studied in the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program, Bard’s highly selective global leadership program in New York City that specializes in the study and practice of human rights, international law and political economy. At Bard, Joanna was a founding member and eventual co-president of the Prison Activist Coalition, which spearheaded a campaign to register voters, including ex-offenders, in neighboring Kingston, New York.
Joanna is a 2011 New Leaders Council fellow.
She can be reached at 312.307.0840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeffrey Nolish is the National Voter Guide Coordinator for All Hands On Deck.
Hailing from Metropolitan Detroit, Jeffrey graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2005 earning his B.F.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Political Science. As an undergrad, Jeffrey was heavily involved in activism and organized campaigns spanning local, state, and national politics. Following BGSU, Jeffrey served for two years in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps traveling throughout the Southeast region of the United States to meet urgent community needs in homeland security, disaster relief, education and the environment.
In 2007, Jeffrey relocated to Chicago and enrolled in DePaul University’s School of Public Service where he is currently earning his Master of Public Administration degree with a specialization in Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs.
Additionally, this avid globetrotter has studied in India, explored his adoptive roots in Colombia, and spent a year teaching English abroad in Thailand.
Jeffrey can be reached at JNolish@gmail.com.
Marjorie Roswell is the webmaster for http://www.12WeekPlan.org.
Throughout her career, she has assisted progressive and community organizations with technical support and marketing strategy.
In the 1990s, before most people had heard of “Geographic Information Systems,” she developed a GIS to assist citizen callers to the Baltimore Office of Recycling. She then provided mapping services for the Center for Health Program Development and Management. She served non-profit clients at Community IT Innovators, and now designs websites and maps with Roswell Infographics. She recently developed a series of videos to assist aid workers after the Haiti earthquake.
In 2004, Margie was the Maryland State Captain for Driving Votes. This election cycle, she happily adapted the rideboard code (with permission by the author, Jesse Kocher) for use on our Swing State Ride Board.
Her book, Drupal 5 Views Recipes was published in 2009. Prior to that, she had a 5-year column, <i>Web Page Potpourri</i> in the magazine, The Townsend Letter: The Examiner of Alternative Medicine.
A graduate of Connecticut College, Marjorie received the Betty Flanders Thomson Prize for Excellence in Botany. She combines her love of plants and web development to create http://BaltimoreUrbanAg.org, for the Baltimore Urban Agriculture Task Force.
Marjorie has been known to sing her testimony in Annapolis and in the Baltimore City Council. Hear some of her music at http://FriendlyCoffeehouse.org.
Marjorie can be reached at email@example.com.