Our Mission

Our mission is to mobilize young people in politics to usher in a new generation of leadership and innovation in government.
Resist
Resist where it matters and in the most effective means available.
Win
Win back the House in 2018 by turning out young voters at record rates.
Build
Build the infrastructure to tackle our longer-term goals for reforming our political system.

Organizational Values

Our organizational values are just as important as our political values, and guide every decision that we make around how we serve our supporter community.
Be innovative and bold
Empower the community
Build trust through transparency
Follow the data and challenge assumptions
Invest in diversity of thought and experience
Be empathetic and open-minded

Who We Are

Our founding team and advisory board brings together a unique mix of leadership from the political, civic engagement, and technology sectors.
Team
John McBride

John is a community builder, growth marketer, and political organizer with 5 years of experience across tech and politics. Most recently, he was leading passenger growth and engagement programs at Lyft. John joined the ridesharing startup as employee #100 back in 2013, and held various leadership roles across the Community, Brand Marketing, and Growth Marketing teams throughout his 3.5 years there. Prior to Lyft, was a field organizer with the Obama campaign in 2012, and a press assistant on Capitol Hill.

Founder and President
Gabe Ragland

Gabe is a full stack engineer with 10 years of experience building and scaling consumer apps. Previously he founded Imgfave, an image sharing social network with millions of users, and was accepted into the Y Combinator startup accelerator as a solo-founder. Before that he created one of the top music sharing apps on Facebook’s app platform. He thinks it’s time for a new generation of online tools and technologies that will enable us all to resist harder together.

Tech Lead
Bo Schlagel

With a background in social impact, Bo believes design can be an integral tool in getting at the root of societal problems. Bo comes to We the Future after designing for the political advocacy organization FWD.us, where he tackled design problems around political engagement and movement-building. He’s a former Princeton in Latin America fellow, having spent a year in Colombia working with former child soldiers. He’s a proud biker, tea-drinker, and Coloradan. 🚴 🏳️‍🌈 🏔️

Design Lead
Advisors
Luis Calderin
Former Youth Vote Director for the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign and Vice President of Marketing & Creative at Rock the Vote.
Kate Catherall
Founder of Chorus Agency and former Senior Vice President at 270 Strategies. Alum of the Obama '08 and '12 campaigns.
Mike Masserman
Head of Global Policy & Strategy at Lyft. Previously held a number of senior positions in Obama Administration, and advised on Obama's 2008 campaign.
Brian Parvizshahi
Campaign manager of Congressman Rho Khanna's successful 2016 election in California's 17th district. An Obama '12 alum and founding partner of BattleBorn political consulting.
Lisa Conn
Strategist at Facebook with nearly 10 of years experience across civic tech & politics. Alum of MIT Media Lab, Hustle, FWD.us, and Obama for America.
Olivia Brown
Policy Partnerships Manager at Lyft, with 5 years experience in partnerships, coalition building, community organizing, and fundraising. Alum of the Obama '12 finance team.
Josh Silverman
Design Producer at Twitter with over 20 years of experience working with startups, Fortune 500 companies, and national nonprofits. Instructor at Generaly Assembly and Creative Live.

FAQs

If you have any additional questions that aren't answered below, please shoot us an email at hello@wethefuture.org

How are you different from other progressive groups focused on the 2018 elections?

We're the only consumer-facing progressive organization that builds our own technology tools and products. Other progressive groups focus almost exclusively on political strategy, fundraising, and messaging, while outsourcing their technology and data needs to outside firms. And those tech companies in the progressive space generally just sell their software to campaigns and organizations, but never interact directly with consumers. By combining the political and tech models, our product teams are closer to the end user, and therefore can build better and more innovative tools for our supporters.

Why are you focused on millennials, instead of all Americans?

There are three main reasons to focus on millennials: (1) we are particularly disengaged in politics, and therefore are the most underrepresented, (2) the existing approach to political organizing is geared towards older voters, and young people require a digital-first strategy, and (3) by focusing in more narrowly on a specific group, it is easier to better serve that audience. This is already a big problem we're trying to solve, and the more focused we can be, the more likely we are to be successful.

Can I get involved if I'm not a millennial?

Absolutely! While we are focused on mobilizing young people, we will not exclude anyone from contributing towards our mission.

How will you make money?

Our initial revenue model will be similar to a traditional political organization: asking for donations and/or membership fees from our supporter community. As we grow, we begin experimenting with other verticals, such as selling our technology to other progressive groups, advertising, donations processing, consulting, and more. We'll always be transparent about our business model, and our first priority will always be on maximizing our political impact.

What will you be spending money on?

The majority of initial funds will be spent on funding the small (but mighty) team that is working tirelessly to get this organization off the ground. That team is focused on building our initial products and tech infrastructure, conducting user research, growing our supporter community, and talking to young voters across the country to better understand how we can serve them.

Why hasn't someone done this before?

Technology and politics only tend to collide once every 3-4 years, during presidential elections. But the model of presidential campaigns is inherently unsustainable and innefficient: they essentially build a $1b startup in 12-18 months, then shut the whole thing down after election day. Both the Obama and Clinton campaigns assembled impressive technology and data teams, who built some of the most innovative and powerful campaign tools in history. But after election day, those teams are dissolved and the tech goes into a black box -- only to be built again from scratch a few years later. The cyclical nature of political campaigns makes it hard to make sustained investments in technology, especially during off-cycle elections.

Will you endorse specific candidates? Will you get involved in primaries?

As of right now, we do not plan on endorsing specific candidates. Our goal is to increase young voter turnout in order to propel progressives to victory in 2018, with a particular focus on winning back the House.