Billy Wimsatt, Founder & Executive Director
Billy has 20 years of experience in journalism (published in Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, etc); social entrepreneurship (co-founded several organizations including the League of Young Voters, Ready for Warren, Solidaire, and Rebuild the Dream); and philanthropy (co-founded Solidaire and consults for individual donors and family foundations); and relevant consulting (Obama Campaign, MoveOn.org, Rock the Vote, Ohio Democratic Party, Green For All, etc).
Jim Gollin, Campaign Co-Chair
Santa Fe resident Jim Gollin sits on far too many boards but can’t stop saying yes to opportunities to build a better world. Educated at Princeton, Johns Hopkins, and then in Italy, France and Japan, Jim worked in think tanks and as an investment banker before helping found or manage dozens of non-profits and foundations, from Rainforest Action Network and Drug Policy Alliance to Threshold and Angelica Foundations. He is active in political philanthropy in New Mexico and nationally through the Democracy Alliance.
Karla Basta, Director of Donor Organizing
Karla considers herself a canvasser at heart. She started her political career when she showed up at the doorstep of the Working Families Party and quickly rose up through the ranks as a record-setting fundraiser. She worked with political candidates running for a variety of offices – training them and their staff on fundraising and compliance while organizing their donor events. After WFP, she continued fundraising at Make the Road New York as their Donor Engagement and Events Coordinator. Her favorite part of the job was putting on their biggest party of the year: the annual gala that draws a crowd of 350 people.
She takes pride in being a loud Minnesotan – two words that don’t usually go together – and does her best to use her to voice make others heard. In her personal life she is constantly organizing parties and dinners, dancing, telling funny stories and getting her friends and family to donate to grassroots organizing groups.
Victor Stone, Product and Technology Lead
Victor has spent the last 15 years helping startups and non-profits of all sizes make huge impact on the Web and mobile devices.
Victor co-founded a music-sharing platform that he developed and ran for Creative Commons which earned the Linux World Award for Best Open Source Solution. Previously, Victor’s career has included everything from teaching software design at UCLA extension to working as a senior software engineer at Symantec, Borland, Microsoft and Disney.
Marjorie Roswell, Senior Technology Advisor
Marjorie Roswell is a web developer and environmentalist from Baltimore. Her websites, interactive maps and scorecards have served non-profits and political groups for two decades. She authored the book Drupal 5 Views Recipes and built http://CommitteeMaps.org. Marjorie has been known to sing her testimony at City Council meetings and State Senate hearings.
Howard Watts, III, Program Director
Starting as a volunteer for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) in 2007, Howard eventually rose to Field Director while completing a BA in Political Science at University of Nevada Las Vegas. Howard led successful electoral campaigns that registered over 10,000 voters and had GOTV conversations with over 50,000 people. He used those same tactics to help advance corporate accountability on the mining industry and pass a suite of fully LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination laws. After the 2014 election, he began helping nonprofits meet their needs and complete projects as an independent consultant.