Right Places, Right People, Right Tactics
Fight for a Better America invests in organizations that share the above beliefs and, with our help, are driving local efforts to win House seats in 2018, as well as other races up and down the ballot for years to come. Through our vetting process we are investing in the right places, with the right people, and supporting them to implement the right tactics.
Examples of support we provide
Funding / fundraising assistance
Access to legal counsel
Targeted voter-level data from top research firms
Campaign strategy consultants
Our core beliefs
The resistance is powerful, but must be armed with good strategy, leadership, data, and tactics to be successful
To win, we must reach across the divide and have meaningful conversations with our moderate and even conservative neighbors about the values we share, and the kind of country we want to be
Winning the House in 2018 is imperative to restore the balance of power, but our gains will not last unless we invest in smart local organizing capacity for the long-haul
Steering committee & co-founders
Russell is a financial services executive with experience in innovation and business development. He currently works in the Innovation Group at Wells Fargo & Co, and was formerly at Visa Inc. and American Express. He has an MBA with a Public Management Program certificate from Stanford University and a Master's from UC Berkeley in Environmental Engineering. He was an environmental engineering consultant for his early career and has led pro bono strategy consulting projects for SF Bay Area nonprofits in recent years. Russell lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons.
A New York City native, Bill graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in finance and holds graduate degrees from Columbia University (MBA) and Hunter College (M.Ed). Bill began his career in investment banking and capital markets (Citi, Collins Stewart, Bank Otrikitie in Moscow), ultimately came to the realization that his interests better aligned with education and policy, and became a dean and teacher at a high school in mathematics and economics, in addition to pursuing a special education research focus at Hunter. The transition has spurred a new outlook on life for Bill, and he has developed a passion for improving education and addressing inequality.
John leads Public Equity Group (PEG), a “social impact” strategy and management consulting firm. Prior to founding PEG, John served on the executive and management teams of several organizations, including the Global Business Coalition on Health (Vice President), the Oakland Public Schools (Executive Officer/chief of staff role) and the Bridgespan Group. John also served as Press Secretary and legislative aide to US Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) during her first term in office; led specialty/minority media operations at the 2000 and 2004 Democratic National Conventions; and served on the board of directors of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club (2004-2010). John has worked on electoral campaigns since 1994. John holds a Spanish fluency certification, a BA, an MA, and an MBA, from Stanford University, and is a 1990 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.
Matt O’Connor is a seasoned consumer sales and marketing leader, with experience spanning software, hardware, and and retail. He currently serves as a general manager at Flywheel Sports. Matt’s previous professional experience includes leading the growth, customer acquisition, and sales functions at consumer hardware companies in the healthcare space. Matt holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with honors, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Kimberly Wicoff is the former executive director of the San Francisco Education Fund. At the Education Fund she oversaw the launch of three programs focused on elementary school literacy and middle school math in the City’s highest-need schools as well as corporate engagement. Earlier in her career, Wicoff worked for Strive Together, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, and Bridgespan Group. As Deputy Director of SF’s Communities of Opportunity Initiative, Wicoff worked with 15 city departments, 10 Foundations and 2,600 families in Bayview Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley to eradicate poverty. Originally from San Antonio Texas, Wicoff earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Stanford. She lives in San Francisco with her husband.
Money Isn’t Everything, Even in Politics
published in Medium in October ‘18 by Mary Shannon Little (former federal prosecutor and Fight advisory board member)
Money can’t buy you love, and it also can’t win an election. Sure, it helps pay for media ads and consultants, but leveraging small amounts to teach campaigns how to engage voters may be a better investment….