Tony DeSisto is an attorney with a wealth of experience working with municipal governments. He is Vice-Chairman of the City of Tampa's Citizen Budget Advisory Committee where he's served since 2011. It was his experience on this Committee which led him to co-found Citizinvestor as an alternative way to fund civic projects. Tony is also the author of Economics Island and has served on numerous boards and committees for state and local government.
Jordan Raynor is an entrepreneur who has spent his career using technology to solve problems in politics and government. Prior to co-founding Citizinvestor, Jordan served as the Client Director at Engage where he led online fundraising for some of the most premier campaigns and causes in the U.S. In 2010, Jordan and the team on the Voting Information Project led Foursquare’s first “I Voted” badge and data visualization. Jordan has twice been honored as a Google Fellow.
Erik Rapprich is a seasoned web director, developer and strategist, currently serving as the Creative Director at Engage. At Engage, Erik leads product strategy for Multiply and iContribute - and has worked with countless international brands, U.S. Senators, presidential candidates and other athletic and non-profit organizations. In 2010, Erik served as Web Director for the Republican Governors Association, where his team created 38 websites and applications in five months.
Marci Harris is the CEO of POPVOX. POPVOX bridges the gap between the input the public wants to provide and the information Members of Congress want and need to receive. In 2007, Marci became Tax, Trade, and Health Counsel to Pete Stark, then-Chairman of the Health Subcommittee of Ways and Means, and was Committee lead for Medicare Program Integrity and Physician Payments Sunshine provisions of the House health reform bill. She left the Hill in February 2010 to build POPVOX.
Steve Ressler is the Founder and President of GovLoop.com, the “Knowledge Network for Government” which connects and fosters collaboration among over 60,000 members of the government community. Steve is a 3rd generation public sector leader and spent six years in roles at Social Security Administration, Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, and Department of Homeland Security Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
Story Bellows is the Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in the City of Philadelphia. The new office is a civic idea and innovation incubator, which develops innovative approaches and processes to solving complex problems in the public arena. Story previously served as Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the US Conference of Mayors.
Patrick Ruffini is President at Engage, a digital agency with clients including Fortune 500 companies, presidential candidates, tech startups, and issue advocacy campaigns. As a leader in digital politics over the last decade, Patrick’s work has helped elect a President, changed the direction of powerful institutions, and resulted in millions of signups, tens of millions of dollars raised, and thousands of media mentions. Patrick has twice been named a “Tech Titan” by Washingtonian.
Russell Wallace is a three-time startup founder and a former corporate attorney. Since quitting his legal work in 2009, Russell has worked on five different consumer-facing web properties, three of which he has founded or co-founded, including Trendero.com, MomiLoop and CivicSponsor.org. CivicSponsor was one of the first crowdfunding sites for government projects in the world. Russell’s goal is to build big ideas that make the world more friendly, open and adventurous.