Our Mission

Demand Progress works to win progressive policy changes for ordinary people through organizing, and grassroots lobbying. In particular, we tend to focus on issues of civil liberties, civil rights, and government reform.


We run online campaigns to rally people to take action on the news that affects them — by contacting Congress and other leaders, funding pressure tactics, and spreading the word in their own communities.


We work in Washington to provide an advocate for the public in all the back-room decisions that affect our lives.


But we can’t do it without your help — can you join us today?


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  • David Segal

    Executive Director

    David Segal is a former Democratic Rhode Island State Representative, and served on the Providence City Council as a member of the Green Party. During his eight years as an elected official he oversaw the passage of legislation promoting economic justice, renewable energy and open space, banking reform, affordable housing, LGBT rights, criminal justice reform, and a variety of other progressive causes. He recently ran in the Democratic primary for Rhode Island’s first Congressional seat, supported by much of the netroots and organized labor. His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York TimesBoston Globe, and other newspapers, and in a variety of online publications. He has a degree in mathematics from Columbia University.

  • Szelena Gray

    Director of Operations

    As director of operations, Szelena organizes staff and resources to ensure the organization operates effectively to meet its strategic goals. The former director of Rootstrikers, Lawrence Lessig's campaign against the corrupting influence of money in politics, Szelena has spent the last few years dedicated to advancing political equality through campaign finance reform. She holds a master’s degree in gender, ethics, and politics from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

  • Melanie Jones

    Lead Writer

    Melanie is the lead writer for Watchdog.net, the sister site of activist organization Demand Progress. She researches progressive political campaigns, writes and edits petitions for nationwide virality testing, oversees Watchdog’s interns, and organizes Demand Progress and Watchdog demonstrations. Melanie is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, and has six years experience in journalism, editing, and activism work, including coverage of the Kim Dotcom case and the 2012 presidential primaries for the Spectator and the International Business Times. She has been quoted by NBC, CBS, and Democracy Now, and her work has been featured by Think Progress, 10TV, and the Huffington Post.

  • David Moon

    Program Director

    David Moon is a Washington-based policy attorney and political consultant. The former Chief Operating Officer of the election reform group, FairVote, Moon has coordinated numerous advocacy efforts to make our electoral process more fair and accessible. In recent years, he has managed and assisted successful campaigns for progressive Democrats, political action committees and ballot initiatives around the country. His issue portfolio has included work on smart growth and transit issues, criminal justice reform, LGBT rights, women’s rights, civil liberties, and more. He is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law and received his bachelors degree from Tufts University.