Our Mission

Demand Progress works to win progressive policy changes for ordinary people through organizing, and grassroots lobbying. We 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 backroom decisions that affect our lives.

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

  • 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.

  • Mark Stanley

    Director of Operations

    Prior to joining Demand Progress, Mark worked on the Public Affairs team at Edelman New York and worked for four years in the Washington office of the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) as campaign and communications strategist and new media manager. At CDT, Mark’s work focused on creating high-impact campaigns and coalitions in order to fight for civil liberties in the digital age. Mark was a leader in a campaign to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which received large-scale, bipartisan support in Congress. He also led efforts to add privacy protections to cybersecurity legislation, and he was involved in the historic efforts to defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act and reform NSA surveillance practices. Prior to that, Mark worked at the Pulitzer Center, an international journalism organization, and Newsy.com. Mark has been featured and had his work appear in the Washington Post, Slate, Huffington Post, Ars Technica, The Hill, and ThinkProgress.

  • Nathan White

    Government Affairs Manager

    Nathan White has extensive experience in government affairs, communications, and advocacy. A communications director in the House of Representatives for nearly five years, Nathan has been a senior adviser on three congressional campaigns and one leadership campaign within the House Democratic Caucus. Nathan served as an on-the-record spokesperson for the Oversight Subcommittee responsible for the investigation of Bank of America’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch. Nathan’s work received the 2013 Cultural Diplomacy Project of the Year Award, the Cultural Sustainability Award from the Istanbul Tourist Guides Union, the Spirit of Humanity Award from Bridge to Turkey, and recognition in the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Record. Nathan has a master’s degree in Global Marketing Communications and Advertising from Emerson College and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kalamazoo College. He also studied Chinese government at Hong Kong Baptist University and is certified by the International Association of Advertising.

  • 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.