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.

  • Daniel Schuman

    Policy Director

    Daniel Schuman has long worked at the intersection of law, policy, and technology. He most recently served as policy director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and prior to that as policy counsel with the Sunlight Foundation. In a prior life he was a legislative attorney with the Congressional Research Service. Daniel chairs the Congressional Data Coalition's steering committee and founded the Advisory Committee on Transparency. In 2013, Daniel was named among the 'top 25 most influential people under 40 in gov and tech' by FedScoop. He is a nationally recognized expert on federal transparency and has testified before Congress and appeared on NPR, C-SPAN. Daniel graduated cum laude from Emory University School of Law.

  • Mark Stanley

    Director of Communications and 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.

  • Sara Cederberg

    Campaign Director

    Sara has extensive experience in digital communications, email and social media strategy and advocacy for electoral campaigns and nonprofits. Prior to joining Demand Progress, Sara worked on Senator Al Franken's re-election campaign as Digital Director, where she organized an online community in the millions. In 2012, she helped secure President Obama's win in the battleground state of Michigan as Digital Director. Sara has also worked in advocacy and communications at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the Prometheus Radio Project. Sara studied Religion at Bryn Mawr College, and her work has been featured on Eclectablog 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.