We're making it easier to run for office and crowdfund for politics.

We want to fight the power of Big Money in politics by helping small dollar donors engage in the political process. We want more citizens to vote and run for office. And we want to give people a platform to take action - whether it’s by joining a political community or organizing one of their own.

We have different backgrounds, hail from different countries and maintain different political viewpoints. But we share a common mission: strengthening democracy through citizen empowerment and participation. That means being:


Crowdpac is a free and open technology platform (not a PAC); we’re non-partisan and aren’t controlled by any political committee, party, or politician. Our investors and our board are made up of diverse, nonpolitical entities (such as venture capital funds and social impact investors) and our board of advisors span the political and ideological spectrum to assure balance. We uphold strict community content standards, and will never permit campaigns that are in conflict with our values or in support of these hate groups identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center.


Crowdpac’s tools are powered, in part, by objective data sourced from our proprietary database of nearly 200 million campaign contributions. We’ve released our unique algorithm that maps candidates along an ideological spectrum to the public through Stanford University’s Social Science data collection program which makes it available online to anyone who wants to use it.

We also have data on hundreds of local and state-wide elections across the country, available for the public on our Races page.


Our cards are on the table; we try to show the names and faces behind each campaign on our platform, and we work to ensure that “pledge” campaigns fulfill their conditions. We believe disclosure is a public right. Our platform is fully compliant with all campaign regulations and disclosure requirements. We’ve even pioneered new methods of transparency by publishing detailed campaign finance breakdowns for nearly every state and federal candidate in the United States on our site. Crowdpac’s data has been cited thousands of times by some of the most highly respected journalistic outlets in the world tracking campaign finance including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.  


We're protective of you and your data. We won’t ever sell, rent or share your private information (see our Privacy Policy here). Our business is supported through crowdfunding (you can read more about our pricing structure here); after you donate to a campaign on Crowdpac, we’ll occasionally suggest other campaigns that might interest you. Crowdpac is a Certified B Corporation, requiring the highest levels of transparency and fairness towards our customers, employees, and the environment. If we can ever help you or improve our service in any way please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing support@crowdpac.com.

The Team

Steve Hilton CEO and co-founder. Steve currently teaches at Stanford University's d.school (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) and was formerly Senior Advisor to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, in which position he championed data transparency and the redistribution of power from government to citizens.

Adam Bonica Data and Politics Expert and co-founder. Adam is an Assistant Professor of political science at Stanford University. The focus of his research is the quantitative measurement of political ideology. He built the algorithms that drives the various Crowdpac products and services.

Gisel Kordestani COO and co-founder. Gisel is a tech entrepreneur who has worked in early stage startups, management consulting and spent over eight years at Google in senior global roles in finance and new business development. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in International Affairs from the American University in Paris.

Paul Hilder Chief International Officer and co-founder. Paul was VP of Global Campaigns at Change.org, where he led the platform’s global growth to 80 million users in 20 countries. He co-founded the British progressive movement 38 Degrees and openDemocracy.net. He also had leadership roles at Avaaz, Oxfam, Purpose, Here Now and the Young Foundation.

Eric Smith Head of Engineering. Eric co-founded Bistro Studios where he developed web sites and applications for clients like TOMS Shoes and Barnes & Noble. He holds a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from Pepperdine University.

Jesse Thomas Head of Product. A seasoned political digital strategist, Jesse led the online campaign for President Obama’s reelection campaign that registered over a million people to vote. He served as Digital Director for NextGen Climate and has run numerous successful digital engagement and creative campaigns for non-profits and government.

Mason Harrison Head of Communications. Mason is a seasoned public affairs and communications professional who previously served as a spokesperson and political aide for the presidential campaigns of Governor Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at UC Davis.

Dan Carson Head of Design and User Experience. Dan was the Lead Interaction Designer for the 2012 Obama Campaign, Product Designer at Trunk Club and Change, and Sr. Designer at Modest. He has worked for political campaigns, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profits. Dan received an AAA in Interactive Media Development from The Art Institute of Seattle.

Fernando Velloso Neto Product Manager. Fernando received his MA in International Policy from Stanford University, during which time he consulted for Brazil's Mission to the United Nations and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. Previously he was a lawyer and worked in Brazil's Federal Congress.

Ethan Kessinger Product Manager. Ethan received a B.A. in Science, Technology and Society from Stanford University. He is a former AmeriCorps service member.

Stephen Melrose Senior Software Engineer. Stephen is a Software Engineering Consultant, previously a Lead Software Engineer for BSkyB responsible for leading teams working on high-performance and high-availability web-based systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Technology from Huddersfield University, UK.

Brian Carstensen Software Engineer. Brian has a degree in graphic design from Columbia College Chicago, and worked in the field for a number of years before finding a niche in front-end web development. Previously, he helped build Zooniverse.org, the web's finest platform for online citizen science.

Irene Shin Political Director. Irene is an experienced political operative and fundraiser. She has worked for an array of campaigns and has raised millions of dollars for candidates, national political committees, and political action funds. She holds a BA in political science from the University of California, Riverside.

Salim Zymet Engagement Director. Salim has served as a digital director for non-profits, state-wide campaigns, and startups. He was most recently the digital director for Hillary Clinton in Ohio. He has experience running numerous campaigns to drive effective offline action through digital content. He received a B.A. in Political Science at UCLA.

Golda Velez Senior Software Engineer. Golda has designed data handling frameworks for several silicon valley startups, delivered key datasets at Factual, a leading location data provider, and was the primary maintainer of Webglimpse search software. She holds a BS in Applied Mathematics from Caltech.

Chris Gmyr Senior Software Engineer. Chris founded Modo Media Group where he built applications and sites for clients all over the world. More recently, Chris was a Senior Engineer at Dose where he built high-availability sites that handled over 20 Million users per month.

Robert Campeau Campaign Specialist. Robert is a veteran campaign staffer and political operative. He has helped candidates win at the local, state, and federal level.  He received his BA in Political Science from Marquette University.

Bo Creason Senior Campaign Specialist. Bo was a regional Candidate Fundraising Director at the DCCC during the 2016 election cycle after having worked with dozens of races with a focus on campaign finance. He has a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the University of Maryland. 

Amy-Kate Andrews Software Engineer. Amy-Kate previously worked in advertising, developing high-performance sites for a wide variety of clients, including Adidas and Ghost. She received a BA in Political Science and is thrilled to be able to fuse her passion for politics & development together at Crowdpac.

Frida Peters Director of Operations.  Frida has years of global experience leading teams, operationally managing projects, partnerships and organizing large scale events, like Airbnb Open, across the hospitality and tech sectors. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the American University of Paris.

Sarah Gao Product Designer. Sarah graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Humanities & Art in Industrial Design and Psychology, but has since worked as a digital designer specializing in UX and strategy. She is also an avid volunteer for various science and environmental institutions.

Kasey O'Brien Digital Engagement Specialist. Kasey is a digital strategist with campaign experience at all levels. Previously, she worked with corporate, non-profit and political clients at SKDKnickerbocker, and was a digital organizer for Hillary Clinton in Ohio. She holds a BA in Political Science and in International Affairs from the University of Georgia.

Nate May Support Specialist. Nate has a degree in International Studies from American University where he focused Middle East politics. He was formerly an Apple Genius and a State Department Critical Language Scholar. 


Ben Ginsberg is Washington DC’s leading lawyer for Republicans. He is a partner at Jones Day and Co-chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

Marc Elias is Washington DC’s leading lawyer for Democrats, representing candidates and PACs. He is a partner at Perkins Coie.

Jonathan Zucker is founder and CEO of Democracy Engine, a non-partisan payment processing service for political candidates and issue campaigns.

Tammy Haddad is President and CEO of Washington DC-based Haddad Media and has over 25 years of experience as an executive producer of political web, cable and network programs.

Pablo Chavez is Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs at LinkedIn.

Kevin Twohy has worked with startups, creative agencies, and large corporations to design innovative and intuitive user experiences. He studied Mathematics and English at UCLA.


We have raised our seed round of financing from several top tier venture capital funds and angel investors, including NEA, InterWest, Index Ventures, CAASV Angel and Correlation Ventures.

Contact Us

Please send us an email at info@crowdpac.com


We are actively seeking new talent to join our team. Please check out our jobs page or email us at jobs@crowdpac.com.