Crowdpac is the fastest way for new leaders to raise their first political dollars.

Our mission is to help more people participate in the political process through running for office and funding candidates and causes they believe in.

Crowdpac is the only platform where candidates can test the waters of a run for office without a bank account or formal campaign, and we’re proud that so many emerging leaders have used our tools to start their campaigns.

Our Start Running pages enable anyone to collect credit card backed pledges of support that turn into donations if the conditions of the campaign are met.

Our platform is open to candidates, causes, and grassroots groups that align with the values of our community.

Our Team

Gisel Kordestani

CEO, 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.

Jesse Thomas

Acting CEO
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.

Adam Bonica

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.

Eric Smith

CTO
Eric co-founded Bistro Studios where he developed sites and applications for clients like CAST LA and TOMS. He has been a panelist at Harvard University, a guest lecturer at CSULB, a consultant to the U.S. Coast Guard, and a volunteer with Code.org. He holds a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from Pepperdine University.

Dan Carson

Head of Product and Design
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.

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

Director of Marketing
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.

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.

Steve 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.

Fernando Velloso

Policy 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kasey O'brien

Digital Engagement Strategist
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.

Sarang Shah

Engagement Fellow
Sarang is a writer and editor. He has written for progressive PACs, campaigns, news outlets, and tech startups. His alma maters include Georgia Tech, Trinity College Dublin, and Cambridge University.

Susan Irving

Customer Success Fellow
Susan is a senior undergraduate student studying Economics, Spanish, and International Business at Santa Clara University. She has deep experience in customer service and community activism on campus.

Jada Wright

Political Fellow
Jada is a graduating senior at Howard University and will be getting her B.A. in Legal Communications with a minor in Graphic Design. Her hometown is Marietta just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

Advisors

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.

Investors

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

Jobs

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


Crowdpac is a Certified B Corporation, requiring the highest levels of transparency and fairness towards our customers, employees, and the environment.