ADVISORY COUNCIL

Jay Adelson | Pete Giangreco | Russ Glass | Michael Godwin | Betsy Hoover | Kim Lear | Marlon Marshall | Cindy Sui | Paul Sullivan | Terry Walsh | Manuela Zoninsein

  Jay Adelson   Jay is a serial entrepreneur and investor known for his work founding and running companies such as Equinix, Digg, Revision3, SimpleGeo and Opsmatic.  Most recently, Jay co-founded Center Electric, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on the Internet of Things and Internet infrastructure. The firm is based in San Francisco.  Jay founded Equinix (EQIX) in 1998, where he was responsible for the original and sustaining business model, growing it to be the largest datacenter company and Internet exchange service in the world, taking the company public and building it to a multi-billion dollar company.  Jay founded Revision3 in 2005, the first Internet television network, selling it to Discovery Communications in 2012. As CEO of Digg, Jay launched and grew what was arguably the first social media company to tens of millions of users and billions of impressions a month, leaving at its peak in April, 2010. Jay served as CEO and sold SimpleGeo to Urban Airship in 2011, and founded Opsmatic in 2013, which he sold to New Relic in 2015.  Jay's passion for Internet infrastructure and communications is the thread between these companies, advisory roles and board positions. In July, 2003, Jay testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science and Research & Development. In 2008, Jay was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Jay Adelson

Jay is a serial entrepreneur and investor known for his work founding and running companies such as Equinix, Digg, Revision3, SimpleGeo and Opsmatic.

Most recently, Jay co-founded Center Electric, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on the Internet of Things and Internet infrastructure. The firm is based in San Francisco.

Jay founded Equinix (EQIX) in 1998, where he was responsible for the original and sustaining business model, growing it to be the largest datacenter company and Internet exchange service in the world, taking the company public and building it to a multi-billion dollar company.

Jay founded Revision3 in 2005, the first Internet television network, selling it to Discovery Communications in 2012. As CEO of Digg, Jay launched and grew what was arguably the first social media company to tens of millions of users and billions of impressions a month, leaving at its peak in April, 2010. Jay served as CEO and sold SimpleGeo to Urban Airship in 2011, and founded Opsmatic in 2013, which he sold to New Relic in 2015.

Jay's passion for Internet infrastructure and communications is the thread between these companies, advisory roles and board positions. In July, 2003, Jay testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science and Research & Development. In 2008, Jay was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

  Pete Giangreco   Pete has pioneered targeting and research techniques that have made his direct mail some of the most effective in the country. He is a proud political technology entrepreneur and a partner at The Strategy Group.  In 2006, Pete created winning mail for the DCCC independent expenditure campaign, winning five out of six top races. Also in 2006, Pete helped Amy Klobuchar become the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota, and played a central strategic role in helping Patrick Murphy, the first Iraq war veteran in Congress, capture the hotly-contested Pennsylvania 8th Congressional District by just 1,500 votes.  In 2008, Pete served as lead direct mail consultant to Obama for President during the Democratic primary season, and served as Deputy Director of Polling and Paid Media for OFA in the general election. In that capacity, Pete helped create the first Internet testing of direct mail pieces pioneered by the Obama campaign  Pete received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan in 1987, and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the University of Chicago. He teaches a political science course at Loyola University Chicago and taught a course in political communications at Northwestern University in the spring of 2009. In 1993, Pete was named to Crain’s Chicago Business’s “40 under Forty” list of up-and-coming leaders in Chicago. Pete lives in Evanston, IL with his wife, Laura Tucker and their three children.

Pete Giangreco

Pete has pioneered targeting and research techniques that have made his direct mail some of the most effective in the country. He is a proud political technology entrepreneur and a partner at The Strategy Group.

In 2006, Pete created winning mail for the DCCC independent expenditure campaign, winning five out of six top races. Also in 2006, Pete helped Amy Klobuchar become the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota, and played a central strategic role in helping Patrick Murphy, the first Iraq war veteran in Congress, capture the hotly-contested Pennsylvania 8th Congressional District by just 1,500 votes.

In 2008, Pete served as lead direct mail consultant to Obama for President during the Democratic primary season, and served as Deputy Director of Polling and Paid Media for OFA in the general election. In that capacity, Pete helped create the first Internet testing of direct mail pieces pioneered by the Obama campaign

Pete received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan in 1987, and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the University of Chicago. He teaches a political science course at Loyola University Chicago and taught a course in political communications at Northwestern University in the spring of 2009. In 1993, Pete was named to Crain’s Chicago Business’s “40 under Forty” list of up-and-coming leaders in Chicago. Pete lives in Evanston, IL with his wife, Laura Tucker and their three children.

  Russ Glass   Russ is the CEO of Ginger.io, an on-demand behavioral health company. He is a serial technology entrepreneur and author, having founded or held senior positions at four venture-backed technology companies and writing  The Big Data-Driven Business  and  Voting with a Porpoise . He sold his last company, Bizo, to LinkedIn where he ran the Marketing Solutions products group, driving more than 2x growth to over $800 million in revenues. As founder and CEO, he led Bizo, a B2B audience marketing and data platform from its founding to over $50 million in revenues and 160 employees. He is on the board of Rock the Vote and is focused on using his experience with technology, data science, and narrative/branding tactics to develop novel strategies to increase engagement and turnout among young voters. He believes that great cultures = great companies and loves his wife, three daughters, Duke basketball, golf and just about anything in VR.

Russ Glass

Russ is the CEO of Ginger.io, an on-demand behavioral health company. He is a serial technology entrepreneur and author, having founded or held senior positions at four venture-backed technology companies and writing The Big Data-Driven Business and Voting with a Porpoise. He sold his last company, Bizo, to LinkedIn where he ran the Marketing Solutions products group, driving more than 2x growth to over $800 million in revenues. As founder and CEO, he led Bizo, a B2B audience marketing and data platform from its founding to over $50 million in revenues and 160 employees. He is on the board of Rock the Vote and is focused on using his experience with technology, data science, and narrative/branding tactics to develop novel strategies to increase engagement and turnout among young voters. He believes that great cultures = great companies and loves his wife, three daughters, Duke basketball, golf and just about anything in VR.

  Michael Godwin   Michael has worked with venture backed startups since 1996 and has been a venture capitalist since 2008. He founded Resonant in 2010 and led Resonant Fund I through over 50 financings in 14 portfolio companies. The Fund I portfolio has settled into top quartile status in terms of IRR and TVPI for 2010 vintage funds. He currently serves on the board of directors of Filament, Inc.  Prior to founding Resonant, Michael worked with Menlo Innovations to help develop the first production release of Accuri Cytometer’s C6 Flow Cytometer. Before Menlo, Michael built the royalty allocation system for the Independent Online Distribution Alliance, acquired in 2009 by Sony Music Entertainment (SME). Prior to IODA, Michael worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as a software engineer with Zengine (IPO Nasdaq: ZNGN), WebCrawler and Excite, Inc. which was acquired by AT&T for $6.7B.  Michael earned a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and an MBA from the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Michael is the acting Wolverine Venture Fund Alumni Manager and signatory to the University of Michigan's Board of Regents for the nation's first and largest student led venture capital fund. He also serves as Executive in Residence to the U of M's Desai Accelerator.  Michael has also served on several nonprofit boards in the Ann Arbor area including the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association, and the Moo Duk Martial Arts Institute.

Michael Godwin

Michael has worked with venture backed startups since 1996 and has been a venture capitalist since 2008. He founded Resonant in 2010 and led Resonant Fund I through over 50 financings in 14 portfolio companies. The Fund I portfolio has settled into top quartile status in terms of IRR and TVPI for 2010 vintage funds. He currently serves on the board of directors of Filament, Inc.

Prior to founding Resonant, Michael worked with Menlo Innovations to help develop the first production release of Accuri Cytometer’s C6 Flow Cytometer. Before Menlo, Michael built the royalty allocation system for the Independent Online Distribution Alliance, acquired in 2009 by Sony Music Entertainment (SME). Prior to IODA, Michael worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as a software engineer with Zengine (IPO Nasdaq: ZNGN), WebCrawler and Excite, Inc. which was acquired by AT&T for $6.7B.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and an MBA from the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Michael is the acting Wolverine Venture Fund Alumni Manager and signatory to the University of Michigan's Board of Regents for the nation's first and largest student led venture capital fund. He also serves as Executive in Residence to the U of M's Desai Accelerator.

Michael has also served on several nonprofit boards in the Ann Arbor area including the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association, and the Moo Duk Martial Arts Institute.

  Betsy Hoover   Betsy has deep experience with political technology. Her political career began in 2007 as an organizer on the first Obama Campaign. In 2012, she served as the National Digital Organizing Director, sitting at the intersection of field, digital, and technology. In 2013, Betsy co-founded 270 Strategies - a public engagement firm that works with political campaigns, causes, and companies all over the world. She started HGL because she is still recommending the same tools to clients now that she used as an organizer 10 years ago.  Betsy is an organizer first. She has been recognized by Business Insider as “at the forefront of political innovation" and was featured on Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30: Law & Policy" list for her work on the president's re-election campaign.

Betsy Hoover

Betsy has deep experience with political technology. Her political career began in 2007 as an organizer on the first Obama Campaign. In 2012, she served as the National Digital Organizing Director, sitting at the intersection of field, digital, and technology. In 2013, Betsy co-founded 270 Strategies - a public engagement firm that works with political campaigns, causes, and companies all over the world. She started HGL because she is still recommending the same tools to clients now that she used as an organizer 10 years ago.

Betsy is an organizer first. She has been recognized by Business Insider as “at the forefront of political innovation" and was featured on Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30: Law & Policy" list for her work on the president's re-election campaign.

  Kim Lear   Kim is a writer and researcher who explores how emerging trends impact the future of our workforce and marketplace. As the founder and content director of Inlay Insights, Kim is at the forefront of  cutting edge research to uncover cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. She is known for her ability to use a mix of data, storytelling, humor, and actionable takeaways to discuss the trends that most impact the bottom line of organizations. Previously, Kim was the content director at a research firm dedicated to generational and Millennials trends.  Her undergrad research is around Baby Boomers and longevity. Her post-grad work is around Millennials and social media networks.  Kim has keynoted for some of the most renowned companies in the  world. She has received rave reviews from clients such as American Express, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Disney, General Mills, Linked In, Mastercard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wells Fargo, and more. In addition to speaking, Kim has written whitepapers on the topics of generational wealth transfer in the finance sector, retirement trends in the hospitality industry, work/life balance trends in the healthcare industry, and Gen Z trends in the student housing industry.  A researcher to the very core, Kim employs eye-opening statistics to accentuate her points and mixes them with stories and case studies to make her message come alive. She is a sought-after expert and has been featured on NPR as well as national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, TIME Magazine USA Today and more. She was most currently the head of research on a new book published by Harper Collins about Gen Z, the teenage demographic.  When not delving into the minutia of human behavior, you can find Kim paddle boarding, planning an overseas adventure or reading Game of Thrones spoilers on Reddit.  Kim lives in Minneapolis with her husband and daughter.

Kim Lear

Kim is a writer and researcher who explores how emerging trends impact the future of our workforce and marketplace. As the founder and content director of Inlay Insights, Kim is at the forefront of
cutting edge research to uncover cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. She is known for her ability to use a mix of data, storytelling, humor, and actionable takeaways to discuss the trends that most impact the bottom line of organizations. Previously, Kim was the content director at a research firm dedicated to generational and Millennials trends.

Her undergrad research is around Baby Boomers and longevity. Her post-grad work is around Millennials and social media networks.

Kim has keynoted for some of the most renowned companies in the
world. She has received rave reviews from clients such as American Express, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Disney, General Mills, Linked In, Mastercard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wells Fargo, and more. In addition to speaking, Kim has written whitepapers on the topics of generational wealth transfer in the finance sector, retirement trends in the hospitality industry, work/life balance trends in the healthcare industry, and Gen Z trends in the student housing industry.

A researcher to the very core, Kim employs eye-opening statistics to accentuate her points and mixes them with stories and case studies to make her message come alive. She is a sought-after expert and has been featured on NPR as well as national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, TIME Magazine USA Today and more. She was most currently the head of research on a new book published by Harper Collins about Gen Z, the teenage demographic.

When not delving into the minutia of human behavior, you can find Kim paddle boarding, planning an overseas adventure or reading Game of Thrones spoilers on Reddit.

Kim lives in Minneapolis with her husband and daughter.

  Marlon Marshall   Marlon Marshall is a Founding Partner at 270 Strategies. He has held a series of key positions in national Democratic politics and has worked in states with some of the most contentious election contests in recent history. He served as the Obama campaign’s Missouri General Election Director in 2008 and the Deputy National Field Director for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. In between, Marlon was the National Field Director and later Executive Director the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).  During the Obama Administration, Marlon served as a Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director in the Office of Public Engagement. He led the on-the-ground enrollment effort for the historic Affordable Care Act and was instrumental in helping the Administration launch the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, a program that worked with cities and focused on making sure young people of color and all youth have a chance to succeed. He rejoined the 270 team in 2017 after serving as Director of States and Political Engagement for the Hillary for America campaign.  Marlon hails from St. Louis, Missouri and is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he majored in Communications Studies. He is a die-hard fan of the Jayhawks and the St. Louis Cardinals. Marlon was recently a Fellow at the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, an experience that inspired him to return to Georgetown in pursuit of a master’s degree.

Marlon Marshall

Marlon Marshall is a Founding Partner at 270 Strategies. He has held a series of key positions in national Democratic politics and has worked in states with some of the most contentious election contests in recent history. He served as the Obama campaign’s Missouri General Election Director in 2008 and the Deputy National Field Director for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. In between, Marlon was the National Field Director and later Executive Director the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

During the Obama Administration, Marlon served as a Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director in the Office of Public Engagement. He led the on-the-ground enrollment effort for the historic Affordable Care Act and was instrumental in helping the Administration launch the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, a program that worked with cities and focused on making sure young people of color and all youth have a chance to succeed. He rejoined the 270 team in 2017 after serving as Director of States and Political Engagement for the Hillary for America campaign.

Marlon hails from St. Louis, Missouri and is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he majored in Communications Studies. He is a die-hard fan of the Jayhawks and the St. Louis Cardinals. Marlon was recently a Fellow at the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, an experience that inspired him to return to Georgetown in pursuit of a master’s degree.

  Cindy Sui   Cindy Sui is an Analyst and Data Scientist at Clarity Campaign Labs, where for the past 3 years she has led polling, modeling, experiments and other analytics projects end-to-end for various gubernatorial, US House and statewide ballot initiative races throughout the country. She loves to use data to figure out what's working, how better to communicate with people, and how to drive behavior change. In her spare time, she loves to read and to learn new things.

Cindy Sui

Cindy Sui is an Analyst and Data Scientist at Clarity Campaign Labs, where for the past 3 years she has led polling, modeling, experiments and other analytics projects end-to-end for various gubernatorial, US House and statewide ballot initiative races throughout the country. She loves to use data to figure out what's working, how better to communicate with people, and how to drive behavior change. In her spare time, she loves to read and to learn new things.

  Paul Sullivan   Paul was born in Buffalo, New York. His father, Thomas, was a police officer who was fatally injured in the line of duty when Paul was 3. He was raised by his mother and his grandparents. Paul moved to Hawaii in 1965 and, in 1970, graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in American Studies. In 1971 Paul joined the McGovern for President Campaign and over the following years he held numerous high-level positions in various presidential campaigns including; national field director, director of operations, national campaign manager (McGovern ’84), and deputy campaign manager (Clinton ’92). Paul served President Carter as the Executive Director of the Democratic Party and the Associate Deputy Administrator for the Small Business Administration. In 1990, Paul helped coordinate activities between the Kuwaiti Cabinet and the Coalition Forces during the liberation and initial reconstruction of Kuwait. After serving as the Deputy Political Director of President Clinton’s transition team in 1992, Paul and his wife, Karen, returned to Hawaii and established a real estate development company. In 1996, they adopted a baby boy. They live in Kailua, Hawaii with their son, Tom, and O’Doon, their Irish wolfhound.  Because of the catastrophe that befell our country on November 8, 2016 Paul came out of “political retirement” by designing, developing and on July 4th, 2018, launching, Make It Personal, a nation-wide volunteer recruitment and voter contact program. Paul licensed the Make It Personal software to The Tuesday Company in September 2018.

Paul Sullivan

Paul was born in Buffalo, New York. His father, Thomas, was a police officer who was fatally injured in the line of duty when Paul was 3. He was raised by his mother and his grandparents. Paul moved to Hawaii in 1965 and, in 1970, graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in American Studies. In 1971 Paul joined the McGovern for President Campaign and over the following years he held numerous high-level positions in various presidential campaigns including; national field director, director of operations, national campaign manager (McGovern ’84), and deputy campaign manager (Clinton ’92). Paul served President Carter as the Executive Director of the Democratic Party and the Associate Deputy Administrator for the Small Business Administration. In 1990, Paul helped coordinate activities between the Kuwaiti Cabinet and the Coalition Forces during the liberation and initial reconstruction of Kuwait. After serving as the Deputy Political Director of President Clinton’s transition team in 1992, Paul and his wife, Karen, returned to Hawaii and established a real estate development company. In 1996, they adopted a baby boy. They live in Kailua, Hawaii with their son, Tom, and O’Doon, their Irish wolfhound.

Because of the catastrophe that befell our country on November 8, 2016 Paul came out of “political retirement” by designing, developing and on July 4th, 2018, launching, Make It Personal, a nation-wide volunteer recruitment and voter contact program. Paul licensed the Make It Personal software to The Tuesday Company in September 2018.

  Terry Walsh   Terry is a leading paid media consultant and successful political tech entrepreneur. He has been at the forefront of developing innovative communications programs and embracing cutting edge technology that wins campaigns.   Having worked on Barack Obama’s landmark Senate campaign in 2004, Terry served as Obama for America’s lead mail consultant in 2008, directing mail in 9 of the 16-targeted states across the Midwest and Great Lakes. In 2012, Terry served as the Deputy Director of Paid Communications for OFA, responsible for developing targeting and state strategies for all battleground state paid media channels.  Terry has helped to elect governors, senators and members of Congress in over a dozen states. He has also worked on legislative campaigns in his home state of Michigan and adoptive home of Illinois, helping to win majorities in the House and Senate in both states respectively.  The Strategy Group hired Terry as an intern in 1991; he became a partner in 1996 and president of the company in 2004. Terry received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Michigan, and earned his juris doctorate from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He has lectured at the Harvard Kennedy School and the American Bar Association and is a member of the Illinois Bar.

Terry Walsh

Terry is a leading paid media consultant and successful political tech entrepreneur. He has been at the forefront of developing innovative communications programs and embracing cutting edge technology that wins campaigns.

Having worked on Barack Obama’s landmark Senate campaign in 2004, Terry served as Obama for America’s lead mail consultant in 2008, directing mail in 9 of the 16-targeted states across the Midwest and Great Lakes. In 2012, Terry served as the Deputy Director of Paid Communications for OFA, responsible for developing targeting and state strategies for all battleground state paid media channels.

Terry has helped to elect governors, senators and members of Congress in over a dozen states. He has also worked on legislative campaigns in his home state of Michigan and adoptive home of Illinois, helping to win majorities in the House and Senate in both states respectively.

The Strategy Group hired Terry as an intern in 1991; he became a partner in 1996 and president of the company in 2004. Terry received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Michigan, and earned his juris doctorate from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He has lectured at the Harvard Kennedy School and the American Bar Association and is a member of the Illinois Bar.

  Manuela Zoninsein   Manuela Zoninsein is a tech entrepreneur, an angel investor, and former agri-business journalist; she is currently leading business partnerships in Latin America at Palantir. As an investor and a business leader, Manuela’s goal is consistently to make game-changing opportunities possible. She and her husband are frequent supporters of candidates and tools that cultivate a more representative, equitable, and inclusive democracy. Manuela is the founding Chair for the Operating Board of Pursuit (formerly C4Q), a non-profit which believes that people from every community and background should have the opportunity to learn to code, gain jobs in tech, and create companies of the future. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Metcalf Institute. Manuela received her Masters of Science from the University of Oxford and her BA from Harvard University in Social Studies with a minor in Latin American Studies; she is currently pursuing her MBA at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Manuela Zoninsein

Manuela Zoninsein is a tech entrepreneur, an angel investor, and former agri-business journalist; she is currently leading business partnerships in Latin America at Palantir. As an investor and a business leader, Manuela’s goal is consistently to make game-changing opportunities possible. She and her husband are frequent supporters of candidates and tools that cultivate a more representative, equitable, and inclusive democracy. Manuela is the founding Chair for the Operating Board of Pursuit (formerly C4Q), a non-profit which believes that people from every community and background should have the opportunity to learn to code, gain jobs in tech, and create companies of the future. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Metcalf Institute. Manuela received her Masters of Science from the University of Oxford and her BA from Harvard University in Social Studies with a minor in Latin American Studies; she is currently pursuing her MBA at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.