About — Future Now

The Mission

Future Now Fund is building the power to improve Americans’ lives – by winning state legislative majorities and working with them to achieve goals for the common good. We win state legislative majorities by focusing on strategic races and chambers, crowdfunding with Giving Circles, and providing substantial-on-the-ground support.

Future Now is developing the most robust state legislative support system ever built, to help state legislators achieve meaningful results.

The Electoral
Strategy

All Future Now Fund spending is about winning elections and building the capacity to keep winning for years to come. Our spending is aimed at developing the long-term infrastructure that most states don’t have to win state legislative majorities. Future Now Fund has established a unique role at the nexus of state legislative politics — bringing relationships, contributions and expertise to the candidates, caucuses and states that need it most.

In each state we work in, we do a thorough analysis of the on-the-ground infrastructure. We then work closely with in-state players to fill in the gaps, for this year and beyond. At every step, we empower candidates with the ability to put down the phone and get out into their districts.

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The Class of 2018

Wade Carlisle
AZ
A small business owner and Arizona native who wants to use his experience as Vice Mayor of Holbrook to help his district reach its full potential.
Hazel Chandler
AZ
This self-described “grandmother concerned about the future” has spent her career trying to make things better for future generations: fighting for programs that promote early childhood education and health care for kids.
Domingo DeGrazia
AZ
An attorney with over a decade of experience in juvenile court who has witnessed first hand the challenges facing the foster care system and believes he can be the one to fix them.
Kristin Dybvig-Pawelko
AZ
Has spent the last 20 years as an ASU professor and is running because she believes educators are best suited to make the changes the Arizona public education system needs.
Doug Ervin
AZ
An accountant, environmentalist and outdoor thrill-seeker who knows how to make the numbers work so Arizonans can have good schools and a growing economy.
Felicia French
AZ
A retired Army Colonel with 32 years of service who wants to use her decades of leadership experience to promote equality for all Arizonans and to provide adequate support for veterans and their families.
Chris Gilfillan
AZ
A lawyer with a passion for public service who sees students as Arizona’s top priority – and will work to fix the school system that is failing them.
Sharon Girard
AZ
A lifelong advocate for women’s reproductive freedom who volunteered at free medical clinics and mentored high school students.
Julie Gunnigle
AZ
A former prosecutor who tried financial crimes and public corruption cases and wants to bring transparent government, fully funded education and accountable representation to the statehouse.
Jennifer Jermaine
AZ
A small business owner with a long history of advocating for public health and other issues on behalf of nonprofit and social services organizations. Started a network to register voters and organize communities, drawing 10,000 members within days.
Kathy Knecht
AZ
A lifelong advocate for education as a teacher and school board member, who believes that her idealism is her biggest strength.
Eric Kurland
AZ
A teacher in Arizona for over 20 years and education advocate who believes Arizona kids deserve a better future.
Aaron Lieberman
AZ
A lifelong educator and early education advocate who believes that Arizona was once a place of inclusion, opportunity and optimism – and thinks it can be that way again.
Christine Marsh
AZ
Arizona’s 2016 Teacher of the Year has taught more than 3,500 students over 25 years and is ready to make sure her state finally invests in kids.
Jennifer Pawlik
AZ
A teacher for nearly two decades whose proven commitment to the Arizona education system and her community gives her a unique perspective on how Arizona can do better for its kids.
Jennifer Samuels
AZ
An 8th grade English teacher who decided she needed to stand up for her students and her 3 daughters after experiencing firsthand the flaws of Arizona’s school system.
Steve Weichert
AZ
A father of two and healthcare professional whose experience losing a job in the '08 financial crisis gives him a unique understanding of what it means to struggle to support a family in today’s economy.
Ned Claxton
ME
A longtime family physician who understands the importance of listening to and learning from constituents in order to find common ground.
Laura Fortman
ME
A labor leader and women's rights activist, whose record championing social and economic justice took her from Augusta to the Obama Administration to the Maine Women's Hall of Fame.
Erin Herbig
ME
The House Majority Leader, mother of two and 5th-generation Mainer who is ready to bring her record of helping families and rural communities to the Maine Senate.
Louis Luchini
ME
A high school cross country coach, all-American runner and state representative who was named "Legislator of the Year" for his work with veterans.
Joey Andrews
MI
Came home to an economically depressed community and decided to fight for it, starting his own solar energy business and running with an agenda for new economic development.
Kelly Breen
MI
An attorney, city council member and mom who has spent her life standing up for people, and believes that she can make the state of Michigan work better for everyone.
Kristen Brown
MI
A lawyer with her own practice focused on advocating for the most vulnerable.
Tanya Cabala
MI
A former public school teacher and a single mom who was inducted into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame for her work leading a successful grassroots campaign to protect the Great Lakes.
Berta Griffin
MI
A single mother, educator and small business owner who has devoted herself to improving the health and well-being of those in her community, especially kids.
Jim Haadsma
MI
A lawyer and former county commissioner who knows how to fight for the success of hard-working families.
Matt Koleszar
MI
A public school teacher and coach whose passion for education took root at a young age, inspired by his single mom.
Padma Kuppa
MI
An Indian-American immigrant who is running to make sure her community stays true to the spirit and values it embodied when she first arrived 20 years ago.
Michelle LaVoy
MI
A lifelong community leader and the Clerk-Treasurer of Monroe who's running to build an economy that works for everyone.
David Lossing
MI
With a resume that includes serving as Linden Mayor, helping run a U.S. Senator’s office and advocating for Michigan’s public universities, he knows what it means to be a committed public servant.
Mari Manoogian
MI
A third-generation Michigander and descendant of Armenian immigrants ready to bring her experiences from the State Department to Lansing.
Dan O’Neil
MI
Has spent 30 years challenging unequal pay for women and fighting for fairness for those who need it most. He's running to fight for those same values in Lansing.
Laurie Pohutsky
MI
A lifelong Michigander who saw at an early age that lawmakers can have a big impact when her Teamster father went to work for the city of Dearborn Heights.
Kathy Wiejaczka
MI
Kathy’s 40-year career as a nurse is the foundation of her advocacy for patients, their families, and her entire district.
Angela Witwer
MI
An Entrepreneur of the Year and a community leader whose commitment to advancing quality healthcare drives her professional and personal pursuits.
Sydney Batch
NC
A child welfare advocate and family law attorney who runs her own practice and whose recent early diagnosis of non-invasive breast cancer has renewed her drive to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to affordable healthcare.
Christy Clark
NC
A leading gun safety advocate who has led her state’s chapter of Moms Demand Action for the last two years.
Ashton Clemmons
NC
An Alamance County native and assistant superintendent for Thomasville City schools.
Leslie Cohen
NC
Raised by a single mother from the time she was eleven, Leslie decided to run after H.B. 2 threatened her children’s rights.
Terence Everitt
NC
A father and small business owner in Wake Forest whose legal practice is devoted to helping other small businesses.
James Gailliard
NC
A long-time senior pastor who re-committed himself to serving his community after his son’s 2014 death in a car crash.
Julie von Haefen
NC
A Wake County PTA president, lawyer and fierce advocate for public education who fights for abused and neglected children in court.
Wesley Harris
NC
An economics professor who learned how to advocate for his values growing up as a progressive in rural North Carolina.
Rachel Hunt
NC
Raised to value education, this daughter of “The Education Governor,” Jim Hunt, has founded two education consulting businesses and volunteered in local public schools.
Terri LeGrand
NC
Works to ensure that Wake Forest University students have access to financial aid.
Brandon Lofton
NC
The son of a public school teacher who serves the Queen City as a leader on equity, children’s rights and homelessness.
Lisa Mathis
NC
Got her first job at 16 (the early morning shift at McDonald’s), started her first company at 25 and today runs a family arts space.
Erica McAdoo
NC
A pianist, teacher, paralegal and business manager who is raising three goats, 30 chickens, three dogs and three cats in a 100-year-old farmhouse.
Marcia Morgan
NC
A former teacher and Army Colonel who served two tours in the Pentagon (including working for the Chief of Staff of the Army) and is aiming to become one of North Carolina’s first openly LGBTQ legislators.
Joe Sam Queen
NC
A square dance caller, architect, farmer, businessman, Sunday school teacher and former state legislator.
Ray Russell
NC
The founder of locally famous RaysWeather.com who is also a computer science professor at Appalachian State and a minister.
Kandie Smith
NC
The first black woman elected as Greenville’s mayor who drove over $200 million in growth for her city during her tenure.
Ron Wesson
NC
A Bertie County native who leads North Carolina’s association of county commissioners.
Jenn Alford-Teaster
NH
A New Hampshire native, academic researcher and first-time candidate, whose politics have been shaped by her rise from childhood poverty, living on food stamps, to a career at Dartmouth College.
Bill Bolton
NH
A town selectman and lifelong government employee who is running to improve the quality of life for his constituents.
Shannon Chandley
NH
A three-term New Hampshire State Representative and board member for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence whose legislative priorities have reflected her commitment to gender equality and environmental protection.
Jeanne Dietsch
NH
A proven leader and successful business woman running to ensure the next generation of Granite Staters have the tools they need for success.
Mason Donovan
NH
An entrepreneur, best-selling author and community leader who worked two jobs in college to put himself through graduate school. He would be the third openly LGBTQ member in the history of the State Senate.
Melanie Levesque
NH
A small business owner, former State Representative and women’s rights advocate who would be the first African American elected to the State Senate.
Jon Morgan
NH
A terrorism and cyber security expert and entrepreneur who created and ran an international business development firm focused on Africa.
Tom Sherman
NH
A beloved physician, public health advocate and former State Representative who worked tirelessly to get legislation directly addressing the opioid crisis to the governor’s desk and into law.

The Class of 2017

Jennifer Carroll Foy
VA
Elizabeth Guzman
VA
Chris Hurst
VA
Kathy Tran
VA
David Reid
VA
Schuyler VanValkenburg
VA
Karrie Delaney
VA
Hala Ayala
VA
Cheryl Turpin
VA

The Team

Adam Pritzker
Co-Founder & Chairman
Jeffrey Sachs
Co-Founder

A global leader in economics, Professor Sachs is University Professor at Columbia University, a best selling author, and an advisor to governments throughout the U.S. at the city, state, and national level, and for heads of state around the world.
Daniel Squadron
Co-Founder & Executive Director

Executive Director of Future Now and Future Now Fund. He was elected the youngest member of the New York State Senate in 2008, serving until 2017. He co-authored Senator Chuck Schumer’s Positively American: Winning Back the Middle Class Majority One Family at a Time and has worked for electoral campaigns, as well as transportation and education causes.
Mimi O Chun
Board Member & Creative Director-At-Large

Mimi leverages over 20 years of design experience bringing opportunities to life from the initial expression of a brand to products that live in the world. As a founder, advisor, and consultant, she has crafted online and offline experiences for a range of companies including IDEO and General Assembly.
John Raskin
Board Member & Strategist

John is a leader in building grassroots power to win policy change in the public interest. He is Executive Director of the Riders Alliance, New York's largest organization of public transit riders, and is a leading advocate for a renewed public investment in New York's public infrastructure.
David Karp
Board Member & Technology Advisor

David is an American entrepreneur and the founder and former CEO of blogging platform Tumblr, acquired by Yahoo in 2013. According to the MIT Technology Review, he was amongst the 35 highest ranking innovators of the world below the age of 35. He has served as a member of the Planned Parenthood Board of Directors since 2014.
Lauren Popper Ellis
Director of Policy & Legal

Lauren has worked on law and policy at the state level in the Attorney General’s Office, the Governor’s Office and the State Senate in New York and also has campaign experience at the local, state, and national levels.
Marissa Miller
Director of Finance

Marissa joined us after five years at Ubuntu Pathways (formerly Ubuntu Education Fund), a South-African based nonprofit organization, where she managed special projects and fundraising. She originally hails from New Hampshire and is a graduate of New York University.
Alyssa Cass
Director of Politics & Communications

Alyssa is a seasoned communications professional who has helped clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to nonprofits navigate the intersection of policy, politics and business. She was previously a Managing Director at Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher and the global head of communications at Handy, a New York-based home services startup.
Hannah Simon
Policy and Communications Associate

Before joining Future Now, Hannah worked on congressional campaigns in New Jersey and was a healthcare consultant at BDO, a professional services firm in New York. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MPH from Columbia University.