Future Now Fund in the News
“Future Now has the grandest ambitions of them all. Combining both a political-action committee, Future Now Fund, and an advocacy group, it strives not only to help progressive candidates win elections, but also to enact, in as many states as possible, a specific and far-reaching policy agenda by 2030.”VIEW ARTICLE
“A national group seeking to help Democrats win control of the Virginia General Assembly is trying a novel approach in key areas of the state: a money challenge that rewards candidates who visit as many voters as possible.”VIEW ARTICLE
“There’s so much focus on the presidency, as if it alone is going to fix all the country’s problems and everything that’s wrong with our politics. We, of course, know that’s not true.” —Daniel SquadronVIEW ARTICLE
“A whole lot of people have found religion on state legislatures but unfortunately they stop at gerrymandering. That’s just the beginning… To that end, Future Now also has a nonprofit arm that embeds itself in state legislatures after elections are over to provide policy and political expertise for Democratic lawmakers.”VIEW ARTICLE
“The illusion that the president can solve all of our country's problems is a very dangerous one. In the last quarter, the Democratic presidential candidates raised enough money to fully fund more than a dozen state legislative campaigns that would have a lasting impact. The maximum number of candidates who can have a lasting impact is one.” —Daniel SquadronVIEW ARTICLE
“We believe strongly that the way you move federal policy is by moving state policy. When you look at the interest for this in red, blue, and purple states, that is a great mandate for the federal government to do something.” —Daniel SquadronVIEW ARTICLE
“For years, narrow special interests have focused on states and it’s poisoned our entire democracy. We aren’t going to win the argument at cocktail parties in Washington, D.C. We’ll win it in state capitols like Phoenix by electing good people who are actually interested in improving lives.”VIEW ARTICLE
“The way to change politics in people’s lives is to change state legislatures. Oh, and by the way, you’ll also change voting rights and gerrymandering along the way.” —Daniel SquadronVIEW ARTICLE
“The ability for candidates to communicate they exist and the freedom for candidates to knock on doors and meet the constituents is game changing in state elections.” As a former New York state senator, Squadron knows the importance of local campaigning and face-to-face contact from local candidates to voters.”VIEW ARTICLE
“The fact is, state legislatures do most of the governing that affects our daily lives, yet only get a fraction of the attention paid to Congress. Particularly at a time when the federal government is gridlocked, the state level is where we can get far more done and deliver the kind of change that improves people's lives.”VIEW ARTICLE
“The start-up model of Future Now and its compatriots rely on one important fact about state legislatures: They’re the cheap seats, relatively speaking. The cost of races for the U.S. House and Senate can easily climb into the millions, but a state legislative campaign is often between $100,000 and $150,000.”VIEW ARTICLE
“[Give Smart’s] call for donations is a money-ball approach to politics, getting the most bang for the least buck. At the state level, small amounts of money can go a long way.”VIEW ARTICLE
“Giving Circles bring people together… and we’re working for change.”VIEW ARTICLE
“Candidates in state legislature races in Colorado, Florida, Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and New York who were endorsed by [Give Smart] woke up to find tens of thousands of dollars in new money.”VIEW ARTICLE
“The Giving Circle is really special because it's not just writing a check. You're engaged in the process.”VIEW ARTICLE
“The idea behind [Give Smart’s] fundraising effort materialized because they realized something somewhat disheartening: Most people don’t really know much about, or pay a lot of attention to, the races happening in their own backyards and certainly not the important ones in states far away.”VIEW ARTICLE
Co-Founder & Chairman
Mr. Pritzker serves as CEO of Assembled Brands, a brand growth platform for consumer product companies. Prior thereto, Mr. Pritzker co-founded General Assembly, where he played a number of financial, operational, and board roles until its acquisition by Addecco Group. For his entrepreneurial endeavors he was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.” He co-founded and serves as Chairman of Future Now Fund, a political action committee funding state-level political races, and Future Now, which uses America’s Goals, a policy framework for state legislatures based on the sustainable development goals, to help lawmakers frame their policy agendas. Mr. Pritzker received a B.A. from Columbia University, where he serves on the President’s Council for Columbia World Projects.
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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.
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. She is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Chief of Staff
Andrew has managed political campaigns in states across the country on the federal, state and municipal level. He most recently worked for BerlinRosen to design direct mail, digital and TV ads for political candidates and organizations. Andrew has also worked in the U.S. Senate and is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
Director of Research and Give Smart
Aaron joined Future Now after co-founding the Give Smart project, which raised almost $1 million for state legislative candidates in 2018. Previously an attorney for various technology companies, he has also written extensively about elections for VICE Magazine and the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining Future Now Fund and Future Now, Seisei was the founding COO at Run for Something, and founded and managed a consulting group with over 70 clients across the Middle East, East Africa, and Europe. She holds a B.A. from McGill University and her M.A. from Columbia University.
Director of Giving Circles
Melissa Walker is an author of 10 novels for young adults and children. A former magazine editor, she now enjoys gathering people together to share stories about how they can pool their resources and change the balance of power in state legislatures. She is a graduate of Vassar College who hails from Chapel Hill, NC, and her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times and Teen Vogue.
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.
Award-winning author and journalist Gayle Forman has written several bestselling novels for young adults, including the Just One Series, I Was Here, Where She Went and the #1 New York Times bestseller If I Stay, which has been translated into more than 40 languages and was adapted into a major motion picture. Gayle's essays and nonfiction work has appeared in publications like The New York Times, Elle, The Nation and Time.
Board Member & Technology Advisor
David is an American entrepreneur and the founder and former CEO of Tumblr, the short-form blogging platform purchased by Yahoo! In 2013. According to the MIT Technology Review TR35 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.
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.
Deborah, an Indiana native, has a career that has spanned two industries—real estate and film—over the last 25 years. She is a Founder and Chairperson of the Simon Youth Foundation (SyF), an organization dedicated to developing schools and programs to educate at-risk youth throughout the country. Deborah also serves on the Board of Regents for Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, Statue of Liberty Board of Directors, Juilliard Board of Trustees, Centennial Chair of the ACLU, and Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, as well as on several Advisory Boards.
Future Now Fund elects the next generation of America’s state leaders to achieve America’s Goals, a legislative blueprint for our nation’s renewal. Future Now Action helps state lawmakers achieve meaningful results through a policy library with model bills, a national network of peers and experts, cutting-edge state-level research, and personalized support. FNF/FNA offers a fast-paced environment focused on using the best available tools and resources to achieve our mission of building state legislative power to improve Americans’ lives. We encourage you to find out more about the organizations’ values here.
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