About Us

We are campaigners like you, working for a fairer and more sustainable world.

New/Mode is on a mission to empower real people and communities to participate in decisions that impact their lives. Our multi-channel advocacy and engagement platform helps the world's most important causes activate grassroots support, reach lawmakers, and win campaigns on the issues.

Founded in 2016, New/Mode is proud to be supported and owned by a network of non-profit organizations and social impact investors. We are campaigners just like you, providing an open platform for people and organizations working toward a more sustainable, more just world. 

We currently operate in the US, UK, EU, Canada and Australia, but our tools can be used everywhere participatory democracy exists. Our subscribers are the most awesome grassroots movements, NGOs, campaigns, candidates and change-makers around the world. 

Read New/Mode’s 2019–2020 vision statement

New/Mode's Values Commitment

We believe in a new mode of operation based on the following core principles, and partner with people and organizations who share them.

  1. Empowerment. We empower people to speak in their own voice and take action.
  2. Collaboration. We aim to help build a society that embraces new tools and processes for sharing and cooperation.
  3. Empathy. We celebrate and engage with diversity, uncover others’ needs, and find common ground and shared wins.
  4. Participation. We believe decision-making should be open, transparent, collaborative, and focused on those who will be most impacted in their daily lives.
  5. Sustainability. We help create more sustainable, vibrant, and resilient communities.
  6. Fairness. We work towards a fairer economy and society.

We take our values seriously at New/Mode and we have gone a step further by embedding our values commitment into our Term of Service.

Per our Terms of Service New/Mode subscribers are not permitted to:

  1. Promote or undertake any illegal activity.
  2. Promote the limitation of civil, democratic or minority rights.
  3. Promote non-renewable resource extraction.
  4. Promote low wages, precarious work or the undermining of worker rights.
  5. Promote homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist, classist or otherwise hateful speech.
  6. Promote regressive taxation and privatization of services.
  7. Promote violence, warfare, or colonization.

Content that violates our terms of service may be removed and offending subscribers may lose access to our services.

In addition to our values and dedication to building civic tech for public good, New/Mode is contractually bound to work with “nonprofit, cooperative, or charitable organizations that create benefits for the communities that they serve”.  New/Mode also specifically contributes to the work of digital rights non-profit organization OpenMedia. We want to help rejuvenate democratic engagement.

New/Mode builds tools using open source software and we contribute back to the open source community while using GPL licenses in everything we release. We embrace open web standards/protocols, build open source software, support the Open Supporter Data Interface and we’re committed to utilizing Creative Commons licenses for content.  New/Mode hopes to provide anonymized civic data and analysis as a shared public resource (rather than strictly a commodity) to help researchers and individuals better society. 

New/Mode is supported and owned by a network of non-profit organizations and social impact investors. We are grateful to our partial owner, digital rights organization OpenMedia, which we grew out of, as well as early supporter Vancity Credit Union. All full-time staff members are also provided with an ownership stake in the enterprise and New/Mode is committed to provide all staff a living wage and benefits.

New/Mode has adopted OpenMedia’s operating principles and principles for civic engagement. Non-executive staff enjoy shareholder rights including access to organization information and decision-making by virtue of their ownership stake. Internally we utilize a participatory approach to decision-making such as the “advice process”.

Rather than looking at the world as a series of isolated enterprises and individuals, New/Mode sees its varied collaborators -- from advisers, to contractors, to platform subscribers, to service providers -- as part of a shared cooperative network that is building value and a better future together. New/Mode tools are designed to fuel empowered civic engagement and networked campaigning.

Market Development Specialist
María José Balbontín
María José Balbontín
Campaign Support Specialist
Aaron Brunmeier
Aaron Brunmeier Campaign Advisor
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Jackie DaSilva
Campaign Advisor
alyza devraj
Alyza Devraj
Director of Product
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Ben Étienne
Campaign Strategist
Mikey Franklin
Mikey Franklin
Senior Campaign Advisor
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Mary Holmes
Campaign Advisor
Nikki Koutsochilis
Nikki Koutsochilis
Activation Specialist
Gabriella Learn
Ella Learn
Community Development Specialist
akarshika lowe
Akarshika Lowe
Data Engineer
Natasha Madison
Natasha Madison 
VP of Community & Partnerships
andrew mcquade
Andrew McQuade
Senior Campaign Advisor
michael moran
Michael Moran
Campaign Support Specialist
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Anant Pai
Manager of Campaign Success
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Rachel Phan
Community Engagement Specialist
Abbey Piazza
Activation Specialist
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Purvi Ratnani
Community Outreach Representative
Shamus Reid
Co-Founder & COO
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Tristan Samuk
Campaign Advisor
Prabhjot Bhatia
Technical Customer Support Specialist
Justin Smith
Justin Smith
Activation Specialist
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Shanel Wade
Campaign Advisor
Kim Wysseier
Kim Wysseier
Director of People & Culture
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Yi Yang
Senior Web Developer
Wei Zhang
Wei Zhang
Junior Web Developer
New Media Ventures New Tools Showcase (2019)
Winner, Best New Product/Feature
Winner, Best Overall
Reed Awards (2020)
Finalist, Best Innovation in Advocacy
Finalist, Best Advocacy Technology Platform
Higher Ground Labs (2018 Cohort)
New Media Ventures (2019 Portfolio)
Early Founding Advisor
Partner at Higher Ground Labs, Co-Founder 270 Strategies, former National Digital Organizing Director at Obama Campaign 
Partner at Higher Ground Labs, former Finance Director at Obama Campaign, advisor to the FCC, and special assistant to the White House Counsel
Partner at Higher Ground Labs, Former Deputy CTO of the United States, CEO of Digg and Instapaper
CEO and Fund Manager at Active Impact Investments