Staff & Advisory Board
Ann Dermody Managing Editor
Ann Dermody is the Managing Editor for Marketing at CQ Roll Call, in charge of developing thoughtful and engaging content that serves associations, nonprofits, and the advocacy community. She spent 6 years as managing editor of content at BoatU.S., an association for recreational boaters, and served on the Board of Directors for Association Media and Publishing. Before BoatU.S., Ann was Editorial Director of Luxury Destinations, a travel and business supplement, features editor for Ireland on Sunday (now the Irish Daily Mail), and has been a freelance writer, editor and columnist for The Sunday Tribune, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, and UK Independent. You can contact Ann at AnnDermody@CQRollCall.com or follow her on Twitter at @Anndermody
Gerry Gunster Chairman, Advisory Board
Gunster is president and CEO of Goddard Gunster, where he oversees international and state advocacy issues, providing strategic counsel for Goddard Gunster and directing ballot measure and branding campaigns. Gerry has a remarkable success record managing issue advocacy and ballot measure campaigns in more than twenty states and Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of the 2013 AAPC Excellence Award for “Best Public Affairs Campaign of the Year.” Follow him at @GoddardGunster
Ryan Cassin Advisory Board Member
Ryan Cassin, CEO of Beast Digital, is a digital and political strategist who represented corporations, non-profits, universities and political campaigns from state House and Senate caucuses to multimillion-dollar statewide and presidential races. Cassin began his career at age 14 as a sought-after programmer and the youngest credited developer of the Firefox web browser. In 2010, Cassin has developed custom software platforms empowering volunteers and field office staff to deploy targeted voter contact programs. The platform has helped campaigns save money, increase efficiency and effectiveness, and introduce new levels of metrics to grassroots programs. A pioneer in political mobile application development, Cassin also designed and deployed an iPhone-based field program in the 2010 cycle revolutionizing how campaigns and field staff connect with targeted voters in grassroots operations. Follow him at @ryancassin.
Colin Delany Advisory Board Member
Colin Delany is an online communications consultant, a 17-year veteran of digital political communications and the founder and editor of Epolitics.com, a website that focuses on the tools and tactics of internet politics and online advocacy. He is the author of several ebooks, including the digital campaigning guide “How to Use the Internet to Win in 2014” and “Learning from Obama,” the definitive overview of the groundbreaking 2008 online campaign for president. Delany works with advocacy organizations and political groups around the world to help them leverage digital tools to achieve their communications, activism, advocacy and electoral goals. Besides Epolitics.com, he also writes the “Technology Bytes” column for Campaigns & Elections magazine and is a Contributing Editor for the Digital Politics Radio show. Follow him at @epolitics
Pam Fielding Advisory Board Member
Pam Fielding is the president and founder of SevenTwenty Strategies, an integrated public relations and public affairs firm. O’Dwyers ranked SevenTwenty in the top 10 independent public relations firms specializing in public affairs. Her successful campaigns have recruited millions of advocates and donors and sent tens of millions of digital communications to Congress, state legislators, members of the European Parliament and candidates. Fielding and her award-winning firm have developed integrated communications and media campaigns for 29 of the Fortune 500, top trade associations, candidates and elected officials over the last 15 years. Before SevenTwenty Strategies, she spent more than 10 years working for associations and launched one of the top online grassroots mobilization programs in the country for the National Education Association. She is the co-author of “The Net Effect: How Cyberadvocacy is Changing the Political Landscape.” Follow her at @pamfielding529.
David Karpf Advisory Board Member
David Karpf is an assistant professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. His work focuses on strategic communication practices of political associations in America, with a particular interest in Internet-related strategies. David “is the author of The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy,” which highlights the disruptive role that the Internet has played in the advocacy group system. It provides the first detailed analysis of the new generation of “netroots” organizations — groups like MoveOn.org and DailyKos.com — and examines how these new organizations differ from the older nonprofit organizations. Prior to entering academia, David was an environmental organizer with the Sierra Club. Follow him at @davekarpf.