Women Who Tech:4th Annual Telesummit for Women In Technology. May 23,2012

Committee Bios

Allyson Kapin Allyson Kapin

Founder, Women Who Tech

Allyson has been named one of “Top Tech Titans” by the Washingtonian and one of the top 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter by Forbes for her leadership role in technology and social media. As Founding Partner of Rad Campaign she leads the firm’s client and online strategic services. For over a decade Allyson has helped non-profit organizations and political campaigns create dynamic and award-winning websites and online marketing and recruitment campaigns.

She works side-by-side with her clients to meet their web needs and maximize their online effectiveness to create real world impact.As part of the first generation of online advocacy experts, Allyson has a thorough understanding of the rapidly changing world of online activism. She is an expert in the latest trends in social networking, blogging, online video, and other online tools and strategies and advises her clients on how to cost effectively incorporate them into their Internet plans and online campaigns. Her campaigns have been recognized with several prestigious web awards and featured on several top media networks ranging from CNN to NPR and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Allyson has spearheaded campaigns for organizations ranging from American Rights at Work to National Breast Cancer Coalition and Save Darfur Coalition. She has also been a featured speaker on web design, Internet marketing and social media at national conferences.

In 2007 Allyson founded Women Who Tech: A Telesummit for Women in Technology working in the non-profit and political campaign world featuring Arianna Huffington of HuffingtonPost.com and Joan Blades of Moveon.org. She sits on the Advisory Board of the New Organizing Institute and the Planning Committee for NTEN’s NTC conference and O’Reilly’s Gov 2.0 Expo.

Allyson started the Radical Tech blog for FastCompany.com focusing on trends in technology and Web 2.0 and serves as the Blogger-In-Chief for Care2’s nonprofit communications blog Frogloop.

Eve Eve Fox

As Vice President of eCampaigns at M+R Strategic Services, Eve plans and implements creative and effective online advocacy, outreach, fundraising and recruitment campaigns on behalf of a range of non-profit clients including the Save Darfur Coalition, American Rights at Work, Oxfam America, Defenders of Wildlife, and the ACLU.

She specializes in writing for the web and developing innovative strategies to help organizations streamline and strengthen their web presence, move policy, recruit supporters, educate the public, and raise money online.

Fox also created and manages the ProgressiveExchange, a rapidly growing online community of people using the Internet to further a variety of progressive causes and launched M+R’s data-driven article series in an effort to share information and best practices for this developing field with the public interest community.  Prior to joining M+R, Fox worked in women’s health and environmental advocacy. She was also a member of the start-up communications team at Oceana, a new international ocean conservation and advocacy group, writing original copy for their web site, developing their image bank, and serving as Internet Activist Relationship Manager. Fox is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

Coming Soon! Judith Freeman

Judith is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Organizer of the New Organizing Institute. Before joining the NOI full-time, Judith Freeman was the Senior Political Strategist in the AFL-CIO’s Political department. Previously, she was the Director of Information Technology for Working America at the AFL-CIO. During the 2004 presidential election, she worked for the Kerry campaign at national headquarters as an online organizer, playing a key role in mobilizing hundreds of thousands of volunteers nationwide. She has consulted to several political and non-profit campaigns on Internet strategy and membership data management, including Casey for Senate, Angelides for Governor and the Wilderness Society. Before combining her two passions of organizing and technology, she worked for 5 years as a Network Engineer and Systems Programmer for the Network Security Center at the University of Chicago where she also organized for human rights campaigns.

Lynne D. Johnson Lynne D Johnson

Lynne d Johnson is SVP, Social Media for the Advertising Research Foundation, where she is responsible for content, brand and social media development and strategy, and managing the ARF Social Media Council. In her role, she guides members on how they can best utilize social media to gain insights and achieve their business objectives, and she’ll expand the ARF’s social media presence. Formerly, she was Senior Editor & Community Director for Fastcompany.com where she oversaw both content and community functionality, and wrote the Digital Media Diva blog.

Also a consultant, Lynne works with Web and media properties on content, brand, and social media development and strategy. She’s also a sought after speaker, and has presented keynotes and moderated panels around the world about the future of media, web 2.0, women in tech, African-Americans in tech, hip-hop, and the intersection of music and technology.

Prior to joining Fast Company, she was the General Manager, New Media for VIBE, SPIN, and VIBE Vixen where she she managed marketing, editorial, production, business development, and sales operations for the magazines’ websites and mobile properties. Her personal blog, Lynne d Johnson music, media, my life, which launched in July 2001, is the recipient of the 2006 Black Weblog Awards Black Blogger Achievement Award.

Rita King Rita King

Rita J. King is Innovator-in-Residence at IBM’s Analytics Virtual Center, a Security Futurist at the Aspen Institute, a Senior Fellow at two think-tanks: The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress in Washington DC. She is the Creative Director of the Imagination Age and Founder of Dancing Ink Productions. Her essays, various writings and works of art have been commissioned, published and exhibited globally. She thinks of technology as a prism held up to the bright beam of the imagination to create a new global culture and economy.

Rosalyn Lemieux Rosalyn Lemieux

Rosalyn is the co-founder of Fission Strategy, a social media and online communications firm. Lemieux previously served as the Director of the New Organizing Institute, worked for MoveOn.org Political Action, and was the Internet director for the Feminist Majority.

Jen Moseley Jen Moseley

Jen Moseley, a Philadelphia native, now lives in Washington, DC. She is the former Political Editor of Feministing.com. Previously Jen worked for NARAL Pro-Choice America and the National Abortion Federation. She has been involved in the Reproductive Rights movement forever, as she was lucky enough to study under the most amazing feminist icon you’ve never heard of – her mother.

Michelle Murrain Michelle Murrain

Michelle Murrain, is a partner at Open Issue. She has a Ph.D. has worked with nonprofit and educational organizations on technology issues, particularly internet technologies,
since 1994, and is a nationally recognized leader in the nonprofit technology field. She is the coordinator of the Non Profit Open Source Initiative (NOSI). She blogs on nonprofit technology at Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology.

Kelly O'Neal Kelly O’Neal

Kelly is an independent consult helping nonprofits organizations develop online campaign strategies to better utilize the Internet as an organizing, fundraising, and outreach tool. She has created and implemented online strategies recruiting hundreds of thousands of online supporters and raising millions of dollars online for a variety of organization including Oceana, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, League of Conservation Voters, Union of Concerned Scientists, and SaveOurEnvionment.org. Prior to her work as an online communications specialist, Kelly worked on several electoral campaigns and has experience as a lobbyist and grassroots organizer working on environmental protection, campaign finance reform, and consumer safety issues.

Holly Ross Holly Ross

Holly has spent more than seven years at NTEN, combing through all the technology fads and listening to the NTEN community to line up the webinars, conferences, and research that will help members use technology to make the world a better place. From ubiquitous access to technology leadership to social media trends, Holly brings the wisdom of the NTEN crowd to the nonprofit sector.

Holly came to nonprofit technology after working for social change at CALPIRG and during her college days at UC Berkeley.  In between meetings and emailing, Holly tries to raise her 3 year old daughter and occasionally pays attention to her fabulous husband.

Katrin Verclas Katrin Verclas

Panel: Mobile Activism

Katrin is co-founder and editor of MobileActive.org, a global network of practitioners using mobile phones in social change work. She was, until recently, also the Executive Director of NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network, the national association of IT professionals working in the more than one million nonprofit organizations in the United States.

Katrin is passionate about the use of technology in democratic participation, economic empowerment, community organizing, and government accountability.

She believes in the importance of community, the power of networks, the good will of people, our ability to collaborate for a common good, the inherent political-ness of everyday life, and the power of people using technology to better this world.

Katrin has a strong background in IT management, IT in social change organizations, and in philanthropy. Prior to NTEN and MobileActive.org, she has led several nonprofit organizations, and served as a program officer at the Proteus Fund for six years, focusing on the use of technology in civic and democratic participation, and in government transparency. She is currently engaged in researching and writing a publication on mobile use in civil society with the UN Foundation and Vodafone Foundation Group, among other projects.