President and Board Member
Jeff, an attorney, is a founder and President of American Promise. He is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. In his legal career, he has been a partner in a major Boston law firm and has served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the public law enforcement bureau in the Attorney General’s Office in Massachusetts. In 2012, He founded Whaleback Partners LLC, which provides sustainable financing to businesses in the local agriculture economy in New England. Jeff has helped to start and been a board member of many non-profit organizations and businesses. Today, in addition to the board of American Promise, he serves on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts. Twitter: @ClementsJeff
A native of Colorado, Ben comes to American Promise with significant experience both in business and in organizing, public policy and Citizen education and engagement. He has worked as Senior Sourcing Specialist with Monster.com, and previously served as Director of Professional Development with the National Council of History Education in Washington, D.C. Ben was Regional Field Director in a 2014 gubernatorial campaign, and has been an organizer in several campaigns. He is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Colorado, and is currently a candidate for his Masters in Public Administration at Suffolk University in Boston.
Events and Operations Director
Recognized as a reliable, energetic, and organized entrepreneur with strong business and leadership skills Susan is the Events and Operations Director at American Promise. Raised in Wisconsin, she earned her BA from Wheaton College and her MBA from Babson College. Susan started her career at Bank of New England, where she performed various roles including VP of Credit Services. Over the next fifteen years, Susan took her creative flair and strong graphics background to found and operate Custom Signs, Inc., and provided a full range of signage media to businesses and individuals. For the past six years, she was Tea Forté’s Trade Show Manager. In 2016 Susan joined American Promise to dedicate her strong promotional, business, and interpersonal skills to further a cause in which she believes.
As a former Executive Director as well as Field and Data Director for the Massachusetts Democratic Party, Brian has developed experience in, and a love for, community organizing and grassroots campaigning. After leaving the Party, Brian received his J.D. from Suffolk University, held a senior staff position on the Martha Coakley campaign as a leader of its field and data program, and served for the past few years as a consultant on a wide range of political and issue oriented campaigns. Brian comes to American Promise with the goal of committing his political campaign experience to the cause of ending big money in politics.
Citizen Engagement Coordinator
From White House intern to Ohio Field Organizer, Joyce has dedicated herself to the betterment of our government and communities. As a freshman in college, she founded The 100 Collegiate Women of America, an empowerment organization that keeps women's rights and community service at its core. She graduated with over 250 hours of community service, having zealously given her time volunteering at home and abroad. In 2007, Joyce knocked on her first door for a campaign, in 2016 she graduated from Georgia Southern University, and today, is excited to help end Citizens United as part of the Citizen Engagement team at American Promise.
From his previous work on the 28th Amendment with Move To Amend, Johannes will oversee the organization of Writing the 28th Amendment (an interactive collaborative citizen project), add legal support to the ballot initiative and legislative initiatives in the Citizens Uprising, monitor and track our legislator scorecard and Congressional and State vote-count, and expand resources and information about for citizen leaders. Johannes is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, and has practiced environmental law in California.
Communications & Research analyst
Emily comes to American Promise with significant experience in journalism and communications from the University of the District of Columbia, the private sector and positions of increasing responsibility with the Family Online Safety Institute in Washington DC and London UK. She will research, organize, curate, and disseminate the Citizen Connection Center, with key data and stories on the progress towards winning a 28th Amendment and strengthening American democracy, as well as expand our media reach, support American Promise’s member-connection and citizen leader network, and be a resource to journalists, political representatives, and the public for accurate information about the 28th Amendment and money in politics.
Martha has created a body of work in marketing, development, and communications over 20 years in San Francisco, Baltimore, and Boston. Her interest is in the versatility of the written voice and the power of visual storytelling to create emotional connection and motivate action. With a degree in English from Williams College, Stone has served as consultant, editor, strategist, artist, and humorist. Working for American Promise is one way she honors her parents’ service in the last century, and models acts of engaged citizenship for her children who will inherit this one.