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With more than 2 Million texts sent in 2018 alone and a network of 100,000 volunteers, supporters, and donors Build the Wave is one of the fastest growing and most impactful progressive organizations in the nation.

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Build the Wave's Co-Founder Nate Lerner on NowThis

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We mobilize volunteers in areas without competitive elections and get them involved in 2018's most critical races.


By organizing community activist teams across the country we're building a massive volunteer network.


Our work is tailored to drive direct action both on and offline. Success is always measured not by retweets & likes, but votes won. 


Through new technology and innovation, we're developing low cost, powerful campaign tools that make grassroots action easy and effective.


We provide transportation and housing to help get volunteers on the ground to make a difference in elections where they're needed most.


Winning votes is our only priority. That's why we invest in grassroots action — not ineffective TV ads, overpaid consultants, or extravagant fundraisers.   



Build the Wave was founded by a team of experienced and passionate political campaign veterans, on the simple principle that a blue Democratic wave in November will not happen on its own. We need to build it! 


For too long, political organizations and campaigns have needlessly invested funds and resources into TV ads, expensive consultants, overpriced tech, and extravagant fundraisers. Our approach is different. Our team has been at the forefront of the Resistance movement since day one and understand how the political landscape has changed since Trump's election.

The Resistance has given rise to a new wave of grassroots volunteers, digital activists, small-dollar donors, and tech/design professionals willing to donate their skills and expertise. 

Our mission is to harness these new resources to help build a political wave that will roll across the nation, electing a historic number of Democrats to office in November. By tapping into the full grassroots potential of The Resistance — which we saw on full display during the 2018 Midterms — Build the Wave will run a low cost, volunteer-driven operation on an unprecedented scale.    






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Nate Lerner

Executive Director



Mariela Gandara

Digital Director


Matt Gentile

Director of  Partnerships


Linda Hill

Volunteer Coordinator


Build the Wave is powered by a team of grassroots, digital, and volunteer organizers with experience working with a variety of political campaigns and organizations. We aim to inspire action and then mobilize volunteers looking to make as big of an impact as possible.

Nate Lerner has a deep background in both traditional electoral campaigns and organizing in the Trump-era. He has worked on campaigns across the nation, including Pittsburgh, central Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and Nashville. Nate co-founded and serves as the Executive Director of Build the Wave. He is the creator of the Boycott Trump app,, and Call the Staff app and has appeared on MSNBC, NowThis, Fox Business and Larry King. Nate oversees Build the Wave's grassroots texting operation. He grew up in Vermont and currently resides in Brooklyn.  

Mariela is an artist and entrepreneur working in San Francisco who uses design and film to raise awareness and engagement of pressing social and environmental issues. She believes that it is up to each of us to help create a vision for a better world, and creates multimedia products to empower and inspire people toward that purpose. Mariela is the creator of www.KnowYour.Vote, a voter engagement platform designed to engage and inspire voters. She also created all the graphics for Mariela oversees digital engagement and design for Build the Wave. 

Matt is a former Campaign Manager for various local and statewide political campaigns in Pennsylvania. He has also worked on several national and international strategic marketing campaigns on behalf of both public and private clients. The son of a steelworker, he is a published author and professional presenter, Matt has spoken at several high-profile events including #CZLNY, #SMMW, and #ICNY. He was an early pioneer in the use of social media marketing for business and co-developed the Digital Drumbeat™ concept. Currently, he lives and works back in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. He has a M.A. in Organizational Management. 

Linda Hill is a passionate champion for Democrats, specializing in social media and non-traditional outreach. She was a grassroots organizer for both Obama in 2012 and Hillary in 2008 and 2016. Linda has also worked on various local campaigns in New Jersey, including the @MonmouthDems, and was a founding member of the @UniteBlue team where she served as the volunteer coordinator. Linda runs all internal volunteer and digital organizing for Build the Wave, including our slack channel. She holds a BS in Pharmacy from Rutgers University and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of the Sciences.




Build the Wave is backed by a team of highly experienced Board of Advisors, who have put their name behind our organization. Members of our Board of Advisors provide guidance and leadership on a variety of issues and campaigns. Members are non-partisan and not directly affiliated with all of Build the Wave's work.   

Dara Kass, MD is a writer, gender equity advocate, and physician. Dr. Kass received a BS in Neurobiology and Physiology from the University of Maryland at College Park, followed by an MD at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. She completed an Emergency Medicine residency at SUNY Downstate/ Kings County Hospital and currently works at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Kass is also the founder and editor-in-chief of FemInEM , an organization dedicated to achieving gender equity in emergency medicine. She is a frequent advisor on policies supporting women in medicine and has published papers in numerous medical journals on the topic. Dr. Kass has been invited to speak on gender equity in medicine at institutions around the world. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and 3 children.

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Dan McCool is the founder of Blue Revolution, an invite-only group of 36,000+ progressive activists who mobilize for Democratic campaigns ( For Blue Revolution, Dan works with 23 tossup House campaigns for the 2018 midterms, and leads teams of thousands to donate weekly to each of them, raising over $100,000 total. Dan is also a published author with Palgrave-Macmillan, having written a book about modern democracy. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from CUNY Graduate Center and an MA in politics from NYU. He has been teaching political theory, American politics, and campaign strategy at various colleges in NYC and the Boston area since 2007. Dan currently resides in Somerville, MA. 


Brianna Wu is a tech industry leader, founder of a game development company, feminist, and candidate for Congress in Massachusetts's 8th district. Brianna came under attack by alt-right trolls during the notorious Gamergate scandal, in which she was severely harassed and threatened online. Brianna never let it get to her and instead fought back by becoming an even stronger advocate for women's rights and running for Congress. Brianna is a strong advocate of universal health care and committed to taking on income inequality, climate change, and cybersecurity.

Dave is a serial entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and global keynote speaker. He is the Founder and CEO of Likeable Local, a social media software company serving thousands of small businesses, as well as the chairman and co-founder of Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing agency for big brands. His newest book, The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want is out now. Learn more about Dave by visiting

Brian Tyler Cohen is the managing editor for Occupy Democrats and Washington Press. He was recently named among the most engaged political reporters on Facebook. Brian graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Miranda Yaver received her B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. She has taught courses on American politics and quantitative methods at Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University. Her research has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, in addition to which she has written on health policy in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Guardian, and has provided political commentary on France 24. Prior to graduate school, she worked on Democratic political campaigns and on voting rights advocacy. 

Hamza is an experienced Democratic political consultant & strategist with a background in the legislative policy and communications. He's worked for a variety of electoral campaigns and organizations, including with the DNC from 2014 - 2016. Hamza is also an international political commentator and has been on Fox Business, Al Arabiya, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, and local affiliates nationwide. He currently runs The Pluralism Project,  which is working to support the campaigns of 30 Muslim American candidates running for political office in Maryland in 2018. 



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