YOUR PARTNERS IN CREATING IMPACT AND SAVING DEMOCRACY.
Betsy has spent the past 5 years running Higher Ground Labs. She founded the firm in 2017 and has built the political tech ecosystem through their work. Prior to HGL, she worked throughout the political space including as a founding partner at 270 Strategies and as the National Digital Organizing Director on the Obama Campaign. Her political work sat at the intersection of technology and politics. She has been recognized by Business Insider as “at the forefront of political innovation”and was featured on Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30: Law & Policy” list.
Founder and Managing Partner
Shomik is a veteran of both Obama Presidential campaigns and served as Special Assistant to the White House Counsel and as an Advisor to Federal Communications Chairman. BA from Williams College; MBA from Wharton Business School.
Co-Founder and Board Member
Andrew has served as Deputy CTO of the United States, partner at betaworks, CEO of Digg and Instapaper, senior exec at Medium and Tumblr, head of global public policy at Google, and Chief Policy Officer of ICANN. B.A. from Yale University; J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Prior to joining HGL in 2019, Sarah was the COO and General Counsel at 270 Strategies and the the GC of After School Matters, a large not-for-profit in Chicago. Sarah spent the first 10 years of her legal career at Jones Day, with a focus on fund formation and securities law. Sarah earned her BA from Colgate and her JD from Northwestern School of Law.
COO & General Counsel
Gerard has spent 15 years in the social good and political tech space working to scale electoral and social impact organizations by serving as VP of Product and Engineering at Kiva, as Senior Director of Product at Hillary for America, and as a political tech founder and political nonprofit senior exec. Most recently he served as Chief Product Officer at PDI.
Managing Director, Fund IV
Hillary Lehr has served as the VP of Client Success at Hustle, managed partnerships at Brigade and Causes.com, and spent five years innovating digital resources to scale nonprofit organizing campaigns. She earned BA and BS degrees from UC Berkeley where she serves as Board Vice President of the college alumni association.
Prior to joining HGL, Vin worked in investing and banking roles at Wells Fargo and Merrill Lynch respectively. He also worked at Microsoft as a product manager early in his career and had a brief experience as the co-founder of a failed startup. He has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from NYU.
Vice President, Investments
Leah has a decade of experience guiding progressive organizations with their digital campaigns and community engagement strategies. She specializes in the intersection of tech and social impact, and has worked on campaigns in Canada, the US, and UK.
With a background ranging from campus ministry to sales, Katie has found her niche in the world of executive assistance. She has EA experience working for a large regional healthcare system and a small digital product agency. Katie is a proud resident of the City of Cincinnati and earned a BA in Theology from Xavier University.
OUR BOARD OF ADVISORS
VP of Syndications and Strategy, Calvert Impact Capital
Chief Policy Officer, Lyft
Executive Director, TechEquity Collaborative
Founder, The OPEN Network
President, Political Data Inc.
co-Founder & Partner, Ridgeline
Founder, SV Angel
Charlton Cunningham is a community professional, with experiences in program management, ecosystem building, and curriculum development. Previously, he served as the Head of Programs at HBCUvc and as Executive Director at Startup Atlanta.
Program Manager - Tulsa, Lightship Foundation
Partner, 50+1 Strategies and Campaign Manager, Cory 2020
Founder, Crooked Media
President, Economic Security Project
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Former Founder/President, Rocket Fuel
Chief Executive Officer, Catalist
Founding Partner, The Movement Cooperative
Co-Founder & Principal, Paradigm PM LLP
Former FCC Chairman and Managing Director at Carlyle