Who We Are What we do
Like a head hunting firm, we strategically scour the country for the most talented leaders, and encourage them to think about running for office, almost always for the first time. We use data science to both identify leaders and districts where they can win.
After an exhaustive review, we ask leaders to consider serving their country by running for office in their community, where they can run with integrity, and provide the leadership America deserves. We train them to understand the new paradigm and prepare them for the intensity of a campaign
Finally, we remove barriers to help candidates win by designing their strategy, assisting them with fundraising, building their teams, and more using the RFA platform to help them run smart effective campaigns
David is the CEO and Founder of Run For America. David is also the author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation Is Shaping Our World which analyzes millennials—the largest generation in history—how and why they are changing business, technology, culture, and politics.
David previously founded Generation18, a nonpartisan young voter engagement organization that registered over 25,000 new voters and held over 1,000 events in 35 states. The organization grew out of David’s first documentary film 18 in ’08. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on social innovation, millennials, and politics with appearances on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, NPR, ABC Evening News, and C-SPAN, and in The New York Times, USA Today, The Huffington Post. As a writer, his work has appeared in Politico, Salon, Vanity Fair and Fast Company.
David is the Founding Co-Director of the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship @ Chicago Ideas Week, which helps outstanding young social entrepreneurs grow their impact. He is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Disruptor Foundation Fellow, and serves on the advisory boards of Watson University, The Common Good, and CanLeads. He is a proud alumni of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Chief Media Advisor, Bush ’00 and ‘04 Co-Founder, No Labels
Founder, The Goodstone Group
ABC News Independent Commentator
Chief Strategist, Bush ‘04
Former Member of Congress (AZ-R)
Resident Scholar, AEI
Former Member of Congress (MI-D)
Former National Finance Co-Chairman for John Kerry’s Presidential Campaign
Financial Advisor, Bernstein
Director, Innocence Project
STEPHEN KENNEDY SMITH
Deputy Campaign Manager for Senator Edward Kennedy
Academy Award Winning Director, Producer, Actor, and Writer
Cross River Productions
Former President, Rock The Vote
Founder, Turtle Conservancy
BOBBY KENNEDY Jr.
Founder, Waterkeeper Alliance