Garlin Gilchrist II is the Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. Before joining CCC, Gilchrist was a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He served as the Social Media Manager for the Obama campaign in Washington in 2008. He co-founded and contributes to The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level , a leading Black political blog. Mr. Gilchrist co-founded blacknetaction , a strategic collective of Black bloggers and online activists who coordinate online campaigns across the country. As part of the New Organizing Institute's Trainer & Speakers Bureau, Gilchrist trains activists, candidates, and staffers on utilizing new media in their work.