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Matt Mahan
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Matt Mahan is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Brigade, a technology company launched in 2014 to tackle the problem of declining citizen power and engagement in democracy.

He previously served as CEO of Causes, the world’s largest online campaigning platform with 186 million registered users in 156 countries. Matt served as Causes' Chief Operating Officer from 2011-2012 and prior to that ran business development for the company, overseeing nonprofit and corporate partnerships and creating its first revenue products.

Matt has been featured as a panelist and speaker at leading conferences, including the United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum, Social Capital (SOCAP), Net Impact, Nexus Global Youth Summit, Stanford's Social Media On Purpose, and Social Media Day. He is a frequent presenter on college campuses, including Harvard, Wharton, Boston College and Duke.

Before working in tech, Matt taught in San Jose, CA through Teach for America and was the recipient of Harvard's Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial fellowship, which enabled him to conduct economic development work in Bolivia.

Matt attended Harvard College, where he ran the first political campaign to leverage Facebook data when he was elected Student Body President. He also organized the only successful divestment campaign in the university's history, and graduated magna cum laude in 2005. He is a native of Watsonville, California, home to the world's best strawberries.

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Is Silicon Valley the 'Epicenter of Social Change?'

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 6:26 PM

Earlier this week, as CEOs like Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff sparked a headline-grabbing debate over "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and Arkansas, I was asked by a reporter whether Silicon Valley, with all its wealth, prosperity and economic power, had become "the new Hollywood" for organizers of...

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California's Young Voter Problem Requires a Social Solution

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 5:42 PM

Monday was the last day for Californians to register to vote in November's general election and for the next two weeks, we'll be inundated with political and advocacy groups' most heated rhetoric of the campaign season. But if June's primary turnout was any indication of what's in store for the...

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What's Missing from Today's Money Totals

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 4:02 PM

During the course of this week, there will be a brief but intense conversation about one of the most powerful driving forces in politics -- money. Tuesday's Federal Election Commission deadline for congressional candidates and committees to disclose their quarterly campaign finances means that once again financial numbers are being...

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Why the World Needs a Purpose-Driven Network Dedicated to Social Good

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 11:54 AM

The Internet provides more opportunity than ever before for people to get involved in making the world a better place. It should be - I'm confident it will be - the greatest campaign organizing tool ever created. Yet for many, online engagement in political and social issues has been an...

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