Web of Change Fellows

Web of Change Fellows are leaders invited for their unique ideas and connections. Fellows contribute by helping shape the community that shows up and the issues we explore together at Web Of Change.

2012 Fellows:

Jamie Biggar

Jamie Biggar is Leadnow's ExectiveDirector. He has a background in large-scale online and offline collaboration to develop policy and campaigns. He has co-led online campaigns, such as Canadians for a Progressive Coalition and It’s Time to Listen, that involved tens of thousands of Canadians from across party lines. He began organizing in the youth climate movement, co-founding Common Energy and goBeyond to bring university communities across British Columbia together to catalyze regional climate action. Jamie’s academic research has focused on the need for institutional and governance innovation to address seemingly intractable social, ecological and economic problems. He has served on the boards of multiple environmental, social justice, and educational organizations, including his service as Chairman of the Sierra Club of BC.

Matt Browner-Hamlin


Matt Browner Hamlin is an activist, organizer, and writer residing in Washington DC. He currently is a Senior Economic Strategist at Citizen Engagement Lab, where his main project is OccupyOurHomes.org. Matt also serves on the Board of Directors of Students for a Free Tibet. He hasserved as the Deputy New Media Director of SEIU, as well as worked for Chris Dodd's presidential campaign and Mark Begich's US Senate campaign. Matt blogs about politics at Hold Fast, cocktails, bars, and spirits at A Jigger of Blog, and travel, fitness and technology at Blogger Hamlin. He also is a contributor atAMERICAblog.

Sarah Francis

Sarah Francis is a Campaign Director at MomsRising. A veteran of progressive political campaigns, Francis created voter communication campaigns for the Sierra Club, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, WA NARAL and progressive candidates across the country. But the toughest political organizing she has ever done is getting her four-year-old to put on rain boots before jumping in puddles.

Gregory Heller



Gregory is a technologist committed to social change with 12 years of experience working in, and advising nonprofit and political organizations. He has always focused on delivering maximum value to organizations through a variety of open source tools and strategy, as well as training and guidance. Since 2005, Gregory has worked with CivicActions, and independently, deploying Drupal and CiviCRM, as well as content strategy and social media training. Gregory is a Drupal and CiviCRM trainer, Certified Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner, Ignite organizer and presentation coach. A two-time WOC Alumnus (2005 & 2006), this year, Gregory will be returning to Hollyhock as a Fellow. Gregory lives in Seattle, Washington.


Sabrina Hersi Issa


Sabrina Hersi Issa is the Digital Director at Be Bold Media, a digital media firm that uses powerful storytelling to develop impactful online and mobile campaigns for innovators and organizers around the world. She is also the co-founder of EndFamine.com, a community dedicated to seeking sustainable solutions to global hunger launched in response to the famine in the Horn of Africa. Previously, she was a Program Advisor at Afghans for Civil Society, an NGO that developed women’s programs and independent media in southern Afghanistan, worked for National Public Radio and Oxfam America. Sabrina is a passionate advocate for using technology, community organizing and open data to improve global health systems, bridge language gaps and spark citizen action. She is a board member of The African Future and an adviser to Digital Democracy.

Marianne Manilov


Marianne is a grassroots organizer, media strategist and writer. She is a co-founder of the Engage Network, a consultancy which works to deepen online to offline engagement for a host of social change organizations and networks. Prior to co-founding the Engage Network, Marianne’s 20-plus year career included running campaigns and programs for groups such as Amnesty International and Greenpeace International. She is the co-founder and former Executive Director of The Center for Commercial-Free Public Education. She serves on the board of directors of the Movement Strategy Center and as an advisor to People’s Grocery, a food justice organization based in Oakland, California.


Aisha Satterwhite


Aisha Satterwhite is the founder of Straight Line Consultants, a communications and project management company specializing in digital strategy, online/offline organizing, and community engagement. After spending 15+ years at nonprofits, unions, a media company, and a tech start-up, Aisha decided to stop fighting organizational culture and bring strategic change one project at atime. Her work has taken her across the US and Africa. Areas of expertise include: HIV/AIDS in Africa and the US; economic justice; national healthcare reform; voter education/election protection; youth and faith-based engagement; bringing broadband and tech training to underserved communities; homeless advocacy; and LGBT equality.

Jon Stahl


Jon is from Seattle, WA where he is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs. He serves on the board of Netcentric Campaigns. From 1995 to 2012, he wore a variety of hats at Groundwire. Who knows what the future may hold. 


Clayton Thomas-Muller


Clayton Thomas-Muller, of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan in Northern Manitoba, Canada, is an activist for Indigenous rights and environmental justice. With his roots in the inner city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Clayton began his work as a community organizer. Over the years Clayton’s work has taken him to five continents across our Mother Earth. Based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Clayton is involved in many initiatives to support the building of an inclusive movement for energy and climate justice. He serves on the board of the Global Justice Ecology Project, Canadian based Raven Trust and Navajo Nation based, Black Mesa Water Coalition. Recognized by Utne Magazine as one of the top 30 under 30 activists in the United States and as a “Climate Hero 2009” by Yes Magazine, Clayton is the Tar Sands Campaign Director for the Indigenous Environmental Network. He works across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states with grassroots indigenous communities to defend against the sprawling infrastructure that includes pipelines, refineries and extraction associated with the tar sands, the largest and most destructive industrial project in the history of mankind.



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