Friday, October 09, 2009

An Advertisement in DC Metro Stations

Sent in by an anonymous reader:

I looked up the ad's sponsoring organization on Google, and found this information in the "About Us" section:
The Avaaz community is served by a small team of global campaigners working in many countries to identify and develop opportunities for members to take action. Our campaign team consults with members to develop campaigns and set the priorities of the organisation. Avaaz also relies on teams of expert advisors to help develop our campaigns, and often Avaaz members volunteer to work with the team on specific projects. We currently have staff based in Rio de Janeiro, Geneva, New York, London, and Washington DC. Our core campaign team members are:

Ricken Patel – Co-Founder and Executive Director (Canada)
Paul Hilder – Campaign Director (UK)
Ben Wikler – Campaign Director (US)
Alice Jay - Campaign Director (Spain)
Luis Morago - Campaign Director (Spain)
Brett Solomon - Campaign Director (Australia)
Alice Wynne Wilson - Media Director (Belgium)
Milena Berry – Chief Technical Officer (Bulgaria)
Rajeev Purohit - Washington DC Representative (UK)
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman - Senior Climate Campaigner (US)
Raluca Ganea - Senior Campaigner (Israel)
Paula Brufman – Global Campaigner (Argentina)
Iain Keith – Global Campaigner (UK)
Graziela Tanaka – Global Campaigner (Brazil)
Pascal Vollenweider – Global Campaigner (Switzerland)
Benjamin des Gachons - Global Campaigner (France)
Julius van de Laar - German Elections Campaigner (Germany)

Margaret Mikkelsen - Operations Director (US)
Veronique Graham - Executive Assistant (France) was co-founded by Res Publica, a global civic advocacy group, and, an online community that has pioneered internet advocacy in the United States. Our co-founding team was also composed of a group of global social entrepreneurs from 6 countries, including our Executive Director Ricken Patel, Tom Perriello, Tom Pravda, Eli Pariser, Andrea Woodhouse, Jeremy Heimans, and David Madden. Avaaz is lucky to have the founding partnership and support of leading activist organizations from around the world, including the Service Employees International Union, a founding partner of Avaaz,, and many others.
Google led to this bio of the organization's co-founder on the Res Publica website:
Ricken Patel: Ricken is Canadian and has consulted for the International Crisis Group, the United Nations, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Gates Foundation, Harvard University, CARE International and the International Center for Transitional Justice, in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Afghanistan, Sudan and New York. He has a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor’s degree from Balliol College, Oxford University. He graduated first in a class of 350 from Oxford, and led student governments and student activism at both universities.
And here's a list of the Res Publica advisory board from the website (dated 2006):
• Anthony Barnett, Editor in Chief,
• Dai Qing, celebrated Chinese journalist and environmental activist, and opponent of the Three Gorges Dam
• Clare Short, former UK Sec. of State for International Development, resigned over Iraq war, current member of Parliament.
• Soha Ali Khan, Indian Bollywood film star, also Oxford/LSE graduate, has worked with the Ford Foundation and Citigroup.
• Baroness Glenys Kinnock, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President of Parliamentarians for Global Action, President of One World Action.
• Eli Pariser, Co-Founder and Executive Director of PAC.
• Sanjeev Khagram, Co-Director of the Transnational Studies Initiative of Harvard University and the University of Washington, a prominent scholar of transnational civil society networks
• Andrew Graham, former Economic Advisor to the UK Prime Minister and current Master of Balliol College, Oxford, Co-Founder of the Oxford Institute for the Internet and Society
• Kofi Woods, Reebok Human Rights award winner and prominent Liberian human rights activist, Founder and Director of the Foundation for International Dignity.
• Zainab Bangura, African anti-corruption and women’s rights activist, former World Bank civil society advisor, and former board member of the Open Society Institute West Africa and the International Crisis Group.
• John Podesta, former Chief of Staff to President Clinton and President and CEO of the Center for American Progress
So, now readers of this blog know who to write...