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Under Anna Galland and Ilya Sheyman’s 6 Years of Leadership, People-Powered MoveOn Has Grown Dramatically and Emerged As a Pillar of the Resistance Movement in Landmark Trump-Era Fights
Galland and Sheyman Will Continue in Current Roles Until MoveOn’s Boards Conclude Search for New Director and Will then Assist Transition
After six years leading MoveOn Civic Action and MoveOn Political Action respectively, executive directors Anna Galland and Ilya Sheyman today announced that they will step down in 2019 after MoveOn completes a search for new leadership.
In Galland and Sheyman’s tenure leading MoveOn, the organizations’ combined budget more than quadrupled, MoveOn’s reach and visibility exploded, and MoveOn members emerged as central players in our nation’s politics. MoveOn today is bigger, stronger, and as healthy and influential as at any moment in MoveOn’s 20-year history. In the last two years alone, MoveOn emerged as a pillar of the national Resistance to Trump, played a pivotal role in the campaign to prevent repeal of the Affordable Care Act, served as a leader of 2018’s Families Belong Together mobilization against Trump’s separation of immigrant families, deployed innovative technology empowering activists to organize at scale, and inspired a massive grassroots mobilization that moved hundreds of thousands of votes for Democrats and helped power the November 2018 Blue Wave.
“I’m so deeply proud of what we’ve built and accomplished with MoveOn’s brilliant and dedicated staff, and our millions of members around the country,” Galland said. “After six years leading this organization through tremendous growth and development, we believe it’s time for new leaders to step up. I love this organization’s essential grassroots spirit and know-how, and I’m totally convinced our members have a central role to play in ending the Trump era—and turning our country towards being a place where everyone can thrive.”
“I’m so gratified by how millions of MoveOn members have used their collective people power to create progressive change from the grassroots up, and I’m glad to be handing off an organization that’s in strong shape and set to continue to make a huge difference resisting Trump and laying the groundwork for a progressive governing majority,” Sheyman said. “Anna and I will of course support MoveOn through its leadership search and transition, and then we look forward to continuing to contribute in a different role, as MoveOn members.”
“Under Anna and Ilya’s visionary, humble, and highly effective leadership, MoveOn has more than quadrupled in size, and led the charge in pivotal campaigning moments to block Trump’s dangerous agenda for our country, said MoveOn Board Member Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance. “They’ve led MoveOn in rebuilding its brand, transforming its use of technology, professionalizing its operations, developing new channels of communication, and doubling down on an organizational culture that prioritizes equity and sustainability as well as effectiveness. Thanks to their leadership, MoveOn members are positioned to have even more impact on our nation’s politics moving forward.”
“Under Anna and Ilya’s extraordinary leadership, MoveOn has played a vital role in campaigning for dignity and justice for all families,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren. “Their members fight for a democracy that works for everyone and few organizations are as effective at mass mobilization on any issue as MoveOn. I am personally grateful for their support as we fought together to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as we fought together to take back a U.S. Senate seat, and as we’ve fought together to hold the Trump Administration accountable.”
“Anna and Ilya have been incredibly effective leaders of a deeply effective organization, through a time of tremendous challenge for so many in our country,” said Rashad Robinson, President, Color Of Change. “MoveOn today is one of the few organizations with the expertise and reach to help drive the type of power we need to achieve justice across race, class and gender. They have been thoughtful, strategic, and powerful leaders and true partners to Color Of Change.”
“When the Trump administration began separating immigrant families in summer 2018, one of my first calls was to Anna and MoveOn, urging a mass mobilization,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. “If MoveOn hadn’t stepped up to the plate, the massive June 30 Families Belong Together mobilizations might never have happened at that scale. Ilya and Anna have been bold, humble, and pragmatic organizers and organization-builders who’ve helped MoveOn become an essential outside force for justice in our nation. I deeply appreciate the strategic leadership they’ve shown in their six years at MoveOn.”
At the beginning of Galland and Sheyman’s tenure, MoveOn had an annual budget of $7.5 million; this year that number grew to $32 million. MoveOn’s base of recurring donors has quadrupled. MoveOn’s membership of millions now reaches into every one of the nation’s 3,000 counties, and the organization has grown massive SMS and video programs to engage and mobilize progressives around the country. In this period the staff has nearly tripled and MoveOn has undergone major changes including a rebrand last year, the in-housing of the MoveOn tech team, and innovation in the areas of video persuasion and production, digital advertising, mobile organizing, and online campaigns. Galland and Sheyman have led MoveOn to prioritize equity as a practice internally and externally, and have overseen millions of dollars in grants contributed by MoveOn to other progressive and community organizations.
For more information about Anna and Ilya’s accomplishments at MoveOn, their transition, and their reflections on their tenure, read their Medium post: https://medium.com/@MoveOn.
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