Mike <span>Lux</span>

Mike Lux

President

Mike Lux is a co-founder of Democracy Partners, an innovative, full-service national consulting firm launched in 2011; and has been the CEO of his own consulting firm, Mike Lux Media, since 1999. Clients have included many of the most important institutions in the progressive community, including the League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood, Moveon.org, the NAACP Voter Fund, Center for Community Change, DailyKos, and Democracy Alliance. He has also been featured on various news outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, and the Thom Hartmann show; as well as being a frequent front-page contributor to The Huffington Post and writer for DailyKos and Crooks & Liars.

Mike served as a senior staffer or advisor on six different presidential campaigns. He was the national constituency director for the 1992 Clinton campaign and the special assistant to the president for public liaison in the Clinton White House from 1993-1995. During his time in the Clinton Administration, Mike worked closely with a wide range of constituency groups, as well as on health care and budget issues. He served in the 1992 campaign war room, the 1993 budget war room, and the 1994 health care war room, being one of only two people to serve in all three. In the late 1990's, Mike was the senior vice-president for political action at People For the American Way and the PFAW Foundation. A member of the Obama-Biden transition team in 2008-2009, Mike was its liaison to the progressive community.

Mike currently serves on the boards of several important organizations, including the Arca Foundation, Netroots Nation, and Americans United for Change, and is also a co-founder of the Center for Progressive Leadership, the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Progressive Majority, and Women’s Voices/Women Vote. He is the chair of the board of Progressive Congress Action Fund, and the chair of the advisory board for Alliance of Workers Against Repression Everywhere (AWARE). Mike founded American Family Voices in 2000 and remains the chair of the board. He is also the author of the widely praised book The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be.

Mike Lux is a proud native of Lincoln, Nebraska, where most of his family still lives. He is married to Barbara Laur.

Lauren <span>Windsor</span>

Lauren Windsor

Executive Director

Lauren Windsor is the executive director of American Family Voices and the executive producer of the political web-show "The Undercurrent," which focuses largely on money-in-politics corruption, Wall Street reform, and climate change. She is a contributor to Huffington Post, DailyKos, The Nation, and LA Progressive, and runs her own blog, Lady Libertine. Her investigative reporting on the Koch brothers’ summer donor retreat in 2014, which broke several hours of audio from key Senate candidates and Koch political operatives, was one of the biggest political stories of the year, leading to hundreds of press hits in online and print publications, and local, national, and cable news television. Most recently, the Koch audio was featured prominently in Jane Mayer's best-selling book on the Koch brothers, Dark Money.

In addition to her reporting, Lauren also produces pop culture political videos, with a particular affection for music video parodies. The first music video parody she produced for AFV, "Ted Cruz: Wrecking Ball," was featured in the "Sideshow" segment on Hardball with Chris Matthews. Lauren’s videos have also appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show, All In with Chris Hayes, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton, The Ed Show, The Lead with Jake Tapper, RT, and The Young Turks.

Lauren pursued a career in fashion for many years before becoming politically activated during the Occupy protests in Los Angeles. She is unmarried and without children, but has an abiding love for shoes and cats.

"AFV has a long history fighting in the trenches with progressives for progressive values – ranging from its efforts to attack corporate corruption in the wake of the Enron scandal to fighting for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The organization’s president, Mike Lux, has been my friend and ally for many years. Mike has a history of marshaling progressive forces around the country to advocate some incredibly important policy reforms."
-Senator Elizabeth Warren

 

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