Join top executives and strategists from Facebook, Rock the Vote, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, past Presidential Campaigns, ViaNovo and Convio share insight, ideas and discuss the way online communications and campaigns are converging in appearance and success. Learn about opportunities and challenges created by the Internet, social media and other technologies as nonprofit, advocacy and political communities converge like never before.

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A note from Gene Austin, CEO, Convio:
We are excited to bring together some of the nation's leading authorities to discuss how the Internet is changing philanthropy, advocacy and politics. The Convio community has a long history of sharing ideas, lessons learned and driving innovation in ways that help organizations more effectively raise funds, influence policy and support their missions. While celebrating world-altering communications technologies and success, we must also strive to share lessons learned and expertise as a country so that together we can change the world. That’s what "Converging Campaigns" is about; to help expand the conversation, to share ideas and prepare for the future.

Tucker Eskew (Moderator)
Founding Partner, ViaNovo

Tucker Eskew is a founding partner of ViaNovo, an international management and communications consulting firm with offices in Austin, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Monterrey, Mexico. The former Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush leads the firm's Washington office, overseeing the development and execution of strategic communications programs for corporate and public policy initiatives. Read more

Adam Conner
Associate for Privacy and Global Public Policy , Facebook

Adam Conner is the Washington DC Associate for Privacy and Global Public Policy at Facebook, where he focuses on privacy and regulatory issues, political outreach and partnerships. Prior to Facebook, Adam was the Director of Online Communications for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Chairwoman of the Rules Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more

Heather Smith
Executive Director, Rock the Vote

Heather Smith has served as Executive Director of Rock the Vote since 2007. Under Smith's leadership, in 2008 Rock the Vote is launching its most ambitious campaign ever to register 2 million young people to vote, to educate them, and to turn them out to the polls. Read more

Brian Rubenstein
Associate Director, Nationwide Grassroots, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Brian Rubenstein is Associate Director, Nationwide Grassroots, for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the advocacy partner of the American Cancer Society. He leads the organization's eAdvocacy and volunteer communications efforts and oversees content for the organization's Web site. Read more

Nicco Mele
Progressive Online Strategist, EchoDitto

Born in West Africa to foreign service parents, Nicco Mele is the co-founder and partner at EchoDitto, a leading internet strategy consulting company with offices in Washington DC, New York, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Read more

Patrick Ruffini
Conservative Online Strategist, Patrick Ruffini

Patrick Ruffini is an online strategist dedicated to helping Republicans and conservatives achieve dominance in a networked era. He has seen American politics from every vantagepoint — as a campaign staffer, activist, and analyst. This site is his on-again, off-again effort to chronicle the glories and absurdities of American politics; eleven years after coding his first website, it’s a habit he can’t quite break. Read more

Vinay Bhagat
Chief Strategy Officer and Founder, Convio

Recognized as a thought leader and innovator in the nonprofit sector, Vinay founded Convio in 1999. Today, as chief strategy officer, he oversees corporate strategy and is actively involved in research and client success strategies. In 2006, Vinay was named Fundraising Professional of the Year by Fundraising Success Magazine. In 2004, Vinay received an honorable mention as one of the top 25 people worldwide who are changing the world of the Internet and Politics by Politics Online. Read more

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