Crowdpac is the fastest way for new leaders to raise their first political dollars.

Our mission is to help more people participate in the political process through running for office and funding candidates and causes they believe in.

Crowdpac is the only platform where candidates can test the waters of a run for office without a bank account or formal campaign, and we’re proud that so many emerging leaders have used our tools to start their campaigns.

Our Start Running pages enable anyone to collect credit card backed pledges of support that turn into donations if the conditions of the campaign are met.

Our platform is open to candidates, causes, and grassroots groups that align with the values of our community.

Our Team

Gisel Kordestani

CEO, Co-founder
Gisel is a tech entrepreneur who has worked in early stage startups, management consulting and spent over eight years at Google in senior global roles in finance and new business development. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in International Affairs from the American University in Paris.

Jesse Thomas

SVP Strategy & Marketing
A seasoned political digital strategist, Jesse led the online campaign for President Obama’s reelection campaign that registered over a million people to vote. He served as Digital Director for NextGen Climate and has run numerous successful digital engagement and creative campaigns for non-profits and government.

Adam Bonica

Adam is an Assistant Professor of political science at Stanford University. The focus of his research is the quantitative measurement of political ideology.

Irene Shin

Senior Director
Irene is an experienced political operative and fundraiser. She has worked for an array of campaigns and has raised millions of dollars for candidates, national political committees, and political action funds. She holds a BA in political science from the University of California, Riverside.

Frida Peters

VP Business Operations
Frida has years of global experience leading teams, operationally managing projects, partnerships and organizing large scale events, like Airbnb Open, across the hospitality and tech sectors. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the American University of Paris.

Stephen Melrose

VP Engineering
Stephen is a Software Engineering Consultant, previously a Lead Software Engineer for BSkyB responsible for leading teams working on high-performance and high-availability web-based systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Technology from Huddersfield University, UK.

Chris Gmyr

Lead Software Engineer
Chris founded Modo Media Group where he built applications and sites for clients all over the world. More recently, Chris was a Senior Engineer at Dose where he built high-availability sites that handled over 20 Million users per month.

Brian Carstensen

Senior Software Engineer
Brian has a degree in graphic design from Columbia College Chicago, and worked in the field for a number of years before finding a niche in front-end web development. Previously, he helped build, the web's finest platform for online citizen science.

Sarah Gao

Senior Product Designer
Sarah graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Humanities & Art in Industrial Design and Psychology, but has since worked as a digital designer specializing in UX and strategy. She is also an avid volunteer for various science and environmental institutions.

Robert Campeau

Account Manager
Robert is a veteran campaign staffer and political operative. He has helped candidates win at the local, state, and federal level. He received his BA in Political Science from Marquette University.

Amy-Kate Andrews

Software Engineer
Amy-Kate previously worked in advertising, developing high-performance sites for a wide variety of clients, including Adidas and Ghost. She received a BA in Political Science and is thrilled to be able to fuse her passion for politics & development together at Crowdpac.

Kasey O'Brien

Digital and Communications Manager
Kasey is a digital strategist with campaign experience at all levels. Previously, she worked with corporate, non-profit and political clients at SKDKnickerbocker, and was a digital organizer for Hillary Clinton in Ohio. She holds a BA in Political Science and in International Affairs from the University of Georgia.

Nate May

Support Specialist
Nate has a degree in International Studies from American University where he focused Middle East politics. He was formerly an Apple Genius and a State Department Critical Language Scholar.

Susan Irving

Associate Product Manager
Susan has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish from Santa Clara University, where she participated in Division I athletics and led a number of student activist groups. Previously, she’s worked in customer service and marketing functions.

Jada Wright

Customer Success Specialist
Jada graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Communications and minor in Graphic Design. Her hometown is Marietta just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

Emma Schimley

Social Media Specialist
Emma recently graduated from Virginia Tech, where she studied multimedia journalism and political science, go Hokies! She grew up in the D.C. area and interned for General Dynamics Mission Systems for three years.

Sarah LeCroy

Product Designer
Sarah received a BA in Graphic Design with a minor in non-profit administration. Post-graduation she attended the Creative Circus and completed a graduate program in design. She’s spent the past decade+ with companies such as Leo Burnett, Razorfish and Design Kitchen in Chicago, and later Phenomenon in LA. She now loves hiking & working in the mountains of western NC.


Marc Elias is Washington DC’s leading lawyer for Democrats, representing candidates and PACs. He is a partner at Perkins Coie.

Jonathan Zucker is founder and CEO of Democracy Engine, a non-partisan payment processing service for political candidates and issue campaigns.

Tammy Haddad is President and CEO of Washington DC-based Haddad Media and has over 25 years of experience as an executive producer of political web, cable and network programs.

Pablo Chavez is Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs at LinkedIn.

Kevin Twohy has worked with startups, creative agencies, and large corporations to design innovative and intuitive user experiences. He studied Mathematics and English at UCLA.


We have raised our seed round of financing from several top tier venture capital funds and angel investors, including NEA, InterWest, Index Ventures, CAASV Angel and Correlation Ventures.

Contact Us

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We are actively seeking new talent to join our team. Please check out our jobs page or email us at

Crowdpac is a Certified B Corporation, requiring the highest levels of transparency and fairness towards our customers, employees, and the environment.