About Change the

About Change the Game

Change the Game (CtG) has identified a dearth of diversity within the progressive data space, something that is detrimental not only to living our values, but to the quality of analysis of the data we need to win. For this reason, CtG aims to create accessible pathways into this field for a diverse group of learners, who hope to gain the skills and understanding of tools needed to start working as data staffers for progressive organizations around the country.

To better support these learners, CtG aims to simultaneously build out a mechanism of community building and support for existing practitioners and experts. An infrastructure that should be utilized by the new members to the community as they graduate from the CtG programming.

How we're different

Change the Game is focused on breaking down technical barriers to entry in the field of Progressive Data by teaching common skills utilized across the space. Change the Game intentionally targets its recruitment towards traditionally underrepresented communities, aiming to increase diversity across the progressive data space. Change the Game focuses on building a pipeline of data staff for the progressive advocacy industry, from party organizations to independent expenditures and campaigns.

We are looking for participants from traditionally underrepresented communities who have an interest in database or list management, and/or general targeting. Our aim is to develop trainings and a virtual community, to ensure participants and the progressive data community at large, have the tools, skills and network needed to work in the progressive space this cycle.

Virtual data academies

Our online data academies provide participants the following opportunities:

  • Mentorship and small team project based learning;
  • A community speaker series to provide networking and community development opportunities;
  • Online learning courses, which will allow participants to engage in exciting, activity based learning remotely; and
  • An online communication platform for participants, and the larger progressive data community, to share resources, best practices and job opportunities, and network and to support one another.

At-your-own-pace online learning

Change the Game provides topic specific online courses for data professionals and aspiring data professionals interested in learning new skills and updating their resume to add new tools. 

We work hard to continue to update our online learning library with new courses and to update our existing courses. So keeping checking in to see what’s new. 

These online courses include video overviews, activities, knowledge checks and additional resources, to ensure learners have what they need to grasp the main takeaways for each topic and to practice using their new skills. 

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Not only were the trainings useful but being in the room with this group of people was amazing.

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Meet the Team

Philippa Wood
Executive & Training Director

Philippa has worked in training for over ten years, starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, then for the National Democratic Institute in Washington, DC, and most recently for the Texas Democratic Party as their Training and Programming Director.

Philippa has an MA from the Institute of Development Studies in the UK in Governance and Development, and a BA from the George Washington University in Political Science and Journalism. Based out of Austin, Texas, you’ll most likely find her bothering her cat Reece and pup Gizmo for photo-shoots for their Instagram account.

Bridgit Donnelly
Content Lead

Bridgit has run a number of data trainings within the progressive space over the last few years, starting with the New Organizing Institute as their Data Training Manager. Prior to Change the Game, she spent eight cycles in electoral campaigns, most recently as Chief of Staff for Cory 2020, Senator Cory Booker’s presidential campaign.

Bridgit has an MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a BA in Political Science from Barnard University. In her spare time, you’ll find Bridgit volunteering for the U.S. Digital Response team or cooking with items from her newly developed pantry.

Poonam Benakatti
Logistics Lead

Poonam has worked in project management at multiple organizations. Most recently, she finished her service with Peace Corps Thailand. She switched from the healthcare sector to work with organizations that work toward directly empowering people.

Poonam has an MS in Applied Cognition in Neuroscience from UT Dallas, and BS in Neuroscience. While spending her pandemic time in Dallas, TX, you can catch her baking cakes, or working on her calligraphy skills.

Elizabeth Pustinger
Video Editor & Producer

Elizabeth Pustinger has worked in video journalism with organizations including the BBC, Netflix, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has 5+ years experience editing videos with these and other organizations, including now Change the Game.

She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, located on the border between the United States and Juárez, Mexico. She moved to New York City in 2016 to attend Fordham University and graduated in 2019 with a BA in Communications and Culture. When she has free time, she enjoys screenwriting and practicing her photography.

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