Meet the Team

Nicole Hobbs, Co-Founder and Executive Director

Nicole Hobbs is an experienced political operative with over ten years of experience in local politics and communications. Her passion for politics developed when she was an undergraduate student at Yale. There, she served in multiple different roles for the Yale College Democrats, including Elections Coordinator during the 2012 cycle, where she organized hundreds of students to canvass in multiple states for candidates up and down the ballot. She then went on to serve as President of the organization, and simultaneously served as President of the College Democrats of Connecticut. She received the 2013 College Democrat of the Year Award from the College Democrats of America. After graduating from Yale in 2014, she served as the Communications Director for Ted Kennedy, Jr.’s successful state senate campaign. She has since held senior leadership roles on multiple state and local campaigns.

Doug Foote, Outreach Director

Doug Foote is a digital strategist, coach, and organizer who has worked at the intersection of politics, digital communication, and advocacy for nearly 15 years. In 2020, Doug founded and managed Where It’s Needed, a PAC dedicated to connecting grassroots donors with down-ballot campaigns. Previously, he served as Digital Strategy Director at Veracity Media, where he built robust email programs for leaders like Rep. Andy Kim and NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. With Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and Working America, Doug pioneered digital organizing tools to organize workers and turn out voters. He has served as a trainer, speaker, and coach for Netroots Nation, the AFL-CIO, and other progressive organizations.

Zach Komes, Co-Founder

Zach Komes brings a combination of campaign strategy, fundraising, and management expertise, drawing upon his work leading political and policy campaigns at the state and local levels. Originally from Milwaukee, Zach has been active in Wisconsin politics, having served as campaign manager, finance director, and field organizer for several political campaigns, as well as on a city council commission. In 2014, he managed a campaign in a Milwaukee assembly district that helped a young political newcomer win an upset victory in a competitive race. Currently in the Washington DC area, Zach has founded and directs a public-private partnership focused on equitable small business growth for a local community development association. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from George Washington University.