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The Social Practice is an ideologically driven political consultancy. We help organizations, candidates, PACs, companies, and philanthropies strategize, communicate and organize at scale.

Founding

The Social Practice was founded by two veterans of the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign to help ideologically aligned partners run results-oriented campaigns that promote bold platforms, invite mass participation, and meaningfully engage volunteers at scale.

It's our mission to equip people and organizations leading the fight against austerity and the rise of right-wing authoritarianism with cutting edge strategies, tactics and tools.

To accomplish this, we’ve brought together a team of key innovators -- people with current and hands on experience growing successful movements for real change -- from the Bernie Sanders campaign in the U.S. and the Jeremy Corbyn campaign in the U.K.

The Team

  • Becky Bond, co-founder, co-founder of The Social Practice, served as Senior Adviser to the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, and was an architect of the campaign's distributed organizing program. She co-wrote the book "Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything," a manifesto for volunteer-powered campaigning at scale to win big change. In 2018, she was an advisor on field strategy for Beto O'Rourke's historic Senate campaign in Texas, which was the largest organizing effort of U.S. midterm elections and set a new standard for volunteer engagement. Prior to working on the Bernie Sanders campaign, she served as political director of CREDO Mobile and an innovator in organizing and politics for more than a decade. Currently, she serves as an advisor to the Real Justice PAC which fights to end mass incarceration and hold police accountable by electing reform-minded District Attorneys. Becky advises advocacy groups, unions and electoral campaigns at The Social Practice, and is an internationally renowned speaker, organizer and strategist.
  • Zack Malitz, helped lead the digital organizing department for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, and played a key role in defining the groundbreaking volunteer organizing that came to be known as "big organizing." In the general election, he managed NextGen Climate's $12 million campus organizing program, which included 180 full-time field staff and more than 500 student fellows on 235 campuses in 8 states. Zack co-founded the Real Justice PAC, which fights to end mass incarceration and hold police accountable by electing reform-minded District Attorneys to county prosecutor positions; helped launch the ACLU's nationwide grassroots organizing program People Power; and has trained activists in the U.S., U.K., and Canada in "big organizing" tactics.
  • Jo Beardsmore is a co-founder of UK Uncut, a volunteer led network which used distributed organizing techniques and direct action to disrupt government narratives around the economic necessity of austerity. A precursor to the Corbyn project, UK Uncut pioneered many of the narrative frames now utilized by Momentum, the people-powered, grassroots movement working to transform Britain in the interests of the many, not the few. As an advisor to Momentum, he provided support in establishing Momentum’s organizing model, and helped to plan Momentum’s inaugural conference, ‘Building to Win’. Jo has extensive experience facilitating collaboration between social justice organizers in the U.K. and U.S., including in the campaign for Medicare for All, working with National Nurses United.
  • Rapi Castillo is the co-founder of Coders for Bernie Sanders and the Progressive Coders Network. He’s a full-stack, data-visualization, and mobile developer specializing in React, React Native, Swift, Python, and PHP – with 12 years of experience. He is also a grassroots organizer for the past three years. As a developer, he helped develop a street canvassing platform mobile app that was used during the Ocasio-Cortez campaign. He also developed the Bernie Sanders events map during the 2016 Democratic primaries, which has been used by other progressive campaigns after. He has worked with various organizations including the megamap for Beautiful Rising, 350.org, and United Nations. As an organizer, he is the co-president of Progressive HackNight, a community of tech workers organizing in New York City which has organized 35 hack nights in just one year.
  • Jin Ding has been an innovator in political technology and operations for political campaigns and advocacy organizations for a decade, with a deep expertise in legal compliance. She was previously the director of technology for CREDO SuperPAC and a product manager for Action Kit, the leading digital organizing toolset. She currently acts as the director of technology and operations and the Real Justice PAC. At The Social Practice she delights in everything that’s involved in making teams and processes more efficient, and is experienced with using a range of technology, political or otherwise, to solve problems.