Jesse Danzig has spent the past decade building movements to drive social change. He is the founder of Global Wave Digital.
Jesse and the Global Wave team have helped sparked movements in over 50 countries; helping organizations drive meaningful social change in tobacco control, road safety, environmental protection and obesity prevention.
Prior to starting Global Wave Digital, Jesse was the National Online Organizing Director for the Sierra Club where he led the digital strategies to empower the organization’s 2.1 million members to explore, enjoy and protect the planet. Leading a staff of 20, Jesse oversaw the engagement strategies, data analysis and systems that pioneered the Sierra Club’s new methods to cultivate advocates from clicks behind the computer screen to working side by side with organizers in their local communities.
Prior to the Sierra Club, Jesse was Vice President of Advocacy Clients for The Element Agency. managing digital campaigns for clients such as AARP, the League of Conservation Voters, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, American Rivers and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. His work has garnered awards and recognition from the American Association of Political Consultants, the Communicator Awards, the Public Relations Society of America and others.
Jesse lives in San Diego (as everyone should at some point) with his wife, son and two daughters where they don’t surf nearly as much they’d like.
Jill Greenberg has more than 20 years of communications experience, advising non-profits, business leaders, elected officials, agencies and foundations on their global communications strategies. Her expertise lies in combining traditional communication strategies with digital efforts, providing clients with all-encompassing, strategic and effective campaigns.
She has served as an advisor on digital strategy for a number of organizations, including AARP and CodeX, a South African start-up. Jill previously was the chief speechwriter and press secretary to former presidential candidate and United States Senator Bob Graham (D-FL). She has also crafted and executed communications and digital strategies for organizations such as Oxfam America, The Brookings Institution, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rock the Vote, the Knight Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.
She is also a seasoned facilitator and trainer. Jill has conducted dozens of trainings for senior level NGO leaders, politicians and corporate leaders on social media, media relations, message development and effective communications.
Jill speaks English and Spanish and has lived on three continents. She served as a co-founder of the Cape Town Open Streets movement and was part of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Jill is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Kathie Legg is a consultant to leading global non-profits on their social media strategies, having previously managed the social media and mobile accounts for President Obama and the Democratic National Committee during the President’s first term. She has operated at the intersection of politics, advocacy, social change and technology for over a decade. Her current clients include Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and Global Road Safety Partnership, among others.
Her experience in social media and mobile has included time at Yahoo! (where she served as a political producer and directed Web 2.0 integration and optimization campaigns), National Geographic and the U.S. division of Hachette Filapacchi Media, prior to her stint working for President Obama and the DNC, where she was the Senior Social Media and Mobile Manager. Her consulting clients over the years have included the Los Angeles Times, University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, and Buzzwire.
Kathie was one of the early proponents of the power of technology to transform political and advocacy campaigns. In 2005, she was the lead researcher and assistant editor of The Politics-to-Go Handbook: A Guide to Using Mobile Technology in Politics at the Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet at The George Washington University. In 2006, she co-founded and later served as the executive director of MobileMonday DC. She is also the author of “Political Mobile Applications – Uncharted Territory, Fertile Ground,” published in About Face: The Dramatic Impact of the Internet on Politics and Advocacy (2009).
Despite her focus on the transformational power of technology, she is also a passionate advocate for historical preservation, and is Commissioner on the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission and a member of the Board of the Chevy Chase (MD) Historical Society.
Kathie is also serving an independent director for Impact Shares, the only non-profit social impact investment ETF company, currently supporting funds for the NAACP, YWCA, and the Sustainable Development Goals for the United Nations.
Kathie received her B.A. in political science and information science and policy from The State University of New York at Albany, and her M.A. in political management from The George Washington University.
Sean Kurz comes to Global Wave with two years of experience working in digital advertising across corporate, nonprofit, and political clients. A digital strategist with a background in media planning, Sean is passionate about integrating media analytics into our client work at Global Wave Digital.
Before joining the Global Wave Digital team, Sean was a media planner at Bully Pulpit Interactive, a DC-based digital communications agency. He worked on campaigns including the 2020 Georgia Senate Run-Off and Sara Gideon for Maine, as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Sean graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Media and Journalism and Global Studies with a minor in Hispanic Studies. Originally from North Carolina, Sean currently resides in DC and loves exploring new parts of the city. He also enjoys long bike rides, disc golf, board game nights, and cheering for the Tar Heels.
Laura Rodriguez has more than a decade working in digital communications for social good causes. Laura is a digital strategist for cardiovascular health campaigns. Over the years, she has energetically created impactful digital and social media strategies for a wide variety of brands including national non-profits focused on food insecurity, nutrition and environmental justice.
Most recently, Laura served as Vice President at a DC-based political
digital strategies firm overseeing digital advocacy efforts for clients
ranging from Presidential, Federal and local candidates as well as
supporting national organizations and brands.
Laura previously worked for the Obama administration for The U.S. Agency for International Development on their digital team. Born in Miami, Florida and raised in the D.C. area, Laura has a strong interest in international development issues and politics. She attended the University of Virginia and earned her degree in Latin American Studies and English Literature and is fluent in Spanish.
Luke Telander has dedicated his career to advancing social change through digital
communications, leading campaigns on a diverse cross-section of issues, from
environmental preservation to public health to urban revitalization.
At Global Wave Digital, Luke manages a portfolio of major public health clients, leading capacity building efforts and providing counsel on advocacy campaigns across a diverse set of countries all over the world. Since joining Global Wave, he has trained
public health advocates from over 45 different countries. One of his signature
achievements has been creating and implementing a first-of-its-kind interactive course
on graphic design and content strategy, working with dozens of grantees directly to
create high-quality graphics in Canva, the free graphic design software.
Before joining Global Wave, he served as the Director of Digital Strategies at the
Hatcher Group, leading digital strategy work for a diverse portfolio of major foundations,
government agencies, national nonprofits, and grassroots movements.
Luke began his career in communications working in-house at the Center for
Community Progress, the nation’s leading voice on revitalizing vacant and abandoned
properties, and at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, working on the 2013
push for Immigration reform.
He received his master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications at
Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree in history and Asian studies at St.
Olaf College in Minnesota. He lives in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC,
and is an active member of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington.
Ajla Subasic (pronounced ‘EYE-la’) is a digital communications strategist with a strong passion for advocacy and driving social change.
Prior to joining Global Wave Digital, Ajla served as a Digital Director for the Mike Bloomberg 2020 presidential campaign, where she oversaw all digital communications and initiatives for the Georgia operation. Before that, Ajla managed an international digital marketing team for a corporate communications agency and worked as a digital strategist for AARP.
Ajla has worked on numerous award-winning federal advocacy campaigns covering issues such as Social Security, Medicare, and affordable healthcare. Ajla has a master’s in Global Strategic Communications from Florida International University, and a bachelor’s in Public Relations from the University of South Florida. Originally born in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ajla was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, and is fluent in English, Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian.