NationBuilder: Increasing Grassroots Access
to the Voter File

Written by Adriel Hampton. Posted in Politics

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Published on June 15, 2011 with No Comments

Adriel Hampton. Photo by Luke Thomas.

By Adriel Hampton

June 15, 2011

Fog City Journal readers may know me as a former Examiner journalist (with braces), an investigator for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, or from my grassroots run for Congress in the East Bay in 2009. In May, I began a new role as chief organizer for NationBuilder, a software platform that aims to equip grassroots activists, small businesses, NGOs and candidates with the kind of organizing tools that are usually reserved only for those with deep pockets. NationBuilder is the brainchild of Jim Gilliam, a progressive activist who co-founded Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films. Jim is also creator of and TweetProgress.

NationBuilder is nonpartisan, and announced in May a partnership with Political FORCE, an Austin-based firm that, like us, wants to shake up the political system. Our partnership with Political FORCE allows us to offer free access to the voter file for candidates and campaigns across the U.S. at our basic subscription rate of $19 a month. NationBuilder integrates on- and offline contacts in a robust customer management system that allows organizers to easily track contacts and pledges and reach out to donors and prospects. It also has an events management suite that integrates with Facebook and Meetup, eliminating that messy problem of trying to juggle RSVPs and contacts between Facebook and your own site.

For the past couple years, I’ve been doing a lot of work with City Attorney Herrera on government social media, including managing the SFCityAttorney Twitter account and working on projects such as the SF Fire App initiative and Let’s Do It SF. In my new job, I will be able to devote myself fully to my passion for online organizing, working with activists and technologists around the world to grow the ability to instigate meaningful action through online connections. I’ll continue to work out of the SF Bay Area, with a bit more time in Tokyo with my wife’s family.

If you’re interested in learning more about what we’re doing with NationBuilder, check out the screencasts and videos on the site, or hit me up at adriel (at) or 415-742-2844.

Adriel Hampton

Adriel Hampton is a writer, investigator, strategic consultant and mindfulness practitioner. He runs The Adriel Hampton Group Ltd. in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and was a founding member of NationBuilder. Adriel is founder emeritus of SF Tech Dems and a board member at Legination Inc. Before joining NationBuilder, Adriel worked for SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and for the SF Examiner, Hayward Daily Review and Lodi News-Sentinel. He also founded SF City Camp and Gov 2.0 Radio, and, in 2009, ran for Congress in the East Bay.

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