• Garlin Gilchrist II

    National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org

    Garlin is the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org, working at the crossroads of traditional political organizing and online activism. He speaks before diverse audiences on increasing civic engagement and participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Garlin hails from Detroit, where he created Detroit Diaspora. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, he became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, he helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company’s history. In his personal time, he sought out opportunities to connect his technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to his co-founding of The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. Garlin served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change where he spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it’s 40+ years of community organizing experience into the digital age. He currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife Ellen.


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