Who We Are

Walter Ludwig began his political career as a staff volunteer on the McGovern campaign. He left politics in 1988 and founded several successful media and software companies, returning in 2003 as a state director for Dean for America, then founded Project 90, a precursor to DNC Chair Howard Dean’s “50-state strategy.” As principal of TeamBlue Politics, then managing partner of Indigo, he has been general consultant or managed over 25 Congressional and four US Senate races, as well as state rep/senate, statewide judicial and mayoral races, including electing the first Democratic mayor of Knoxville in three decades. In 2013-14, he was general consultant to the 28 social democratic parties’ election campaign for the European Parliament.

 

Matthew "Mudcat" Arnold from Booneville, MS, has worked in 29 states, covering dozen of campaigns for state and federal office. In 2012, he was the national campaign manager for the CREDO SuperPAC. He is a national field trainer for Democracy for America and a speaker at conventions and progressive gatherings across the country. He’s run campaigns for progressive champions like Lloyd Doggett, Mary Jo Kilroy, and Darcy Burner. Mudcat has designed sophisticated organizing operations for MoveOn.org, the Sierra Club, and a host of other non-profit and public affairs clients, and is executive director of South Forward PAC. Mudcat runs Indigo’s southern operations from Nashville.

Freyja Steingrímsdóttir specializes in developing and implementing effective digital strategies - social media campaigns in particular. In 2013 she moved to Brussels to join the campaign team for the Party of European Socialists & Democrats for the European Elections 2014, she has developed and worked on various campaigns for labor organizations and national political parties, both in Europe and the United States. For Freyja, progressive campaigning was a passion before it became a career. Throughout her B.A. studies in Political Science and postgraduate studies in Gender - she campaigned on various issues such EU membership for Iceland, equal pay and youth program funding. She also ran for Parliament as a candidate for the Social Democrats of Iceland.

Ruthanne Buck most recently served as a Senior Adviser to U.S. Secretaries Arne Duncan and John King to develop and direct the U.S. Department of Education strategy to engage educators. She was first appointed by President Barack Obama in April 2012 to serve as the Chief of Staff in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs prior to joining the Office of the Secretary. Prior to joining the Department, Ruthanne served as an Assistant to American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, where she led political, field and mobilization strategy. Ruthanne began her career in 2001 at the Democratic National Committee working on women’s and LGBT issues. Over the course of her career, Ruthanne has led major field and political efforts on behalf of progressive issues, agencies and candidates.

Kelsey Jones, originally from central New Jersey, graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Florida. As a student, Kelsey was actively involved with campaigns on the local, state, and national level in both Florida and New Jersey. She first got involved with political campaigns by knocking on doors for Jon Uman's run for the Florida state house and most recently led the finance team for a congressional race. She also spent time working with the Alachua Conservation Trust. Most recently Kelsey interned with American Farmland Trust in Washington, DC, assisting with their membership and development operations.


Vidal
 Hines
comes with a decade of experience in project management, government relations, and community organizing. Vidal has coordinated and managed political and issue campaigns throughout the mid-Atlantic area, with a particular focus in Maryland. He was responsible for organizing Prince George’s County in support of the Offshore Wind Campaign, successfully mobilizing citizens to pressure lawmakers to pass legislation promoting the renewable energy industry. He also worked as a regional coordinator for Progressive Maryland's Fight for Fair Wage Campaign in 2010. Vidal has managed a number of local elections in Prince Georges County, Charles County, the District of Columbia, and Alexandria, successfully helping elect a County Executive, County Council members, State Senators, and Delegates. Recently, Vidal worked with Color of Change as the logistics director helping to oversee a digital voter engagement campaign aimed at increasing the African American vote for the Jon Ossoff Congressional campaign in Georgia's 6th Congressional district.