In the 2018 election, Flip the 14 focused on helping the Resistance defeat California's 14 Republicans in Congress. We succeeded in SEVEN districts, an unprecedented achievement. In 2019, we became Flip the West, continuing our work in California and focusing on states with competitive U.S. Senate races: Arizona, Colorado, Montana, and Texas,
While so much attention is devoted to Trump's daily antics that undermine our values, embarrass our great country, and create a less stable and more dangerous world, he only gets away with it because the Republicans in power are silent. Indeed, many of the most harmful aspects of the Trump agenda, like taking away health care from millions of Americans and raising taxes on the middle class to pay for tax cuts for the richest 1%, are driven by the Republicans in Congress.
Flip the West is run by a team with a proven track record of running successful campaigns. We've seen what works, and we're flexible enough to try out new ideas. In this climate of uncertainty, we think it's a mistake to only focus on a narrow spectrum of seats. We dreamt big in 2018 with much success, and we're gearing up for an even more ambitious plan in 2020.
Doug Linney, Campaign Director
Doug has served the environmental community of California for over 35 years as an advocate, political strategist, coalition builder, and fundraiser. In 1996, he founded The Next Generation (TNG) in an effort to advance the environmental agenda by offering campaign services and political strategy to nonprofit organizations, environmental coalitions, and progressive candidates.
Doug has run numerous campaigns at the state, regional, and local level and has specialized in water, energy, forestry, and environmental tax reform issues. In 2002, he was recognized with the Mark Dubois River Conservationist Award given by Friends of the River. His environmental service includes past or present membership on the boards of directors for the California League of Conservation Voters, Friends of the River, ecoVenture, Green Capitol, the Planning and Conservation League, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
From 1988 to 1994, Doug was the Political Director of the California League of Conservation Voters, a public interest organization that supports environmentally minded candidates for public office. Doug received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Public Policy from the University of California, Davis.
Ronnie Cohen, Chief Manager
Ronnie has worked on California environmental policy for over 20 years. From 1996 to 2009 she was a Senior Policy Analyst and then Director of Water Efficiency with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). At NRDC Ronnie advocated for reform of U.S. western water policies, with a focus on promoting water use efficiency and ecosystem restoration. Ronnie was the environmental community's lead on numerous water policy bills in the California legislature, including landmark legislation to reduce California urban water use 20 percent by 2020. She authored a number of reports for NRDC, including a ground-breaking report linking water and energy use.
From 2012 to 2017 Ronnie worked as an independent consultant providing strategic advice, research, and support to a variety of public and private sector clients, including the Water Foundation, WaterSmart Software, and the Sacramento Water Forum.
In addition to her work with Flip the 14, Ronnie is also a District Captain for Sister District Project, where she coordinates a variety of Resistance activities to flip seats from red to blue.
Ronnie holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Brown University and received her Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Andrew Kim, Field Director
Andrew has been a political entrepreneur, building winning campaign and business teams for over 10 years. Andrew has recruited, trained, and deployed over 1,000 interns in congressional, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. Currently, Andrew manages a full time call center operation to advance economic and environmental sustainability in California. Andrew was the Campaign Manager for Congressman John Garamendi in 2014, building a field team that made over 1,000,000 contact attempts in that cycle. Andrew brings to campaigns, many private sector best practices from managing a Real Estate Brokerage and spearheading business development projects for a biotechnology company. Andrew is the Managing Director & Partner for Spafford & Lincoln, a management-consulting firm that specializes in data-mining, communications, and public relations. Andrew is a Certified Project Manager from Stanford University and a proud UC Davis alumnus.
Andre Charles, Southern California Political Director
Andre Charles is a political consultant with 20 years of campaign experience in California. He has consulted for candidates and ballot measures statewide and locally in Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Orange, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and Ventura Counties. In addition to his work with Flip the 14, Andre Charles is the currently the lead consultant for a statewide ballot measure (the College for All Act) and two District Attorney campaigns in Orange and Marin Counties.
Donald Lathbury, Communications Director and Strategist
Donald served as Congressman Garamendi’s Communications Director for eight years, where he helped coordinate the Congressman’s message and priorities. He first joined Garamendi’s staff in 2009 when Garamendi was California’s Lieutenant Governor. He was elevated to Communications Director upon the beginning of Garamendi’s first Congressional term. Previously, Donald served as Deputy Communications Director in the offices of Speaker Fabian Nunez and Speaker Karen Bass. He is the former president of East Bay Young Democrats and currently serves on the Berkeley Transportation Commission and as an Associate Member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee.
Donald attended the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Political Science. While there, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Political Review, Berkeley’s only non-partisan political magazine. As a student, Donald interned for or worked at the ACLU of Northern California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, and a public-interest environmental law firm.