Maricelly Malave and David Moon Appointed Interim co-Executive Directors of Demand Progress and Demand Progress Education Fund

We are excited to announce Maricelly Malave and David Moon are interim co-Executive
Directors of Demand Progress and Demand Progress Education Fund.

Maricelly Malave is a Boricua human rights and Latin American specialist, with expertise in
migration policy, and civil and labor rights. She is a longstanding activist for racial justice and
refugee rights with experience in peace education and community building in Pacific Asia and
Central and South America. She holds a masters degree in peace education, as well as a JD.

David Moon is a longtime activist and lawyer, with expertise in areas inclusive of democracy
reform, regulation of corporate power, online rights, and broader civil rights and civil liberties. He
was Demand Progress’s founding program director, working alongside David Segal and Aaron
Swartz to oppose online censorship and mass surveillance, and to support causes like net
neutrality. He serves as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates.

The Boards and staff thank and congratulate David Segal — Demand Progress and Demand
Progress Education Fund’s co-founder — on his nearly thirteen years leading the organization.

David co-founded Demand Progress in 2010 with the late technologist and activist Aaron
Swartz, scoring an early win in defeating Internet censorship bills SOPA and PIPA. Since then,
Demand Progress and Demand Progress Education Fund have grown into activism and policy
juggernauts, working to hold concentrated power centers to account, and bring them into the
realm of democratic control.

Under David’s leadership the organizations consistently stewarded a base of more than one
million activists; organized people to take tens of millions of actions on major issues of the day;
raised millions of dollars to support a team of activists, policy specialists, and communicators
who work across a broad range of subjects and disciplines; and built out standalone 501(c)(4)
and 501(c)(3) structures.

The organizations have been driving forces on critical issues, non-exhaustively including:

  • Promoting online rights (e.g. helping compel the enactment of the Obama administration’s strong net neutrality rules).
  • Opposing mass government surveillance (e.g. helping compel the sunset of key Patriot Act provisions).
  • Advancing a more progressive foreign policy (e.g. heightening Congress’s recognition and use of its war powers authority).
  • Helping revive the anti-monopoly movement through a variety of legislative and regulatory efforts.
  • Increasing the capacity and transparency of our governance institutions.

We are grateful to David for his tireless work to build our organizations and make the world a
better place, and we look forward to his continued board service.

Demand Progress is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that works to secure progressive
policy changes for everyday people by organizing broad grassroots campaigns, leading smart
lobbying initiatives, and leveraging our staff’s policy expertise. We run campaigns to rally people
to take action on the issues that affect them — by contacting Congress and other leaders,
undertaking other pressure tactics, and spreading word in their own communities. We bring
together large and diverse coalitions that transcend political lines and embrace shared values —
and leverage that backing to work effectively in Washington, serving as an advocate for the
public in the decisions that affect our lives.

Demand Progress Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that educates our
members and the general public about matters pertaining to the democratic nature of our
nation’s communications infrastructure and government structures, and the impacts of corporate
power over our economy and democracy. We mobilize our members and the public to engage
with executive branch agencies with jurisdiction over these matters, and to confront corporate
bad actors. We engage in research, outreach to the media, educational programming, and
occasional litigation related to these areas of concern.