Blue in a Red State. Outlook for America
Pete Buttigieg is in his second term as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Elected at the age of 29, is one of America’s youngest mayors of a city with over 100,000 residents. He is the 2015 recipient of the New Frontier Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and he has been called “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of” by the Washington Post. The New York Times featured a profile on him in the summer of 2016, and in November, President Obama pointed to Buttigieg as one of a handful of Democrats emerging as leaders in the Party..
An officer in U.S. Navy Reserve, Buttigieg took a leave of absence to serve in Afghanistan during a seven-month deployment in 2014, earning the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his counterterrorism work. He is currently a member of the Individual Ready Reserve as a commissioned officer.
As mayor in Indiana’s “strong mayor” form of government, Buttigieg has direct executive responsibility for a city workforce of over 1,000 employees and an annual budget over $300 million.
Under Buttigieg’s leadership, South Bend has been nationally recognized for its innovative and results-driven government. Unemployment has fallen dramatically on his watch, with almost 2,000 net new jobs created in his first term. New partnerships with colleges and universities have expanded opportunities and improved results, and the city was the first in the state to establish an Open Data policy for transparency and accountability.
Mayor Buttigieg is also known for addressing a crisis of vacant and abandoned housing that faced South Bend. In 2013, he committed that the community would address 1,000 vacant or abandoned properties in 1,000 days. The city met the goal two months early and had taken action on 1,122 houses by Day 1,000, with nearly 40% of the houses being repaired.
Mayor Buttigieg serves on the Advisory Board of the United States Conference of Mayors and of the Truman National Security Project. He is on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns and has served as President of the Indiana Urban Mayors’ Caucus. In 2016 he received the Community Services Award from the Northwest Indiana AFL-CIO, and he is a recipient of the national “New Ideas Challenge” award from the NewDEAL Network.
A Rhodes Scholar, Buttigieg studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford and holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Literature from Harvard. Prior to becoming mayor, Buttigieg worked for McKinsey & Company, a top consulting firm, where he worked in economic development, energy, retail, and logistics.
An active musician, Buttigieg plays piano and guitar, and has performed with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. He lives in the same neighborhood where he grew up and is restoring a formerly vacant home there.
Joe Green is a serial social entrepreneur and investor who has been a pioneer in the intersection between technology and social/political activism. Joe is a native and huge fan of LA, and has returned home recently to start a new company and learn how to stay in one place.
Joe started in local politics in high school when he was elected to the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board. He went on to work on several other political campaigns at the local, state and national level, including John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. Joe was an advisor to Facebook at its founding at Harvard in 2004, and combined what he learned with his passion for politics when he teamed up with Sean Parker to found Causes, which launched as one of the original Facebook applications in 2007. Under Joe's leadership as CEO, Causes grew to over 100 million users, and pioneered the use of social networks for activism, empowering anyone on Facebook to support any Causes through donations, petitions, media, and advocacy. Joe transitioned leadership of the company to longtime friend and employee Matt Mahan in 2011, who continues as CEO of successor company Brigade. Joe is a co-founder and board member of Brigade.
In 2011 Joe joined NationBuilder as co-founder and President. NationBuilder is the leading SAS software company for community organizing for leaders of political campaigns and parties, non profits, and small businesses. Joe led the fundraising of Series A from Andreesen Horowitz, the hiring of the executive team, and signing the first large customer contracts.
In 2013, Joe founded FWD.us which he ran as president. FWD.us mobilizes the tech community around critical political issues, starting with immigration reform. Joe founded FWD.us along with Mark Zuckerberg and over 50 leaders in the tech community. Comprehensive immigration reform has been one of the most important political issues in America for 30 years, and over that time period has gotten painfully close many times to legislation only to fall short. When FWD.us launched in 2013, it brought key changes to the immigration political landscape. FWD.us brought unprecedented funding to the political fight, was willing to support members of congress in both parties with political support, united the tech community behind not just high tech visas but a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented Americans, funded many organization advocating for reform and built innovative online advocacy tools. FWD.us was key in the Senate passing landmark legislation, but the House of Representatives ultimately fell short. FWD.us played a key role in supporting President Obama's executive action on immigration, which will improve the lives of millions of immigrants. FWD.us continues its key role in advocating for immigration reform as the presidential election heats up. Joe stepped down as president of FWD.us in September of 2014.