Our team.

Jonathan Zucker, Founder and CEO

Jonathan Zucker is one of the most innovative minds in political technology, and is the pioneering force behind Democracy Engine.

Before forming Democracy Engine, Jonathan was the executive director for ActBlue—the nation’s largest source of funds for Democrats—and transformed the organization into a fundraising powerhouse with more than $87 million raised.

Jonathan has served as national director of operations for finance at the Democratic National Committee, where he presided over the DNC’s record-breaking $100 million major donor program in 2004, and at a wide variety of progressive and Democratic organizations as a field organizer, fundraiser, administrator, and attorney, including the Interfaith Alliance, Human Rights Campaign, Gill Foundation, and the Democratic Leadership Council.

Jonathan earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University and a law degree from Georgetown University.

Dave LaDelfa, Chief Technology Officer

Dave LaDelfa joined Democracy Engine in 2012 and heads our development team and oversees all aspects of engineering and technology.

An early adoptor of now-ubiquitous Web framework and database systems, Dave joined Democracy Engine in 2012, bringing two decades’ experience delivering software solutions across a variety of industries, including agriculture, manufacturing, commercial construction, and educational publishing.

He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied music composition.

Ellys Abrams, Director of Customer Service

Ellys Abrams joined Democracy Engine in 2013 and heads our customer support operations.

In addition to her work with Democracy Engine, Ellys has over a decade of experience in nonprofit management. She has worked with several nonprofit theatre companies in DC and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Theater Alliance.

Ellys is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins University and holds a B.A. from Smith College.

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