The Road to a Democratic Congress


Flip The 14

Who We Are

Flip the 14 is focused on helping the Resistance defeat California's 14 Republicans in Congress. 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 that control Congress 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.

It's time for a change. We just need to flip 24 seats in the House of Representatives, and 14 of them are in California. Flip the 14 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, especially in California. A lot can happen from now to Election Day, and we'll be present in all 14 districts, planting the seeds for a wave election in 2018. 

Doug Linney, Campaign Manager

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.

Maureen Erwin, Field Manager

Maureen Erwin has been managing winning campaigns and effective communications strategies in California since 1998. Her clients have included successful campaigns for federal, state, county and local offices, and ballot measures requiring 2/3 voter approval for schools, parks, roads, and transit infrastructure.

Maureen helps people focus, inspire, mobilize, and win. Her experience includes all aspects of campaigning, including strategy, creative direction, art, earned media, social media, data and applications, nearly twenty years of field organizing, and award-winning direct mail.

Her 2012 campaign for Congressman John Garamendi’s primary campaign focused on a strong GOTV program and shifted his Cook Report rating—removing him from the NRCC’s list of targeted seats. More recently, she has focused on campaigns around social justice issues, including San Francisco’s 2014 soda tax campaign, which garnered 56% of the vote, despite being outspent 36:1 by the sugary beverage industry.

Maureen has been a featured panelist and speaker at national conferences on the intersection of food and politics. She has trained hundreds of campaign staff and volunteers in grassroots organizing. Before entering politics, she studied Cultural Anthropology at San Francisco State University and produced the Pacifica Network’s highest-rated radio show, We the People with Jerry Brown, featuring luminaries such as Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, Ivan Illich, the Dalai Lama, and Gore Vidal.

Don Perata, Senior Campaign Adviser

Don Perata holds a distinguished record as a public servant who advanced from schoolteacher to president of the California State Senate. Previously, he served on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors (1986-1994), in the State Assembly in 1996, and in 1998 was elected to the California State Senate. Over the next decade, he became one of the most powerful and influential leaders in California, selected on three occasions by his colleagues to serve as president pro tem of the Senate.

As president pro tem, Perata oversaw the passage of AB 32, California’s cap and trade regulatory scheme to reduce greenhouse gases. In 2005-06, he authored and subsequently directed the campaign that won voter approval for a $38 billion suite of general obligations bonds to rebuild California’s aging infrastructure, including housing, transportation and water. Perata also wrote and passed a $5 billion revenue bond to rebuild California’s courthouses. All bonds had Democratic and Republican support to gain the necessary two-thirds vote in each house.

Perata guided other major legislation in health care, in-home services, water development and conservation, cancer research, biomedical and renewable energy. 

Ronnie Cohen, Chief Operating Officer

RonnieCohen.jpgRonnie 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

AndrewKim.jpgAndrew 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. 

Donald Lathbury, Communications Director

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.