Concerted Action is a one-stop consulting firm specializing in advocacy, organizing and the digital tools that power grassroots movements. We help non-profits and unions recruit supporters, build engaged and motivated communities and generate action. We’re strategic, experienced, versatile and committed to your cause. Launched in 2015 as Blue Bulldog Digital and relaunched as Concerted Action in 2018.
Founder and CEO
Christian specializes in helping unions and non-profits use digital tools to further their organizing and communications goals. He spent nearly a decade working directly for non-profit organizations while in Washington, DC, including as Communications Director at Working America.
While at Concerted Action he has worked with 60 different organizations using proven email-, ad- and social media-based strategies, and leveraging powerful digital tools to generate real activism and recruit members. Christian is also the leading expert in Action Network, providing migrations, integrations, customizations, and support for most of the major partners.
Social Media Organizer
Ashley Pagan is a multimedia communications specialist based in Los Angeles, California. Ashley graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Sociology, Communications, and Music. Ashley has worked as a communications specialist on worker organizing, zero-waste, and anti-harassment initiatives while at Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). Before that she supported communication efforts while working for the Change To Win/Teamsters joint Justice for Port Drivers campaign against wage theft, abuse, and racial injustice. An organizer at heart, Ashley’s true passion is using social media and new technology to create and support movements within workplaces and communities.
Peter Thacher is a digital communications professional based in Washington, DC. As Digital Organizer he produces digital campaign content to help organizations win and gain new supporters. After graduating from college, he worked for several years in digital communications for Food & Water Watch supporting campaigns to ban fracking and combat climate change. A longtime organizer, he also helped unionize his workplace with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Maura Pond is a digital communications strategist based out of Richmond, Virginia. Maura spent nearly thirteen years at the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union in Washington, D.C. getting to know the richness and diversity of America’s working class from the inside of meat-packing plants, grocery stores, cannabis dispensaries, medical centers, food-processing facilities, and more. Maura has worked with local unions and campaigns around the country to help build up their digital programs, and has provided support for major actions such as the OUR Walmart Black Friday Strikes and the 2019 Stop & Shop strike.
Office & Marketing Assistant
Jay Hearn is an experienced and dedicated office assistant currently based in Washington, DC. Before joining Concerted Action, Jay interned for a host of organizations including the Roosevelt Network, the Southern Economic Advancement Project, and the Food Chain Workers Alliance. A strategic thinker with an eye for detail, Jay will build-out Concerted Action’s workplace capabilities and support client projects. Jay currently holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an Advanced Certificate in Labor Studies from the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.
Social Media Organizer
Sarah Thomas specializes in strategic digital communications and social media. She is originally from New Jersey, but has called Denver, Colorado home since moving there to work as an editor in 2014. Sarah received her BA from Middlebury College in 2014 and completed her MA in Communication at University of Colorado Denver in 2021. During her time as a graduate teaching assistant, Sarah was an active member of United Campus Workers Colorado, supporting fellow workers in the struggle for respect and dignity in the workplace. Sarah continues to be involved in community organizing movements in the Denver metro area that confront social injustice and strive to achieve lasting systemic change.
Social Media Organizer
Ian Brady (he/him) is an organizer and communications strategist based in Berkeley, CA. Following the completion of his degree in Mass Communication at Point Park University, Ian’s work in organizing began with NextGen America in his home state of Pennsylvania. Ian’s involvement with his union while at NextGen transitioned into a role on the Executive Council of the Campaign Workers Guild where he organized and represented workers on various campaigns throughout the 2020 election cycle and into the early stages of 2021. Additionally, Ian worked as a Digital Organizing Strategist for a DC based firm where he worked to develop and execute the social media organizing strategy of various campaigns and advocacy organizations.
Sara Wallenfang is a digital communications strategist based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sara began her work in the labor movement in 2007, traveling the country as an organizer with American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. She has spent much of her career at the AFL-CIO, most prominently directing communications during Act 10 protests in Wisconsin as well as during the opposition to Right to Work in Michigan, and most recently coordinating the national digital campaign to recruit poll workers for the 2020 election. In between AFL-CIO positions, Sara spent several years managing the legislative, political, and communications departments at the Michigan Nurses Association, which represents about 13,000 nurses and healthcare professionals. She also has community 501c3/501c4 experience as a regional organizing director for Michigan United and the Michigan People’s Campaign, which are affiliates of People’s Action.
Copy Editor and Proofreader
Karen Freund is a copy editor and proofreader with a varied background as a translator, legal secretary, office manager, communications manager and cabinet finisher. She possesses a sharp eye for detail and a firm dedication to getting the words just right. A graduate of Middlebury College, Yale University, and the Pushkin Russian Language Institute, she has worked at the US Embassy in Moscow, on the 27th floor of 30 Rock, in the Crown Building (directly across Fifth Avenue from a certain real estate developer’s tower), at a publishing company in Minnesota, and at a small family cabinet shop and a medical society headquarters in Illinois. She has created, formatted, edited and managed corporate magazines, websites, digital newsletters and social media streams. Karen is an editor at The American Independent.