Corporate Action Network is providing the kind of support that campaigns need. We provide real media support, training, and support for social media organizing. We are constantly developing training materials, information resources, and tools to make your work more effective.
Our experienced organizers and researchers utilize the Action Network and effective campaign support to help organizations run campaigns that have the size and staying power to make a difference against the largest corporate targets.
Mark Fleischman, the visionary force in the creation of the Corporate Action Network, serves as its executive director.
Having spent 25 years in the labor movement, primarily as an organizing director for large union campaigns, most recently Mark served as Vice President of the Service Employees International Union. Mark was also a director of the Amalgamated Bank for 20 years and led the bank’s executive and trust committees.
He also served as a director of the Amalgamated Life Insurance Company and several large pension funds. In his various capacities, Mark was the architect of a number of successful comprehensive campaigns, overseeing the multi-dimensional fronts of corporate research, shareholder actions, consumer boycotts, complex litigation strategies, corporate governance and worker organization.
Mark began his career as a community organizer helping build the Brown Lung Association, an advocacy organization that resulted in important legislation to protect textile millworkers from brown lung disease.
Corporate Action Network Co-founder Brian Young is a key architect of the organization’s vision and execution. Leading the strategy and technology of the Corporate Action Network, Brian is the creative force spearheading CAN’s long-term objectives.
Brian comes to the organization after a decade at the forefront of the digital revolution in politics. He worked in the earliest days of Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, and he also has traditional political experience, including running a Congressional campaign and creating television ads for multiple political campaigns. He spent four years heading up the digital operations for John Kerry’s political operation, raising millions of dollars from the members of Senator Kerry’s three-million-person email list and guiding the creation of numerous cutting-edge organizing drives. Brian also headed the digital operations in John Kerry’s Senate office and led the Web redesign of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Brian Young is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and he has worked with several national and international networks in a variety of roles for various productions, from major sporting events to feature films.
He retains an interest in photography, ran a marathon in under three hours (by Paul Ryan’s reckoning), loves hiking and traveling, and thinks Baltimore is a lot more fun than Washington, DC.
In addition to his role as the Founding Chairman of the Corporate Action Network, Douglas Land is the Managing Director and founder of The Chesapeake Group, a New York based financial advisory services firm with offices in New York City and Mumbai, India. Prior to founding Chesapeake, he was the founding Principal at Economic Analysis Group, Ltd. in Washington D.C. where he created CASE TRAK – a leading litigation management software. Earlier in his career Mr. Land also worked for Hambros Bank, London and the Commission of the European Communities in Brussels. Mr. Land serves on the Boards of the Orange County Land Trust, Scenic Hudson, the Hudson Highlands Land Trust and the New York region of the Anti-Defamation League.
Jason Rosenbaum is a musician, organizer, and developer living in Washington, DC. After helping win health care reform at Health Care for America Now, he was brought on as a Senior Online Campaign Director at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2010. While there, he helped develop PCCC’s new website and organizing interface, pushed for Internet freedom, a strong social safety net, increased taxes on the rich, and helped progressive Congressional campaigns set up effective online organizing programs.
As the Director of Technology at the Corporate Action Network, Jason is excited to build the next generation of online organizing tools to help anyone campaign effectively against corporate abuse.
Robyn Swirling is an activist, singer, and foodie living in Washington, DC, and serves as Action Network’s digital organizer. She brings with her a wealth of experience as an organizer, both online and off, from her work at Advocates for Youth, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, New Organizing Institute, and Bill White’s 2010 Texas gubernatorial campaign. Robyn has worked on issues as diverse as abortion rights, financial sector reform, and voter registration, and is excited for Action Network’s potential to help organizers and campaigners working on all of those issues and more.
In her spare time, Robyn takes an alarming number of pictures of her dog, Dogger, and tries not to argue with too many strangers on the internet.
Special Projects Manager
Jeffrey Dugas is a campaign strategist, writer, and researcher living in Washington, D.C. He joined CAN in 2012, bringing with him a range of skills and experience from his work with the Center for American Progress, the Scottish Parliament, and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. A graduate of George Washington University, Jeffrey also worked for Elizabeth Warren’s successful 2012 Senatorial campaign.
Jeffrey’s duties include developing effective online campaign strategies, creating organizational materials including writing, editing, and designing content, and managing social media for the Corporate Action Network and the Action Network.
In his spare time, Jeffrey enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and exploring D.C. on his bike.
Alex Melman joined the Corporate Action Network in 2013. He performs qualitative and quantitative campaign research, prototypes new organizing tools, and helps develop creative materials and strategy. Alex is a graduate of Brandeis University, where he studied economics and environmental policy and was heavily involved in campus activism. Before joining CAN, he helped manage a social justice-oriented retreat center in the White Mountains.
Alex is a new transplant to Washington, D.C and likes to wander the city’s parks and back streets. In his spare time, Alex might be baking something delicious with his friends, looking for a good hike, or working on a new poem or drawing.
Rich Clayton has been involved in corporate campaigning and shareholder activism for more than a decade.
Rich began working with SEIU in 2001 as a researcher for the Capital Stewardship Program, moving up to the position of Research Director. In 2007 took on the role of Research Director for the CtW Investment Group, the shareholder activism arm of the Change to Win federation. Rich has worked on shareholder campaigns challenging poor corporate governance and conflicted directors at numerous companies, including Washington Mutual, Bank of America, and CVS Caremark.
Rich graduated from Oberlin College and earned his MA in Government from Cornell University.