Meet our Team
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 lead 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 has several worked with 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.
Nadine Bloch heads up our organizing and campaign strategy team and is a long-time political organizer, direct-action trainer, strategic facilitator, innovative artist, nonviolent practitioner, and puppetista, who combines the principles and strategies of nonviolent civil disobedience with creative use of the arts in cultural resistance and public protest. She has worked with diverse organizations, including Nonviolence International, Greenpeace, Ruckus Society, Labor Heritage Foundation, Health GAP, HousingWorks and Bread & Puppet Theater.
Her work has been featured nationally and locally, in newspapers like the Washington Post and magazines from MS to Time. She is a contributor to the book Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution (2012, O/R Press) on creative resistance and the upcoming book We Are Many, Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation (2012 AK Press).
Marcy Chong brings deep experience in corporate campaign research to her role at the Corporate Action Network. For over a decade, Marcy headed pioneering research work for SEIU on national-level campaigns in the healthcare industry, representing the union in bankruptcy cases, and leveraging private equity and pension fund relationships.
Marcy led the research team for a successful multi-union campaign against the three largest global outsourcing companies that resulted in mass-scale new union organizing. As a member of the founding staff of the union coalition, Change to Win, she worked to identify organizing opportunities in new sectors. Since earning her MBA at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Marcy has provided financial and strategic research to national and local unions and related progressive organizations with a focus on understanding industry and financial relationships to identify vulnerabilities and opportunities.
When she is not providing breakthrough research work, Marcy enjoys snowboarding, hiking and knitting.Email Marcy
Levana Layendecker has been a political activist and professional organizer for over fifteen years. She started out working as a campus organizer and canvass director for the State PIRG's (Public Interest Research Groups) after finishing her undergrad degree and went on to become the Web Communications Director for the American Friends Service Committee while obtaining a Master's degree in Governmental Administration from the Fel's Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. After receiving her degree, Ms. Layendecker worked on the health care reform campaign in Washington D.C. as the Director of Online Campaigns for Health Care for America Now, a grassroots coalition mobilizing millions to win a guarantee of quality, affordable health care. She most recently served as the Senior Strategist for MoveOn.org’s coordinated campaigns helping to support progressive candidates for Congress across the country.
A recent homeowner in South Philadelphia, Ms. Layendecker is an avid cook, and rumor has it that she makes a wicked eggplant parmesan.
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.
Jillian Burse joined CAN in 2012. Jillian manages all office operations as well as assists with fundraising, organizational development and support to the Corporate Action Network board. Prior to joining Corporate Action Network, Jillian work for a boutique market research firm in Fairfax, Virginia.
Jillian graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science. She began her career field organizing for with the Service Employees International Union on the Change that Works campaign, supporting Health Care Reform and the Employee Free Choice Act.
Jillian lives in Falls Church with her slightly overweight cat. In her spare time, Jillian enjoys, gardening, cooking, and traveling.
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.Email Rich