Here are just a few of the visionary folks behind The Other 98%. Click on the name to see their biography.
Alexis Goldstein spent seven years working on Wall Street, at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank before quitting the industry in 2010. Alexis was highly active with Occupy Wall Street, co-wrote the 325-page comment letter on the Volcker Rule with Occupy the SEC, and is currently a team member of the Occupy Network, who put out the biweekly You Inbox: Occupied email newsletter. She is a contributor to The Nation, and has also written for n+1, the Washington Post and The American Prospect, and co-hosts the radical finance and economics podcast Disorderly Conduct. Alexis serves as the Communications Director for The Other 98%, where she also host a weekly web series called “Alexis Breaks It Down,” focusing on demystifying complex stores and concepts, from Supreme Court Cases, to the intricacies of government settlements, to bills in Congress that gut financial reform. You can follow her on twitter @alexisgoldstein
Andy Menconi is a graphic designer and animator who has been creating viral content since 2000. While working as a web designer for Bank of America he won ‘Bush in 30 Years’: a flash animation contest sponsored by MoveOn.org which opened the door to being the graphics guy for many leftist political organizations.
He went on to form Agit-Pop Communications, an award winning viral media firm with partners John Sellers of the Ruckus Society and Andrew Boyd of Billionaires for Bush. On tax day in 2010, Agit-Pop communications began a new project called ‘The Other 98%’ as a meme to help shift the dialogue of the culture war to one of economic justice.
Andy Menconi was born in Texas, graduated from AAC in San Francisco, loves punk rock, the NFL, green chile and romantic dinners on the beach.
John Sellers is co-founder of The Other 98%, a founding partner of Agit-Pop Communications, and President of the Ruckus Society. John worked for Greenpeace in the early 90s before leaving to help start Ruckus. He has had the great fortune to be integrally involved in powerful peaceful actions all over the world: from the high seas with the Rainbow Warrior to the streets of Seattle in the uprising against the WTO. He works from his home-office on a sleepy little island in the Puget Sound where he and his wife Genevieve homeschool their 8 year old twins Sam and Hazel. And he can out “apple-pie” your run-of-the-mill flag waving Tea-Bagger any day of the week.
Josh Bolotsky is an online organizer, blogger, comedic performer/writer and occasional voiceover artist, currently serving as New Media Director for The Other 98%. Josh also serves as part of the national volunteer collective that manages Living Liberally, a network of progressive social groups and activist resources in all 50 states. He enjoys vegan chili and writing about himself in the third person.
Nicole Carty is the new kid on the block at The Other 98%. For Nicole, a Sociology concentrator at Brown University, a path in social justice work was inevitable. While in college Nicole gained her organizing wings working with student organizations on-campus, including Students for a Democratic Society, Student Labor Alliance, and Common Ground; and also with community-based organizations in Providence. Since graduating, Nicole has continued her social and economic justice work in New York with Occupy Wall Street where she has contributed as a facilitator, trainer, and action-planner since October 2011. She has been a staffer with The Other 98% since April 2011.
Samantha Corbin is Actions Director for The Other 98% and national coordinator of the US Uncut network, as well as a non-violent direct action trainer with The Ruckus Society and a founding member of the New York Action Network. She has coordinated scores of affinity group actions including banner hangs, blockades, and street theater actions; led several large-scale actions including the 5,000-strong Powershift 2011; and developed and delivered countless trainings in creative non-violent direct action, affinity group organizing, strategic planning, scouting, and high tech action. Throughout the Fall of 2011, she has been organizing and training with Occupy Wall Street. Sam is based in New York City.