Who We Are
Meet the Crossroads team:
John is the founder and managing principal of Crossroads. He has over 20 years of experience with operational and strategic planning. John is also highly knowledgeable in budget and financial operations, having overseen budgets ranging from $50,000 to $4.4 million. His work has taken him to 26 states. At Crossroads, John has worked with a broad array of clients from around the country including high profile U.S. Senate races, campaigns for city council, national issue advocacy organizations, and local ballot initiatives.
Prior to Crossroads Campaigns Solutions, John owned an IT recruiting firm that specialized in local and national placement of information technology professionals. There he developed a client base through prospecting and long-term management of 20-40 clients annually. During that time, John remained heavily involved in the the political and non profit worlds by taking time off to conduct trainings, run GOTV operations, and sit on various boards of political organizations.
Throughout his experiences, John has always remained adamant about his management philosophy – that every dollar counts, we can always do better, and that the client and constituent interests always come first. Each client’s unique situation always receives his fullest attention and extensive expertise. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Eric joined Crossroads in August, 2011. Formerly an elected member of the Hawaii State Legislature, Eric served 10 years in the State House, including 5 years as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Having had his name on the ballot in five election cycles, Eric understands the process from the candidate’s point of view and brings this unique perspective to the Crossroads team and its clients.
On national campaigns, Eric served as the Hawaii Field Operations Director for the Kerry presidential campaign in 2004, and helped organize Hawaii for the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign in 2008.
During the 2010 election cycle, Eric successfully managed the congressional campaign for Colleen Hanabusa, which scored a rare Democratic victory over an incumbent Republican in that cycle.
Eric is a proud graduate of the University of Hawaii. Go ‘Bows!!!
Adam joined Crossroads in 2007. His projects have included website development and online advice and assistance with three U.S. Senate races, two U.S. House races, two Attorney General races, a Lieutenant Governor race, numerous down-ticket races, and a variety of issue advocacy groups. He has also helped groups find the right vendors for needs ranging from intranet tools to email blast software. He knows how to increase a Twitter page’s following, find useful trends in a Google Analytics report, and troubleshoot the eccentricities of Internet Explorer. When needed, he has also developed small- and medium-scale direct mail and leave-behind literature. This has included pricing out vendors, creating artwork, and moving projects through an approval process.
Prior to joining the Crossroads, he served as Online Communications Coordinator for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, served as Online Communications Coordinator for the Herb Kohl for U.S. Senate, and built a successful Wisconsin student get-out-the-vote campaign relying entirely on viral marketing and online followup.
Adam is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
Jessica joined the Crossroads team in 2008. Among her projects with Crossroads, she has worked on a state-level health care petition drive, has assisted community-based organizations plan and implement both voter registration and get-out-the vote campaigns, and has provided support to state and national organizations in building partnerships and coalitions. Before joining Crossroads, Jessica was an organizer for the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR). While at CCIR, she developed grassroots advocacy based on legislative developments. Prior to moving to Washington DC, Jessica coordinated and oversaw several projects for En Camino, a service provider in Northwest Ohio.
Adam joined Crossroads in 2010 and brings several years of campaign experience ranging from event building and advance work to field, community outreach and GOTV operations. Before joining Crossroads, Adam worked primarily in New Jersey on a number of statewide and local races as well as various ballot initiatives. Working in New Jersey, Adam has directed both paid and volunteer field and GOTV programs in rural, suburban, and urban areas and is experienced in engaging an extremely diverse electorate. Adam has also worked for two Democratic governors serving in a variety of political and policy positions. During this time, Adam worked with a multitude of issue advocacy groups.
Since joining Crossroads, Adam has been on the ground running field programs in Hawaii, California, Virginia and most recently in New Jersey, where he served as the Statewide Field Director for the NJ Democratic Coordinated Campaign securing a decisive re-election victory for Senator Bob Menendez and the rest of the Democratic ticket.
Adam is a graduate of Rutgers University and is based in New Jersey.
Dane Taylor joined Crossroads in April of 2012 and brings a diverse technical background to the team. Prior to joining Crossroads, Dane worked within a technical aspect at Apple for five years, and prior to that, in advertising and in a development and design capacity in such varied industries as banks, non-profits, education, social-media and email marketing. His experience in web/mobile development, graphic communications, publishing and SEO analysis provides a unique set of offerings and possibilities for our clients.
Dane has been interviewed for his experience and technical background by the Wall Street Journal, and has provided training to non-profits and publishing companies.
As a DC native, he grew up on Capitol Hill, and attended school at The University of the District of Colombia.
Lauren joined the Crossroads team in October of 2012, where she worked first as an intern in the DC office and subsequently in New Haven for the Paid Canvassing program on the successful Chris Murphy for Senate campaign. She was invited on as a Crossroads staff member in April 2013.
Preceding her move to Washington DC to pursue a career in domestic policy, Lauren had been following her passion for international politics by studying and working in Central Europe. She has spent time in Budapest, Hungary, Prague, Czech Republic, and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Originally from southwest Virginia, Lauren has a love for travel, horses, and the outdoors.
Lauren is a graduate of the College of William and Mary where she earned degrees in Government and Religious Studies. More recently, she received a fellowship to study at Central European University in Budapest, where she obtained a Master’s of International Public Policy. Her thesis was on forced displacement and labor market discrimination in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mike McLaughlin, a native of Prince William County Virginia has been involved in Democratic politics since 2003, and joined Crossroads in 2013. Mike has worked on campaigns in Virginia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. He has designed, directed and analyzed field programs, organized GOTV operations, and engaged electorates from municipal races to state-wide contests and everything in-between.
Having gotten his start in politics by knocking doors on the mean streets of the Northern Virginia suburbs, Mike believes in the importance of collecting accurate and robust data to inform campaign programs. Mike specializes in being flexible to the needs of campaigns, finding new ways to inform and mobilize voters, and tailoring programs to maximize support for candidates and issue campaigns.
When not working on campaigns Mike can be found playing blackjack, trying to make the perfect chili recipe and watching college basketball. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University.
Chad Smith, a native of Port Orange, Florida, started in Democratic politics in high school and transitioned into journalism while at the University of Florida.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a minor in History in 2008, he spent four years as a newspaper reporter—in St. Augustine and Gainesville—before returning to UF to pursue a master’s degree in Political Science, with a concentration in campaigning.
In 2012, he worked on President Obama’s re-election campaign as a deputy field organizer in Tallahassee. Chad started at Crossroads as an intern in 2013 before joining the staff, specializing in campaign communications.
He obsessively follows the Florida Gators, and enjoys reading Cormac McCarthy books and riding his bike around town, though not at the same time.
Steph joined Crossroads in October of 2013. A native of New Jersey’s beautiful shore, hailing from Point Pleasant, Steph has worked in the field on several statewide and Congressional races in NJ. In between campaigns, Steph worked as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. of New Jersey’s Sixth Congressional district and has worked in the non-profit world for NAFSA: Association of International Educators. She is constantly trying to balance her love for New Jersey with her love for government and politics here in Washington D.C.
Steph is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where she graduated with a Bachelors in Government and Politics in 2008. She received her Masters in Comparative Politics in 2012 from the London School of Economics, with a focus in Conflict Studies.
Stephanie joined the Crossroads team in the fall of 2013, starting as an intern and then as a staff member. Originally from Newton, MA, Stephanie’s interest in politics developed while interning at her local city hall and then in the Massachusetts Governor’s Office of Community Affairs. She went on to have policy internships with the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Emerald Cities Collaborative in Washington DC, developing interests in urban policy, community development, and affordable housing. All of these experiences contributed to her passion for progressive politics, leading her to Crossroads.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in Government and Politics in 2012 and a MA in Public Policy in 2013. In her free time she likes to visit the local monuments and museums, read political news, and follow her favorite sports teams, the New York Yankees and the New York Giants.
Megan started as an intern for Crossroads in September 2013. In January 2014, she was delighted to join the team as a part-time staff member. Prior to Crossroads Campaigns, Megan worked as a field intern and intern coordinator on Terry McAuliffe’s successful campaign for Virginia Governor, and at PunditWire.com, a blog where political speechwriters comment on the news.
Currently Megan is a M.A. candidate in political communication at American University. In 2012, she graduated from West Virginia University with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Public Relations.