Raven Brooks (@ravenb / Facebook) is the executive director of Netroots Foundation and Netroots Nation. Raven was initially drawn into politics during Howard Dean’s presidential campaign and quickly got involved in grassroots politics, including the first Yearly Kos. He’s led the growth of Netroots Nation from a volunteer-run effort to the country’s premier progressive gathering, added an international component and expanded the programming to include infrastructure and capacity-building programs. Raven is a member of the San Francisco New Leaders Council advisory board and the Good 360 Digital Advisory Board. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two cats and is an avid cyclist, hiker and outdoor enthusiast.