Shaughnessy Naughton is an entrepreneur with a degree in chemistry and a passion for understanding the role of science in our everyday lives. With a background in research and drug discovery, Shaughnessy decided to get involved in politics because she is concerned about the future of science in the United States. In 2014, after running a business for over a decade, she stepped up to run for congress in Pennsylvania’s 8th District. With no prior political experience, other than phoning legislators and knocking on doors for campaigns, she faced an uphill battle, to say the least.
Ultimately, Shaughnessy was not successful, but she did receive a tremendous amount of support from the scientific community. Through her campaign, she learned there are not enough people with scientific backgrounds in congress and that we see the effects of that in the attempted politicization of science, mocking of basic research and denial of climate change. This is not just bad for science, it is bad for our country.
Shaughnessy founded 314Action.org to encourage and unite the scientific community to do more than just advocate for science, and to get involved in the political process. That means run for office, at any level, organize and call on your representatives to stand with science and to make your voices heard. Science is and always should be above politics. But too many politicians are taking on anti-science positions and we need to push back. The best way to do that is to ensure that like-minded, problem-solving engineers and scientists have a seat at the table. Join Shaughnessy and work to elect members of the STEM community and advance a pro-science agenda.
As Executive Director, Joshua oversees 314 Action’s operations and works with outside allied organizations. A veteran campaign manager and communications expert, Joshua got his start as the field director for Harry Reid’s US Senate campaign in 1998. He has managed campaigns in 8 states and abroad, in South and Central America. He has managed campaigns from state wide gubernatorial and senatorial to congressional and mayoral campaigns in Los Angeles, San Fransisco, New York City and Philadelphia. As the chief strategist, Joshua led the team that elected Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu, to congress.
Director of Advocacy
As Director of Advocacy, Harmony leads state and federal government relations efforts as well as coordination with coalition partners to advance 314 Action's policy objectives. For more than two decades, Harmony has served as a Democratic fundraiser, strategist and government relations advisor. She has represented before Congress Fortune 100 companies including Oracle, AT&T, Citigroup, General Motors and UPS and orchestrated issue advocacy campaigns for organizations such as the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and the American Association for Justice. As a veteran Democratic fundraiser, Harmony has worked with state and federal candidates and national party organizations including the DCCC, EMILY's List, and Defenders of Wildlife; Senators Mark Warner, Heidi Heitkamp, Kent Conrad, Byron Dorgan, Bob Graham and others.
Director of Campaigns
As Director of Campaigns, Erik advises candidates on how to build strong campaigns, raise money, and helps to screen potential candidates. Erik was previously Campaign Manager for Shaughnessy Naughton in 2016 and was the Deputy Finance Director in Tammy Duckworth’s successful 2016 Senate bid while also serving as the Finance Director of the Illinois Democratic Coordinated Campaign. Erik also worked as a Finance Director of a DCCC Red to Blue race in 2014, on Tammy Duckworth’s election to Congress in 2012 and for Congresswoman Lois Frankel.
Director of Communications
As Director of Communications for 314 Action, Ted spearheads the organization's public relations, media relations and social media strategies. Prior to joining 314 Action, Ted worked for top strategic research consultancy firm, Benenson Strategy Group, on a polling team advising clients including the NFL, Ford Motors, and the ACLU. He has worked on several winning political campaigns and traces his professional roots to journalism.