Introducing DisruptDC: A Business Alliance for Better Government and Elections

Business leaders across the country point out the economic costs of dysfunctional government

Washington, D.C. — Today, a coalition of business leaders working to upgrade government and elections launched a new nonpartisan, nonprofit organization called DisruptDC.

As top technology executives gather at the White House for the opening summit of the American Technology Council, DisruptDC has released an open letter from business leaders making the case for end-to-end government reform. The letter, titled “Upgrading American Government: It’s Not Rocket Science,” presents the business leaders’ vision of better government. The letter presents the business and economic case for change, drawing the link between better government and a competitive business climate and prosperous future.

Initial signatories include Dylan Ratigan (former host of MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show and founder of Helical Holdings, Inc.), Lenny Mendonca (Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company), and Leo Hindery (Managing Partner at InterMedia Partners) alongside startup CEOs, VCs, and other distinguished executives. This nonpartisan initiative includes business leaders from a diverse range of industries, locations, and political affiliations.

DisruptDC is the only business alliance focused exclusively on government reform. It will pursue policy and technology improvements to elections, policymaking, and government. It is a member-driven organization that will advance initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels. In 2017, it will convene meetings of business leaders, host public events, conduct research, and work with business leaders to advance policy reforms. In 2018, it will host a national conference on how business thinking and technology can shape the future of government and the economy.

DisruptDC’s president and CEO, Charles Kolb, said, “From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, business leaders know that intelligent public policy is essential to a more innovative, competitive, prosperous economy. DisruptDC strives to build consensus around proven solutions to upgrade our country’s operating system.” Kolb was a presidential appointee in the Reagan and Bush administrations. During 15 years as president of the Committee for Economic Development, a business-led think tank, he mobilized business to support the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002. Senators McCain and Feingold highlighted support from business leaders as critical to the bill’s passage.

DisruptDC Board Member Dylan Ratigan added, “We need to disrupt our dysfunctional political system to create a better future for our country and economy. It’s hard for government to change itself, so we need all Americans to unite around common-sense improvements that make sense regardless of who is in power.” Ratigan is the cofounder of Helical Holdings, former host of MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show, and former financial analyst at Bloomberg and CNBC.

DisruptDC Cofounder Sarah Bonk noted that, “We applaud business leaders who are civically engaged and working toward solutions that benefit all Americans. That means we need to look beyond the regulations that affect our bottom line and look at government itself. DisruptDC is here to show that not only is upgrading government and elections possible — the solutions already exist! It’s time for business leaders to speak out on these issues.” Bonk spent over 14 years at Apple, where her last role before founding DisruptDC was leading a team of over 50 Apple.com designers and managers.

DisruptDC continues to gather signatures for the letter and invites business leaders to contact them at info@disruptdc.org.

About DisruptDC
DisruptDC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit coalition of business leaders for better government and elections at the state and federal level. Its mission is to advance policies and technologies that will upgrade government and establish a more competitive, innovative, and prosperous economy in America. DisruptDC has offices in San Francisco, CA, and Washington, D.C.

Contact
For more information about DisruptDC, please visit www.disruptdc.org or email info@disruptdc.org.

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