President & CEO
Charlie is a distinguished civic leader and public servant with experience in nonprofit leadership, public policy, crisis management, stakeholder engagement, team building, fundraising, and media relations.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, earning an M.A. from Oxford, and completing a J.D. from University of Virginia, Charlie began a career in law that led him to clerk for the Honorable Judge Joseph H. Young. He joined the Reagan administration as assistant general counsel in the Office of Management and Budget, and then joined the Department of Education. He then returned to the White House as deputy assistant for domestic policy with the George H.W. Bush administration.
As general counsel at United Way, he helped restore a culture of integrity in a time of organizational crisis. He then served as president of the Committee for Economic Development for 15 years, spearheading research and policy initiatives in healthcare, education, labor, international trade, legal reform, and campaign finance. His work to engage the business community was deemed essential to the passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002 (McCain-Feingold).
After CED, he served as president of the French-American Foundation and then Partners 4 Affordable Excellence. In joining DisruptDC, Charlie is excited to return to political reform.
Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Bonk spent most of her career at Fortune 500 companies, including 14+ years at Apple, where her last role was leading a team of 50+ Apple.com designers and managers. Her diverse professional skills include strategy, leadership, organizational development, communications, project management, design, technology, and research.
After earning a B.A. in public policy from Oberlin College and interning in the U.S. Congress, Bonk decided that DC politics was not for her. However, after 20 years in the private sector, she decided to become more civically engaged and started consulting pro bono for a variety of nonpartisan organizations focused on structural political reform.
While bringing her professional skills and perspective to the political arena, Bonk found that the business voice was missing. In 2013, she began developing the DisruptDC concept, and in 2016 she left her job to found the organization.
Co-founder & Relationship Director
Chris is an entrepreneur, communications consultant, and writer. He cultivated his ability to think strategically and craft persuasive messaging during his years coaching Lincoln-Douglas debate and studying at the University of Chicago.
After completing a B.A. in political science at UChicago, Chris joined a highly competitive, hugely expensive congressional race as press assistant and writer. That experience inspired him to focus on creating change directly instead of working within a broken system. He went on to spend years working on startups and consulting in the political reform space, where he met Bonk at a hackathon she organized.
He was an early team member and communications director at Consciousness Hacking, a global community exploring the connections between technology, science, and wellbeing.
Linda is a distinguished nonprofit leader who spent ten years as vice president of public policy with the Bay Area Council, the premier CEO-led business association in California. Her work focused on public policy strategy, corporate relations, and economic growth through improved public education, healthcare, and cybersecurity.
Previously Linda was assistant division counsel for Litton Applied Technology in Silicon Valley, focusing on legal risk management. She also managed their department of Environment, Health, and Safety and launched an in-house medical clinic and wellness program. Prior to that, she was assistant division counsel for General Instruments, also in Silicon Valley.
At the University of Illinois, Linda earned both a J.D. and a master’s degree in labor and employment relations. She also has a master’s degree in school psychology and spent seven years as a professional school psychologist. She is a certified personal trainer and a wellness evangelist.
Buff Mackenzie is an experienced innovator and policymaker at the highest levels of international development and education. He’s a creator of successful public-private digital partnerships with business, higher education, and the IT community, with a focus on education, health, and economic growth in Africa.
Most recently, Buff was managing partner at Iridium Interactive, a digital innovator in health and small business located in Nairobi, Hyderabad, and Delhi. Previously, he served as a senior fellow at the Committee for Economic Development in Washington, D.C. Buff also headed Global Education at USAID, as well as USAID’s Regional Mission for East and Southern Africa.
Buff served in Panama and Burkina Faso with USAID, and in Kenya and El Salvador with the U.S. Peace Corps. He was the first recipient of the USAID Administrator’s Award for Reengineering. Buff has a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and two master’s degrees (public administration, planning) from the University of Virginia.
Dilawar is a leader in the innovation economy with a dedication to public service. As president at Freshworks, a venture-backed startup with more than 100,000 customers worldwide, he runs the company’s North America business, overseeing sales, marketing, customer success, and partnership efforts.
Before joining Freshworks, Dilawar was CEO at Yonja Media Group for five years. He led the company through many significant changes and ultimately secured a successful sale. He has also served in leadership roles at Yahoo!, SAP, and Siebel Systems (now part of Oracle).
Dilawar also plays an active role in civic life. Recently, he organized Silicon Valley business leaders to make the economic case for civil liberties. He is the president of OPEN Global, a nonprofit with the mission of supporting entrepreneurs in diaspora communities across the globe. In 2010, President Obama appointed Dilawar to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
Managing Partner, Helical Holdings
Dylan Ratigan is an acclaimed financial analyst, entrepreneur, media expert, and best-selling author. At Bloomberg News and CNBC, he developed and launched more than half a dozen broadcast and new media properties. In 2004, he won the Gerald Loeb Award for his coverage of the Enron scandal. At MSNBC, he created and hosted The Dylan Ratigan Show. He still appears regularly as a news commentator on a variety of programs, including regular spots at Tastytrade and The Young Turks.
In 2012, he published the New York Times bestseller Greedy Bastards, explaining the roots of our broken economy and political system. The book called for smart policy, the willingness to scrap what doesn’t work, and the entrepreneurial spirit to try what does.
Dylan left his media career to found Helical Holdings, building systems that produce food, pure water, solar electricity, wireless connectivity, jobs, and essential community services. He founded the business to advance a social mission: hiring veterans, reducing poverty, and improving health, both in America and around the world.
Co-Founder, Practice Fusion
Matthew Douglass is a digital health entrepreneur based in San Francisco. In 2007, he co-founded Practice Fusion with the goal of advancing all physicians into the digital age, regardless the wealth or social status of their patient populations. By 2017, Matthew had helped grow Practice Fusion to become the most popular web-based electronic health record in the US, powering over 32,000 medical practices in all 50 states and territories.
Since 2004, Matthew has volunteered in nine political campaigns for candidates across the political spectrum, including local and state campaigns in Nevada, Texas, Arizona, California, and Colorado. He also served as an engineer in the 2012 Obama campaign San Francisco technology field office, the first of its kind in American political history.