Way Forward


Way Forward will be a vibrant, joyful space to build community and deep relationships as 200+ donors, organizers, and thought leaders come together to collectively dream, and more importantly, strategize and align for maximum impact going into 2020.

The conference will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona – just outside of Phoenix. We'll be gathering at the beautiful Camelback Inn Resort & Spa.

Registration for Way Forward is limited to Way to Win members, qualified donors, and Way to Win grantees. This event is invite-only, and all registrations are subject to approval. If you are interested in attending Way Forward or would like to recommend a family member or colleague for an invitation, please email Leah Marsters (

The 2020 electoral cycle is fully underway, and now is the precarious time when we will either set our country on a new track or march down an even more dangerous trajectory. The future is unknown, and it is in our hands. This time together will be an opportunity to share plans and strategies and gear up for the road ahead.

Our conference will take place in sunny Arizona, which is becoming recognized as a crucial battleground state. Arizona organizers have been on the frontlines of the immigration movement, fighting systemic racism and classism, and paving the way towards taking back our country. We will hear from many of them, in addition to organizers around the country who are building political power to win near term elections and transform our society for the next generation.

We are planning this year’s conference in such a way to make sure that attendees have the opportunity to build new relationships and walk away with a clear vision of their role in this political cycle.

Way Forward is proudly carbon balanced! All aspects of Way Forward fall within Way to Win's policies on environmental and social impact, and we work with partners to balance the energy, carbon, and water footprints of Way Forward.

Energy used at the conference comes only from renewable resources. We have offset 100% of unavoidable emissions associated with air/ground travel for all attendees, including staff, speakers, and guests, and with the printing and shipping of all materails. We commit to restoring water to critically dewatered rivers and streams equivalent to that used by and for our guests at the Camelback Inn.

The Way Forward


Last December in Los Angeles, more than 200 of the sharpest, most strategic, visionary organizers, strategists, and donors from around the country came together at The Way Forward. Thank you to our host and planning committees, and to everyone who made this inspiring, powerful moment come to life.


Stacey Abrams Founder of Fair Fight Action — Watch Keynote
Cliff Albright
Co-Founder, Black Voters Matter Fund
Dan Ancona Consulting Digital Strategist, Way to Win
Sarah Audelo Executive Director, Alliance for Youth Action
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II President, Repairers of the Breach — Watch Keynote
Max Berger Co-Founder, If Not Now; Co-Founder, Momentum
Becky Bond Executive Director, Real Justice PAC
Nicole Boucher Executive Co-Director, California Donor Table
LaTosha Brown Co-Founder, Black Voters Matter
Jessica Byrd Founder + Chief Doer, Three Point Strategies
Saikat Chakrabarti Campaign Chairman for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Shelby Cole National Digital Strategist
Elianne Farhat Executive Director, Take Action MN
Pramila Jayapal U.S. Representative from Washington’s 7th District
Alfred Johnson Co-Founder and CEO, MobilizeAmerica
Mimi Marziani President, Texas Civil Rights Project
Desmond Meade President, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC)
Sheena Meade Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, FRRC
Maurice Mitchell National Director, Working Families Party
Tom Perriello Executive Director, Open Society Foundation
Amber J. Phillips Creative Director, Midwest Culture Lab
Stephanie Porta Co-Founder and Executive Director, Organize Florida
K. Sabeel Rahman President, Demos
Rashad Robinson Lead Spokesperson, Color Of Change PAC
Tomas Robles Executive Director, Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA)
Jess Morales Rocketto Political Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)
Favianna Rodriguez Executive Director, CultureStrike
Alexandra Rojas Executive Director, Justice Democrats
Deirdre Schifeling Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Votes
Waleed Shahid Communications Director, Justice Democrats
James Slezak Chief Executive, Swayable
Jonathan Smucker Co-Founder and Executive Director, Beyond the Choir
Nse Ufot Executive Director, The New Georgia Project
Lauren Underwood U.S. Representative for Illinois's 14th Congressional District
Dorian Warren President, Community Change and Community Change Action
Crystal Zermeño Director of Electoral Strategy, Texas Organizing Project