Michael Lux, CEO
Mike Lux is the co-founder and CEO of Progressive Strategies, an innovative consulting firm that is guided by a mission of building the progressive movement through collaborative work between progressive organizations, issue campaigns and causes. Progressive Strategies assists a variety of clients in political positioning, coalition building, developing short and long-term public education campaign strategies, and by turning ideas into reality.
Mike is an active player in the blogosphere and a frequent blogger on Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and Crooks and Liars. He is the author of the book, "The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be."
Mike currently serves on the boards of several important organizations, including the Arca Foundation, Netroots Nation, Americans United for Change, Progressive Congress and USAction, the latter two of which he helped to launch. Mike sits on the Advisory Board of the Democratic Strategist. He is the chair and founder of American Family Voices. He also co-founded the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Progressive Majority, Women's Voice/Women Vote, and the Center for Progressive Leadership. He played a role in the early days of launching the Center for American Progress, Air America, and MoveOn.org. From January 1993 to mid-1995, Mike served as a Special Assistant to the President in the Clinton White House, and has played a leadership role on five Presidential campaigns.
Carla Ohringer Engle, President
Carla Ohringer Engle serves as the President of Progressive Strategies. Carla has worked in Democratic politics for almost two decades — from the Hill to the Florida recount to the 2010 campaign for health care reform — there is not a political environment her background does not cover. She has specialized in coalition building, working to get new organizations and campaigns up and running, and fundraising and communications strategy. Through her myriad of experiences in and out of the political arena, she has amassed a strong network of political operatives, activists and donors. Some highlights of Carla’s experience include serving as Executive Director of American Family Voices, Director of the Progressive Donor Network, as part of the Renaissance Weekend team, and as part of the Democratic National Committee’s finance team during the 2000 election as the Director of the Federal Victory Fund and as a Regional Finance Director, working in and overseeing activities in a number of key states. Throughout the 1990s she served in various leadership roles for a number of Democratic U.S. House and Senate campaigns.
Carla lives with her husband Mitch, owner of Lynn Jewelers, in the D.C. suburbs.