FWD.us is a a bipartisan organization leading on immigration reform and criminal justice reform.
FWD.us was started by people in the technology and business community to promote policies to keep the United States competitive in a global economy, starting with immigration reform and criminal justice reform. FWD.us was founded in 2013 by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Reid Hoffman, Drew Houston, Ruchi Sanghvi and Sean Parker.
FWD.us is a 501(c)(4) bipartisan political organization that believes America's families, communities, and economy thrive when everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. They feel the current immigration and criminal justice systems have locked too many people out from the American dream. They seek to grow and build political support to break through partisan politics and concerns and achieve reforms.
In October 2014, FWD.us was working on pushing immigration reform through during Obama's administration. Obama's decision to defer action on immigration reform stalled these early efforts.
In 2016, FWD.us renewed their efforts at immigration reform with a multi-pronged campaign that was estimated to spend as much as $10 million over the year with digital and television advertising, research and polling. The 2016 initiative included an expansion of FWD.us' activity into 12 states, with a focus on presidential battlegrounds held by Republicans. The election of Donald J. Trump and his rhetoric and policy stance on immigration stalled their progress.
Adina Ellis Cato
Deputy Communications Director
Mississippi State Director, Criminal Justice Reform
Special Assistant to the President and Project Coordinator
Social Media Associate
University Program Director
Vice President, Advocacy
Chief of Staff, Community Department
Deputy Director of Federal Policy
Chief Community Officer, Managing Director San Francisco Headquarters
Senior Associate for Strategic Partnerships
Senior Graphic Designer
Head of Technology
Digital Advertising and Rapid Response Director
D.C. Office Manager, People and Operations Associate
Policy Associate, Criminal Justice Reform
New York State Immigration Manager
State Policy Manager, Criminal Justice Reform
Research and Policy Director, Criminal Justice Reform
Information Systems Associate
Giancarla Rojas Mendoza
Fellowship Program Manager and Executive Assistant to Vice President of Advocacy
Director of Digital Campaigns
Mark Zuckerberg: Immigrants are the key to a knowledge economy
April 10, 2013
Zuckerberg immigration group launches 2016 reform blitz
December 1, 2015