MoveOn leaders stepping down before 2020 election

MoveOn leaders stepping down before 2020 election
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The two leaders of progressive advocacy organization MoveOn this week announced they will be stepping down this year, ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

MoveOn in a press release announced that the leaders of the nonprofit and political arms of MoveOn will leave after the organization's search for new leadership is complete.

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Anna Galland has served as MoveOn's executive director of civic action, while Ilya Sheyman has served as the group's executive director of political action. They have both been at the helm of MoveOn for six years.

"I'm so deeply proud of what we've built and accomplished with MoveOn's brilliant and dedicated staff, and our millions of members around the country," Galland said in a statement. “After six years leading this organization through tremendous growth and development, we believe it's time for new leaders to step up." 

"I love this organization's essential grassroots spirit and know-how, and I'm totally convinced our members have a central role to play in ending the Trump era—and turning our country towards being a place where everyone can thrive," she added.

Under Galland and Sheyman, MoveOn's budget quadrupled, from $7.5 million to $32 million per year, and its staff has nearly tripled, according to data provided by the organization.

The two began at the end of former President Obama's second term. MoveOn has since become a central figure in the anti-Trump "resistance," positioning itself at the forefront of some of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE's highest-profile controversies — including the family separation policy. 

“When the Trump administration began separating immigrant families in summer 2018, one of my first calls was to Anna and MoveOn, urging a mass mobilization,” Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalMedicare for all: fears and facts House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death 'KamalaCare' fails to address big problem: That we cannot trust insurance companies MORE (D-Wash.) said in a statement provided by MoveOn. “If MoveOn hadn’t stepped up to the plate, the massive June 30 Families Belong Together mobilizations might never have happened at that scale." 
 
Thousands of people mobilized over the summer following reports that the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy at the border had resulted in the separation of more than 2,000 migrant children from their parents.
 
MoveOn's board will now begin a search for new leadership. 
 
"Under Anna and Ilya's extraordinary leadership, MoveOn has played a vital role in campaigning for dignity and justice for all families,” Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Manufacturing shrinks, raising questions for Trump Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties MORE (D-Mass.), who recently announced that she is launching an exploratory committee to run for president, said in a statement. "I am personally grateful for their support ... as we've fought together to hold the Trump Administration accountable."