Jon Youngdahl is the National Political Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) with responsibility for coordinating SEIU's electoral operations and working to increase member involvement and public support for SEIU's endorsed candidates. Before joining SEIU's national staff in 2002, Youngdahl was the Executive Director of the Minnesota State Council of the SEIU, were he was responsible for coordinating the joint membership growth and political and legislative campaigns of SEIU's four Local Unions in Minnesota. He also served as the International Coordinator of the Steelworkers' Health Care Workers Council and worked as a corporate campaign coordinator for the United Steelworkers of America. An experienced veteran of Minnesota politics, Youngdahl served as the Campaign Manager for the Hatch for Governor Campaign in the fall of 2006, Mike Freeman's 1998 gubernatorial campaign, and Senator Satveer Chaudhary's upset victory in his inaugural State House race against incumbent Rep. Skip Carlson (at the time, Rep. Chaudhary was the first Asian Indian elected to a state legislature in the United States). 
Ballot Initiatives Strategy Center
The board of the Ballot Initiatives Strategy Center is made up of Karen Ackerman of AFL-CIO, Earl Bender of Avenel Associates, Mary Jean Collins of People for the American Way, John Jameson of Winning Connections, Mike Lux of Progressive Strategies, Matt McKinnon of International Association of Machinists, John Ost of American Federation of Teachers, Amy Pritchard of AP Campaigns and Mission Control, Will Robinson of The New Media Group, Larry Scanlon of AFSCME, Gloria Totten of Progressive Majority, Lisa Turner of The Turner Group, LLC, Gail Tuzzolo of Gail Tuzzolo Associates, Michael J. Wilson of United Food and Commercial Workers union, Carrie Pugh of the National Education Association, Jon Youngdahl of Service Employees International Union, Michael Ettlinger of Center for American Progress, Heather Holdridge of Care2, Bernie Horn of Campaign for America's Future, Hans Johnson of Progressive Victory, Laurie Moskowitz of Fieldworks, Crystal Plati (consultant and former Executive Director of ChoiceUSA), and Daniel Smith, Ph.D. from the University of Florida.