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Brendan Miller is the Chief Technical Officer for 2Gather. He has been a professional full-stack web developer for the past seven years and is currently the Chief Technology Officer and Lead Developer for The Branding Farm, a digital creative agency serving clients like NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, Skechers and University of California, Los Angeles. Brendan is also a certified Ethereum Smart Contract Developer. Previously, Brendan served as the Director of the Office of Science, Technology and Energy for the State of New Mexico Economic Development Department. He is the co-founder of two previous businesses and has also worked in the non-profit sector. He has a ScB in Mathematics–Computer Science from Brown University, an MBA from MIT and an MPA from Harvard University. Brendan is passionate about 2Gather’s mission because he believes in direct democracy and wants to create the digital tools to support robust democracy globally.

Ziri Rideaux is the Chief Strategy Officer of 2Gather. She has been a political analyst and foreign correspondent for German television for over 20 years, covering conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Rwanda and South Africa among others. She focuses on the challenges to developing democracies under pressure from international corporations and outside foreign interests. She is a serial entrepreneur, having started a successful multinational photography agency and innovated a first-of-its-kind digital distribution system. She has also started service companies providing industry-leading customer satisfaction through the adoption of virtualization and dematerialization strategies. Ziri has two master’s degrees from Munich University, in political science and investigative journalism.