Meet Our Team

Dan Carracino
Dan CarracinoNational Coordinator, Board President
Prior to founding Congressional Communities, Dan Carracino was President and co-founder of American IC Exchange, a wholesale distributor of semiconductors (“computer chips”), until its successful sale

In the electronics business, Mr. Carracino gained recognition from the field’s leading journal as one of the top 25 CEOs in the computer industry. Mr. Carracino is also an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, whose critically acclaimed film “Bill W.” details the life of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson. Moving from filmmaking to civic engagement, he established Congressional Communities to work toward enabling more accessibility between congressional representatives and their constituencies.

Marshall Joy
Marshall JoyDistrict Coordinator
A graduate from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Psychology. He is the current administrator for Congressional Communities pages, and serves as first point-of-contact for communities in the Southern California area.

As one of the earliest employees of Congressional Communities, Marshall played a major part in creating the initial community boundaries using proprietary GIS software developed by Proximity One. In addition to administrative roles, Marshall has written comprehensive blogs on issues including alternative & renewable energy, housing & homelessness, and student debt.

Jamie McCaa
Jamie McCaaDistrict Coordinator
A graduate of UC Davis with a B.A. in Sociology and Asian American Studies who aspires to work in social policy as a qualitative researcher.
Drawing from her experience in conducting her own independent social research, Jamie brings an analytic perspective to Congressional Communities and its mission. Alongside using GIS software to aid in the building of community boundaries, she has also written extensive blogs about a variety of policy-linked issues, including Congressional staffing, campaign finance reform, and the local food movement.
Paul McPartlandBoard Secretary
Paul McPartland, a graduate of Boston College Law School, has spent his career in public service with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, the largest state-funded public-housing program in the country.

Mr. McPartland has twice received the state’s Citation for Outstanding Performance, as well as the Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service. His career has been shaped by a simple mission with complex solutions – helping the government more effectively and efficiently build, preserve and operate safe, stable and affordable homes for families, seniors and individuals with disabilities. His work has led him to interact with a broad array of people – legislators, tenant organizations, attorneys, private developers, federal, state and local government agencies and officials, lobbyists, citizens and others.  In short, the very same type of people Congressional Communities, Inc. will be interacting with.

Kevin HanlonBoard Treasurer
Kevin Hanlon is an independent documentary filmmaker and writer with an extensive background in creating message-driven video content across multiple platforms, including social media.

Mr. Hanlon’s full-length documentary feature, Bill W., enjoyed widespread theatrical distribution across the United States and Canada, and won an Emmy Award after its national broadcast on PBS.  His previous work included project and data management in multiple fields, including high-end real estate transactions and city-wide school board elections for the Board of Elections of New York City.  Mr. Hanlon was the recipient of a Watson Fellowship, which allowed him to pursue independent studies in art and literature in Europe.

Sophia LanderBoard Member
Sophia Lander is one the earliest members of Congressional Communities and was a participant in the most recent Yale Young Global Scholars Program at Yale University.

Ms. Lander brings a student perspective to the organization and its presentations. As she explains it, “Growing up in the 21st century, I have seen first hand the effects of polarization and lack of compromise across the political aisle. That is why I think it is so important to respect and incorporate views from different perspectives.”


Make Your Voice Heard.

Imagine a company with 700,000 employees.  In one department. Imagine a university with 700,000 students.  In one class. Imagine a sporting event with 700,000 fans. In one stadium.  Unthinkable. Yet this is how we govern ourselves.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.  The Constitution aimed to have one representative for every 30,000-60,000 Americans.  They knew the number would grow. Today the number exceeds 700,000. And each district is just one giant unorganized mess. 

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Without asking Congress to change what they’re doing, Congressional Communities is about changing what we’re doing by creating a flexible structure that will make communication with representatives and each other more frequent and more meaningful.

Our idea is simple, but it is new. And like all new things, people have questions – and ideas to improve it. To learn how to bring a Congressional Community to your town or district, please attend one of our workshops or webinars. Sign up for our Enews to get updates on the latest blog and videos where we explain our ideas for better governance and the progress we’re making!

Attend or Host a Workshop Near You

We are building a network of local communities in every district – communities of 30,000 to 60,000 people – to bring Congress closer to home, so we can effect more change by meeting with each other and with our representatives. These communities are the building block, the foundation piece of the movement — because community is about actually knowing the people you’re dealing with. 

If recent history has taught us anything, it’s that social media and politics are in their infancy. Once we have established a vetting process for knowing who is online, who is actually calling meetings and rallies, who actually has solutions for ideas not tied to some hidden interest – then we will begin the process of joining local, regional and national committees and task forces on issues we are individually passionate and knowledgeable about.


A permanent, flexible structure to let our legislators know what we want.

How do we help Congress succeed?

The average member of Congress represents


meet us in our congressional communities – regularly.

elect someone who will.

forums to influence legislation.

Create a structure bring them closer to the people

Within a district, create manageable communities of about

people each



“We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” –  Justice Louis D. Brandeis