About David Moon
I'm a progressive Democrat serving in the Maryland House of Delegates. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I also serve as Chair of the Criminal Law & Procedure Subcommittee.
I was born in Takoma Park, but my wife Melinda and I chose to settle here because of the community's progressive values and diversity.
Outside of elected office, I teach at the Universities at Shady Grove and periodically engage in political advocacy for causes I care about. Prior to being elected, I worked as a grassroots organizer, policy attorney, political consultant and Maryland politics blogger.
Indeed, I've spent my entire career working on political and policy advocacy for social justice causes, but these labels don't tell the full story. You can read about my years of public interest activism below.
[ Headshot photo by Mark Cantor Paster ]
My 2014 Bio Video
My Past Advocacy Efforts
* Organizational affiliations listed for identification purposes only
Maryland Juice, Founding Editor:
I previously managed a Maryland politics blog with a decidedly activist bent. We promoted the spread of inside political information to the public, with an eye toward advancing social & economic justice and much ignored civil liberties issues. In 2013, we were named one of America's top state-based political blogs by The Washington Post. In 2012, we were rated the #2 best Maryland politics blog by Baltimore Sun readers.
Democracy Summer PAC, National Director (2018):
I served as national director for an organization dedicated to training the next generation of young progressive political organizers. We recruited students from multiple states and taught them how to make progressive change through political campaigns and grassroots organizing. The students went on to volunteer for multiple candidates in hotly contested Congressional districts throughout the nation.
Demand Progress, Program Director:
I produced mass mobilization campaigns and strategic advocacy plans for a progressive, civil liberties organization co-founded by the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz. In just over two years we grew our membership base from 300,000 to 1.5 million. Demand Progress protects Internet freedom, free speech and civil rights, and we challenge corporate and military abuse, along with government corruption and money in politics. We were key figures in organizing one of the largest online protests in history during the fight against SOPA/PIPA censorship legislation. I co-edited a book about the effort called "Hacking Politics." Demand Progress is currently mobilizing the public to push back against the NSA's recently revealed mass surveillance program.
Jamie Raskin, Campaign Manager (2005-2006):
In his very first election for public office, I managed law professor Jamie Raskin's rise to the Maryland State Senate. We created a massive public presence for the previously unknown progressive academic throughout Silver Spring and Takoma Park, resulting in a 2 to 1 victory over an incumbent Senator who had served in office for over three decades.
CASA de Maryland, Voter Registration & GOTV Director (2012):
In the critical 2012 Presidential election cycle, I managed a voter registration and mobilization campaign for CASA de Maryland that brought thousands of new voters into the political process in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties and mobilized thousands more Latino voters in the state.
Maryland Democratic Party, Montgomery County GOTV Director (2010):
I served as the Montgomery County GOTV Director for the Democratic Party's Statewide Coordinated Campaign. With former GOP Governor Bob Ehrlich seeking a return to the Governor's mansion, I helped mobilize voters around the re-election of the state's Democratic ticket, including Governor Martin O'Malley and U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski.
FairVote, Chief Operating Officer (2004-2009):
I previously served as COO of FairVote, a national electoral reform organization headquartered in Takoma Park, Maryland. In that capacity, I helped produce public education campaigns and legal briefs on a range of issues relating to fair representation and voter disenfranchisement. I also served as a campaign consultant for numerous ballot initiative ballots to create a more representative democracy in communities around the nation.
Purple Line NOW!, Campaign Director (2008):
My issue advocacy projects have included directing Purple Line NOW's efforts to mobilize transit and environmental supporters during the 2008 public hearings for the project. In coalition with numerous local organizations, we successfully created a groundswell of grassroots support for Montgomery County's light rail proposal and sustainable transportation solutions.
Councilmember Nancy Navarro, Chief of Staff & Senior Legislative Aide (2009-2010):
While serving in Councilmember Nancy Navarro's office, I helped build a progressive policy agenda that included passing a bill granting same-sex domestic partners employment benefits a full three years ahead of the passage of marriage equality.
District 18 Democratic Team, Campaign Manager (2010):
In 2010, I managed the re-election efforts of the District 18 Democrats' state legislative team. My efforts centered around defending one of the most diverse delegations in Maryland, including the only openly-gay State Senator Rich Madaleno, Montgomery County's only African American Delegate Al Carr, the county's only Latina Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez, and one of the county's youngest lawmakers Delegate Jeff Waldstreicher.
Communities for Transit, Executive Director (2013):
In 2013, I helped launch a Montgomery County transit education organization to advance environmentally sensible transit alternatives to more highways and sprawl. Communities for Transit educates the public on a proposed Rapid Transit System (RTS) for Montgomery County, Maryland. County officials are planning to create a transit network connecting many major corridors to provide fast, efficient, and sustainable transportation options for residents and our workforce.
I attended college at Tufts University and law school at American University. During this time, I interned at and volunteered for organizations ranging from the ACLU and Innocence Project, to the NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund and Students Against the Death Penalty.