Elizabeth Spiers is the founder and CEO of The Insurrection, a progressive political strategy firm with a focus on digital messaging and targeting. Prior to founding The Insurrection, she was the Editor-in-Chief of The New York Observer. She was also the founder of Breaking Media, a digital media company that publishes Dealbreaker, AboveTheLaw, and Fashionista, and she began her journalistic career in 2002 as the founding editor of Gawker.com, Gawker Media Group’s flagship property. She has been a columnist at Fortune and Fast Company, and her work has appeared in many publications, including The Washington Post, New York Magazine, the Financial Times, and others. She is also an advisor to various startups and a mentor in the Techstars accelerator program. She has a B.A. in Public Policy Studies with a minor in Political Science from Duke University and previously taught in SVA’s Design Research MFA program.