William Rinehart is the Founder and Director of Blue Uprising. Before launching the PAC, Billy ran a consulting firm serving cilents including Save the Waves, Sustainable Coastlines, Parsonii Watches and select ocean-minded political candidates. After receiving his B.S. from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, he accepted an offer at the Surfrider Foundation in Australia. As his career progressed, Billy had the honor of helping an unknown law professor from Illinois become the President of the United States. He and his wife, Abby Wakefield, currently live in California, but can often be found chasing waves in Hawaii, helping conscious candidates win elections, or taking friends out for a sunset sail.
Director of Communications, Christen Vidanovic seeks to tell the story through both written and visual communication. Ms. Vidanovic brings a background in journalism, magazine writing and book authorship combines with her knowledge and love of photography and film to create engaging, well rounded concepts. She celebrates the wit, comedy, knowledge, and wisdom of life by depicting it in all of it’s wild antics from her uniquely vibrant perspective. Christen has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. When Christen is mitigating potential face palms, she is cooking healthy meals, traveling international and camping in some of the most scenic destinations.
Director of Technology (and Blue Uprising's resident tech-guru), Diya Tahiliani, is a software engineer with more than a decade in the technology industry. Her experience as a high school math teacher specializing in classroom technology integration, Data Analytics for local political campaigns and organizations, Big Data marketing, and low cost domestic sourcing economic development serve along with her role as a marketing consultant in Big Data and data analyst for local political campaigns, serve to inspire and her inform her pivotal role at Blue Uprising. Diya holds a BS in Applied Mathematics from UC Davis, and is a champion for women, the environment, and the under-represented. When she's not helping the rest of the Blue Uprising team avoid blowing up the website, Diya loves running, cooking and mountain biking.
Blue Uprising Campaign Director, Peter Hinga, has been passionately involved in Colorado politics for the past fourteen years. His career started wtih the G8 Summit in Denver, along with the senate race of Dottie Lamb, and Senator Mark Udall's first congressional race. In 2004 he served on John Salazar's first campaign as the Issues and Research Director. After the campaign, Peter joined Congressman Salazar in his Washington office. In addition to his political and policy background, Peter also worked for a summer at CNBC for their political/finance show Capital Report. After taking a break to spend time in Los Angeles acting and writing, graduating and performing at The Second City Los Angeles, he returned to Colorado in 2010 tp manage a successful State House campaign, serving as a Research Analyst for Project New West. He is currently traveling the great American Southeast serving as the Client Relations Manager for Mogul Solutions. Despite his career taking him far from the ocean, Peter is an strong environmental advocate, and is compelled to use his breadth of political knowledge and experience to support ocean-minded candidates and legislation.