Nathan Empsall is an experienced progressive campaigner and digital strategist with an excellent grasp of multivariate testing, theory of change, and best practices for fundraising, advocacy, and email list growth. He has managed multiple email lists with millions of addresses, and numerous major social-media projects. He was trained in digital strategy by President Barack Obama’s Organizing for America and M+R Strategic Services, and built a record of success at the Democratic National Committee, the national Sierra Club, and Care2. Nathan is personally focused on climate change and on environmental, racial, and social justice. He may be available to help with your progressive advocacy or Democratic electoral campaign on a part-time contract basis. Please contact him to discuss potential opportunities for collaboration!
In addition to his career as an organizer, Nathan is an active progressive Christian, a candidate for the Episcopal priesthood, and a graduate student in religion and ecology pursuing both a Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School and a Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In addition to the core courses on science and theology, his research focuses on the challenges to implementing new environmental ministries at the parish level in Christian churches. He is doing his best to grow beyond his own experience by seeking out and listening to students and professors who are women and persons of color. Nathan has served as a CPE hospital chaplain in Virginia, worked as a parish ministry intern in Nebraska, and interned for the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations in D.C. as well as for the Episcopal Dioceses of Spokane and Louisiana.
Nathan is personally interested in the intersections of faith & the environment and faith & politics. He is a proud native Texan who has come to call Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and the gorgeous northern Rockies home, and is fired up by Americana and bluegrass music (check out his blog Hard Times No More), U.S. geography (44 states so far), the Boston Red Sox, progressive Christianity, Native American Indian issues, civil rights, and making a difference. He graduated from Dartmouth College, double-majoring in government and Native American studies. Nathan is extremely lucky to be married to Diana Church Empsall, who currently works for the development office at Yale Divinity School and is utterly brilliant, creative, and amazing.