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Wes Boyd


Born in 1960, Wes Boyd co-founded the public policy group and political action committee, with his wife and business partner Joan Blades. Founded in September of 1998 as an online petition in response to the Clinton impeachment controversy, currently counts more than 3 million members and utilizes email as its primary means of communication.'s technological savvy was aided by Boyd's computer background. In 1987, Boyd and Blades co-founded Berkeley Systems, a software company based in the San Francisco Bay area and best known for the "You Don't Know Jack" online trivia game and marketing the whimsical "Flying Toasters" screen savers. Boyd and Blades sold Berkeley Systems in 1997 for $13.8 million and turned their attention to progressive grass roots political action. Prior to Berkeley Systems, Boyd authored software for the blind and visually impaired and worked as a consultant and programmer for the University of California. The pair lives in Berkeley, California.