Ian Madrigal


The people’s political operative.

[Madrigal] makes the stunt look like a lark. But it is really an elaborate act of protest: a combination of entertainment and trolling that Madrigal calls ‘cause-play.’
— The Washington Post

Ian has worked as a Strategy Director, Consultant, Campaign Strategist, Content Writer, and Legal and Policy Fellow with the following groups and organizations:

Ian Madrigal is the creative activist and political strategist behind the viral Monopoly Man appearances in Congress, the shaming of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Mexican restaurant, the literal troll of Mark Zuckerberg, and the satirical campaign to be Howard Schultz's 2020 billionaire running mate.

In addition to leading an emerging "cause"-play movement, Ian is an attorney, an organizer, and a writer focused on racial and economic justice, trans/queer rights, and radical democratic reform. Their work has been profiled in the New York Times, Washington Post, HBO, the Today Show, Fox News, NPR, and many more.

A graduate of UCLA Law’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies Specialization, Ian was honored with the Recent Alumni Award at the 2019 U. Serve L.A. Public Interest Celebration. Their original analysis of historical and legal links between corporate privilege and white supremacy entitled “Corporations are (White) People” was published in the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice in 2015.

Ian is transmasculine, and much of their previous work is associated with their given name, Amanda Werner.