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Steven Hill
Chief editor & contributor @DemocracySOS, author of 7 books incl 10 Steps to Repair US Democracy, Fixing Elections & Europe's Promise.FairVote (co-founder, fmr asst dir) New America, CHT, WZB, articles/intvus NYTimes, WAPost, Wall St Jrnl, CNN, CSpan
David Daley
Senior fellow @ FairVote, author of national best-seller Ratf**ked: Your Vote Doesn't Count & Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy. Ex-EIC @ Salon, fellow @ UGa, BC, Wesleyan. Articles in New Yorker, NYT, WaPo, CNN, TNR.
Alissa Bombardier Shaw
Alissa is the Outreach Associate at RepresentWomen and assists with engagement, advocacy and communication. She is dedicated to promoting system reforms to achieve gender parity in all levels of government and create a truly representative democracy.
Drew Penrose
Drew Penrose is an elections policy expert and consultant based in Maryland
Michelle C Whittaker
I am a messaging & political strategist for communications, outreach, and grassroots mobilization. My focus is on giving more people a voice in local government.
Rob Richie
Rob Richie has led FairVote since 1992 and FairVote Action since 2002. He has played a key role in advancing, winning and implementing electoral reforms in cities and states, has contributed to 11 books, and is a frequent lecturer and media source.
Katie Usalis
Katie is the strategic partnerships director at RepresentWomen. She is passionate about system reform to achieve gender balance in politics as a structural catalyst to a more equitable world.
Krist Novoselić
Best known for bass and accordion. B.S. social sciences. Cessna 414 and PA27 pilot. Former Chair FairVote. Various community endeavors.
Cynthia Richie Terrell
Cynthia Richie Terrell is the founder and executive director of RepresentWomen, a founding member of the ReflectUS coalition, and an outspoken advocate for institutional reforms to advance women’s representation and leadership in the United States.