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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 Manager at RepresentWomen and equips the democracy reform and women’s representation spaces to understand how systems strategies remove barriers to women’s political power.

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. Forward Party. Granger.

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.