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BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

David Fineman

DAVID FINEMAN
CHAIR AND SECRETARY

David Fineman is a partner at Royer, Cooper, Cohen, and Braunfeld law firm in Philadelphia, PA. He is the former Chair of the United States Postal Service.

LAVITA MCMATH TURNER
VICE CHAIR

Lavita McMath Turner is the Chief Diversity Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Board Member at The Democracy Commitment, a national initiative aimed at engaging community college students in civic learning and democratic practice. Formerly, she was the Director of Government and External Relations at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College in New York.

LaVita McMath Turner
Toby Chaudhuri

TOBY CHAUDHURI
TREASURER

Former Vice President, Strategic Communications and National Partnerships at the Public Broadcasting Service. He directed communications for several White House race-based Initiatives and democracy and governance projects for the U.S. State Department.

 

LYNETTE QUINTERO

Current Chair of Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project’s National Student Advisory Board. Before that, she was a Democracy Fellow for CVP at Pierce College. Lynette is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in political science where she is a research assistant on Election Law and a Senior Class Council Board Member & Chair of Events. She is also the Communication’s Department lead for the ESL Student Program.

Lynette Quintero
Gail L Siegel

GAIL L. SIEGEL

Recently retired Policy Director for the Cook County Illinois Clerk's office, the third largest election jurisdiction in the U.S., where she initiated modernization of the voter communications and outreach infrastructure including online voter registration, Election Day registration and automatic voter registration.

 

JOI CHANEY

Joi is the executive director of the Washington Bureau and SVP for Policy and Advocacy at the National Urban League. She is the founder of J.O.I. Strategies, which develops strategies for organizations and companies seeking to achieve Justice, Opportunity, and Inclusion for America’s underserved communities. She is a former Chief of Staff to US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Advisor to the Chair of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission during the Obama-Biden Administration.

Joi Chaney
Maya Patel

MAYA PATEL

Maya Patel is a Presidential Management Fellow working on climate, energy, and environmental policy for the federal government with a focus on environmental markets. She holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied chemistry and received a certificate in public policy. Maya started her career working on youth and student voting rights. She has held roles as the Texas State Coordinator at Campus Vote Project, Environmental Engagement Coordinator for Texas State Representative Gina Hinojosa, and as an MTV Leader for Change.

CLARISSA MARTINEZ-DE-CASTRO
 

As Deputy Vice President at UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), Clarissa leads efforts to advance fair and effective immigration policies and to expand Latino civic engagement by helping immigrants become citizens, citizens become voters, and the community overall become an active participant in policy debates. She also designed and currently leads the Rise Above campaign, an initiative to build a positive, accurate narrative of our changing America in order to foster collaborative action.

Clarissa Martinez-de-Castro
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JENNIFER MORRELL

Jennifer Morrell is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Elections Group, where she creates professional resources for elections officials and consults on election administration and auditing. A nationally recognized expert on election audits – specifically, Risk-Limiting Audits (RLA) – Morrell has successfully overseen RLA pilot programs in several states and authored a series on election audits, titled “Knowing It’s Right.” She serves as a subject matter expert and advisory board member for a number of national organizations. Morrell is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was an elections official in Utah and Colorado. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and completed a Master of Arts in Management at Webster University.

MICHELLE BISHOP
 

Michelle Bishop is a Voter Access & Engagement Manager at the National Disability Rights Network where she leads a team to support the P&A network on voting rights and voter engagement for people with disabilities. She also works in coalition with the civil rights community in Washington, DC to ensure strong federal policy regarding voting rights and election administration from a voter-centric and intersectional perspective. She earned her MSW in Social and Economic Development from Washington University in St. Louis and BA in Sociology and English Literature from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Disabled herself, Michelle has over 15 years experience in the disability vote.

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SAM HIRSCH
 

Sam Hirsch is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Jenner & Block LLP.  Sam has practiced election, voting-rights, and redistricting law since the 1990s and has litigated cases in these fields in more than 20 states.  His articles on redistricting and election administration have appeared in a broad range of publications, ranging from the Election Law Journal to The New York Times.  From 2009 to 2017, Sam served in the U.S. Department of Justice as the Deputy Associate Attorney General and as the acting Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division.  Sam also maintains an active legal practice on behalf of Indian tribes.  A native Kentuckian, Sam graduated in 1984 from Rice University and in 1993 from the Harvard Law School, where he was the Treasurer of the Harvard Law Review.  Sam and his wife, Karin Green, have two adult daughters, Julia and Charlotte.

ROBERT M. BRANDON
PRESIDENT & CEO

Co-founded in 2006 the Fair Elections Legal Network, now the Fair Elections Center. Mr. Brandon, a public interest attorney, has more than 35 years of nonprofit public policy, legislative, media and campaign experience at the federal, state and local levels.

 

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