Michelle C. Whittaker focuses on strategic messaging, constituency engagement, social media interaction, website development, and audio/visual resource development. Michelle joined the FairVote staff in April 2015. Prior to joining FairVote, Michelle served as the Communications and New Media Director for the General Board of Church and Society, an international public policy program agency of The United Methodist Church, where she won several awards for visual design and communications projects.
Her experience extends into corporate finance as a technical writer and interface design specialist for Towers Watson, a financial consulting firm. She studied graphic and web design at The Art Institute Online and The Art Institute of Washington. Outside of her work at FairVote, Michelle enjoys sports, art, music and food with her husband, Doogie, and daughter, London.
The United States of America does not have an explicit right to vote defined in the U.S. Constitution. While the right to vote has been expanding for over 240 years, American citizens lack any universal protection against voting discrimination.
This year marks the 96th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. In 1920, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin were the first three states to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Check out Representation2020's #SummerOfSuffrage series that will highlight when states ratified the Amendment and state rankings on the gender parity index.