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National Office Staff

FairVote Senior Staff

Rob Richie, Executive Director | RR [at] FairVote.org | @Rob_Richie

urlRob Richie has been the executive director of FairVote since co-founding the organization in 1992. He has played a key role in advancing, winning, and implementing electoral reforms at a local and state level. Rob has been involved in implementing ranked choice voting in more than a dozen cities, cumulative voting in numerous Voting Rights Act cases, the National Popular Vote plan in 11 states, and promoting voter access proposals like voter preregistration and a lower voting age. He is a frequent media source and has been a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and NBC. Rob's writings have appeared in every major national publication as well as in nine books, including as the co-author of Every Vote Equal about Electoral College reform and Whose Votes Count about fair representation voting. He has addressed conventions of the American Political Science Association, the National Association of Counties, the National Association of Secretaries of State, and the National Conference of State Legislatures. He serves on the Haverford College Corporation, and he and his wife Cynthia Terrell have three children.

 

Cynthia Terrell, Development Director | CT [at] FairVote.org

Cynthia Richie Terrell is a founder of FairVote and has served as a board member of several charitable organizations and Quaker institutions including the American Friends Service Committee and Sandy Spring Friends School. Terrell has worked in the area of voting system reform in this country and abroad, traveling in 1993 to New Zealand to support that country's successful referendum to adopt a proportional voting system. She now chairs FairVote’s Representation 2020 project which works to remove the structural barriers to women’s electoral success in the United States.

Before helping to found FairVote, Terrell worked extensively on political campaigns, working as campaign manager and field director for campaigns for the U.S. President, U.S. House and U.S. Senate, for governor and for state and city-wide initiative efforts, including a state equal rights amendment and a city campaign for fair representation voting.

Terrell has three children and is active in the Quaker community and in civic affairs in Takoma Park, Maryland. She graduated with a B.A. in political science from Swarthmore College in 1986.


FairVote Staff

Patricia Hart | Hart [at] FairVote.org | @patriciahart_fv

Patricia Hart is a communications coordinator and Promote Our Vote project director at FairVote, where she has worked since 2012. Focusing primarily on voting rights advocacy, Patricia runs FairVote's Promote Our Vote project. She also develops and coordinates advocacy for FairVote's Representation 2020 project. During her time on these projects, Patricia has appeared on C-SPAN, HuffPost Live, and written op-eds for publications like The Hill.

Before joining the team at FairVote, Patricia served as a congressional intern and participated in several political campaigns in her home-state of Kentucky. Patricia studied political science and public relations. While in college, she led and participated in projects aimed at gender equality, LGBT rights, sustainability and social mobility.

 

Andrew Spencer | DSpencer [at] FairVote.org | @Drew_FV

Drew Spencer is a staff attorney at FairVote, where he has worked since 2012. While at Fairvote, Drew's work has focused on racial minority vote dilution, the Voting Rights Act, as well as ranked choice voting and related issues. In addition, Drew helped launch FairVote's podcast, FairVote Voices, with Elizabeth Hudler. He co-authored The Right Choice for Elections: How Choice Voting Will End Gerrymandering and Expand Minority Voting Rights, From City Councils to Congress, which was published in the University of Richmond Law Review's March 2013 issue, with Rob Richie. Drew has also appeared on RT with Krist Novoselic to discuss FairVote's reforms.

While in law school, Drew specialized in election law and policy and public interest issues. He served as Executive Note Editor for the Arizona Law Review and published an article on public financing of elections both in the Arizona Law Review and in Arizona Attorney Magazine.

 

Andrew Douglas | ADouglas [at] FairVote.org | @AndrewD_fv

Andrew Douglas is a policy analyst at FairVote, focusing on ranked choice voting and international elections. He has also contributed research to FairVote's Monopoly Politics and State of Women's Representation reports.

Originally from Oklahoma City, Andrew graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 with a B.A. in political science and a minor in history. He earned an M.A. in international studies in 2012. His master's thesis, Balance of Power Theory and Mexican Drug Cartels, examined political interactions between Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

 

 

Grace Ramsey | GRamsey [at] FairVote.org | @ramsey_fv

Bio photo2Grace Ramsey is a ranked choice voting organizer and a member of the advocacy team at FairVote. Grace graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in political science. Before coming to FairVote, Grace was a communications intern with University of Minnesota College of Design, as well as a constituent affairs intern at the office of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. Most recently, Grace was an organizer with FairVote Minnesota, serving as chief scheduler and Deputy Field Director for FairVote Minnesota’s 2013 Rank Your Vote campaign. The campaign focused on educating voters, candidates, and the media about ranked choice voting in Minneapolis’ 2013 municipal elections. Through her work at FairVote Minnesota, Grace honed her passion for voter education and community building.

 


FairVote Fellows

Rais Akbar | RAkbar [at] FairVote.org | @raiskbar_fv

Rais Akbar is a legal fellow at FairVote.He is a 2011 graduate of Howard University School of Law, and is completing an LL.M. in law and government program at American University Washington College of Law. He has been admitted to the Maryland Bar.

During law school, Rais focused primarily on civil rights law and policy. He was a student attorney in the school's civil rights clinic, where, among other projects and amicus briefs, he co-authored a report on the possibilities for full voting representation in the House of Representatives for the District of Columbia at the request of local activists and civic leaders.

 

 

Dania N. Korkor | DKorkor [at] FairVote.org | @DaniaKorkor_FV

Dania N. Korkor is a legal fellow at FairVote. In 2013, she graduated with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs. While in law school, she specialized in Dispute Resolution. Additionally, Dania took courses regarding election law and disputed elections as well as serving as a research assistant to Professor Edward Foley, the Director of "Election Law @ Moritz." Dania was the Editor-in-Chief of the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal.

Dania has focused her studies and professional experience on promoting democracy and encouraging the use of alternative dispute resolution to address conflict. She has significant experience working with federal, state, and local governments. She served as a policy intern at the State Department in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in the Office of Near Eastern Affairs and also served as a legal intern at the Ohio Senate. Additionally, she worked for the Ohio Attorney General, a local Ohio mayor, and the Department of Defense. Dania earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and Arabic language from Case Western Reserve University in 2010.

 

Rebecca Hellmich | [email protected]

RHellmichstaffphotoredo 1Rebecca Hellmich is a communications and advocacy fellow at FairVote. She graduated from Ithaca College in May 2014 with a B.A. in journalism. In summer 2013, Rebecca interned with the media criticism organization, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, where she wrote several blog posts as well as an article about the day jobs of news pundits for the magazine Extra! Rebecca also served as an intern for New York State Assemblywoman Sandra Galef as well as an Ossining Youth Court volunteer during her senior year of high school in Ossining, NY. She hopes that her work at FairVote will empower those whose perspectives are often marginalized in the mainstream media and politics.

 

 


FairVote Interns 

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Anthony Ramicone | ARamicone [at] FairVote.org

Anthony Ramicone is a research intern at FairVote, focused on Fair Representation Voting. At FairVote, he has written about elections, both international and domestic, and has contributed to the Monopoly Politics and Dubious Democracy reports. Prior to coming to FairVote, Anthony was a research intern at No Labels, where he worked to target co-sponsors for a bipartisan legislation package. As a travel-writer for Let’s Go Travel Guides, he co-authored Let’s Go Europe and Let’s Go Spain and Portugal.

Anthony is a government concentrator at Harvard College, where he focuses on comparative politics. He served as a research assistant to Professor Daniel M. Smith, researching the impact of electoral systems on political dynasties. He also chairs Harvard’s National Security Public Policy Group and has contributed to the Huffington Post on national security issues.

Ben Petit | BPetit [at] FairVote.org

Ben Petit has reported on the use of ranked choice voting by colleges and universities since joining the FairVote team at the beginning of 2014. Prior to working at FairVote, Ben was an intern at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he focused on expanding educational opportunities for federal employees. As an intern for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, he worked on a national campaign to support medical research funding. Ben is a political science major at American University, where he focuses on elections and comparative politics.

Duncan Hosie | DHosie  [at] FairVote.org

Duncan Hosie is a sophomore at Princeton University, where he is studying at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is originally from San Francisco, California. He has appeared on MSNBC, and his writings have been published in a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post.

Ellie Huizenga | HHuizenga [at] FairVote.org | @ellehuizenga_FV

Ellie Huizenga is an advocacy intern at FairVote and prior to her internship at FairVote, Ellie worked on Oberlin’s campus wide Tobacco-Free Initiative, where she became interested and passionate about policy and legislative change. Other experiences that have lead to Ellie’s interest in voicing minority rights include her teaching experience in Katatura, Namibia, her two year long experience as a Junior Board Member at the homeless shelter Atlanta Mission, and her experience in the Cleveland Free Clinic working within the Dawn and Syringe Exchange Programs.

While at FairVote, Ellie is working on the Promote Our Vote project, which advocates for an explicit right to vote for all citizens to be put in the constitution. In addition, she is also contributing to a number of other projects. Ellie is a rising Junior at Oberlin College, majoring in Anthropology and Neuroscience.

Henry Alderfer | HAlderfer [at] FairVote.org

Henry Alderfer was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he attended North Central High School. Henry attended Indiana University - Bloomington, from which he graduated in 2012. While at IU, Henry studied public policy analysis and entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business. Henry served as a committee member for Indiana University Dance Marathon and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Henry is currently attending William & Mary Law School, where he serves as the Senior Notes Editor of the William & Mary Law Review. While at law school, Henry served as co-president of the William & Mary Election Law Society and as an executive board member of the Alan B. Bukzin Memorial Bone Marrow Drive. Henry spent the summer of 2013 in Indianapolis as a judicial intern to the Honorable William T. Lawrence, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Henry is an avid student of election law, and has assisted legal counsel in two Virginia election recounts. After law school, Henry plans on chasing a career in election law.

Jessica Kincaid | JKincaid [at] FairVote.org | @Jess_FV

Jessica is a research/advocacy intern at FairVote. She is a recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Political Science and English. She worked as an undergraduate tutor at UNC’s Writing Center, and was involved with multiple advocacy groups on campus, including Project Literary, the Community Empowerment Fund, and Students for Students International. Prior to joining the FairVote team, Jessica interned with Project Vote Smart, a research organization dedicated to strengthening voter education. She also served as assistant to the Chief Judge at the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, where she completed restitution research. Jessica will primarily be assisting with the Promote Our Vote project by drafting advocacy materials.

Nick Golden | NGolden [at] FairVote.org | @NickGolden_FV

Nick Golden works at FairVote as an advocacy intern, constructing and monitoring social media content and activity. He also blogs about events and news stories that dovetail with FairVote projects. Before joining FairVote, Nick worked as an intern at the Massachusetts State House in the House Ways and Means and Senate Economic Development committees.

Nick’s interest in FairVote’s projects stems from changes being made to electoral law across the country and the effect that disenfranchisement and unfair representation have on peoples’ lives. Nick is an international relations major at Tufts University, where he studies American foreign policy and democracy promotion.

Eli Hanson-Metayer | EHanson [at] FairVote.org

Eli Hanson-Metayer is a legal intern at FairVote, currently organizing spreadsheets on municipalities who use cumulative and limited voting, and spreadsheets on top-two jungle primaries in Washington and California. She has previously worked in public policy advocacy at the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, foreclosure outreach at Vermont Legal Aid, and served as a youth advisory member of the Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs.

Eli is a part-time law student at Georgetown University Law Center while she raises her two daughters. She will graduate with her JD in May 2015.

Brogdan Popescu | BPopescu [at] FairVote.org

Bogdan Popescu is a research intern at FairVote. He is from Pitesti, Romania and he is doing his PhD in Political Science at the University of Chicago. His areas of concentration are comparative politics and methodology. He is interested in the electoral institutions, corruption and electoral malfeasance. At Chicago, he has assisted Professor Mike Albertus in gathering data on land redistribution as well as elite splits within ruling regimes for countries in Europe since 1900.