2012-2013 Democracy Fellows

FairVote's 2012-2013 class of Democracy Fellows were chosen from a highly competitive field of candidates. You can meet them here. 

Mollie Hailey | mhailey [at] fairvote.org

Mollie Hailey is a Legal Fellow. She graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 2012.

focused in law school on public interest and human rights. She worked as a legal intern at the New York State Division of Human Rights in the Bronx and at the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa. In addition, she interned at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in the education division. She also completed a summer program in human rights at the University of Oxford and used that experience as a student attorney in GWU's International Human Rights Clinic.

Mollie is originally from California and graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara (BA).

Patricia Hart | hart [at] fairvote.org

Patricia Hart is FairVote's Wohlford Fellow on women and politics, which is a new advocacy 


Patricia graduated in 2012 from Eastern Kentucky University, where she studied political science and public relations. While in school, Patricia served as a congressional intern and participated in over eight political campaigns on the local, state and national level. She also led several activist projects directed at fostering equality despite sexual orientation and gender.position that focuses on women's representation.

As the Director of Feminists for Change, an organization that seeks to end gender discrimination, Patricia led a women's health campaign, which engaged elected officials in important issues such as the HPV mandate and cervical cancer screenings. While acting as the Public Relations Director of The Alphabet Center, an LGBT resource center, she was awarded a grant to run The State of the Gay Campaign, which worked to end discrimination in Kentucky's workplaces through awareness, education, affirmation and activism. After graduation, Patricia worked as a sustainability intern for Berea College. 


Elizabeth Hudler | hudler [at] fairvote.org



Elizabeth Hudler ia an Advocacy Fellow at FairVote. Originally from Ithaca (NY), Elizabeth moved to Montreal, Quebec to pursue her undergraduate studies at McGill University. She completed her Bachelor degree in Political Science and African Studies with Honors in 2012.

While at McGill, Elizabeth interned with the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy and The South African History Project Online. In 2011, she received the Tania Zouikin Arts Internship Award in support of her internship at Ghana’s Center for Democratic Development. 

Andrea Levien | alevien [at] fairvote.org



Andrea Levien is a Research Fellow focused in particular on presidential elections and the Electoral College.

Andrea graduated from Yale in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science. Her senior thesis reviewed the effects of the Electoral College on racial voting power. At Yale, she worked with the College Democrats' Elections and Lobbying Committees, registering voters and lobbying in Hartford for the repeal of the death penalty and the passage of the Connecticut Dream Act. She spent five semesters with the Roosevelt Institute, a student think tank, ultimately leading a group of students in research of the potential economic effects of the New Haven Promise Program, a locally funded college scholarship. During her summers, she interned at Human Rights First, LatinoJusticePRLDEF and the Hotline for Migrant Workers in Tel Aviv. She is from New York State.


Andrew Spencer  |  aspencer [ at] fairvote.org



Andrew Spencer is a Legal Fellow. He graduated from the University of Arizona law school in 2012. While in law school, Andrew specialized in election law and public interest issues. He created an independent study in Election Law as well as one in Nonprofit Organizations. 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. He also served as treasurer and founding member of the University of Arizona chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. He graduated in the top 20% of his class.

Andrew received a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Arizona in 2006. He has also worked in retail and as a substitute teacher.


Devin McCarthy | dmccarthy [at] fairvote.org


Devin McCarthy is a Research Fellow at FairVote, focusing on proportional representation and international elections.


He is a recent graduate of Georgetown University, where he majored in History and Government. As part of the Government Honors Program, he completed a thesis studying U.S. policy on recognizing new European states in 1919 and 1991. During his senior year at Georgetown, Devin worked as a research assistant at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has also interned at non-profit organizations including the Center for International Policy and the Forum 2000 foundation in Prague, Czech Republic.