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FairVote Staff

FairVote Staff

Patricia Hart | Hart [at] FairVote.org

Patricia Hart is a Project Manager and Media Relations Specialist at FairVote, where she has worked since 2012. Focusing primarily on voting rights advocacy, Patricia runs FairVote's Promote Our Vote project. She also developed 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. While in college, she led and participated in projects aimed at gender equality, LGBT rights, sustainability, and social mobility. Patricia studied political science and public relations.

Andrea Levien | ALevien [at] FairVote.org

Andrea Levien is a Research Associate focused on Electoral College reform and women's representation in elected office.  

Andrea graduated from Yale in 2012 with a B.A. in political science with distinction. While at Yale, she researched and advocated for progressive policies such as the Connecticut DREAM Act and the New Haven Promise Program with the Yale College Democrats and the Roosevelt Institute. During her summers, she interned at Human Rights First, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and the Hotline for Migrant Workers in Tel Aviv. She is from New York City.



Andrew Spencer | DSpencer [at] FairVote.org

Drew Spencer is a Staff Attorney at FairVote, where he has worked since 2012.

He has focused on FairVote's work on racial minority vote dilution and the Voting Rights Act as well as ranked choice voting and related issues. In addition, he helped to 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.

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. 


Devin McCarthy | DMccarthy [at] FairVote.org 

Devin McCarthy is a Research Associate at FairVote focusing on U.S. congressional elections, proportional representation, and international elections. While at FairVote, he has been published in SalonIn These Times, andThe Philadelphia Inquirer, and has appeared on HuffPost Live.  He is the lead author and editor of the Monopoly Politics/Fair Voting 2014 report. 

He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he majored in history and government. His thesis, National Selection: The United States and the Recognition of New European States in 1919 and 1991, studied the factors that influenced U.S. state recognition policy over the course of the 20th century.


FairVote Fellows

Dania N. Korkor | DKornor [at] FairVote.org

Dania N. Korkor is a Legal Fellow at FairVote and recipient of the Mary Wohlford grant. 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, she took courses regarding election law and disputed elections and served 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 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.

Rais Akbar | RAkbar [at] FairVote.org

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. is 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, and 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.


Amanda Gaynor | AGaynor [at] FairVote.org


Amanda is an Advocacy Fellow at FairVote. Hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, Amanda graduated from Wellesley College this May where she double majored in Political Science and Spanish. Her political science capstone research focused on the impact of voter identification laws on minority populations in swing states.

During her time at Wellesley, Amanda spent two summers interning for U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and participated in his reelection campaign in November 2012. She also worked as a research assistant at the Wellesley Centers for Women, the largest social science organization in the United States dedicated to gender research.

Amanda was introduced to FairVote and its reforms at the age of sixteen when she testified before the State Senate Judiciary Committee in support of a bill that would allow sixteen year olds to pre-register to vote. Many years later, Amanda is thrilled to be joining the FairVote team and looks forward to working hard over the next year to help it continue to achieve its goals. 


Andrew Douglas | ADouglas [at] FairVote.org



Andrew Douglas is a Research Fellow 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, and 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.



FairVote Interns


Angele Cossee | ACossee [at] FairVote.org


Angele Cossee is an intern at FairVote, where she focuses on research and advocacy. 

She is currently enrolled in undergraduate studies at Sciences Po Paris where she studies humanities. She studies political science, political philosophy, sociology, law, history, and economics. She will be working in Communications and Advocacy, and assisting with ongoing projects. 





Kemi Adekoya | KAdekoya [at] FairVote.org

Kemi is an intern at FairVote, focused on communications and research. She will assist staff on advocacy projects.

Currently a third year student at Sciences Po., Kemi will graduate in 2016. Sciences Po is a multidisciplinary school where she has studied politics, sociology, public law and history.