Advisory Committees

FairVote’s advisory committees are comprised of former members of its Board of Directors and others who help to ground and stretch our vision for American democracy. Program-specific advisory committees enable FairVote staff to be in regular contact with leading experts and stakeholders on a range of projects.

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FairVote has an advisory committee comprised primarily of former members of its Board of Directors. 

  • Nikolas Bowie, Assistant Professor, Harvard Law School, FairVote Board 2005-2008 

  • Erin Bowser, former Executive Director of Environment Ohio, FairVote Board 2005-2008

  • Kahlil Byrd, CEO, Invest America

  • Steve Chessin, President of Californians for Electoral Reform

  • Howie Fain, Advisory Board of Voter Choice Massachusetts, FairVote Board 1992-1998
  • Mike Feinstein, former city councilmember and mayor of Santa Monica

  • Hendrik Hertzberg, former New Yorker senior editor and White House speechwriter, FairVote Board 1995-2018

  • Edward Hailes, General Counsel of Advancement Project, FairVote Board 2005-2016

  • Charlotte Hill, PhD UC Berkeley, Research Fellow at The People Lab UC Berkeley, FairVote Board 2017-2021
  • Paul Jacob, President at Liberty Initiative Fund, FairVote Board 2013-2020
  • Kevin Johnson, Executive Director, Election Reformers Network

  • Malia Lazu, Epicenter Community, FairVote Board 2003 - 2011

  • Laura Liswood, Secretary General of Council of Women's World Leaders, FairVote Board 2004-2008

  • Pete Martineau, Board Member of Californians for Electoral Reform, FairVote Board 2004-2012

  • Nina Moseley,Senior Director, Minority & Women’s Business Development, NJ Department of Treasury, FairVote Board 2003-2008

  • Clay Mulford, Campaign Legal Center Outside Counsel, FairVote Board 2004-2008

  • William Redpath, Vice President at BIA Advisory Services, FairVote Board 
  • Rashad Robinson, President of Color of Change, FairVote Board 2004-2006

  • Katherine Spillar, Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine, FairVote Board. 2004-2008

  • Joe Swimmer, Executive Director at The CEEP Network, FairVote Board 2016-2020

  • Cynthia Terrell, Executive Director of RepresentWomen, FairVote Board 1992-2020
  • Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont, former executive director of Oakland Rising, FairVote Board 2013-2015

  • Susannah Wellford, CEO & Founder, Running Start, FairVote Board 2016-2020

FairVote engages in research and applied research relating to its efforts to understand and reform American elections. It regularly seeks insights from a working group of scholars with particular expertise in electoral rules, American elections, voting rights and election law. Participation in this group does not imply endorsement of any particular FairVote advocacy goal. Following are active members of this working group as of October 2021, with affiliations listed for identification purposes. 

  • Richard DeLeon, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, San Francisco State University
  • Todd Donovan, Professor of Political Science, Western Washington University
  • David Farrell, Professor of Politics, University College Dublin
  • David Kimball, Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Martha Kropf, Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Michael Latner, Professor of Political Science, California Polytechnic State University
  • Arend Lijphart, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California at San Diego
  • Eric Maskin, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  • Benjamin Reilly, Professor of Politics, University of Western Australia
  • Jack Nagel, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Theresa Reidy, Professor of Political Science, University College Cork
  • David Schultz, Professor of Political Science, Hamline University; Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
  • Caroline J. Tolbert, Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa

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