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, J.D./PhD Candidate at Harvard University

  • Kahlil Byrd, Chief Executive Officer at Forward Progress in Politics (FPPCO LLC)

  • Erin Bowser, former Executive Director of Environment Ohio 

  • Mike Feinstein, former city councilmember and mayor of Santa Monica

  • Antonio Gonzalez, President of Southwest Voter Registration Education Project

  • Malia Lazu, Executive Director of Future Boston Alliance

  • Laura Liswood, Secretary General of Council of Women's World Leaders

  • Pete Martineau, Board Member of Californians for Electoral Reform

  • Nina Moseley, former Executive Director of Democracy South

  • Clay Mulford, former COO of National Math and Science Initiative 

  • Rashad Robinson, Executive Director at Color of Change 

  • Katherine Spillar, Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine

  • Steve Chessin, President of Californians for Electoral Reform

  • Edward Hailes, General Counsel of Advancement Project

  • Esperanza Tervalon-Garret, former executive director of Oakland Rising

FairVote has assembled a team of academic advisers with whom we work closely on issues relating to ranked choice voting. They are currently taking the lead in implementing a research project into the potential impact of RCV on the tone and substance of campaigns for which we received $300,000 from the Democracy Fund. 

At a March 2014 workshop from Stanford University's Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective, eight ranked choice voting academic advisers and FairVote Executive Director Rob Richie gave presentations on electoral system reform in the U.S. Find more details on Rob Richie's presentation in the report, "Applying Ranked Choice Voting to Congressional Elections." Jack Nagel presented two papers at the workshop: one on ingredients conducive to successful electoral reform and one on importing mixed member proportional systems to the U.S. Caroline Tolbert and Todd Donovan presented findings from our Democracy Fund-backed research project on the impact of ranked choice voting on civility, the highlights of which are summarized in the same report on "Applying Ranked Choice Voting to Congressional Elections."


Here are the members of our advisory committee.


  • Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Harvard University
  • 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
  • Arend Lijphart, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California at San Diego
  • Benjamin Reilly, Dean, Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Murdoch University
  • Jack Nagel, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jack Santucci, Ph.D Candidate and former FairVote researcher, Georgetown Unviersity


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  • Martha Burk, Co-Founder of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy
  • Kathleen Drew, former Washington State Senator
  • Barbara Klein, President of the League of Women Voters in Arizona
  • Paula Lee, Vice President of the Board and Legislative Director for the Californians for Electoral Reform
  • Laura Liswood, Founder and Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders
  • Jamie Raskin, Maryland Democratic State Senator and Professor American University's Washington College of Law
  • Marie Wilson, Founder and former President of the White House Project
  • Joseph Zimmerman, Professor at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University of Atlanta


FairVote's Promote Our Vote project is governed by the staff and board of directors of FairVote. Promote Our Vote's Leadership Circle provides regular advice and is offered an opportunity to meet at least once every year to discuss the work and its progress. Find the full list of Promote Our Vote Advisory Committee members at the Promote Our Vote website. 

  • Steve Cobble, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies 
  • Josh Douglas, Professor at University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Anita Earls, Research Fellow and Professor at Duke University's College for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender
  • Adam Fogel, Chief of Staff for Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro
  • Geoff Foster, Associate Director of Political Action at the United Teen Equality Center 
  • Ron Hayduk, Professor of Political Science at Queens College, CUNY
  • Dan Johnson, Partner at Korey Cotter Heather & Richardson LLC
  • Alexander Keyssar, the Stirling Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government
  • Eugene Kinlow, Public Affairs Director of DC Vote
  • Peter Levine, Director of CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning
  • Tim Male, Councilmember for Takoma Park City Council & Vice President for Conservation Policy at Defenders of Wildlife 
  • Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project
  • Michael McDonald, Associate Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University
  • John Nichols, Political Writer at The Nation 
  • Larry Ottinger, former President of the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest
  • Jamie Raskin, Maryland State Senator
  • Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change
  • Bennet Singer, Writer and Filmmaker 
  • Jacob Soboroff, Host and Producer of HuffPost Live
  • Peter Wagner, Co-Founder the Prison Policy Initiative 
  • Frank Watkins 
  • Ilir Zherka, Executive Director of the National Conference on Citizenship 

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