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.
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
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
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
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
Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont, former executive director of Oakland Rising, FairVote Board 2013-2015
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.