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. 

  • Steve Chessin, President of Californians for Electoral Reform

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 2004-20067

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

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


FairVote works with a team of academic advisers on research issues relating to ranked choice voting (RCV). In 2013-2014, for example, several advisory committee members conducted   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’s Rob Richie gave presentations on electoral system reform.  

Here are the members of our advisory committee.

  • Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford 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

  • Michael Latner, Professor of Political Science, California Polytechnic State University

  • Arend Lijphart, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California at San Diego

  • Benjamin Reilly, Professor of Politics, University of Western Australia

  • Jack Nagel, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

  • Jack Santucci, Associate Teaching Professor of Political Science, Drexel University

  • David Schultz, Professor of Political Science, Hamline University; Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
  • Caroline J. Tolbert, Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa


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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